Earth Observation

2021-2022 Ice Season Wrap-up

2021-2022 has been another (third during the last 10 years) extremely mild season in the recent history of the Caspian. Majority of ice cover was gone after the first week of March. However, winter has tried to keep its grip on the region with recurring ice formation along the northern coast during two cold snaps…

Deteriorating ice conditions in the Caspian Sea

High resolution Sentinel-2 image on the 16th of March shows that ice conditions in the North Caspian Sea are deteriorating. Multiple cracks, leads and mobile floes are observed in previously stable ice cover in Prorva, Peshnoi and Kashagan East areas. Kalamkas and Kashagan Highway areas are entirely in mobile ice conditions. Negative air temperatures which…

Winter ice season continues into 2021

Rare coincidence of cloud free weather in the beginning of January 2021 and simultaneous bypass of Sentinel-2 and Landsat-8 satellites over North Caspian Sea allowed us to make high resolution image of entire area (New Year’s present!). Ice remains stable along the northern and eastern shores. Recent winds has caused ice drift to south-east across…

2020/2021 Caspian Freeze-up

Today’s MODIS image illustrates that negative air temperatures combined with extreme down surge event resulted in a new ice formation along the coastline of NE Caspian Sea.

Seasonal Videos on Youtube

Iceman.kz publishes ice and metocean data over the Caspian sea visualized with this series of short videos. The videos show a small portion of the database we collected processed and generated during the last years. The major sources of data for our ice observation and monitoring program are free source by Copernicus and NASA and…

Stamukhi Database Update

Just days after the ice season is finished in the Caspian we are glad to publish updated database on stamukhi including this season (2019-2020) and reanalysis for 2013-2014. Extremely mild season resulted in stamukhi formation mainly along the Eastern and Northern precoastal zones with rare obsjects in deeper than 3 m (-31 m BD) waters.…

2019-2020 Season Summary

2019-2020 was an extremely mild winter in the Caspian. This video summarizes development of ice conditions through the length of the season.