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…

Shift of ice in Kashagan

Recent easterly winds have shifted ice sheet opening lead of about 500m in width south-west from Kashagan East structures. The stabilising effect of artificial islands is demonstrated with recent cloudless Sentinel-2 image. Ice drift has created 300m long ice wedge in front of small structure on the left-hand side of the image. We continue to…

Ice continues its extend in Caspian Sea

Cloudless weather over North Caspian Sea over last several days allowed us to observe the extend of sea ice until Mangyshlak bay. There is distinct border between older stabilised ice developed along the northern and eastern shores in November and younger mobile ice in the central and southern parts of the area. Kashagan, Peshnoi and…

Ice in Kulaly

Ongoing freeze-up with cloudless weather allowed for acquisition of Sentinel-2 with a marvellous view over Kulaly and other islands of Tyuleniy archipelago in the Northern part of the Caspian Sea. Persisting easterlies push newly forming ice towards islands to form lines of ridges. Looking forward to the spring season already to observe scoured seabed.

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…

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.

2019-2020 Ice Season Closure

Ice Is Gone 2019-2020 ice season is now closed Once again the past winter set another record to be the lowest by ice cover development season in the Caspian. It is the seocnd warmest season i judged by FDD. The was one that was warmer in 2015-2016. However, freeze-up was a lot later and extreme…

Participating in POAC2019 Delft Netherlands

25ᵗʰ International Conference on Port and Ocean Engineering under Arctic Conditions in Delft Netherlands is now over. Iceman.kz has attended with their contribution into community. The following works summarising our experience of working with sea ice in the Caspian were presented for discussions during technical sessions: Early Freeze-up Scenario in the Caspian Sea summarises experience…

Marine Operations in Ice Covered Waters of Shallowing Caspian

Decreasing water level in the Caspian may soon affect established logistical solutions in the Northern shallow part of it. The POAC paper discusses building access channels to existing and future offshore facilities in the Kazakhstan sector that is more vulnerable to the problem. The major accent is made to sea ice related hazards affecting marine operations in channels through shallow waters based on experience in the Volga Caspian channel (VCC).