High resolution and reliable ice data is crucial for safe and effective planning and operations in the Arctic. To support the oil and gas industry, DNV GL has developed IceMapper, a web-enabled GIS tool that provides high quality mapping of ice data, with visualisation and statistical data on sea ice concentration, circumpolar ice conditions and ice sheet dynamics.
Designed to enable authorities and operators to gain a better understanding of ice conditions, the tool delivers advanced statistical ice analysis using the best available high resolution (satellite) ice data. Statistical ice analysis, such as mean, median, minimum, maximum and ice frequency, can be undertaken for larger areas, as well as for single locations (by grid cell).
In particular, IceMapper enables us to:
- Produce dynamic and interactive analysis of predominant ice conditions;
- Identify and monitor ice edge and distance to ice edge from nearby fields; and
- Predict ice conditions in specific areas at certain times of year.
In addition, the tool allows DNV GL to produce tailor-made statistics and maps for customers. The tool is highly flexible and new data and new analyses can be easily implemented. We are looking into evolving the service to produce a tool that will allow users to access and carry out their own analysis.