Ice operations in the Barents Sea

The Barents Sea represents the vastest of the non-freezing parts of the Arctic Basin. The area is known for its complex ice conditions and extreme weather. To Russia, Norway and entire international community, the High North areas are of strategic interest. Given the business opportunities in the Arctic Region, the cooperation on its industrial development in the context of the changing climate is a timely concern.

To ensure navigation safety in the Barents Sea, it is important to be able to track trajectories and forecast transformations the ice may follow and develop. Alongside with ships, here operate fixed oil and gas producing facilities, which, too, must be protected from collision with ice.

Strategic interest

The project brings together the Norwegian Research Institute (NORUT – now SINTEF Narvik), Luleå University of Tech-nology (Sweden), Finnish Institute of Meteorology, and Storvik & Co (Finland). The contributors on the Russian side are M. V. Lomonosov Northern (Arctic) Federal University and Oil and Gas Suppliers Asso-ciation Sozvezdye. Recently, the interest in joining the project has been displayed by Kværner, a leading contractor for Arctic offshore engineering and development.

Research and practice

Ice Operations is designed to contribute to the industrial development of the Arctic areas. In addition to collecting data on ice conditions in the northern seas, the team of researchers from four countries is tasked with updating available mathematical models for forecasting ice conditions.

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