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Ice Management Research Program

C-CORE has  developed the scope for an ice management research program to be conducted on Canada’s east coast.  The initial phase focused on developing a holistic strategy for ice management encompassing sea ice and iceberg detection, drift forecasting and threat analysis; iceberg towing and towing automation; sea ice breaking; and station keeping.  During phase two, C-CORE conducted a gap analysis that examined the current status of technology, identified areas for improvement and assessed the potential benefit of new technologies. 

(ABOVE: RADARSAT-2 OVER CANADA; COURTESY OF CSA)

The outcomes of this work are being used to direct a $40M, five-year research program that will yield benefits to current operations on the Grand Banks and for future Arctic and sub-Arctic exploration and development. At present the team is developing satellite-based analysis capabilities for iceberg and sea ice monitoring and demonstrating how these data sources can be integrated with existing operations on the Grand Banks. 

(ABOVE: ICEBERG TOWING OPERATIONS ON THE GRAND BANKS)

This project highlights the ways in which C-CORE's Remote Sensing and Ice Engineering expertise can work together in a multifaceted approach to a complex challenge.