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Ice Conditions for the Great Lakes




The Great Lakes are the place in the U.S. where the U.S. Coast Guard has the most interaction with vessels in ice. In collaboration with the Coast Guard and others, ADAC’s project team is working to develop an ice condition index (ICECON) for the Canada-U.S. Great Lakes. ICECON is a decision support tool that combines vessel class information with nowcast and forecast lake ice conditions. Researchers plan ICECON forecasts up to 72 hours into the future, making use of circulation and ice models developed by the Canadian WCPS-CGL (Water Cycle prediction System Coupled over the Great Lakes) Forecast. The models will account for Icebreaker activity and its impact on ice conditions. In parallel with the development of ICECON, ADAC will identify and adopt a vessel classification system to define a number of vessel classes and the ice-capability of ships in those classes (in terms of ICECON). The ICECON system will help the Coast Guard provide guidance and appropriate decision support to Great Lakes marine vessels (for a given class) planning a given transit.

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Portrait of 		Dr. Jifeng Peng

Principal Investigator

Dr. Jifeng Peng

Ph.D. Bioengineering Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Alaska, Anchorage

Portrait of 		Dr. Shawn Butler

Supporting Investigator

Dr. Shawn Butler

LTC (Ret.) Army Ph.D. Computer Science Assistant Professor of Computer Science & Engineering, University of Alaska Anchorage

Portrait of 		Kelsey Frazier

Fellow Researcher

Kelsey Frazier

ADAC Fellow
Masters of Science, University of Alaska Anchorage