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Ice Conditions Index for the Arctic




In collaboration with USCG and other government agencies, the ADAC team is developing Arctic Ice Condition Index (ARCTICE). In this project, the team is focused on the ice laden waters of the Bering, Chukchi and Beaufort Seas (corresponding to the U.S. Arctic Extended Economic Zone (EEZ). The project produces an easy-to-understand numeral to communicate ice conditions that are relevant to the capabilities of an individual vessel. This index will be available for current and future ice conditions, providing forecasts from 72 hours up to 1 month in advance. Based on completed and transitioned Great Lakes ICECON investigations, proposed research will result in providing marine operators a transition destination ready access to this information, in particular the U.S. National Ice Center (USNIC) and the Alaska Ocean Observation System supporting vessel captains and officers in route planning and in determining associated risk with traveling through a particular region in the Arctic Waters.

Accordingly, project researchers plan workshops and seminars (using distant technologies as appropriate) in coordination with USCG D17 to collaborate with ice and maritime transportation experts. These experts are from a range of organizations including (but not exclusive to): NOAA, the U.S. National Ice Center, the US Army Corps of Engineers Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL), USCG RDC, USCG D17, Transport Canada, the Canadian Ice Service, the Finish Meteorological Institute, and the University of Alaska. Transitioned ARCTICE is planned to publish to U.S. National Ice Center and will be readily to USCG D17 and Arctic mariners.

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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