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Ships and Waves Reaching Polar Regions

Objective

SWARP will develop downstream services for sea ice and waves forecast in the Marginal Ice Zone (MIZ) in the Arctic. Waves in ice are one of the most hazardous phenomena for vessels and industrial activities in the polar seas, but there are presently no services providing any information about either the waves themselves or their effects on the ice state (in particular the distribution of ice floe sizes). The monitoring and forecasting systems developed in SWARP aim to become operational by the middle of the project, filling a gap in the present marine core and downstream services of GMES. A waves-in-ice model will be first validated then included in the forecasting services provided downstream of MyOcean (Arctic sea ice forecast) and as part of Prévimer (global wave forecasts). In addition to wave and sea ice forecast models, the project will develop satellite observation methods for waves in ice and other ice properties in the MIZ such as ice concentration, ice types, ice thickness, ice drift and ice edge configuration. Existing and new satellite observing systems, especially SAR, optical and altimeter data, will be utilized for retrieval of waves and other ice properties in the MIZ. The project will be exploited operationally using data from future GMES satellites such as Sentinel-1. The project will integrate the new met-ocean services in state-of-the-art services for onboard navigation and shore-based contingency planning.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/astronomy/planetary science/satellites
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/public services

Call for proposal

FP7-SPACE-2013-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

STIFTELSEN NANSEN SENTER FOR MILJOOG FJERNMALING
Address
Thormohlensgate 47
5006 Bergen
Norway
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 820 962
Administrative Contact
Knut Holba (Mr)

Participants (7)

INSTITUT FRANCAIS DE RECHERCHE POUR L'EXPLOITATION DE LA MER
France
EU contribution
€ 356 237,50
Address
1625 Route De Sainte Anne Zone Industrielle De La Pointe Du Diable
29280 Plouzane
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Janick Vourc'h (Mrs)
Scientific foundation Nansen International Environmental and Remote Sensing Centre
Russia
EU contribution
€ 145 500
Address
14Th Line Street 7A
199034 St. Petersburg
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Vladimir Volkov (Dr)
NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 329 436,22
Address
Polaris House, North Star Avenue
SN2 1EU Swindon Wiltshire
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Denise Martin (Ms)
NAVTOR AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 263 243,25
Address
Elganeveien 1
4370 Egersund
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Bjørn Åge Hjøllo (Mr)
UNIVERSITE DU QUEBEC A RIMOUSKI
Canada
Address
Allee Des Ursulines 300
G5L 3A1 Rimouski
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Dany Dumont (Prof)
UNIVERSITY OF OTAGO
New Zealand
Address
Saint David Street
9054 Dunedin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Vernon Squire (Prof)
OCEAN DATA LAB
France
EU contribution
€ 236 540
Address
Deolen
29280 Locmaria-plouzane
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Fabrice Collard (Dr)