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Polar Ice: Stimulating Arctic & Antarctic sea ice monitoring services through end-user engagement and the integration of new service lines into GMES downstream services

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 606935

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2014

  • End date

    30 June 2016

Funded under:

FP7-SPACE

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 489 673,86

  • EU contribution

    € 2 499 990

Coordinated by:

EOSPHERE LIMITED

United Kingdom

Objective

The aim of this project is to develop a next generation sea ice information service by integrating and building on a wide range of European and national funded activities which incorporate many of the required components. In the Arctic the retreat of the sea ice during the last two decades is facilitating an astonishing increase in natural resource development accompanied by increased shipping activity. The Antarctic is also seeing increased ship traffic driven by fisheries, cruise ships and scientific research. The past and current funding of European capability has reflected the critical importance of sea ice information in both marine transportation and the impact of regional climate change. However previously funded projects address distinct elements of the complete service chain and it is now timely to bring these together to address some obvious gaps in order to prove a complete and fully operational service is possible.
This project will demonstrate a complete end-to-end operational sea ice information service, by building on existing capabilities and filling gaps in required information and technology. Polar Ice will include development of new information services including sea ice pressure and thickness products. The project will also investigate transfer of current sea ice forecasting methods from the Baltic to wider application in the Arctic and Antarctic. Polar Ice will then demonstrate integration of existing national and European funded capability to prove a complete operational real-time sea ice service. This will encompass primary data delivered by the GMES space segment and marine core services, value added information from GMES downstream activities and industry, delivery based on inter-operable data standards defined by the INSPIRE directive and integration into user systems based on industry requirements and best practice.
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Coordinator

EOSPHERE LIMITED

Address

Great Farm Offices, West Woodhay 3
Rg20 0bp Newbury

United Kingdom

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 367 068

Administrative Contact

Nicholas Walker (Mr)

Participants (13)

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 270 186

DANMARKS METEOROLOGISKE INSTITUT

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 187 452

POLAR VIEW EARTH OBSERVATION LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 35 000

ILMATIETEEN LAITOS

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 159 934

Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 223 124

NORSK REGNESENTRAL

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 159 935

METEOROLOGISK INSTITUTT

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 187 453

SVERIGES METEOROLOGISKA OCH HYDROLOGISKA INSTITUT

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 187 452

DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 237 453

UNIVERSITAET BREMEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 189 934

KONGSBERG SATELLITE SERVICES AS

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 103 999

C-CORE

Canada

EU Contribution

€ 103 000

HICKLING ARTHURS LOW CORPORATION

Canada

EU Contribution

€ 88 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 606935

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2014

  • End date

    30 June 2016

Funded under:

FP7-SPACE

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 489 673,86

  • EU contribution

    € 2 499 990

Coordinated by:

EOSPHERE LIMITED

United Kingdom