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ICECON

Ice Conditions for the Great Lakes

Established

2017

Summary

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 has developed 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. ICECON forecasts relevant conditions 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. In parallel with the development of ICECON, the research team identified and adopted a vessel classification system to define a number of vessel classes and the ice-capability of ships in those classes (in terms of ICECON). As the ICECON project now advances through final testing and validation, the forecasting 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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Researchers

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			 		Bochenek
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AIS-PAC

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HIOMAS

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ICECON

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AIFC

Rob Bochenek

Support Team



rob@axiomdatascience.com

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			 		Butler
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ICECON

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Arctic Geofencing

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ARCTICE

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Arctic GIS

Dr. Shawn Butler

Support Team



sabutler2@alaska.edu

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			 		Frazier
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ICECON

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AOSM

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ARCTICE

Kelsey Frazier


907.602.6543
kafrazier@alaska.edu

Kelsey “Doc Freeze” Frazier

Kelsey “Doc Freeze” Frazier is an avid Alaskan outdoorswoman but a consistently slow runner. She would argue, though, that being the slowest runner of the group means you get more time to enjoy being outside! It was her indefatigable love of all things outdoors that led Kelsey to pursue a career promoting both human and environmental safety. Kelsey began her tenure with ADAC as a fellow where she supported projects investigating oil spill remediation in the Arctic, the complexities of sea ice substructures, and where she laid the groundwork for what is now the Arctic Ice Condition Index (ARCTICE). After graduating in December of 2019 with her B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Kelsey continued in a new role at ADAC as a Research Associate. Currently she supports the advancement of the ARCTICE project, participates in an international sea ice modeling colloquium, and is working to develop new projects to support a safer Arctic region.
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			 		Peng
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ICECON

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AOSM

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ARCTICE

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Storm Surge

Dr. Jifeng Peng



jpeng@alaska.edu