Sea Ice and Weather Forecasting
Texas A&M University
Improving situational awareness is a critical element in supporting planning and emergency response efforts to environmental marine hazards in the Arctic. However, several factors complicate planning and emergency responses to maritime hazards in the Arctic; including the remote location of disasters, limited local response assets, and infrastructure. While some tools provide information on environmental conditions in the Arctic, there is a need to improve decision support tools in manners that better serve operators. To address this need, the research team on this project is developing a decision support tool, grounded in stakeholder interactions, to support weather and sea ice-sensitive decision-making related to marine environmental hazards in the Arctic. The project is focused on the waters surrounding Utqiagvik, Alaska.
As reported in the associated project for ADAC Program Year 5, Dr. Kettle's team developed a sea ice movement radar algorithm as a proof of principal to monitor sea ice in the vicinity of Utqiagvik, Alaska. UAF Geophysical Institute researchers associated with completed project worked with Sandia National Lab and their hosted X -band Radar at the Barrow Arctic Research Center (BARC) to upload the software to establish this proof of principal effort. Please note, this is experimental data and should not be considered an operational decision making tool/application. Here's the link: http://nanuna.gi.alaska.edu/media/vap/ARM_seaice/
Dr. Nathan Kettle
Ph.D. Geography Research Assistant Professor, University of Alaska Fairbanks