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Remote Sensing of Sea Ice in the Northern Sea Route

Studies and Applications

  • Provides the first comprehensive description of using SAR data for supporting navigation in sea ice in the Northern Sea route

  • Details the experience of using SAR data onboard icebreaker for selecting optimal route in ice

  • Estimates economic benefits achieved through sea transportation


Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xli
  2. Pages 65-148
  3. I. Ye. Frolov, V. Yu. Alexandrov, Ye. U. Mironov, A. G. Gorshkovsky, N. G. Babich, V. G. Smirnov
    Pages 423-425
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 427-530

About this book


Remote Sensing of Sea Ice in the Northern Sea Route: Studies and Applications initially provides a history of the Northern Sea Route as an important strategic transport route for supporting the northern regions of Russia and cargo transportation between Europe and the Northern Pacific Basin. The authors then describe sea ice conditions in the Eurasian Arctic Seas and, using microwave satellite data, provide a detailed analysis of difficult sea ice conditions. Remote sensing techniques and the basic principles of SAR image formation are described, as well as the major satellite radar systems used for ice studies in the Arctic. The authors take a good look at the use of sensing equipment in experiments, including the ICE WATCH project used for monitoring the Northern Sea Route. The possibilities of using SAR remote sensing for ice navigation in the Northern Sea Route is also detailed, analysing techniques of automatic image processing and interpretation. A study is provided of regional drifting ice, fast ice and river ice in the coastal areas of the Arctic Seas. The book concludes with a review of the practical experience using SAR images for supporting navigation and offshore industrial activity, based on a series of experiments conducted with the Murmansk Shipping Company on board nuclear icebreakers.


Coast Ice Navigation Marine Sciences SAR Sea ice transport

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center, Mohn-Sverdrup Center for Global Ocean Studies and Operational Oceanography Geophysical InstituteUniversity of BergenBergenNorway
  2. 2.Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing CenterBergenNorway
  3. 3.Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing CenterSt. PetersburgRussia
  4. 4.Murmansk Shipping Company MurmanskRussia
  5. 5.University Courses on Svalbard-UNISLongyearbyen, SvalbardNorway
  6. 6.Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute (AARI)St. PetersburgRussia

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Remote Sensing of Sea Ice in the Northern Sea Route
  • Book Subtitle Studies and Applications
  • Authors Ola M. Johannessen
    Vitali Alexandrov
    Ivan Ye. Frolov
    Stein Sandven
    Lasse H. Pettersson
    Leonid P. Bobylev
    Kjell Kloster
    Vladimir G. Smirnov
    Yevgeny U. Mironov
    Nikolay G. Babich
  • Series Title Springer Praxis Books
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Praxis Publishing Ltd 2007
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science Earth and Environmental Science (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-540-24448-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-642-06378-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-540-48840-8
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XLI, 472
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Jointly published with Praxis Publishing, UK
  • Topics Geophysics/Geodesy
    Freshwater & Marine Ecology
    Geoecology/Natural Processes
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Industry Sectors
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Oil, Gas & Geosciences


From the reviews:

"Remote Sensing of Sea Ice in the Northern Sea Route is a timely work. … The book is amply and well illustrated with 186 figures, a section of 55 color plates, and many tables. The references extend over 28 pages, providing a valuable guide … . a valuable addition to the literature on Arctic sea ice that details the extensive work on the topic carried out in the former Soviet Union and in Russia. … to be available primarily to specialist libraries." (Roger G. Barry, Eos, July, 2008)

"The book is very timely. … 28 authors have contributed to the seven chapters of the book … . also comprises lists of tables, figures, and abbreviations, as well as references, index, and a glossary of sea-ice terms. The quality of printed SAR images is remarkably good … . overall the book includes a wealth of information and facts. … is a must for anybody involved in shipping along the NSR, including ship operators, politicians, and scientists." (Christian Haas, Polarforschung, Vol. 76 (3), 2006)