Abstract

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), in collaboration with the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat (SPRS), conducted the "Oden Arctic Technology Research Cruise" (OATRC2015) in the autumn of 2015. The ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company (EMURC) supported and participated in OATRC2015, as further described in a 2016 ATC companion paper by Lubbad et al. (2016).

The main objectives of OATRC2015 expedition, conducted in the Arctic Ocean North of Svalbard, included collection of full-scale data for modelling floaters in ice and collection of full-scale data for modelling ice management operations. Amongst other research, satellite remote sensing technology was used extensively to support the ice management objectives: (1) preparation for the expedition and site selection; (2) monitoring of ice conditions and results of the trials during the expedition; (3) and ice monitoring in the trials area after the expedition. Both publically and commercially available satellite data were acquired and analyzed.

The paper discusses the role and the importance of satellite remote sensing data in organizing and executing the ice management research as well as challenges associated with satellite data acquisition, interpretation and timely delivery to the vessels operating at 82°N.

The satellite data used at different stages of OATRC2015 expedition covers a wide spectrum ranging from ultra-high resolution images (e.g. WorldView 3 optical satellite imagery with 30 cm resolution and CosmoSkyMed X-band radar satellite imagery with 1 m resolution) to publically available low-resolution AQUA/TERRA MODIS optical satellite imagery with 250 m resolution and 50m resolution Sentinel-1 C-band radar imagery. Approximately 230 satellite images were acquired and analyzed in support of OATRC2015.

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