TRACKING icebergs provides information on their drift characteristics for iceberg drift research, iceberg drift model development and for keeping track of the icebergs during field operations. The paper provides details of a bi-directional GPS/Iridium satellite telemetry ice tracking drift beacon with flexible data transmission that has been used successfully to track pack ice and extreme ice features and a modified version, which could be deployed by a UAV. The paper also presents various ideas for attaching beacons to icebergs and a gripping mechanism designed to allow a beacon to adhere to inclined ice surfaces. Suggestions are provided to accommodate rolling and decay of the iceberg.
Tracking Icebergs with Remotely Monitored GNSS Satellite Telemetry Ice Drift Beacons
Acevedo, Juan, Ulan-Kvitberg, Chris, Tiffin, Scott, Pilkington, Roger, Cooper, Logan, Soulis, Eric, and Dave Hannah. "Tracking Icebergs with Remotely Monitored GNSS Satellite Telemetry Ice Drift Beacons." Paper presented at the SNAME 11th International Conference and Exhibition on Performance of Ships and Structures in Ice, Banff, Alberta, Canada, July 2014. doi: https://doi.org/10.5957/ICETECH-2014-124
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