Russian scientists will develop autonomous ice station to monitor the under-ice situation in the Arctic
P.P.Shirshov Institute of Oceanology of the Russian Academy of Sciences began the development of an automated system for under-ice sounding, an autonomous ice station designed to monitor the marine environment, meteorological conditions and prevent natural disasters and man-made disasters in the Arctic. It was reported by the Institute press-office.
«During the long polar night, the device will automatically measure the vertical profiles of current velocity, temperature, salinity and ice thickness. This data can be used for the preparation of diagnostic and prognostic materials for hydrometeorological services for marine activities, scientific research and forecasting the state of the natural environment of the Arctic Ocean», - they said.
The development of the institute was presented at the XVI All-Russian Scientific-Technical Conference “Modern Methods and Tools for Oceanological Research” by the Head of the Ocean Acoustics Laboratory of the RAS Alexander Ostrovsky. According to him, autonomous ice stations will also be used to monitor natural and man-made anomalies, prevent natural disasters and man-made disasters.
«This system will become the prototype of the Russian drifting ocean ice stations, which will ensure quick monitoring of the state of the marine environment of the Arctic waters, including along the Northern Sea Route, in order to provide environmentally sustainable development of the region», - Ostrovsky said.