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Archive for August, 2011

The 15th Annual Snow & Ice Symposium of SIMA, June 20-23, 2012

SIMA,  a nonprofit professional trade association for snow and ice is organizing the 15th Annual Snow & Ice Symposium, June 20-23, 2012 in Buffalo, NY! More information on the education, events, and registration for the 2012 Symposium will be available in Winter 2012. Interested in becoming a speaker in 2011-12? Speaker and education proposals are due August 31, […]

ICETECH 2012 to be held in Banff, Canada

CETECH 12, the international conference and exhibition on ships and structures in ice, is going to be held in Banff, Alberta, Canada, from September 17 to 20, 2012. The conference is organized by the Arctic Section of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME). The important dates of the conference are: Abstract Submission […]

Molikpaq – Journey from Canadian Arctic to off-coast Russia

The drilling and oil production platform, Molikpaq, is a steel caisson, ice-resistant structure, built to explore for oil in the Canadian Beaufort Sea. It was used in the 1980s in the Canadian Beaufort Sea for the exploration drilling of oil and gas. The platform was extensively instrumented for the structural responses due to ice loads […]

POAC 2011 in Montreal concluded, POAC 2013 to be held in Finland

In the 21st International Conference on Port and Ocean Engineering under Arctic Conditions (POAC 2011) was successfully held in Montreal, Canada from July 10 to 14, 2011. The conference with the theme "Resource Development and Transportation in Polar Regions," had a record number of participants in POAC history. The conference included five keynote speakers, more […]

Structures in the Arctic

Arctic being cold and un-welcoming for human settlement, it has remained one of the most inhabitable places in the earth. That doesn’t mean human activities will not exist in the area. People have been living in the Arctic region for various activities including research, exploration, and oil drilling. These activities require job specific structures to […]

Antarctic ice flow mapped for the first time

A complete map showing the speed and direction of ice flow in Antarctica is prepared for the first time. Antarctica is huge and mapping is not easy task. The map is derived from radar interferometric data from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s ALOS PALSAR, the European Space Agency’s Envisat ASAR and ERS-1/2, and the Canadian […]

Walruses started hauling out on the Alaska shore

Earlier than normal decrease in sea ice and the movement of walruses towards shore has worried the environments and wild life conservationists.  Two large haul-outs of walrus seen on Aug. 17, 2011, near a beach north of Point Lay. Total number of walrus is estimated to be 8,000 in the area. Credit: Blaine Thorn, via […]

Shrinking Greenland ice sheet

Following the trend of melting of the ice in the Arctic, Greenland’s ice sheet and glaciers are shrinking at an alarming rate. Melting of ice in Greenland sends huge icebergs (like the one that blocked the Newfoundland’s Goose Cove harbor) and gushing water in the Atlantic. The melting threatens to raise ocean level causing flooding […]

Melting of Arctic ice to pause for a decade?

A NCAR research team has found that the Arctic ice, under current climate conditions, might expand for about a decade before it follows the current declining trend. The study published in Geophysical Research Letters, Read more in this UCAR article. Title: Interannual to multidecadal Arctic sea ice extent trends in a warming world Authors: Jennifer […]

Arctic to be ice-free soon – melting at 4x faster than predicted?

With the record decrease in ice extent and volume, the threat of global warming on the global climate has turned out to be very real. Many are alarmed and frustrated on the realization that there is nothing much they can do, except of course, to dump the pop can they used during lunch in the […]