Ice Hazard Drift Model Study #4 (IHDM4)

Massive drifting icebergs frequently threaten offshore operations on the Grand Banks because of their massive size, and great mechanical strength. These ice hazards move erratically, which complicates efforts to modify their trajectory or undertake evasive action. This MITACS project aims to further improve security of offshore workers and help protect wildlife and the environment by allowing refined prediction of short-term iceberg drift. The funding partner, ASL Environmental Sciences, will benefit through improved capability to provide world-class services to their clients.

Automated Target Classification for Multi-Frequency Echosounders

The oceans cover the majority of our planet’s surface but much of their depths are still a mystery. Improvements in technology have allowed for the development of instruments on underwater platforms and autonomous gliders that are able to survey the world’s oceans. One instrument, called an AZFP (acoustic zooplankton fish profiler), emits high-frequency sonar pulses and listens for backscatter (reflections) to observe fish, zooplankton, suspended sediments, and other quantities in the water column. Backscatter data are complex and time consuming to process and interpret.

Ice Hazard Drift Model Study III

Massive drifting icebergs frequently threaten offshore operations on the Grand Banks because of their massive size, and great mechanical strength. These ice hazards move erratically which complicates efforts to modify their trajectory or undertake evasive action. This MITACS project aims to improve security of offshore workers and help protect wildlife and the environment by allowing more accurate prediction of short-term iceberg drift. The funding partner, ASL Environmental Sciences, will benefit through improved capability to provide world-class services to their clients.

Iceberg and Ice Island Drift Modeling Tools and Techniques

Icebergs off the East Coast of Canada pose a risk to shipping and offshore activities including offshore oil and gas platforms. All Canadians have an interest in understanding these risks and improving safety for individuals while safeguarding wildlife and the natural environment. Recently very large ice islands have been observed which could pose unique threats. A new collaborative research project will use the latest field data to compare and improve competing models which predict where icebergs and ice islands may drift under changing weather and ocean conditions.