In partnership with the community-based ice-monitoring social enterprise called SmartICE, we will develop a new remote sensing platform that will mitigate the on-ice risks of community sea ice monitoring across Inuit Nunangat. The safety of SmartICE operators measuring sea ice thickness is especially at risk during freeze-up and break-up seasons when the ice travel conditions are marginal. The use of an unmanned areal vehicle (UAV or drone) to carry the ice thickness sensor, instead of a towed sled, would allow the operators to survey the marginal ice from a safe distance.
The goal of this research is the development and operationalization of new hazardous ice mapping technology to mitigate impacts of warmer winters and springs on sea-ice travel in Arctic communities. In partnership with the northern social enterprise, SmartICE, we will develop the capability to detect and map slush and incorporate the technology into their mobile sea-ice thickness mapping system - the SmartQAMUTIK.
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