About Us

Welcome to Drift & Noise

Drift & Noise assists companies and organisations – both commercial and non-profit – involved in the development of economic activities in ice-covered waters, whose common main concern is the risk of harm to health, safety and environment.

With its sea ice management products and services Drift & Noise offers important risk management tools based on scientific expertise and supported by a time-tested consulting methodology.

Drift & Noise operates in close collaboration and with the support of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research.

Drift & Noise supports problem solving and risk management in a very broad range of applied domains and across sectors.

Clients rely on the Drift & Noise team, composed of geophysicists, remote sensing experts, software developers and polar researchers, including an advisory board of international academic repute:

Dr. Lasse Rabenstein

Dr. Lasse Rabenstein

Drift & Noise Polar Services

Position


Managing Director

Main focus


Geophysics

Entrepeneurship

Experience


Strong field experience from several expeditions in the high Arctic
Geophysical exploration of sea ice, glaciers & permafrost.
Projects with the Alfred Wegener Institute, ETH Zurich, University of Alaska Fairbanks, DLR
Dr. Paul Cochrane

Dr. Paul Cochrane

Drift & Noise Polar Services

Position


Head of Software Development

Main focus


Development of the OSSI framework and associated software tools. Administration of the DNPS server infrastructure.

Experience


Strong software development experience in the areas of theoretical physics, computational geophysics and high performance computing
Development, maintenance and extension of scientific computing platforms in various fields
Projects at the University of Queensland, the Leibniz University of Hannover as well as international Open Source Software projects
Dr. Panagiotis Kountouris

Dr. Panagiotis Kountouris

Drift & Noise Polar Services

Position


Head of Remote Sensing

Main focus


Development of satellite image processing algorithms. Operational ice maps. Administration of the DNPS server infrastructure.

Experience


Environmental Physics, Remote Sensing, Numerical Modelling
Projects at Max Planck Insitute Jena
Dr. Stefan Hendricks

Dr. Stefan Hendricks

Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar & Marine Research

Position


Co-founder, Consultant

Main focus


Sea ice thickness measurements from airborne & satellite platforms.

Development of high accuracy sea ice thickness instruments using multi frequency electromagnetic induction sounding.

Experience


Strong field experience from several expeditions in the high Arctic
Senior Geophysicist at AWI
Projects with the European Space Agency (ESA), University of Alaska Fairbanks & University of Alberta
Dr. Thomas Krumpen

Dr. Thomas Krumpen

Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar & Marine Research

Position


Co-founder, Consultant.

Main focus


Radar & optical sea ice remote sensing.

Macroscale analysis of changes of sea ice concentration & drift patterns and on the growth of Arctic sea ice.

Experience


Strong field experience from several expeditions in the high Arctic
Development of remote sensing data analysis algorithms
Senior Scientist at AWI
Projects with the European Space Agency (ESA), the Russian Arctic and Antarctic Institute (AARI) and the German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Matthias Verbeke

Matthias Verbeke

Drift & Noise Polar Services

Position


Head of Business Development & Legal

Main focus


Entrepeneuership

Experience


Co-founder of several start-ups