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April 12, 2018

High resolution ice forecasts: Is that possible? We accept the challenge with the ESA kick-start project PRIIMA.

Several sources for ice information exist on the market. Unfortunately, all information on board is already outdated the moment it is available, as sea-ice drifts several kilometres a day. Arctic stakeholders are in an urgent need for ice forecasts. Presently there is no high-resolution ice forecast product available on the market. PRIIMA will deliver ice forecasts with the resolution of a satellite radar image. The concept is pragmatic in the sense that it establishes a helpful product developed in close collaboration with our test users from the field of cargo shipping, research ice breakers and expedition cruises.

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Februrary 08, 2018

Heritage Expeditions uses operational ice maps

By Lasse Rabenstein

The 2017/2018 expedition cruise to Eastern Antarcticas Commonwealth bay, conducted by Heritage Expeditions , was assisted with Drift + Noise’s operational ice maps. The cruise took place on the Akademik Shokalskiy , a Russian owned cruise and research ship.

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October 13, 2017

Rendezvous of four gigantic icebergs in the hotspot of Antarctica’s cruise industry

By Lasse Rabenstein

After a long journey, four gigantic icebergs have finally reached the open waters north of the Antarctic Peninsula. Each of the four icebergs are approximately 50 km in length. Nevertheless, they are only fragments of yet larger icebergs which calved between 1987 and 2010. The question is where they float next, when will they break apart, and will they remain in these waters until the Antarctic expedition cruise season starts?

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June 09, 2017

Workshop on satellite services for the maritime industry
21 September 2017 in Hamburg

Join the MARSAT workshop on satellite services for the maritime industry and register via Email at

  • Topics covered are: safety of navigation, environmental mapping, situational awareness, ice services, voyage planning
  • The workshop is half a day long (08:30 - 13:30)
  • It is free of charge
  • It is in English language
  • It directly follows the World ECDIS day
  • See the flyer for more detailed information

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May 31, 2017

Great support by the Copernicus Masters programme

By Lasse Rabenstein

Drift+Noise is one of the finalists of the 2016 Copernicus Masters Challenge . It is a great support and accelerated the development of our operational ice map product significantly.

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May 15, 2017

Antarctic Cruises - Smarter Sailing with Satellite Data

By Lasse Rabenstein

Remote Antarctica; How to get up to date ice information for a safe planning of the route ahead? The answer comes from space with a variety of satellite missions operated by NASA, ESA or JAXA. A test case of the first version of Operational Ice Maps took place in the beginning of 2017. The m/v Ortelius , operated by Oceanwide Expeditions , went from Ushuaia in Argentina, via the Ross Sea to New Zealand, and back again. The ice-map support in that case study was financed by the DLR funded research project MARSAT .

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April 18, 2017

Ice Shipping 4.0. - Digital data from space on board

By Lasse Rabenstein

It's not science fiction anymore. Fully automated 24/7 near-real-time ice image information support for tactical decision making in polar waters is available now. Our support system includes: (i) an operational satellite image database, (ii) communication lines between ships, satellites, and the internet, (iii) the automatic ship identification system (AIS), (iv) standardized image visualization and (v) high performance computer systems. The Drift & Noise ice information service smoothly integrates these items with on-board operational procedures.

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December 09, 2016

Looking through the clouds

By Lasse Rabenstein

Move the slider to compare optical and radar images.

Optical satellite images are a great help to find your way through or around the ice. Unfortunately, clouds often mask your view of the ice. Radar images such as those provided by ESA´s Sentinel-1 missions are independent of clouds and daylight. The image comparison shown here is an impressive example of the advantage radar images have compared to optical images.


October 6, 2016

Fully automated support of ice breaker activities with near-real time radar images from space

by Lasse Rabenstein

Tactical decisions for navigation in or close to ice infested seas are difficult, as ice conditions change continuously. Satellite radar images from the Sentinel-1 satellites of the European Space Agency (ESA) provide images of ice situations several times a day. These data are open and therefore free of charge. Presently Drift & Noise Polar Services delivers customized Sentinel-1 radar images to the research ice breaker Polarstern. If you are interested to support your tactical decisions on board in a similar way, please contact us under

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September 21, 2016

Drift & Noise joins MARSAT, assisting the maritime world from space

MARSAT establishes innovative and satellite based earth observation services to ensure safe and economic marine activities. Drift & Noise's development contribution will be a near-real time service for satellite images over ice covered oceans: automated, easy to handle and transmittable to remote areas . MARSAT consists of small and medium enterprises from the maritime and earth-observation sectors and was initiated in July 2016.

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September 2nd, 2014

Open Data Portal for low-bandwidth sea-ice information delivery

by Thomas Krumpen

we are happy to announce the release of an OPEN DATA PORTAL for On-Site Sea ice Information (OSSI)

The service is intended for researches and stakeholders in sea ice covered regions with low data bandwidth connections. Fill in a request in the web-based order form, and you will receive updates via email with sea-ice concentration information in your area of interest up to 8 updates a day.

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