About us

Drift+Noise Polar Services GmbH is a start-up and spin-off company of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI). The founders look back on more than 15 years of operational experience in polar regions.

Drift+Noise is fully committed to assisting stakeholders acting in polar waters with operational ice information from models and satellites, by leveraging technology from polar research, geophysics, and remote sensing.

We are looking for early-adopters in the marine and polar market who are presently investing in the digitization of their operations. We integrate Agile and DevOps practices to ensure the high quality of our operational services; concepts such as code revision, test driven development, and continuous integration are used in our daily workflow.

Key users of our services include icebreakers like Polarstern (the German national icebreaker operated by the AWI) and Aurora Australis (chartered by the Australian Antarctic Division), expedition cruise companies such as Hapag Lloyd Cruises and Marine Technology and Engineering Organisations like the Hamburg Ship Model Basin (HSVA).

Our Bremen office is headed by

Dr. Lasse Rabenstein

Dr. Lasse Rabenstein

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

Position


Chief Technology Officer

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

Position


Chief Research Officer

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 Institute Jena

Our Antwerp office is headed by

Matthias Verbeke

Matthias Verbeke

Position


Head of Business Development & Legal

Main focus


Entrepeneuership

Experience


Co-founder of several start-ups