Recent Blog Posts

Safer shipping over ice

by Lasse Rabenstein on 2019-04-05

Even if the number of ships in the Arctic is still manageable, this is likely to change in the long term; especially considering the increasing number of ice-free days. Navigation safety needs to be addressed today.

ssh, tmux and vim: A Simple Yet Effective Pair Programming Setup

by Paul Cochrane on 2019-04-04

At Drift+Noise, we try to use Agile software development methods where possible. One of these methods is Pair Programming. This article gives a behind-the-scenes look at how the technical aspects of our pair programming setup looks and mentions some of our experiences with the technique so far.

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

by Lasse Rabenstein on 2018-04-12

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 Unfortunately, all information on board is already outdated the moment it is available, as sea-ice drifts several kilometres a day.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.

Heritage Expeditions uses operational ice maps

by Lasse Rabenstein on 2018-02-08

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.

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

by Lasse Rabenstein on 2017-10-13

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?