by Alexandra Stocker on 2021-01-27
Our team is growing, and we have two new members! Bernhard Schmitz joined in July 2020 as a software engineer. With his background in geophysics he is the driving force of our new ice information app IcySea! Alexandra Stocker joined in December 2020 and with her master thesis on the relationship between sea ice variability and maritime activities around Svalbard, she is doing outreach and collecting user feedback to improve IcySea.
If you have been following our blog, you probably came across SVALNAV. That was the project name which eventually changed to have the same name as the App it developed: IcySea! We released the IcySea App in November 2020. In this the first version, we focuse on the Svalbard area by providing three different sea ice information layers: sea ice concentration, drift ice and Sentinel1 images. The big advantage of IcySea is its low-bandwidth suitability. It is a so called Progressiw Web App (PWA). Therefore, it looks like a web page, but is indeed an App and can be opened even offline. The grid system allows users to select smaller tiles of interest by downloading low- or high-resolution Sentinel1 images, see image below. Sea-ice concentration is being updated up to 8 times a day, depending on location. This features are ideal for operations in remote areas. More information on the IcySea App can be found here.
IcySea, a) with delimited area of Sentinel1 tiles around Svalbard, b) sea ice concentration and 16 Sentinel1 downloaded tiles from January 26, 2021.
The Svalbard area of IcySea will remain free of charge until the end of December 2021. Thanks to the work of our software engineers, the IcySea App is now supported on iOS devices, such as iPhones and iPads! This was pushed forward after receiving feedback from multiple users. And we are happy to announce that IcySea has reached 100 users this week! Before the summer starts, we are planning to release a new version of IcySea that will include Greenland. More information on this version will come in the next months. In parallel, we are planning to include more layers, on ice and weather information as well as navigational features. If you have any wishes on future layers, do not be shy and shoot us an email. We are more than happy to hear your ideas!