2018-2019 Ice Season Wrap-up

Mild Conditions

During the past season just below 400 FDDs were accumulated in Peshnoi area which makes it a mild season. Ice has appeared in middle of November although it has not grown significantly until middle of December. By end of month ice cover has reached about 50% and stayed at that level until middle of February. Ice volume was continuously increasing through December, January and February and reached maximum of about 10 cubic kilometers by middle of February. Break-up started in the second half of February. By middle of March has completely melted. Ice season duration was about 120 days which is an average value observed through history of observations.   

Ice Season from Space

Scroll through selection of remote sensing images below to see how ice cover developed through the course of winter.

Ice & Metocean Observations

The following video is a daily time lapse of ice and metocean observations for the whole season

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Ice drift through Kashagan area

High resolution optical image from Landsat-8 allowed to observe ice condition in Kashagan area during westerly ice drift in December 2018.

By beginning of December ice has not yet stabilised in Kashagan area. Easterly winds have pushed mobile ice floes through Kashagan area with multiple artificial obstacles. Acting as anchoring points installations have captured most of ice floes and created large ridge and rafted fields on the eastern side of islands while western part remained in open water conditions. 


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