Collaborating with clients and partners, the NRC is developing and enhancing technology to more accurately forecast the drift path of icebergs and improve safety in Arctic waters.
- Continue to refine iceberg drift forecasting, which is essential for safe shipping and offshore drilling operations
- Develop and enhance the Iceberg Drift Model as a reliable method of forecasting the drift paths of icebergs
- Enhance the Iceberg Drift Model by:
- ensuring the model continues to incorporate the comprehensive physics of iceberg motion, deterioration and calving
- using a robust numerical method and the latest generation of ocean current forecast products
- enhancing the model's usefulness in a range of Arctic conditions by studying the drift of icebergs in pack ice
- Collaborate and share the Iceberg Drift Model with our Canadian government partner, the Canadian Ice Service of Environment and Climate Change Canada, and four international agencies that issue iceberg forecasts: the United States (International Ice Patrol), Norway, Denmark and Argentina
- Through this international community, coordinate efforts to use and improve the Iceberg Drift Model to support safe navigation and offshore operations in all waters where icebergs are a concern
- Lead one of the international community's first actions, with funding from the Government of Canada's Program of Energy Research and Development (PERD), to modernize the Iceberg Drift Model to:
- facilitate international collaboration
- use web services to quickly access a variety of weather forecast products required by the model
- The Canadian Ice Service of Environment and Climate Change Canada
- Private consultants
- The international use of a modernized Iceberg Drift Model will help improve the safety of shipping and offshore drilling operations in Arctic waters.