Andrew Fleming at the British Antarctic Survey will be presenting "Ships in ice – Keeping Antarctic mariners up to date."
Abstract: The British Antarctic Survey and other ship operators in the Southern Ocean need up-to-date sea ice information to keep them safe and support efficient navigation choices. This requirement for easily accessible ice information extends from the immediate needs of the ships to longer term planning of seasonal schedules. BAS utilises a wide range of information, in particular Copernicus Sentinel-1 radar imagery, to deliver the Polar View service to all users in the Southern Ocean for over 15 years. In this presentation I will describe the motivations and implementation of Polar View. We will cover the types of information provided, the importance of near-real-time delivery, the data processing chain involved, considerations of new cloud processing platforms and novel (machine learning) options for extracting relevant information. The presentation will conclude with some ideas about the future direction of the service and relevant case studies of our support to Antarctic operations.