Sea-ice information and forecast needs for industry maritime stakeholders

Penelope Mae Wagner, Nick Hughes, Pascale Bourbonnais, Julienne Stroeve, Lasse Rabenstein, Uma Bhatt, Joe Little, Helen Wiggins, Andrew Fleming

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

28 Scopus citations


Profound changes in Arctic sea-ice, a growing desire to utilize the Arctic’s abundant natural resources, and the potential competitiveness of Arctic shipping routes, all provide for increased industry marine activity throughout the Arctic Ocean. This is anticipated to result in further challenges for maritime safety. Those operating in ice-infested waters require various types of information for sea-ice and iceberg hazards. Ice information requirements depend on regional needs and whether the stakeholder wants to avoid ice all together, operate near or in the Marginal Ice Zone, or areas within the ice pack. An insight into user needs demonstrates how multiple spatial and temporal resolutions for sea-ice information and forecasts are necessary to provide information to the marine operating community for safety, planning, and situational awareness. Although ship-operators depend on sea-ice information for tactical navigation, stakeholders working in route and capacity planning can benefit from climatological and long-range forecast information at lower spatial and temporal resolutions where the interest is focused on open-water season. The advent of the Polar Code has brought with it additional information requirements, and exposed gaps in capacity and knowledge. Thus, future satellite data sources should be at resolutions that support both tactical and planning activities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)160-187
Number of pages28
JournalPolar Geography
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - Jul 2 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Sea-ice
  • forecast
  • navigation
  • operational
  • spatial and temporal resolution
  • stakeholders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


Dive into the research topics of 'Sea-ice information and forecast needs for industry maritime stakeholders'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this