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MOSAiC IMPLEMENTATION WORKSHOP: St. Petersburg: November 13th – November 16th 2017


The MOSAiC team announces and invites you to participate in the MOSAiC Implementation Workshop on November 13th to 16th. 2017. 

4 Aug 2017

Shipping in polar waters

Adoption of an international code of safety for ships operating in polar waters (Polar Code)

​IMO has adopted the International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (Polar Code) and related amendments to make it mandatory under both the  International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) and the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL). The Polar Code entered into force on 1 January 2017. This marks an historic milestone in the Organization’s work to protect ships and people aboard them, both seafarers and passengers, in the harsh environment of the waters surrounding the two poles. 

4 Aug 2017

Towards seasonal Arctic shipping route predictions

In our previous work Melia et al (2016) we showed how trans-Arctic shipping routes would become more available through the 21st century as sea ice declines, using multiple Climate models calibrated to current sea ice observations, eg Figure 1. But sea ice will continue to close shipping routes to open water vessels through the winter months for the foreseeable future and the availability of open sea routes will vary greatly from year to year. In a new paper just published Melia et al (2017) looks at whether the shipping season period (when sea routes are open) can be predicted in seasonal forecasts, again using several climate models, and testing both perfect and imperfect knowledge of the initial sea ice conditions.

28 Jul 2017

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