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Monday 13th November 2017


Our current knowledge of sea ice mechanics stems largely from measurements performed in a multi-year ice setting, rather than the first-year, sea-ice dominated Arctic of recent years.  Even less information is available regarding sea ice mechanics in the Antarctic.  The remarkable reduction in Arctic sea ice extent and thickness we have witnessed over past decades influences many fundamental sea ice processes, including its dynamics, mechanics and thermodynamics. As a result, our current state of knowledge of these processes and the validity of many of the parameterisations presently embedded in models become questionable.  This workshop aimed to provide an open forum to discuss the present level of our knowledge on sea ice interaction with dynamic and fixed structures such as ships and platforms.

The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is a Centre of the UK Natural Environmental Research Council that delivers and enables world-leading interdisciplinary research in the polar regions with a strong focus on the Southern Ocean and Antarctica. BAS has a long history of ship and airborne operations in the ice-covered seas spanning both hemispheres. 

This knowledge exchange event was in partnership with the British Antarctic Survey, the EU project ICE-ARC and as part of the Isaac Newton Institute Research Programme on the Mathematics of Sea Ice Phenomena

Aims and Objectives

BAS invited participants of the Isaac Newton Institute programme on Mathematics of Sea Ice Phenomena and industrial partners to attend a day of talks and discussions on topics relevant to sea ice interaction with structures, such as ships and fixed platforms. The talks were from a broad range of experts, with the explicit aim to ensure open and free-flowing discussions between all participants. Particular topics covered included overview of sea ice changes in Arctic and Antarctic, advances in technology for ice mechanics, remote sensing for ship routing, and ice forces on ship and structures.


The event took place at the British Antarctic Survey, High Cross, Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 0ET. 

Directions to BAS can be found at There are a limited number of onsite parking spaces, visitor parking is available at Madingley Road Park and Ride (CB3 0EX)

If you have any questions about this event please contact Matthew Polaine