Thanks to an agreement with the Italian Navy Hydrographic Institute (IIM) e-GEOS was engaged in the monitoring of the ITS Alliance vessel from space, during the HIGH NORTH18 campaign from July 10th the 24th of July. The Alliance started its navigation from the Norwegian port of Tromsø with the aim of leading an Arctic marine geophysical campaign between the seas of Norway and Greenland up to 81° 50' North.
The mission was conducted by the Italian Navy crew, under the scientific coordination of the Italian Navy Hydrographic Institute (IIM).
During this campaign, e-GEOS acquired and made available COSMO-SkyMed radar images, a system owned by the Italian Space Agency (ASI), also integrating AIS data provided by exactEarth. Moreover, e-GEOS used ESA Sentinel-1; all these data were used to experiment and develop innovative services in support of the Alliance safety of navigation in the Arctic.
Thanks to the unique characteristics of the COSMO-SkyMed Radar Constellation technology and its polar orbit, offering global coverage (including the Poles), it was possible for e-GEOS to monitor the route every day, both day and night.
As part of this activity, called ArNaCoSky (Arctic Navigation with COSMO-SkyMed), e-GEOS made available both to the ship and to the mission control centers reports and information on the state of the ice ahead of the route, maritime traffic analysis on both cooperative and non-cooperative vessels.
Thanks to this campaign, it was demonstrated that it is possible to support the development of Arctic and Trans-Arctic new routes navigation by improving innovative practices for the safety of the crew while respecting the Arctic environment.
The satellites monitoring provided also evidence that the mission was respectful towards the Arctic environment.
From the 12th to 25th of July 2018, more than 50 data were acquired by the COSMO-SkyMed satellite constellation which, together with Sentinel-1 data were analysed to provide the Alliance vessel crew with information on ice extent and fragmentation; AIS data (courtesy of exactEarth) were made available and integrated over the whole area covered by the vessel route. The amount of imagery was determined by the requirements that IIM and e-GEOS jointly agreed. During a period of 8 days for example, the Alliance vessel was detected more than once a day.
With its new Maritime Surveillance Platform SEonSE (Smart Eyes on the SEas), e-GEOS provided access to maritime traffic information, vessels detection from satellite (including the ones not transmitting AIS signals), route prediction, early warning notifications, integrating maritime traffic data such as AIS and open-source data. AIS data are provided by exactEarth within the agreement with e-GEOS.
Given its global importance, the Arctic should remain a region of peace and international cooperation. Furthermore, Indigenous people’s expectations regarding the development of their region should be supported and at the same time, such development should not be at the expenses of the fragile Arctic environment.
e-GEOS campaign during High North 18 aims at demonstrating that SAR Earth Observation satellite missions data (COSMO-SkyMed andSentinel-1) can be combined with AIS and other information, using new analytic platforms such as SEonSE, in order to make available to crews and decision makers reliable elements about safety and security.
e-GEOS innovative solutions and methodologies are based on monitoring and validation activities and can contribute to the Arctic region development and its security, remotely.
e-GEOS for High North 18 campaign in numbers
- Full duration of the campaign: 13 days (12th to 25th , July 2018)
- COSMO-SkyMed data collected (different modes): 50+ images
- Sentinel-1 data collected: 4
- Information extracted from Radar data:
- Ice extent map
- Ice fragmentation map
- Vessel detection
- Oil slicks in the surroundings of Alliance
- AIS data (courtesy of exactEarth) made available of the whole area and used in correlation with radar detections