Sea Ice Monitoring

Massive iceberg

Sea Ice is an indicator of environmental and climate health. We measure and monitor sea ice in order to track changes and evaluate the environment. Sea ice has become critical in helping us understand and track our changing climate.

Sea ice is a major component and contributor to the ocean sound scape. With the recent widespread decreases in sea ice concentrations, researchers are working to establish acoustic measurements for the ocean’s natural sound levels, prior to increases in anthropogenic activities.

Using hydrophones for long-term acoustic monitoring is an effective tool for observing changing levels of ambient sound related to sea ice dynamics, environmental noise-generating mechanisms, and anthropogenic noise, while simultaneously detecting marine mammals and tracking environmental change.