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Sovremennye problemy distantsionnogo zondirovaniya Zemli iz kosmosa


Sovremennye problemy distantsionnogo zondirovaniya Zemli iz kosmosa, 2017, Vol. 14, No. 1, pp. 247-251

Ice conditions in the construction area of the Crimean Bridge in February 2017

E.A. Loupian 1 , O.Yu. Lavrova 1 , M.I. Mityagina 1 , A.G. Kostianoy 2, 3 
1 Space Research Institute RAS, Moscow, Russia
2 P.P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology RAS, Moscow, Russia
3 S.Yu. Witte Moscow University, Moscow, Russia
Accepted: 22.02.2017
DOI: 10.21046/2070-7401-2017-14-1-247-251
In the present paper we consider the situation that arose as a result of ice advection from the Sea of Azov in the Kerch Strait in the period from 4 to 17 February 2017. This process has led to the fact that the Crimean Bridge under construction played the role of a dam that almost stopped the ice drift in the direction of the Black Sea. The paper considers a series of observations obtained from different satellite systems and discusses some aspects of the observed situation. It is noted that since advection of ice from the Sea of Azov into the Kerch Strait occurs fairly regularly, and the Crimean Bridge, especially during its construction phase, apparently, has a significant influence on ice dynamics, a permanent monitoring of ice situation in the area is necessary. As one may see from the given examples, such a monitoring can be arranged, if based on integrated use of data from various operating satellite systems.
Keywords: Sea of Azov, Kerch Strait, Crimean Bridge, satellite monitoring, radar images, optical images, ice conditions
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