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A System for Automated Vision-Based Sea-Ice Concentration Detection and Floe-Size Distribution Indication From an Icebreaker

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Hans-Martin Heyn, Qin Zhang, Roger Skjetne

Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway

Martin Knoche

Technische Universität München, München, Germany

Paper No. OMAE2017-61822, pp. V008T07A012; 10 pages
  • ASME 2017 36th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering
  • Volume 8: Polar and Arctic Sciences and Technology; Petroleum Technology
  • Trondheim, Norway, June 25–30, 2017
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5776-2
  • Copyright © 2017 by ASME


This paper presents a ship-mounted multi-lens camera system for sea-ice monitoring and algorithms to automatically evaluate the sea-ice concentration and to indicate the floe-sizes in a radius of 100 meter around the vessel. During the SWEDARCTIC Arctic Ocean 2016 expedition, 11 camera lenses recorded the sea-ice conditions around the Swedish icebreaker Oden. As an example of the possible use of this image system, the images of six lenses are combined into one 360° panoramic image. To distinguish between water and sea-ice in the images, and thus to evaluate the sea-ice concentration around the vessel, a direct thresholding, the k-means, and a novel adaptive thresholding method are applied. Moreover, an edge detector gives the number of pixels that either form the boundary between sea-ice and water or are part of a visible ice fracture. The ratio between these edge pixels and the total number of pixels containing sea-ice gives an indication of the floe size distribution (FSD) in the image.

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