Human activities are increasingly extending into the high northern areas of the Arctic region, where atmospheric icing is a challenge and a safety hazard as it can affect human activities especially related to construction industry (buildings, communication towers and ski lifts), energy production (wind and solar power infrastructure), energy distribution (power network cables and towers), transportation (roads, bridges), maritime (ships, fish farms, oil rigs) and aviation sector (airplanes and ground conditions). The nICE project aims, ’ To establish a multidisciplinary network of researchers to jointly address the scientific and technological issues related to atmospheric icing on structures in the high north, to lay down the foundations for developing the future Norwegian icing center of expertise, to follow up the strategic plan of the UiT and support UN sustainable development goals in the Arctic region’. Norway is an ice prone country, but currently, no organized atmospheric icing research related infrastructure exists in Norway. This project will help to initiate the strategic vision and related activities in this regard and will improve knowledge about atmospheric ice accretion physics and further developing the solutions to combat icing. This project will also help to strengthen Norway’s international research collaboration on atmospheric icing related topics through working with international institutes, experts, and participation in international research initiatives.
Human activities are increasingly extending into the high north areas of the Nordic region, where structural icing is a concern from operational, maintenance, safety, and financial perspectives. Structural icing events do not only take place in the Nordic region, but are also an issue for other cold regions around the world. Two types of structural icing mainly occur, 1) sea spray icing, 2) atmospheric icing. This project is mainly focused about atmospheric icing on structures. Currently, atmospheric icing conditions in cold regions are insufficiently accommodated in the design requirements covered by the national and international standards. Therefore, there is a growing need to improve knowledge and strengthen expertise about atmospheric ice physics associated with icing on structures, ice detection & mitigation techniques, ice disaster management and safety of human industrial operations in icing conditions.
The nICE project aims to strengthen the atmospheric icing related multi-disciplinary research activities in Norway and will also provide a platform for developing expertise and multi-disciplinary research infrastructure to study and improve knowledge about atmospheric ice accretion physics and its effects. Norway is an ice prone country, but currently no organized atmospheric icing research related infrastructure exists in Norway. In the nICE project, we aim to establish a base to build up research expertise and infrastructure for atmospheric icing, and to establish a future Norwegian icing centre of expertise hosted by UiT and make this an international research hub to address icing related issues. This will also help to strengthen Norway’s international research collaboration on atmospheric icing related topics through working with international institutes, experts, and participation in international research initiatives e.g., Horizon Europe.