New Algorithm Developed for Calculating Seawater Salinity

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Russian scientists from the Coordination Center "Floating University" at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology have developed a new algorithm for calculating the salinity of seawater using satellite data. This breakthrough promises significant resource savings in organizing freight transportation along the Northern Sea Route and the Arctic seas.

Ice formed and growing from fresh water is much stronger than ice from salty seawater, which is crucial to consider when preparing and planning routes for icebreaker ships. This development is particularly relevant for organizing icebreaking operations along the Northern Sea Route, characterized by complex ice conditions, including vast areas covered with freshwater ice.

"The application of this new technology will significantly save time and material resources in laying and organizing icebreaker routes in the Arctic seas," the announcement stated.

"In the winter-spring season of 2023/2024, the state corporation Rosatom successfully organized year-round navigation in the eastern part of the Northern Sea Route for the first time, requiring a more sophisticated approach to monitoring and forecasting ice conditions in this previously insufficiently studied water area," explained the Coordination Center "Floating University".