Using a long rope that resembles a giant lasso, a boat tows an iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland.
The attacks Icebergs can cause serious damage to pipelines, which are essential for transporting oil from platforms, explains Hamed Azimi.
The latter adds that by better assessing the importance of the size of the submerged portion of the iceberg, companies will be able to make more informed decisions on ice management.
The machine learning tool used by Hamed Azimi relies on a database that includes information on about 200 icebergs and historical data on seafloor scouring.
Most data comes from the Center for Cold Ocean Resources Engineering (C-CORE) at Memorial University.
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Hamed Azimi is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Civil Engineering at Memorial University, St. John's, Newfoundland Labrador.
Hamed Azimi intends to set up an online platform allowing oil companies to model the importance and possible impacts of all the icebergs floating quietly towards the south after be detached from Greenland.
If the goal is to protect underwater pipelines and cables, why not just bury them? Hamed Azimi explains that most of these installations are installed below the surface of the earth or in a trench, at present, but this work tens of meters below the surface of the ocean entails expenses significant.
The researcher also points out that when icebergs or pieces of pack ice scrape the seabed, a phenomenon observed in Arctic and subarctic waters, they can leave furrows from 50 cm to 5 m deep.