Oil and Gas: Arctic Offshore Monitoring

MDA supports oil and gas operators and service companies across the Arctic region, delivering reliable broad-area ice information from multiple space borne radar sensors. MDA leads the industry with near-real time performance and imaging flexibility to provide accurate daily ice information critical to managing offshore operations. Its vast archive of ice imagery supports both historical and engineering studies of Arctic ice movement and seasonal patterns.

Decades of declining sea ice levels across the Arctic has driven a major increase in oil and gas exploration, transportation, tourism, and fishing activities. Global economic growth and the resulting demand for petroleum products from emerging economies has shifted the exploration focus from traditional regions around the world to the increasingly accessible Arctic reserves.

Operators who commit to oil and gas exploration and production in the Arctic face a unique set of challenges. The remote location, harsh climate, highly variable maritime conditions, low light and limited visibility during winter months, and the fragility of the ecosystem are unlike any other place on Earth. Reliable weather forecasts, ice navigation, dependable supply chains, emergency response contingencies, situational awareness, and communications each presents its own unique set of challenges to overcome.

Knowledge and situational awareness in changing sea ice and weather conditions is critical for safe and efficient navigation across Arctic seas. To fill this knowledge gap and address ice and weather-imposed navigation challenges, MDA has a range of powerful space-based Arctic monitoring and reporting solutions available.