Our Arctic Test Site in Utqiaġvik, Alaska
Our main test site is on a lake in Utqiaġvik, Alaska (also known as Barrow) located at the northernmost tip of the United States in the Arctic Circle.
Last year, we deployed 15,000 square meters of material. In 2017, we deployed our material solution on 17,500 square meters (over three football fields!) of ice. Both tests received successful results.
Our process includes climate modeling, deployment and monitoring in an Arctic environment, which is critical for our team. This process allows us to gather data on material effectiveness and test our instrumentation.
We test our automated material spreader to ensure that material is dispersed in a uniform manner. Our test site also provides real-world experience for deploying in harsh Arctic conditions.
In our most recent Arctic ice testing season, analysis of treated versus untreated areas showed higher reflectivity and thickeness in Ice911 treated areas.
Continue to Monitor
Because testing happens on lake ice, the team is able to observe what happens to the material when the ice fully melts. It is non-reactive and integrates with soil at the shore.
With our proprietary remote monitoring buoy, we are constantly tracking how our material is performing during the spring melt from our lab in California.
Fly over our Arctic test site thanks to our drone, Maverick. He’s been helping us capture views by flying high enough to see the lake, but low enough to fly below the clouds that make satellite imagery of the area impossible.