NoICE (Nordic Icing Center of Expertise) is a joint project funded by Interreg Botnia-Atlantica and aimed to palliate the problems caused by atmospheric icing in the Arctic region, a phenomenon which pose severe constraints for the full socio-economic growth of the local communities living there by imposing a series of difficulties for the proper development of basic activities, such as communication, energy distribution, transport etcetera. In addition, icing processes determined by climatic conditions in Scandinavia decrease the performance of different industries, making their functioning more difficult and raising the production costs.
The primary goal of the NoICE project is the creation of a Center of Expertise in Atmospheric Icing devoted to the design of an “innovation cycle” based on an exchange of information with the industry and public stakeholders, while applying the current knowledge about icing processes, so that the existing gaps in it can be identified and appropriately filled by means of dedicated research. Besides, attention will be payed to the specific needs of the stakeholders in order to define the most convenient technology to be developed.
As the Interreg programme demands, NoICE is being run by a transnational consortium formed by Tampere University of Technology and University of Vaasa, from Finland, and Umeå University and Luleå University of Technology, from Sweden.
The NoICE center will be born as a node for icing knowledge transfer, with the aim of generating icing related technology expertise among the stakeholders, what will permit to face the associated problems in a more efficient and coordinated way. It is meant to last far beyond this initial creation funded period, being supported afterward by the expected network of stakeholders’ associations whose formation want to be favoured.
The areas which the center’s activities are going to be focused on are:
In particular, the role of the Group of Atmospheric Science as the Luleå University of Technology’s representative, will be related to this latter area by applying its expertise in Earth and planetary atmospheric research, including modelling and observations.
The work of GAS entails instruments development, as well as acquisition, processing, and interpretation of observational data, in order to understand atmospheres and environments.