On Least Cost Paths Using Informational Properties of SAR Imagery of Sea Ice

  • Bryan Kerman
Conference paper
Part of the Solid Mechanics and Its Applications book series (SMIA, volume 94)


Previously reported results for the statistical mechanics description of sea ice imagery are applied to the calculation of paths of least cost from an origin to a destination. Key steps in the process are the identification of ice type in terms of the correlation of textural and structural information, the use of local networks to obtain consensus as to a local ice type, and the use of the length of these networks to estimate ice thickness. An Operations Research approach is employed to develop an energy-based cost function for a ship to move in the ice field between a specified origin and destination.


Gibbs Measure Cost Path Operation Research Model Statistical Mechanic Description Connected Length 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bryan Kerman
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  1. 1.Meteorological Service of CanadaCanada Centre for Inland WatersBurlingtonCanada

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