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Explore the Arctic through observations, modeling and analysis

Due to rapid warming in the Arctic, sea ice is thinning and retreating, making more Arctic waters increasingly accessible to shipping and transportation, research and exploration, and other economic development activities. Increased maritime activities in the region pose potential risks to the Arctic environment, especially in areas used by fishing vessels, offshore oil, and gas industry and cruise liners. Marine structures operating in the ice-covered part of the region also lead to changes in the Arctic icescape. Using a combination of data from field experiments, models, satellites and observations, this project explores complex interactions between ice and marine structures in the Arctic to develop a conceptual framework for risk assessment and modelling to provide safe shipping and operations in the region. The knowledge acquired through the project benefits a wide range of stakeholders, such as residents, businesses, local, regional, and government agencies, and researchers who are invested in the well-being of the region to ensure a resilient and sustainable Arctic environment. The project also provides research opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students and a postdoctoral researcher and outreach to minority students for learning mechanical engineering.

In the Arctic, a major barrier to understanding the relationship between sea ice and marine structures is the complex, evolving nature of Arctic system interactions. Therefore, this project utilizes a reduced-order modeling framework to simplify these complex ice-structure interactions through understanding the dynamics of each parameter and finding the dominant environmental and structural conditions governing these interactions. This project develops a state-of-the-art ice-structure interaction modeling framework and risk assessment concept. Meteorological and oceanographic data from satellite images, data stations, and meteorological institutions, as well as structural response data from marine structures are studied to create data matrices and to facilitate the development of an efficient framework. Using sparsity-promoting multivariate analysis techniques and equation free modeling, the nonlinear nature of such interactions are clarified. The developed model is used to form a novel risk assessment concept, which assists ship operators and people working on other man-made structures to provide informed decisions during operations in the Arctic.


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A Collaborative & Diverse Group

The team members at NNA project are made up of experienced and dedicated researchers from a wide variety of disciplines and backgrounds. What unites them is an undying passion for learning and discovery. Meet them below.

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Principle Investigator, Assistant Professor of Ocean and Resources Engineering

Areas of Interest: fluid-structure interactions, ice-structure interactions, reduced-order modeling, marine structures, nonlinear dynamics

Fluid-structure interactions and nonlinear dynamics research group

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Co-PI, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Areas of Interest: Resilient urban communities and infrastructure systems from hydrodynamic hazards; circulation and transport in nearshore regions and oceans; wave hydrodynamics; sea level rise; sea ice affecting oceanic processes.

Visit : Coastal Hydraulics Engineering Resilience (CHER) Group Page



Graduate Student

Grant is a MS candidate in ORE specializing in data science and remote sensing, naval architecture, and offshore engineering.

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Collaborator, Assistant Professor of Offshore Engineering at TU-Delft, The Netherlands

Dr. Hendrikse is an expert in ice-structure interaction modeling and floating offshore wind turbine designs.

Visit :

  1. Dr. Hendrikse Group at TU-Delft

  2. ResearchGate

  3. GoogleScholar

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PhD Student

Ph.D. Student, University of Hawaii at Manoa in Ocean and Resources Engineering, 
MS, Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering, Germany, 2021
BS, Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering, Germany

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PhD Student

Ph.D. Student, University of Hawaii at Manoa in Civil Engineering
M.S., University of Alaska Anchorage, Project Management, 2020
B.S., University of Alaska Anchorage, Civil Engineering, 2006

Specialization: Risk Assessment, Sea Ice-Structure-Wave interaction  

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