Seasonal Ice Mass Balance Buoy 3

SIMB3 is our third generation Seasonal Ice Mass Balance buoy and flagship product. Designed with input from world leading scientists and researchers, SIMB3 was created to be the signature tool for autonomous mass balance monitoring of seasonal sea ice. A floating, spar-type buoy, SIMB3 is capable of mass balance measurement through the melt season and is survivable in open water.

Once installed, SIMB3 directly measures ice growth and ablation using a pair of ice-facing acoustic rangefinders. By independently measuring ice surface and bottom position, SIMB3 can distinguish between surface and bottom melting. Because the positions are directly measured, this measurement can continue into the thin, isothermal, regime of the summer months.

Cryosphere Innovation was founded to make SIMB3 available to the research, government, and commercial communities. If you are interested in purchasing SIMB3, or if you have questions about using SIMB3 for your use case, please contact us!

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Direct determination of sea ice mass balance

Adaptable with non-standard instruments

Lightweight at just 35 kg

Custom shipping crate and carry case for easy shipping anywhere in the world by standard means

Iridium connectivity for reliable communication worldwide

Ice thickness measurement up to 3 m

Single person, tool-free, deployment

Sensor Suite

  • Maxbotix 7374 Downward Looking Snow Rangefinder 1mm resolution
  • Airmar EchoRange+ Upward Looking Underwater Rangefinder
  • Bruncin (R) 192 sensor digital temperature chain
  • Air Temperature Sensor
  • Barometric Pressure Sensor
  • Adafruit GPS
  • Iridium SBD connectivity
  • On board SD card

Features

  • Direct measurement of ice mass balance
  • Field assembly in < 30 min without tools
  • Lightweight at 35 kg (75 lbs)
  • Real time hosted data
  • Small external visible profile
  • Adaptable with non-standard instruments
  • User selectable transmission intervals

Customer Pictures

SIMB3 Deployment Manual
SIMB3 Technical Data Sheet
SIMB3 Journal Paper

Sensor Suite

  • Maxbotix 7374 Downward Looking Snow Rangefinder 1mm resolution
  • Airmar EchoRange+ Upward Looking Underwater Rangefinder
  • Bruncin 192 sensor vertical temperature chain
  • Air Temperature Sensor (DS18B20)
  • Bosch BME280 Barometric Pressure Sensor
  • Adafruit MTK3339 GPS
  • Iridium SBD connectivity

Features

  • Direct measurement of ice mass surface and bottom position change (mass balance)
  • Assemble in < 30 min by one person without tools
  • Lightweight at 35 kg (75 lbs)
  • Real time hosted data
  • On board SD card
  • Adaptable with non-standard instruments
  • User selectable transmission intervals

Documentation

SIMB3 Deployment Manual
SIMB3 Technical Data Sheet
SIMB3 Journal Paper

Customer Pictures

Cryosphere Innovation creates tools for observing earths most inhospitable environments. Founded in 2017 by Cameron Planck and James Whitlock, our mission is to develop tools that help improve the understanding of the natural world.

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