SIMB3 is our third generation Seasonal Sea 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 ice 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!
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
Cryosphere Innovation creates tools for observing Earth's 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.