The Baltic Ice Map created by IMWM displays the current ice situation in the Baltic Sea. The maps illustrate the type, distribution and concentration of ice, as well as ice deformation processes (columns, cracks, layers, and ice compression) by means of international signs and symbols in line with the glacial terms and symbols of the World Meteorological Organization (World Meteorological Organization).

The map also provides additional information on ice thickness and the location and operation of icebreakers.

Snow on the Polish coast

As you can see on the map below, there is a Zalew Szczeciński ultra-pressurized raft. There is fresh ice in the Zatoka Pucka area and most of the Hel Peninsula from the Gdańsk Bay side. On the other hand, in Lake Vistula, on the Polish side and in Kaliningrad Oblast, the ice has a solid shape.

Cover in the Baltic Sea

A map of the entire Baltic Sea shows that the ice surface is very diverse. In the northern part of the Gulf of Bothnia (the area between Sweden and Finland), most of the raft is very compact or flat ice. The closer to the coast, the more primary ice sheets, compact floating ice, or solid ice.

In the Gulf of Finland (between Finland and Estonia) the ice is generally fine or dense.

On the other hand, in the southern part of the Gulf of Riga (near Estonia and Latvia) the ice is compressed. The primary ice sheets form in the northern part.

There is also an ice cap around Öland (Sweden), in the waters of Ise Fjord, Smalandsfarvandet and Alborg Bugt (Denmark).

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Satellite images of the Baltic Sea

Satellite imagery developed by IMGW was taken on February 15 by the European Space Agency (ESA) Sentinel-2 satellite. As part of the Copernicus program, it systematically captures images at high spatial resolution (from 10 to 60 meters) on land and coastal waters.