Ice forecast

From Glossary of Meteorology

ice forecast

Describes the predicted position of ice boundaries and expected ice phenomena (ice concentration, distribution, stage of development, thickness and direction of drift, number and size of icebergs) for a specified period and for a specified locality, based on forecast meteorological and oceanographic conditions and the regional ice climatology.

An ice forecast is often issued to cover the period between the current ice analysis and the next scheduled ice analysis.