This is a short descriptive paper. It is meant to familiarize the reader with some of the ice environment in the Caspian Sea and it presents data not fully used in western countries. The paper describes results of ice studies of the Northern part of the Caspian Sea based on the processing of space survey data. It is shown that medium-scale space surveys may be used to study icing events, but also river networks, and irrigated and unirrigated lands of the Northern Caspian Sea region. These studies are necessary for the optimal design of flood defences, offshore platforms and for other engineering purposes. Data from Meteor satellites is used to study the ice regime. The advantages of using meteo-satellite data to study the dynamics of ice cover and to identify various types of ice, are shown in comparison with aerial surveys.

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