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Proceedings of the 1999 International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS’99), Hamburg, Germany, pp. 1573-1574.


ARKTOS is a fully automated intelligent system that classifies sea ice and that is now being used by the U.S. National Ice Center (NIC) for daily operations related to the NIC’s task of mapping the ice covered oceans. In this paper we describe the process of taking a research project and transitioning it to an operational environment. We discuss the theoretical methodologies implemented in ARKTOS, and how ARKTOS was developed, tested, and finally moved to operations.