Published on: 31.10.2023

Information produced by Finnish Environment Institute

AI service for optical camera network “When will ice break?” released

The new “When will ice break? service uses artificial intelligence to identify the amount and location of snow, water and ice in stream environments from game camera images in real-time, reliably and economically. The service supports monitoring, flood management and research, and enables public participation in model development. 

The water situation can be monitored in pilot sites across Finland. It is highly welcomed if as many citizens as possible would like to test the service by uploading their own photos into it. This will help the AI to read the images even better.

AI identifies amount and location of snow, water and ice in photo.

The service will classify and segment images and automatically remove low-quality ones. The classification tells you the probability of ice, snow or water in the photo with about 95% certainty. However, the model for estimating the amount and location of ice, snow and water still needs to be improved to become operational.

On this website, you can see how artificial intelligence recognizes ice and snow in streams and rivers of water. You can try our service with your own photo. More than 300,000 game camera images in around 100 different locations have been analyzed explored to develop the models in use.

“When will Ice Break” service has been developed by Profetia Solutions OY, AVESTOA & the Finnish Environment Institute, in cooperation with Finnish Centres for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment. The project has also received funding from Maa- ja vesitekniikan tuki ry (MVTT) association and the Hydro-RI-Platform project, which is partly funded by the European Union – NextGenerationEU.

For more information contact

Dr. Jari Silander, Senior Researcher, Finnish Environment Institute (Syke), tel. +358 295 251 638,   

PhD. Anton Von Schantz, CEO, Profetia Solutions Oy, tel. +358 50 434 6501,