Ice Edge Monitoring

Polar View’s ice-edge monitoring service helps Northern residents navigate safely and efficiently when hunting or travelling. We provide up-to-date information on ice edge location, regions of land-fast ice, moving ice and historical averages of ice cover in different areas of the Arctic.

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Importance of Ice-Edge Monitoring

Northern communities depend on the floe edge for hunting and fishing, and it is a location of particular interest to the developing tourism industry.

Traditional knowledge is becoming less effective in predicting ice conditions, possibly because of the effects of climate change. As a result, significant numbers of people need additional information to navigate safely in the ice-edge area.

Type of Data

The information required by the local community is up-to-date image maps showing the location of the floe edge, where the ice is mobile, and where it is immobile or “fast”. The product integrates satellite SAR imagery with an analyst’s interpretation of the location of the ice floe edge, and the location of historical ice edges for the same time period.

Online Delivery to End-users

The ice-edge products are stored on an online system and delivered electronically over the Internet. Users can download and print the products for their use.

The service is currently being used in Amundsen Gulf (Banks Island, Franklin Bay, Holman, and Dolphin and Union Strait) and Lancaster Sound (Admiralty Inlet, Navy Board Inlet, Pond Inlet, and Prince Regent Inlet).