Earth Observation technologies can be used in many places and under a variety of circumstances. We value client feedback as it allows us to continuously improve our products and services to best meet their needs.
Ulf Gullne from the Swedish Maritime Administration uses our sea ice monitoring services to ensure the safe navigation of marine transportation.
Jimmy Qaapik from Grise Fjord, Canada uses our ice edge monitoring service to effectively guide hunting and fishing routes.
Ali Khan from the Water Resource Division, Newfoundland, Canada uses our river ice monitoring service to improve the quality of forecasting for flood protection.
This year’s study was very successful in accurately representing actual ice conditions on the Porcupine River. This product will contribute significantly to enhancing Yukon’s flood monitoring program and may replace the need for the use of aircraft.
Easiest way to find the best possible route for merchant vessels in ice; thus saving time and fuel costs. Most useful data for our purposes. Use of Polar View data onboard icebreakers has sped up ice navigation and increased security. Reliability and quality of routine ice charts by FIMR has also increased by use of more SAR data. Satellite data has replaced ice reconnaissance flights by icebreaker-based helicopters. Earlier at least two helicopters we use onboard icebreaker – today none.
The [Polar View] ice charts are very precise and reliable; when planning the cruises, the ice charts are a must. Trying to understand wildlife in the Arctic would be impossible without them.
The [Polar View] service is first class. Being real-time visual imagery, we found it extremely useful in both day to day operations and longer-term planning.
This service gives a huge step forward in forecasting spring floods, as well from flood protection and from a power production point of view. Satellite data gives us a quick and comprehensive view of snow melting on the whole basin. The knowledge helps us decide which areas will probably produce much inflow in the future and which are drying up. As well, computer models produce more accurate results by using this data.
The [Polar View] imagery has been absolutely invaluable and allowed us to get right into Mawson and back out again last night. Some heavy ice getting in and out but we weaved around it and set a course plotted using the Polar View pics and browser. Couldn’t have done it without the imagery and browser, so thanks very much.
Who Uses Polar View Services
Polar View is currently delivering its services to a diverse group of over 60 international users. Our clients include:
- International Ice Patrol
- Danish Navy
- European Environment Agency
- Parks Canada
- Swedish Coast Guard
- Volvo Ocean Race
- Yukon Department of Environment
- Finnish Maritime Administration
- Norwegian Water and Energy Directorate
Benefits of Polar View Services
Relying predominantly on satellite radar and optical imagery, Polar View’s monitoring and analysis services offer remarkable benefits to both business and society in three main areas: sustainable economic development, safety and environmental stewardship.
Sustainable Economic Development
The Arctic is experiencing an explosion of economic activity. In light of this, Polar View aims to balance commercial interests while protecting the fragile ecosystems of the Polar Regions and the values and traditions of indigenous communities in the Arctic by:
Security & Risk Mitigation
The harsh environments found in the Polar Regions often make maritime navigation challenging. Polar View’s services mitigate the risk of accidents in these environments by providing easy-to-access information that:
The Polar Regions are home to some of the most unique ecosystems on Earth. These ecosystems are coming under increasing pressure from a rapidly changing climate, greater resource extraction and increased ship traffic. Polar View services address environmental concerns by: