Earth Observation In the Polar Regions
Challenges and Opportunities Await
Polar regions are distinctly different from other geographic areas and share a common set of characteristics, including large, remote areas of limited accessibility; low population densities; sensitive ecosystems of global importance; rich non-renewable (hydrocarbons, minerals) and renewable (fisheries, forestry) resources; and increasing industrial activity.
In recent years, the uniqueness of these Polar Regions and their importance to the world has been recognized, and efforts have been made to develop policies in a cooperative manner across regions and nations. These policies are aimed at resolving the specific environmental and development challenges faced by Polar Regions. In order to support balanced and sustainable development in these areas, effective monitoring strategies are vital to understanding polar conditions, identifying the impacts of environmental and human pressures, and guiding appropriate responses.
Earth Observation Is a Powerful Tool
But, how can millions of square kilometers of one of the most remote and difficult regions in the world be monitored? Fortunately, there is a way – the poles are currently covered by wide range of advanced sensors that can continuously monitor many parameters of interest to scientists, residents, and other polar stakeholders. These sensors sit on earth observation satellites.
Earth Observation (EO) is a powerful tool in the polar context. Because of the extent, remoteness, and isolation of these regions, remote sensing is often the only cost effective and technically feasible means of obtaining information. Also, modern sensors can provide types of information that are not available from any other source. This information can support monitoring and analysis of issues relating to the environment, safety, and sustainable development.
How Polar View Can Make a Difference
Polar View is ideally positioned to provide a growing community of users with vital earth observation information related to resource development, safety of operations and environmental protection in the cryosphere. Polar View services help optimize transportation routes, mange hydropower generation, ameliorate flood hazards and support adapting traditional ways of life to the consequences of climate change.