Current Polar View Services

The Project
PolarView Antarctic node home page

PolarView Antarctic data in GoogleEarth

PolarView Antarctic data in interactive JAVA
ice/weather/ocean information system


The Polar Context
PolarView supports DAMOCLES (a large IPY project of the European Comission)

PolarView Arctic data in interactive JAVA ice/weather/ocean information system


The ICEMON project
The Northern View Project

Antarctic monitoring in GoogleEarth

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The Polar View Antarctic node presents:

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PolarView Antarctic node
AMSR-E Ice covers

The overall daily development in the ice cover around the continent is presented in the form of passive microwave images generated from data from the AMSR-E instrument on the Aqua satellite of NASA and JAXA.
Data processing performed at DTU.

ENVISAT ASAR 3-day mosaics More details on the sea-ice conditions as well as iceberg locations are presented using ENVISAT ASAR data from the European Space Agency.
The images are mosaics of all available satellite passes during the last three days. Data are available for selected regions only.  (The SAR images are turned off by default, you have to activate them in the "Places" panel).   Data processing performed at DTU.

Ice drift from ENVISAT ASAR 3-day ice drift vectors derived from ENVISAT ASAR data. Data processing at DTU, ENVISAT ASAR data provided by the European Space Agency.
Ice drift data calculated from ENVISAT ASAR swath data from ESA.
Data processing performed by DTU. During the summer months the amount of data is rather small since the algorithm does not work so well in low ice concentrations.

Drift buoys
Drift buoys. The location of the buoys as well as the drift track for the past 1-2 months.
Drift buoy locations provided by the Russian Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute in St. Petersburg.

Larger icebergs
Locations of identified larger icebergs.
The iceberg data are provided by the Brigham Young University.

R/V-Lance (NPI)
R/V-Polarstern (AWI)
Aurora Australis (AAD)
James Clark Ross (BAS)
Ernest Schakelton (BAS)

Location of selected research vessels. Currently we have included the location of the Norwegian research Vessel Lance, the German Research Vessel Polarstern,
the Australian
Aurora Australis, and the British Research Vessels RSS James Clark Ross and RSS Ernest Schakelton.
Antarctic stations and bases

Location of a selection of more than 120 Antarctic research stations and bases. - Past and present!

Contact at DTU: Roberto Saldo (

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