Polar View Sea Ice Information Services

Application

Polar View, originally developed with funding from ESA and now operating independently, aims to continue as the leading organisation for operational satellite-based monitoring of the polar environments and cryosphere. Through many years of service delivery, Polar View services have demonstrated a significant impact on operations safety, environmental protection and sustainable development to a large and diverse group of end users.

Polar View services provide accurate, real time cost-saving information in a number of areas including glaciers, ice edge monitoring, iceberg & sea ice monitoring, lake & river ice and snow cover. These services provide valuable information supporting sustainable economic development, mitigating the risk of accidents in harsh polar environment and informing efforts to monitor and protect the polar ecosystems.

More recently through European funded projects including ICEMAR and Polar Ice, significant improvements are being made to develop new sea ice information resources and to improve the delivery of information to ships operating in the polar regions.

Role of the Polar TEP

A facility such as the proposed Polar TEP has significant advantages for improved service delivery and development of new services. Operational services rely on stable and reliable IT resources to ensure high levels of service performance.

Polar View near real-time information services use a large volumes of satellite imagery that needs to be accessed, processed and delivered as quickly as possible. The Polar TEP will provide fast access to the Sentinel-1 data stream and access to a range of other data resources. Importantly these data will be made available together with processing capacity. This environment will allow service providers to establish services for end users and improve their reliability and performance.

The Polar TEP environment also establishes an environment for development and operation of new information services, making it a key component for supporting commercial and open information services and their end users.

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