Polar View partner wins Avenza Award for excellence in Electronic Mapping in the Antarctic

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September 1, 2010

The recently re-launched Polar View Antarctic Node website, coordinated by the British Antarctic Survey, won the prestigious 2010 British Cartographic Society Avenza Award for excellence in electronic mapping.

The Polar View Antarctic Node website, managed by the British Antarctic Survey, provides easy access to multitude of realtime satellite images and sea ice information.

The combination of up-to-date images, easy access and comprehensive coverage has made this interactive website an essential tool for its growing number of users. Recognized for its excellence, the website recently won the 2010 British Cartographic Society Avenza award for electronic mapping.

“We have been able to provide information to users for the past three years, but the new website allows us to deliver much more information in a more efficient and accessible way. When you combine this with the increased amount of valuable imagery acquired by ESA we have a very powerful result,” said Andrew Fleming from the British Antarctic Survey.

Currently, images presented on the website come mainly from Envisat’s Advanced Synthetic Aperture Radar, which can see through cloud and darkness to acquire the detailed images that are needed for safe and efficient shipping in this region. Simple tools allow users to zoom into areas of interest and download the information they require.

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