Education and Special Interests

There are a variety of applications in which Polar View information might be of benefit to the educational sector. For example, elementary and high school students may be undertaking projects in which visualizing how global climate change is affecting sea ice in the Polar Regions (e.g., coverage, thickness, movement, etc.) could be very beneficial. Researchers in post-secondary education can benefit from access to Polar View information for applications like climate change studies, new designs for structures in the arctic marine environment, etc.


The growing interest in the Polar Regions, stimulated by increased opportunities for shipping, fishing, adventure tourism, etc. has raised awareness globally about the potential represented by these regions for commercial exploitation as well as the increased risk of environmental degradation and natural resource depletion. As a consequence, a wide range of Polar Region interest groups have emerged (e.g., Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition, Circumpolar Conservation Union, Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources, Inuit Circumpolar Council, Polar Bears International). Polar View information can be used by these groups to support their submissions to governments to influence public policy related to the Polar Regions and to educate the public about the dramatic changes taking place in the regions.