Emergency Management

The Arctic nations are jointly responsible for SAR operations in ocean areas under the Arctic Search and Rescue Agreement, which coordinates international search and rescue coverage and response in the Arctic, and establishes the area of SAR responsibility of each state party. Response to marine and aeronautical emergency incidents in the Antarctic and Southern Ocean are coordinated by a number of designated Rescue Coordination Centres (RCCs). Reliable and current information about sea ice conditions are critically important for those vessels involved in SAR operations.


Polar View provides an integrated information service that helps SAR operators quickly and safely navigate through ice-infested waters to reach those in need of rescue. We deliver directly to the ship’s bridge information products combining:

  • Sea Ice Forecasts
  • Sea Ice Types
  • Sea Ice Concentration
  • Sea Ice Thickness
  • Sea Ice Pressure
  • Sea Ice Drift
  • Met-Ocean


On land areas, emergency management organizations need reliable information to help prevent and if necessary respond to emergencies. Spring floods due to ice jams can be a serious problem in many rivers in northern countries. Polar View provides a River Ice information service on the location and extent of river ice covers to decision makers in near real-time, enabling assessment of the level of threat posed by the formation of ice dams and facilitating early warning and risk mitigation. Polar View’s Lake Ice information service can help improve transportation safety, as frozen lakes are an important component of northern transportation networks.

Ice Roads of Canada