Ice Edge Monitoring

Polar View’s Community Ice Service helps Northern residents navigate safely and efficiently when hunting or travelling. We provide up-to-date information on ice edge location, regions of land-fast ice, moving ice and historical averages of ice cover in different areas of the Arctic.


Importance of Ice-Edge Monitoring

Northern communities depend on the floe edge for hunting and fishing, and it is a location of particular interest to the developing tourism industry.

Traditional knowledge is becoming less effective in predicting ice conditions, possibly because of the effects of climate change. As a result, significant numbers of people need additional information to navigate safely in the ice-edge area.

Type of Data

The information required by the local community is up-to-date image maps showing the location of the floe edge, where the ice is mobile, and where it is immobile or “fast”. The product integrates satellite SAR imagery with an analyst’s interpretation of the location of the ice floe edge, and other information such as ice concentration and snow thickness from the Copernicus Marine Service.

Online Delivery to End-users

The ice-edge products are stored on an online system and delivered electronically through a website or to Android phones through an app.  More information can be found here, and the service can be accessed here.

The service is currently available in Clyde River, Nunavut, and Qaanaaq, Greenland.  It has been developed with the assistance of the Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service and the Canadian Space Agency.