When the Arctic floe melts at spring, the Inuit have been going to its edges for thousands of years for fishing and finding game. Now, according to a news release from the European Space Agency (ESA), they are helped by its satellite which provide accurate maps of ice and its extent. These maps are also useful for tour guides and to improve safety.
The ESA-backed Northern View Floe Edge Information Service provides regularly updated ice maps of inlets around Lancaster Sound, part of Baffin Bay within Canada's Nunavut Territory. Users can access maps from the Floe Edge service directly via a dedicated website, or else consult printouts posted for the public by the local Parks Canada Office.
This overview contains more details and references. It also includes an image generated by the Northern View Floe Edge product showing ice conditions.
|:: posted by Donald Melanson, 1:35 PM||