The following real-time monitoring tools display photos and data that are collected and uploaded automatically. Bookmark this page for quick access to recent developments in Alaska and the Arctic.
Barrow Sea Ice Radar
The Barrow Sea Ice Radar is installed atop a four-story building in downtown Barrow and operates year-round. It has a range of approximately 11 km. Radar still images are updated every ten minutes, and 24-hour animations are produced at the end of every day at midnight local time. Radar backscatter maps are produced to provide important information on the movement, deformation, and stability of the coastal ice cover.
Barrow Sea Ice Webcam
The Barrow Sea Ice Webcam is installed atop a four-story building in downtown Barrow, looking approximately NNW. It posts a new photo online every five minutes. In addition to providing a visual impression of the sea-ice conditions off Barrow, webcam images establish a longer-term record of key dates in the seasonal evolution of the sea-ice cover, such as: onset of fall ice formation, formation of a stable ice cover, onset of spring melt, appearance of melt ponds, beginning of ice break-up in early summer, and removal or advection of sea ice during the summer months..
NGEE Barrow Cameras
The NGEE Barrow Cameras capture images of seasonal snowpack transitions. The images are updated every 30 minutes. These cameras are located in Barrow, approximately 320 miles north of the Arctic Circle, and are maintained and operated by the Next Generation Ecosystem Experiments (NGEE) (funded by DOE).
NGEE Barrow Data Charts
The NGEE Barrow data charts provide a variety of real-time data, including air and soil temperatures, for three sites that are very close to one another on different types of polygonal ground: Site A, Site B, Site C. These observation sites are located in Barrow, approximately 320 miles north of the Arctic Circle, and are maintained and operated by the Next Generation Ecosystem Experiments (NGEE) (funded by DOE).
Poker Flat Research Range Super-Site Data Charts
The Poker Flat Research Range Super-Site data charts provide a variety of real-time data, including air temperature, soil temperature, dew point, humidity, wind speed, snow depth, precipitation, pressure, and more. Poker Flat Research Range (PFRR) is located about 30 miles north of Fairbanks. These charts are maintained and operated by JAMSTEC-IARC Collaboration Study (JICS).
UAF North Campus Site Data Charts
The UAF North Campus Site data charts provide a variety of real-time data, including air temperature, relative humidity, wind speed, wind direction, etc. This observation site is located about 900 feet east of Smith Lake in the North Campus of UAF. It is funded by JAXA and IARC.
Seward Peninsula Weather Stations
The Seward Peninsula Weather Stations data portal provides current and historical data of various weather and hydrology sites in the Bering Strait region. Data includes temperature, humidity, wind speed, wind direction, and more. Historical data for some sites are available as comma separated files. These stations and portal are funded by UA-EPSCoR and JAMSTEC.
Daisetsu Mountains Data Monitors
The Daisetsu Mountains Data Monitors provide a variety of real-time data, including air temperature, relative humidity, wind speed and direction, rainfall. This observation site is located around the center of Hokkaido, the northernmost island of Japan. The Daisetsu range is also home to the island’s highest mountain, Mt. Asahi (2,291 m). The monitors are funded by Hokkaido University, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, and public scientific funding agencies (Asahi Breweries Foundation, Japan Science Society, Northern Advancement Center for Science & Technology).
Poker Flat Research Range Super-Site 360° Cameras
The Poker Flat Research Range Super-Site 360° cameras capture images of both the sky and the ground at Poker Flat Research Range (PFRR), located about 30 miles north of Fairbanks. The sky camera is updated every 15 minutes. The ground camera is updated every 3 hours. These cameras are maintained and operated by JAMSTEC-IARC Collaboration Study (JICS).