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The 2014 North Pole web cams were deployed by the University of Washington and images are available from the North Pole Environmental Observatory website for Web Cams 1 and 2. See links to animations below each web cam image below.

Web Cam 1 stopped transmitting June 27, 2014 and Web Cam 2 stopped transmitting July 1, 2014. Both web cams were probably destroyed by pressure ridges, earlier than usual, but that is a known risk in deploying instrumentation in the Arctic.

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SMALL or LARGE animation of 2014 web cam 1
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SMALL or LARGE animation of +- 2014 web cam 2
2014 drift track map. Click for LARGE image.
Web Cams since 2011

2014 info Web Cam 1 & 2 images from NPEO Drift Track from NPEO Webcam animations: small 1, 2 | large 1, 2 | YouTube
2013 info Web Cam 1 & 2 images from NPEO Drift Track from NPEO Webcam animations: small 1, 2 | large 1, 2 | YouTube
2012 info Web Cam 1 & 2 images from NPEO Drift Track from NPEO Webcam animations: small 1, 2 | large 1, 2 | YouTube

2011 and earlier Web Cams:

• All images 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002
• Moods of the North Pole 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002
• About the environment                 2003 2002
• About the instruments 2011 2010   2008       2004 2003 2002
• About the web cam(s) 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005   2003 2002
• Weather data 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002

Animations of Web Cam images:
2014 animations from web cams | small 1, 2 | large 1, 2
2013 animations from web cams | small 1, 2 | large 1, 2 | YouTube
2012 animations from web cams | small 1, 2 | large 1, 2 | YouTube
2011 animations from web cams | small 1, 2 | large 1, 2 | animations from USCG Healy Track1, Track2
2010 animations from web cams | small 1, 2 | large 1,, 2
2009 animations from web cam | small 1 | large 1 | YouTube
2008 animations from web cams | small: 1, 2, 3, 4 | large: 1, 2, 3, 4 | YouTube
2007 animations from web cams 1, 2 | YouTube | animations from the R/V Polarstern 3, 3 large, 4, 4 large
2006 animations from web cams | small 1, 3 | large 1, 3
2005 animations from web cam 8
2004 animations from web cams | small 1, 2 | large 1, 2
2003 animations from web cams | small 1, 2 | large 1
2002 animations from web cam 1 | YouTube

To ensure animations play within a player (e.g. QuickTime) rather than the browser, right-click the animation link and download the .mov file to your computer. Double-click the .mov file to start the animation.

More Information:

NOAA/PMEL's North Pole web cam deployments began in April 2002. The web cams operate during the Summer warmth and daylight (April - October) and are redeployed each Spring. The images from the cameras track the North Pole snow cover, weather conditions and the status of PMEL's North Pole instrumentation, which includes meteorological and ice sensors (seen in the camera images). The instruments typically continue to transmit data for months after the solar-powered web cams stop. The North Pole Web Cam team includes Bill Parker, Sigrid Salo, Tracey Nakamura, Nancy Soreide and Jim Overland.

Web Camera provided by Star Dot Technologies with technical support by Vance Kozik. System design by Oceantronics. Camera images are relayed via the Iridium satellite system. Images by NOAA/PMEL. If you wish to use these photographs, please contact arctic.webmaster@noaa.gov.

In 2012, the North Pole Web Cams were deployed by the University of Washington and images available from the North Pole Environmental Observatory website.

NSF The North Pole Web Cam is part of the North Pole Environmental Observatory, a joint National Science Foundation-sponsored effort by the Polar Science Center, / APL / UW, the Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory / NOAA, the Japan Marine Science and Technology Center, Oregon State University, Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory, and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Polar Science Center

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