Live from the North Pole!
Deployment of the 2014 Web Cams is underway right now...
The 2013 North Pole web cams were deployed by the University of Washington and images are available from the North Pole Environmental Observatory website for Web Cam 1 and Web Cam 2. See links to animations below each web cam image.
NOTE: Web Cam 1 fell on its side on August 6, 2013. Amazingly, it is still transmitting images (mostly of the surface ice).
NOTE: The polar web cams have been picked up by scientists aboard research vessel KV Svalbard on September 20, 2013. This marks the end of season for the 2013 North Pole Web cam deployments.
|Last full webcam1 image.
See animation of
webcam1 small or large
|Last webcam2 image. Research Vessel KV Svalbard in background.
See animation of
webcam2 small or large
|2013 drift track map. Click for LARGE image.|
- 2013 Webcam animations: 2013 Web Cam video | small 1, 2 | large 1, 2
( updates 3x/week through July; daily starting August; YouTube video at end of deployment)
- About the 2013 summer melt ponds - from the North Pole Environmental Observatory
- 2013 News highlights about the Arctic.
- Arctic Report Card - updated annually in Autumn
- Summer sea ice transition 2002-present - spring thaw, summer melt ponds, autumn freeze-up Arctic videos and North Pole web cam videos
|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:
Animations of Web Cam images:
2013 animations from web cams |small 1, 2 | large 1, 2 (3x/week; daily updates start in Aug) | 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.
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 email@example.com.
In 2012, the North Pole Web Cams were deployed by the University of Washington and images available from the North Pole Environmental Observatory website.
|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.|