Sample Polar View Floe Edge Service satellite image map, March 30, 2013

LifeLinkedtoIce Polar View  Floe Edge Service 

Box 12. Augmenting traditional knowledge to adapt to uncertain sea ice conditions

Reliable knowledge about sea ice conditions is essential for hunters [373]. As ice becomes less predictable, technology can augment the hunters’ own traditional knowledge to improve the safety and efficiency of hunting on ice. A service in Canada’s high Arctic provides Inuit communities with satellite image maps (Figure 39), updated three to five times a week, showing floe-edge location and ice conditions [374]. Maps are downloaded, printed and posted locally. The service started in 2003 and has expanded over the years to include harvesting areas for more communities [375]. In Alaska, weekly reports on ice conditions from several sources, both science-based and hunter-based, have been provided to walrus hunters via the internet for each hunting season since 2010 [376].


Figure 39. Sample Polar View Floe Edge Service satellite image map, March 30, 2013

Image provided by Noetix Research 


Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) 

The data can be downloaded freely. Users are requested to reference the source.

Eamer, J., Donaldson, G.M., Gaston, A.J., Kosobokova, K.N., Lárusson, K.F., Melnikov, I.A., Reist, J.D., Richardson, E., Staples, L., von Quillfeldt, C.H. 2013. Life Linked to Ice: A guide to sea-ice-associated biodiversity in this time of rapid change. CAFF Assessment Series No. 10. Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna, Iceland. ISBN: 978-9935-431-25-7.


373. Gearheard, S., Matumeak, W., Angutikjuaq, I., Maslanik, J., Huntington, H.P., Leavitt, J., Kagak, D.M., Tigullaraq, G., and Barry, R.G. 2006. “It’s not that simple”: A collaborative comparison of sea ice environments, their uses, observed changes, and adaptations in Barrow, Alaska, USA, and Clyde River, Nunavut, Canada. Ambio 35(4): 203-211. doi:10.1579/0044-7447(2006)35[203:intsac];2.
374. Polar View and Noetix Research Inc. no date. Ice-edge monitoring. Available from
375. Laidler, G.J., Hirose, T., Kapfer, M., Ikummaq, T., Joamie, E., and Elee, P. 2011. Evaluating the floe edge service: How well can SAR imagery address Inuit community concerns around sea ice change and travel safety? Canadian Geographer-Geographe Canadien 55(1): 91-107. doi:10.1111/j.1541-0064.2010.00347.x.
376. SEARCH. 2012. Sea Ice for Walrus Outlook (SIWO). Study of Environmental Arctic Change. Available from 

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