Arctic data are handled and published in a fragmented manner which makes it difficult for various stakeholders to access and re-use data and their related information. Through improving the availability of data according to the FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) guiding principles, Arctic Passion is not only supporting its Services in as indicated by our living Data Management Plan but also by putting specific emphasis on structured data management for Essential/Shared Arctic Variables or documentation. The aim is a coherent, integrated Arctic observing system using the SAON (Sustaining Arctic Observation Networks) Data Portal. This approach considers and integrates already existing similar activities and implementation, as well as, if necessary, develops tools and services to simplify FAIR data generation and publication of analysis-ready datasets.

Online data portals and tools 

In addition to the SAON Data Portal, several other online services are being developed under Arctic PASSION: 

Arctic Window 

Arctic Window provides a gateway to all pilot services and other observations in the Arctic carried out by the project. It will be further developed over the entire project. You can access the Arctic Window via the top menu or using this link.

The Sea Ice Portal

The sea ice portal gives up-to date data information about polar sea ice, including near real-time data from buoys deployed in the Arctic Ocean. Arctic PASSION contributes with the gathering of scientific data and have deployed buoy measuring air, snow, ice and water temperatures, atmospheric pressure, snow depth and solar radiation as well as its GPS position. You can access the Sea Ice Portal here. 

Arctic Seas Portal 

Arctic PASSION is supporting Arctic Seas Portal by non-profit Snowchange Cooperative, a network of local and Indigenous communities around the north. You can access the Arctic Seas Portal through this link.

Arctic Landscape Explorer tool

Arctic PASSION is enhancing a permafrost online tool by customising it to the non-scientific end-users needs as one of its services. The tool has been shown to people who are living and taking decisions in the Arctic and for their input on how it can be optimised for their needs and what they are particularly interested in. You can access the permafrost online tool is available through this link or read more about the Pan-Arctic requirements-driven Permafrost Service.

Lake Ice Service for Arctic Climate and Safety 

The Finnish Environment Institute’s Earth Observation service for Arctic climate and safety includes a lake ice service, providing near real-time information about the ice conditions of freshwater lakes, based on satellite imagery and in-situ information (community-based monitoring and governmental observations). It’s an excellent tool for visualizing spatiotemporal data in map format or as statistical time series. You can access the Lake Ice Service here or read more about the Lake Ice Service for Arctic Climate and Safety. 


Daily Sea Ice Index

The Norwegian Meteorological Institute has developed a tool for sea ice extent visualization. Sea Ice Extent is defined as the area covered by a significant amount of sea ice and is one of the headline indicators for climate change.   The Sea-ice concentration data is taken from the EUMETSAT OSI SAF. The tool can visualize both daily and monthly sea-ice extent, at global and regional scales. 

An Integrated Fire Risk Management (INFRA) Service for Arctic wildfires

The Italian National Research Council has developed a web mapping service that shows the near real-time risk of wildfires, early identification of outbreaks and short-term evolution of fire events within 6 hours. The service currently covers the following areas: