Polar Studies

Web Information Sources for Educators.

An Exploratorium Learning Studio Resource Guide
For Arctic and Antarctic resources

This page is intended to be a quick guide to only a few resources.
See your local library for more information on this topic.

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Current News Sources

Official Agency Pages


Research Institutions

Projects and Programs

Periodicals / Magazines / Journals

Publication Directories


Maps and charts

Data Sets


Image Sources

Web cameras


Materials in the Learning Studio

Other Useful and Interesting Sites

Related Pages:

Atmospheric Science

Earth System Science



Current News Sources:
Sites devoted to news on the topic of this page.

Canada's Polar Life - Arctic News

CBC North

Official Agency Pages:


Australian Antarctic Division (AAD)


The Arctic Ecosystem (Environment Canada)

Canada and the Circumpolar World - Le Canada et l'univers Circumpolaire

Canadian Polar Commission - La Commission canadienne des affaires polaires,

Northern Affairs Program - Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

Northern Contaminants Program (NCP) - Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

Polar Continental Shelf Project (PCSP) / Étude du plateau continental polaire (ÉPCP)

Permafrost Research at the Geological Survey of Canada

Prairie and Northern Region - Environment Canada


National Research Programme in Antarctica


Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute (AARI)


Airborne Topographic Mapper Arctic Ice Mapping

Arctic Submarine Laboratory

NOAA Arctic Theme Page

Office of Polar Programs at National Science Foundation



Directory of Polar and Cold Regions Organizations

International Permafrost Association (IPA)

Specific, Antarctic:

Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs COMNAP

Joint Committee on Antarctic Data Management JCADM

Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research SCAR

Specific, Arctic:

Arctic Athabaskan Council (AAC)

The Canadian Arctic Resources Committee (CARC)

Ecological Monitoring and Assessment Network for the North EMAN-North

Research Institutions:


Arctic Antarctic Research Center

British Antarctic Survey

National Institute of Polar Research

National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC)

Scott Polar Research Institute University of Cambridge

Specific, Antarctic:

Specific, Arctic:

Arctic Institute of North America

ARCUS | Arctic Research Consortium of the U. S.

Center for Global Change and Arctic System Research

Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR)

Projects and Programs:


Byrd Polar Research Center

Specific, Antarctic:

Antarctic Mapping Mission (AMM) - Canadian Space Agency

Specific, Arctic:

Arctic Nuclear Waste Assessment Program

High Latitude Dynamics

Hudson Bay Project

International Arctic Buoy Programme (IABP)

The North Pole Environmental Observatory

The PathP:TOVS Polar Pathfinder Project

Polar Science Center - University of Washington

Polar Science Center Hydrographic Climatology (PHC)

POLES Polar Exchange at the Sea Surface

The Radarsat Geophysical Processor System (RGPS)

SCICEX, Scientific Ice Expeditions

SEARCH ,the Study of Environmental Arctic Change

SHEBA Surface Heat Budget of the Arctic Ocean

Periodicals / Magazines / Journals:

Print Periodicals with Web Pages:

Arctic Contents

Publication Directories:

Archives - Canadian Polar Commission

Arctic Literature

Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme - Online Documentation

Australian Antarctic Division - Antarctic Program publications

Publications - Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

Online Publications - Polar Science Center

SHEBA - Historical Documents

SHEBA - Project Reports and Presentations


ASTIS Subset Databases

SPRILIB Antarctica

SPRILIB Russian North

Maps and charts:

Arctic Ecosystem Map - Environment Canada

Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme - Maps and Graphics

Arctic theme page - Maps

Canada's Polar Environments - Maps

Government of the Northwest Territories

Maps of regions within the Arctic Circle

Weatheroffice Map of the Northwest Territories

Data Sets:

Antarctic Digital Database (ADD)

Arctic theme page - Realtime data and climate indices

Polar Science Center - Data Sets

POLES Data Sets and Tools

Unaami Arctic Data Collection

Glossary of Acronyms, Terms and Phrases British Antarctic Survey
Image Sources:


AARC Image Catalog

AARC - Sample Images

The Aurora Page - Images of the Aurora From Space

Gallery of polar and marine photos - AARI


Antarctica - Images and Videos

Life on the Ice

Mt. Erebus Image Gallery

Ice Station Weddell Photo Gallery


Canada's Polar Life - Images of Life

Hudson Bay Project - Northern Images

Hudson Bay Project - Images of Degradation

Images of SHEBA Ice Station

Web cameras:

Many web cameras are in different time zones so you may get a dark image with just a few lights.
The U.S. Naval Observatory has a World Time Zone Map on the Web.
Remember to refresh the display when returning to pages visited recently.
Refresh rates may vary by seconds or days depending on the camera.

Live from the North Pole!

South Pole Live Camera

Tundra-Cam located at an elevation of 11,600 feet in the Colorado Front Range.


Antarctica General:

Antarctic Heritage Trust

Shackleton's Expedition:

Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition | American Museum of Natural History

KODAK: The Endurance

NOVA Online | Shackleton's Voyage of Endurance

Walking Out of History

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Other Useful and Interesting Sites:

ALIAS - Arctic Logistics Information and Support

Antarctic Projects Home Page

Auroral Activity Extrapolated from NOAA POES

Auroras: Paintings in the Sky

Canada's Polar Life

Origins: Antarctica: Scientific Journeys from McMurdo to the Pole

Canadian Arctic Profiles / Profils de l'Arctique canadien

High-Latitude Climate Transects

SCAR Antarctic Composite Gazetteer

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