PA43A-4041: Communicates Real-Time Developments in the Arctic

Thursday, 18 December 2014
Peter L Langen1, Signe Bech Andersen2, Katrine Krogh Andersen1, Morten L Andersen2, Andreas P Ahlstrom2, Dirk van As2, Valentina R. Barletta3, Jason E Box2, Michele Citterio2, William T Colgan2, Gorm Dybkjær1, Rene Forsberg3, Jacob L Høyer1, Matilde B Jensen1, Nicolai Kliem1, Ruth Mottram1, Kristian Pagh Nielsen1, Martin Olesen1, Filippo C Quaglia2, Till A Rasmussen1, Christian B Rodehacke1, Martin Stendel1, Louise Sandberg Sørensen3 and Rasmus T Tonboe1, (1)Danish Meteorological Institute, Copenhagen, Denmark, (2)Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, Copenhagen, Denmark, (3)Technical University of Denmark - Space, Kongens Lyngby, Denmark
Abstract: was launched in June 2013 by a consortium of Danish institutions, including the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI), the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS) and the National Space Institute at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU-Space). Polar Portal is a single web portal presenting a wide range of near real-time information on both the Greenland ice sheet and Arctic sea-ice in a format geared for non-specialists.

Polar Portal aims to meet widespread public interest in a diverse range of climate-cryosphere processes in the Arctic: What is the present Greenland ice sheet contribution to sea level rise? How quickly are outlet glaciers retreating or advancing right now? How extensive is Arctic sea-ice or how warm is the Arctic Ocean at this moment? Although public interest in such topics is widely acknowledged, an important primary task for the scientists behind Polar Portal was collaborating with media specialists to establish the knowledge range of the general public on these topics, in order for Polar Portal to appropriately present useful climate-cryosphere information. Consequently, Polar Portal is designed in a highly visual exploratory format, where individual data products are accompanied by plain written summaries, with hyperlinks to relevant journal papers for more scrutinizing users. Numerous satellite and in situ observations, together with model output, are channeled daily into the Greenland ice sheet and Arctic sea-ice divisions of Polar Portal.