Below is a range of useful resources and online tools for the PTI Pro.
WEATHER & ICE CONDITIONS
- Passage Weather – Radar imagery of the Drake Passage, South Georgia, Falkland Islands, Antarctic Peninsula, and Weddell Sea weather.
- Polar View – Ice information for the Antarctic Peninsula and the Weddell Sea.
- Norwegian Ice Service – An excellent resource for sea ice maps in the Norwegian Arctic.
- Svalbard Weather Forecast – A very detailed weather forecast for the Svalbard archipelago.
- Canadian Ice Conditions & Weather – Eastern Arctic (Baffin Island, Lancaster Sound) & Western Arctic (Northwest Passage)
- NASA LANCE Rapid Response Antarctica – Real imagery for Antarctic sea ice when there is a window of clear weather.
- Norwegian Avalanche Warnings – Daily snowpack conditions and avalanche forecasting for Svalbard.
- Windy – A fantastic website for wind, weather, temperature and tide forecasts anywhere in the world.
- Greenlandic Ice Charts – Essential information if working in East Greenland.
- Arctic Weather – Weather for the North Sea, the Baltic, Greenland, Faroese & North Atlantic waters.
MAPS & NAVIGATION
- Svalbard Maps – Resource for researching new locations & new trips. Be sure to check with AECO for restricted areas.
- Svalbard Kartet – WebGIS for Svalbard can overlay different thematic map layers and has advanced querying tools.
- Quantarctica – Community-based and peer-reviewed Antarctic geographical datasets which works with the free, cross-platform, open-source software QGIS.
- British Antarctic Survey Maps – Topographic maps of the Antarctic and the Arctic including the Antarctic Peninsula and South Georgia. Maps can be ordered online through the BAS, UKAHT, or the Scott Polar Research Institute.
- Antarctic Peninsula Information Portal - Open-source WebGIS for the Antarctic Peninsula with thematic map layers run by the British Antarctic Survey.
- Polar Citizen Science Collective – An excellent group of scientists and outdoor professionals leading the way with citizen science. The Polar Collective facilitates ship-based citizen science programs.
- Happy Whale – A fantastic program to link whale fluke images taken around the globe in order to better understand the movements of these great creatures.
- Oceanites – Oceanites is an environmental, scientific and educational non-profit organization founded by Ron Naveen in 1987.
- Birdlife International – BirdLife has nine global programs, each responding to specific conservation issues.
- Fjord Phyto – From the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, Fjord Phyto runs citizen science programs in fjords of the Arctic and along the west Antarctic Peninsula.
- NASA GLOBE Program – Sponsored by NASA, this program helps collect data to better understand the different types of clouds and the effects they have on our Earth’s climate.
- Penguin Watch – Help scientists monitor penguin populations through camera footage in Antarctica.
INFORMATION & RESOURCES
- AECO – Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators – is an international association for expedition cruise operators operating in the Arctic and others with interests in this industry. A great set of resources and critical information for any guide working in the north. Check out their new ‘pre-trip’ video mandatory for all passengers.
- IAATO – International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators. A member organization founded in 1991 to advocate and promote the practice of safe and environmentally responsible private-sector travel to the Antarctic. They administer the Field Staff Test for all PTI staff working in Antarctica and produce a useful Field staff newsletter through the Antarctic season.
- Cruising Handbook for Svalbard – A great online resource for guides. Information on geology, natural environment, history and cultural heritage sites along Svalbard.
- UK Antarctic Heritage Trust – An excellent resource for learning about British heritage sites along the Antarctic Peninsula.
- South Georgia Heritage Trust – A great way to stay up to date on information in South Georgia with good heritage and historic educational content.
FLORA & FAUNA
Below are smartphone apps recommended by guides who use them. We are in no way compensated for recommending these particular applications.
- IAATO Polar Guide – A valuable support tool for field guides to have safe and responsible travel to Antarctica.
- Gaia GPS – A reliable GPS app that allows downloads of topographic maps around the world. Works offline with downloaded maps.
- Windy – The app version of the online weather radar. Needs internet or data connectivity to load current weather.
- Merlin Bird ID – From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, a free application that works offline. Download the Scandinavian package for Svalbard.
- Antarctic Wildlife – A guide to the birds, seals, and whales likely to be encountered on a voyage to the Antarctic Peninsula, The Falkland Islands and South Georgia.
- iSailor – A marine navigation app using Transas TX-97 format marine vector charts, rated among the best in the industry. Chart regions cover most popular cruising areas in the world.
- Here and There Svalbard – Travel with the complete map of Svalbard, Bear Island and Jan Mayen. Amazing high resolution maps down to a scale of 1:70 000 (Requires 1 GB of space).
- Svalbardguiden – Offline Topographic map of Svalbard. Includes place names and GPS location.