A new feature has been added to the ARMAP Viewer: near real-time ship tracks and positions. Launch the Viewer to see the location of the Polarstern, support vessels for the MOSAiC expedition, the Healy, Sikuliaq, Alaska Knight, Sir Wilfrid Laurier, Oden, Akademik Fedorov, and several others — updated every four hours through an AIS subscription with MarineTraffic. Click on a ship’s icon to see details such as status, speed, heading, lat long, etc.
The ARMAP/AOV Team is helping to start up a new collaborative effort, the Polar Observing Assets Working Group (POAwg), under the SAON Committee on Observations and Networks (CON). Bill Manley will be a co-chair, along with Roberta Pirazzini from INTAROS. A core group is currently scoping goals and tasks, and it is expected that the first full meeting will be in September. To learn more, see the POAwg poster presented at AOS 2020 as well as a related white paper.
The number of research projects in the ARMAP Viewer continues to grow, now with more than 3000 projects across multiple agencies, and including awards from the NSF Navigating the New Arctic program.
ARMAP and AOV brought back an ISO metadata specialist for 2020. Ted Habermann, with Metadata Game Changers, will bring expertise to again help the team better implement interoperability through use of the ISO 19115 standard for research projects and observing sites.