Polardex includes detailed information about polar research infrastructure in the Arctic and Antarctic, including field facilities (stations, camps, laboratories, weather stations, shelters), vessels and aircraft. Polardex compiles information on their facilities and capabilities for science, as well as links to further details relating to access, ongoing science and data.
In addition to infrastructures, Polardex give details of logistical plans for research in the polar regions, allowing scientists and managers to identify potential collaborations and opportunities for deploying equipment or collecting samples. With Polardex, duplication of logistics can be avoided, saving time, resources and environmental impacts. The Planned Routes section, a development of SOOS’ DueSouth database now fully integrated with Polardex, gives details of scientific research cruises as well as tourist routes in the Southern Ocean that could offer ships of opportunity to scientists. Polardex’s functionalities all for planned routes or field campaigns by sea, land and air in both the Arctic and Antarctic.
Additional features of Polardex include the ability to subscribe to updates on logistical plans, and to explore infrastructures in a map-based viewer with multiple data and information layers. In the coming months we will continue to develop Polardex with new infrastructure and logistics information from partners around the world.
Polardex is the result of the integration of the European Polar Infrastructure Database, developed by the EPB and EU-PolarNet, and SOOS’ DueSouth database, which the EPB has hosted since 2021.
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