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Web Cam 3 is a fish eye view showing sky and cloud cover. Each reading by the radiometer triggers Web Cam 3 to take a photograph. Images are taken every 2 hours, allowing visual verification and comparison between sky conditions and radiometer measurements.

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web cam image Latest image from camera 1 Latest image from camera 2
Web Cam #1 photo during deployment operations.
(April 13, 2008)

R/V Polarstern
Latest image from camera 3
Latest image from camera 4
Web Cam #2 Looking across the airport parking lot and fjord at the staging area in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, prior to final transit to the North Pole.
(April 3, 2008)

New! Web Cam animations:
2008 animations from web cams 1, 2, 3, 4 (updated weekly)
2007 animations from web cams 1, 2, 3
2006 animations from web cams 1, 3
2005 animations from web cam 8
2004 animations from web cams 1, 2
2003 animations from web cams 1, 2
2002 animations from web cam 1

To ensure animations play within a player (e.g. QuickTime) rather than the browser, right-click the animation link and download the .mov file to your computer. Double-click the .mov file to start the animation.

• All images Current 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002
• Moods of the North Pole Current 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002
• About the environment           2003 2002
• About the instruments Current       2004 2003 2002
• About the web cam(s) Current 2007 2006 2005   2003 2002
• Weather data Current 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002

• General information about:
    • Web Cam Images
    • Web Cams & what you see in the images
    • North Pole environment.

Arctic Report Card 2007 - Tracking recent environmental changes
The short Arctic summer of 2004
The puzzling Arctic summer of 2003
About the snow and weather conditions
Daylight and Darkness at the North Pole


NOAA/PMEL's North Pole web cam deployments began in April 2002. The web cams operate during the Summer warmth and daylight (April - October) and are redeployed each Spring. The images from the cameras track the North Pole snow cover, weather conditions and the status of PMEL's North Pole instrumentation, which includes meteorological and ice sensors (seen in the camera images). The instruments typically contine to transmit data for months after the solar-powered web cams stop. The North Pole Web Cam team includes Bill Parker, Sigrid Salo, Tracey Nakamura, Nancy Soreide and Jim Overland.

Web Camera provided by Star Dot Technologies with technical support by Vance Kozik. System design by Oceantronics. Camera images are relayed via the Iridium satellite system. Images by NOAA/PMEL. If you wish to use these photographs, please contact

NSF The North Pole Web Cam is part of the North Pole Environmental Observatory, a joint National Science Foundation-sponsored effort by the Polar Science Center, / APL / UW, the Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory / NOAA, the Japan Marine Science and Technology Center, Oregon State University, and Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory. Polar Science Center

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