Latest Images from NPEO 2015 Web Cameras
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Deployed at Ice Station Barneo in April 2015.
Image times are not synchronized between the two cameras, but should stay reasonably close.
Position and weather record is available from co-located NPEO 2015 PAWS Buoy 923840.
Please credit: North Pole Environmental Observatory, National Science Foundation
(Wide-angle 120° Horizontal Field of View)
(Normal 80° Horizontal Field of View)
Web Camera #1 is a satellite-reporting camera buoy called Remote Autonomous Camera System (RACS) developed by the Polar Science Center and deployed in pairs beginning in 2012 as part of the NSF-funded North Pole Environmental Observatory (NPEO). This one was installed in April 2015 at the Barneo ice camp approximately 25 miles from the North Pole. It is meant to give a visual record of ice changes over the spring-summer-fall season. Ablation stakes made of plywood strips 10-cm wide and marked with alternating black and white 10-cm squares are planted in the ice near the buoy to indicate visually the amount of surface melting as the summer proceeds. The camera is a StarDot NetCamXL with a very wide angle lens and is mounted about 1.5 m above the April ice surface. Owing to the wide-angle lens, objects in the image are closer to the the camera than they appear.
Web Camera #2 is a second-generation RACS 2.0 Buoy, newly designed and built by the Polar Science Center for the 2015 Arctic field season. It is co-located with Webcam#1 on the same ice floe that was occupied by Barneo, and in fact Webcam#2 is visible near the right edge of the Webcam#1 image. One difference is its NetCamXL has a more standard lens with a narrower field of view. The PAWS Buoy is visible on the left edge of the image and the Ocean Flux Buoy is on the right. This camera also stands about 1.5 m above the April level of the ice surface, and is surrounded with ablation stakes.