PolarWatch: Overcoming common data access challenges to provide oceanographic satellite remote sensing data for the polar regions
PolarWatch is the NOAA CoastWatch node focused on the distribution of oceanographic satellite data for Arctic and Antarctic waters. PolarWatch serves both near real-time and historical satellite data, including measurements of sea ice cover, ocean temperature, ocean color products, and winds. Important complementary in-situ datasets are also provided through PolarWatch, including data from BioGeoChemical-Argo floats and the International Arctic Buoy Programme. Additional sea ice data sets and SAR data will be added in the coming year. Data served through PolarWatch are easily previewed with Arctic, Antarctic or global projections using the online PolarWatch data catalog. Data are easily accessible through the PolarWatch ERDDAP data distribution system. Like all CoastWatch nodes, PolarWatch is a value-added provider, not just providing data, but also helping users to access data by developing tools and tutorials for easier data access, providing training and hands-on assistance, finding or creating data products to address user needs, and working directly with users on projects. In this presentation we will provide an overview of the data and services provided by PolarWatch.