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Title  An Internet journey through polar science

The websites listed hereunder have been chosen because they constitute good entry points and can quickly help you build a wide array of web resources covering whatever portion of polar sciences you are interested in.

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Polar pointers

As the name suggests, this website is an enormous list of polar pointers sorted by topic or country. This is indeed a handy start page for your Internet journey to the polar regions!

 Arctic websites

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) – Arctic theme page

Very interesting website on the Arctic regions featuring papers, articles and essays aimed at scientists and at the general public. Every one of them features links to resources concerning the topic they focus on, enabling visitors to broaden their knowledge.

Arctic research consortium

This website features a huge collection of links and resources concerning the Arctic and Antarctic (bases, sites and live webcams, list of scientific research websites, explorers, tourism offices, books, etc.). It gives a very good overview of available on-line resources concerning the polar regions.

Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP)

The role of the AMAP is to advise the governments of Arctic countries on threats to the Arctic region from pollution and associated issues. Reports aimed at the general public are available to download, as are scientific ones. Videos, maps and graphics are also made accessible.

bullet Antarctic websites

Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR)

The SCAR is the only international, interdisciplinary, non-governmental organisation co-ordinating scientific research in the Antarctic and acting as a consultancy body for the Antarctic Treaty system. Dependent on the International Council for Sciences, this website is a must-see for everyone interested in scientific research regarding the Antarctic. Information papers and reports are made available to the public.

Australian Antarctic Division
Nicely designed, well organised and shock full with high-quality content, this website will give you a good insight into the Australian presence in the Antarctic. General information, news and resources are also available. The ‘cool science’ section is particularly interesting for its cutting-edge scientific articles.

Alfred Wegener Institut for Polar and Marine Research (AWI)
Although this website is a bit hard to use due to a complex content architecture and navigation schemes, it is certainly worth exploring. A website by scientists for scientists, giving detailed information regarding research programmes and their results. The ‘click and learn’ section is dedicated to the non-scientific visitor.

British Antarctic Survey (BAS)

A nice design and well-organised navigation make this website very usable. Good information available in a wide variety of topics. All articles available online are quite short which can disappoint some visitors looking for in-depth information.

Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition (ASOC)

The ASOC is a coalition of environmental NGOs working together to preserve the Antarctic continent. The information section features papers, articles, resources and regularly updated news.

Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR)

As the name suggests, this website is dedicated to marine life in the Antarctic. A good part of the website deals with the commission itself, how it works, who participates, etc. Apart from that, publications and scientific articles are available for the public (largely through PDF documents).

Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programmes (COMNAP)

The mission of this international body is to deal with the logistical side of Antarctic science in the framework of the Antarctic treaty. If you are looking for centralised information regarding scientific infrastructures in the Antarctic (bases, ships, weather stations, etc.), this is where to look.

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