THE Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME), the Arctic Council's working group, has unveiled a new shipping activity database that will help improve the flow of commercial shipping in the Arctic region.
PAME's database comprises sea ice extent, meteorological and oceanographic conditions and international regulations information that affects cargo traffic activity.
PAME developed the Arctic Ship Traffic Data (ASTD) project in response to the growing need to gather and distribute up-to-date information on shipping activities in the Arctic.
Authorised users can use the database for evaluating vessel traffic patterns, fuel use and air emissions, among other economic and environmental conditions.
PAME chairwoman Renee Sauve said: "When PAME released the Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment Report in 2009, it contained data on Arctic shipping activities that had been collected by asking Arctic nations to fill in an Excel spreadsheet.
"Now, we are able to use satellites to gather information on shipping traffic in the Arctic. I am confident that the ASTD database will benefit PAME, the Arctic Council and others by providing an invaluable tool to support a wide range of reports and analyses."
The ASTD database contains archived information from 2005 to 2018 and will be updated by PAME on a regular basis.
Data regarding types of ship, including size and flag, pollution measurements from ships, including carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and other environmental information is also available in the database.