Arctic Coastal Databases


Arctic Science and Technology Information System (ASTIS)

The Arctic Science and Technology Information System (ASTIS) database contains 81,000 records describing publications and research projects about northern Canada. ASTIS, a project of the Arctic Institute of North America at the University of Calgary, also maintains subset databases about specific regions, subjects and projects.

Canadian Polar Information Network (CPIN)

The Canadian Polar Information Network (CPIN) makes polar data and information from across the country and around the world available to the public. Maintained by the Canadian Polar Commission, the CPIN offers several valuable services to promote polar research and knowledge, including: CPIN Forums, Researcher’s Toolbox, Researcher’s Directory, and a listing of International Partners.

The Nunavut Database

The Nunavut Database contains descriptions of 33,800 publications and research projects about Nunavut and the adjacent waters, the Canadian Arctic as a whole, and the circumpolar Arctic as a whole. The database was created for the Nunavut Planning Commission by the Arctic Science and Technology Information System (ASTIS).

Polar Data Catalogue

The Polar Data Catalogue is an online searchable database of metadata and data that describes, catalogues and provides access to diverse data sets generated by polar researchers.


National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Arctic Theme Page

The NOAA Arctic Theme Page is a rich and comprehensive resource linking to widely distributed data and information, from research institutions throughout the world, focused on the Arctic. Available information includes relevant data, graphics, and forecasts, including historical perspectives and in-depth analyses.

National Snow and Ice Data Center

The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) supports research into our world’s frozen realms: the snow, ice, glaciers, frozen ground, and climate interactions that make up Earth’s cryosphere. NSIDC manages and distributes scientific data, creates tools for data access, supports data users, performs scientific research, and educates the public about the cryosphere.




ArcticWeb exists to simplify access to public data sources in the Arctic Region. The information (via search and map interfaces) is used by oil and service companies for the purpose of exploration, early field development, environmental risk analysis, emergency preparedness, safety assessments and more. ArcticWeb covers the entire Norwegian Continental Shelf with data from a wide-range of Norwegian key data owners.



Arctic Environmental Atlas

Interactive atlas of the Arctic. Produced by the GRID-Arendal Centre, a centre collaborating with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Based in Arendal, Norway, and with an office in Ottawa, Canada.

Developing Arctic Modeling and Observing Capabilities for Long-term Environmental Studies (DAMOCLES) 

DAMOCLES is an integrated ice-atmosphere-ocean monitoring and forecasting system designed for observing, understanding and quantifying climate changes in the Arctic. It is a European integrated project.

Exchange for Local Observations and Knowledge of the Arctic (ELOKA)

ELOKA facilitates the collection, preservation, exchange, and use of local observations and knowledge of the Arctic between resident Arctic experts and visiting researchers.  The purpose of ELOKA is to provide data management services and support to Arctic communities and others who are working with local and traditional knowledge (LTK) or who are gathering community-based monitoring data and information.



ArcticData provides access to data collected and developed through the activities of the Conservation of Arctic Flora & Fauna (CAFF) and Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME)Working Groups of the Arctic Council.

Arctic Portal

The Arctic Portal is a comprehensive gateway to Arctic information and data on the internet, increasing information sharing and co-operation among Arctic stakeholders and granting exposure to Arctic related information and data. The Arctic Portal is managed as non-profitable organization, located in Akureyri, Iceland, under an international board of directors.


ArcticStat is a permanent, public and independent statistical database dealing with the countries, regions and populations of the Circumpolar Arctic. Data indexed in ArcticStat mostly come from national statistical agencies of the countries of the Arctic or their regional offices.