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Will the North Pole melt this year? The new Pole Watch App brought to you by the Telespazio group is the only App to push images of the North Pole from Space to your phone every day.

As scientists have predicted that due to the combination of summer ice melting, annual decrease in ice extent and ice pack drift driven by wind and current there may soon be open water at the North Pole for the first time in recorded history you will want to be the first to see it.

The App comes pre-loaded with three historic Ice Extent Maps and the latest Satellite image of the North Pole. It will then download on a daily basis* the new maps so that you watch the ice coverage change and zoom in on an actual satellite picture of the North Pole. You'll get a notification each time a new map has been downloaded so you can be first to see what's happening to the arctic ice.

The App also contains information about the North Pole Watch project, polar science and interpretation advice for the Satellite imagery. There's a link to the companion website at where you can find out more about the project, those involved and see higher resolution versions of the images in the App.

How did we get these images? The Telespazio group have exploited their unique access to the COSMO-SkyMed satellite constellation to bring you the North Pole Watch. The COSMO-SkyMed system is the only one designed to be able to image the North Pole utilising standard very wide field of view operating modes and regardless of cloud cover as it is a radar.

Telespazio VEGA UK has combined this COSMO data with polar ice extent monitoring data to show the whole approach of the ice edge towards the pole and to compare events at the last record minimum in 2007 to this year’s new record minimum.

How far will the ice shrink this year? Will open water reach the North Pole this year? We will soon know – watch these historic events unfold in your hands with Pole Watch app!

*Images are uploaded daily Monday to Friday.

NOTE: You need to accept the Push Notification on the App as it will send you a message at 12noon GMT when new images are available for the App. As the satellite image is large you need to click on the push notification to trigger the download. If you download the App after 12noon GMT you will not receive a new image until the following day.