Arctic Ship Traffic Data (ASTD)

Collecting and distributing accurate, reliable, and up-to-date information on shipping activities in the Arctic.


An authoritative and comprehensive database of Arctic ship traffic information with data from 2013 to the present that may be accessed by a wide range of eligible Arctic stakeholders, including:

  • Arctic States
  • Arctic Council Permanent Participants
  • Arctic Council Subsidiary Bodies - including all Working Groups and Task Forces
  • Arctic Council Observers
  • Professional institutions that have demonstrated a public commitment related to the protection, conservation, and sustainable use of the Arctic marine environment

Learn more and apply for the ASTD System here.


  • Augment the ASTD System with new functionalities, adding new data layers and additional data, enhancing its analytical and report generating capabilities
  • Facilitate access for eligible users, particularly Arctic States, PPs, Observers, and Arctic Council subsidiary bodies
  • Refine the ASTD System application forms and instructions to clarify ambiguities and make easier to use

Who uses the ASTD?

  • National Geographic
    Story: Open for Buisness
  • Heriot-Watt University
    Efforts to explore how route planning algorithms can be used to help reduce impacts of shipping on Arctic marine mammals
  • Korea Maritime Institute
    The potential of the Northern Sea Route
  • Baroud Research Group at Vanderbilt University
    Risk analysis of Arctic shipping routes
  • The Arctic University of Norway
    The relationship between sea ice extent and increased ship traffic & assess how future potential increased shipping activity in the Arctic under global climate change will affect air quality in the region
  • World Wildlife Fund
    Support research and understanding of impacts of shipping on marine mammals
  • ...and many others!

Publications using ASTD data

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