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jimh posted 01-11-2013 07:48 AM ET (US)   Profile for jimh   Send Email to jimh  
I have written previously about exactEarth, the Canadian company that has developed and put into orbit micro-satellites for global monitoring of ship traffic using the automatic identification system (AIS) that is mandatory for most large commercial vessels. Typically the data gathered by exactEarth represents their product, which they offer to sell to clients. However, exactEarth is willing to share some of its historical data on a recently created interactive website,

The website presents three sets of data and offers the visitor a chance to look at historical data for vessel position, tracks, and density.

For my own amusement, I followed the presentation on Arctic Monitoring. I was surprised to see the tracks of many ships entering James Bay in northern Canada.

If you have an interest in AIS data or shipping in general, I think you will find the ShipMaps website to be worth visiting.

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