Since the Age of Discovery, humans have explored the world’s sea routes, but there is still one of the “Seven Seas” that has yet to be conquered: The Arctic Ocean. The Northern Sea Route is gaining prominence because of global warming, and it is the shortest route between East Asia and Europe. It has the potential to rewrite the world’s logistics networks. The Arctic is also rich in natural resources, and the U.S., China and Russia have begun to compete for control of the region. It is also becoming important for Japan’s energy policy.
We published this project both in Japanese and English. Both received high engagement from our readers, especially from geospatial experts.
We used Google Earth and Mapbox for visualization.
What was the hardest part of this project?
The hardest part was visualization of northern sea route virtual trip. We used actual position data of LNG tanker and followed the route from Yokohama to the Yamal Peninsula. By scrolling, readers can trace the route of 13-day trip. Our engineers made hard work to adjust basemap according to the ship’s direction.
What can others learn from this project?
When analyzing the geographical issues, it is important to use the best mapping method. We learned that Arctic-centric map projection is very informative.