The Polar Geospatial Center provides geospatial support, mapping, and GIS/remote sensing solutions to researchers and logistics groups in the polar science community. We collaborate with scientists to complete their research goals in a safe, timely, and efficient manner by providing a service which most groups do not have the resources or expertise to complete. Our goal is to introduce new, state-of-the-art techniques from the geospatial field to effectively solve problems in the least mapped places on Earth.
The Polar Geospatial Center (PGC) was initiated as the Antarctic Geospatial Information Center (AGIC) in 2007 under a National Science Foundation grant. With the goal of providing basic mapping and GIS services for the United States Antarctic Program (USAP), the two-member AGIC team had a vision for how the Antarctic community could benefit from solving geospatial problems. By working with the community and adhering to the research agenda set forth by the USAP, AGIC established itself as a go-to for mapping and GIS expertise. The next two years brought rapid growth both to the number of participants assisted and fieldwork conducted.
By the 2009-10 field season, our staff multiplied to over a half dozen, most being graduate or undergraduate students. New, interesting problems were solved and collaboration continued, with AGIC evolving into an invaluable part of the Antarctic program. Then, in March 2011, AGIC was classified as a National Science Foundation cooperative agreement and accepted responsibilities for the Arctic as well, transitioning into the Polar Geospatial Center. Since then, we have grown to include five full-time staff leading various departments (research & science, remote sensing, mapping & cartography, and data/imagery management) and over a dozen students who are vital to the organization. As we move forward with an established reputation, we strive to continue dedicated support for polar research and operations at the Earth’s ends.
The PGC is dedicated to ensuring the highest quality service and product delivery for the polar community. The PGC prides itself on establishing long-standing, successful relationships and following research objectives and missions with the polar community; we hope to continue that with all participants to support their goals.
For general questions about the Polar Geospatial Center, please contact the Director, Paul Morin.