As a United States government-funded research organization, PGC strives to provide transparent reporting and community impact for our sponsors, stakeholders, core users, and the general public.


National Science Foundation

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Education & Outreach

The PGC staffs an Education & Outreach Coordinator to engage its users, the science community, and the general public. PGC provides workshops (notably our annual Summer Polar Boot Camp), webinars, training, and online documentation (check out our Guides section) geared to both core and new users.

PGC has impacted millions of “armchair explorers” with our Google Street View campaign (Antarctica, Greenland) and educates and engages with learners of all ages by visiting local schools and community events.

Our Community section provides up-to-date resources on events, news, projects, and more.



Publications by PGC

Howat, Ian; Morin, Paul; Porter, Claire; Noh, Myong-Jong, 2018, “The Reference Elevation Model of Antarctica”,, Harvard Dataverse, V1

Porter, Claire; Morin, Paul; Howat, Ian; Noh, Myoung-Jon; Bates, Brian; Peterman, Kenneth; Keesey, Scott; Schlenk, Matthew; Gardiner, Judith; Tomko, Karen; Willis, Michael; Cloutier, Michael; Husby, Eric; Foga, Steven; Nakamura, Hitomi; Platson, Melisa; Wethington, Michael, Jr.; Williamson, Cathleen; Bauer, Gregory; Enos, Jeremy; Arnold, Galen; Kramer, William; Becker, Peter; Doshi, Abhijit; D’Souza, Cristelle; Cummens, Pat; Laurier, Fabien; Bojesen, Mikkel, 2018, “ArcticDEM”,, Harvard Dataverse, V1

Michael J. Willis, Whyjay Zheng, William J. Durkin, Matthew E. Pritchard, Joan M. Ramage, Julian A. Dowdeswell, Toby J. Benham, Robin P. Bassford, Leigh A. Stearns, Andrey F. Glazovsky, Yuri Y. Macheret, Claire C. Porter. (2018). Massive destabilization of an Arctic ice camp. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Volume 502, 146-155.

Shean, D. E., Alexandrov, O., Moratto, Z. M., Smith, B. E., Joughin, I. R., Porter, C., & Morin, P. (2016). An automated, open-source pipeline for mass production of digital elevation models (DEMs) from very-high-resolution commercial stereo satellite imagery. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 116, 101–117. doi:10.1016/j.isprsjprs.2016.03.012

Larue, M. A., Stapleton, S., Porter, C., Atkinson, S., Atwood, T., Dyck, M., & Lecomte, N. (2015). Testing methods for using high-resolution satellite imagery to monitor polar bear abundance and distribution. Wildlife Society Bulletin, 39(4), 772–779. doi:10.1002/wsb.596

Willis, M. J., Herried, B. G., Bevis, M. G., & Bell, R. E. (2015). Recharge of a subglacial lake by surface meltwater in northeast Greenland. Nature, 518(7538), 223–227. doi:10.1038/nature14116

Howat, I. M., Porter, C., Noh, M. J., Smith, B. E., & Jeong, S. (2015). Brief communication: Sudden drainage of a subglacial lake beneath the Greenland Ice Sheet. The Cryosphere, 9(1), 103–108. doi:10.5194/tc-9-103-2015

Donnellan, A., Bills, B., Green, J. J., Goullioud, R., Jones, S., Knight, R., Underhill, M., Goguen, J., De Jong, E. M., Ansar, A., Scambos, T., Morin, P., Hallet, B., Thompson, L., Gardner, A. S., & Ekholm, J. (2014). Studying mountain glacier processes using a staring instrument. In Aerospace Conference. IEEE Computer Society. doi:10.1109/AERO.2014.6836284

Kargel, J. S., Ahlstrøm, A. P., Alley, R. B., Bamber, J. L., Benham, T. J., Box, J. E., Chen, C., Christoffersen, P., Citterio, M., Cogley, J. G., Jiskoot, H., Leonard, G. J., Morin, P., Scambos, T., Sheldon, T., & Willis, I. (2012). Brief communication: Greenland’s shrinking ice cover: “fast times” but not that fast. Cryosphere, 6(3), 533–537. doi:10.5194/tc-6-533-2012

LaRue, M. A., Ainley, D. G., Swanson, M., Dugger, K. M., Lyver, P. O., Barton, K., & Ballard, G. (2013). Climate Change Winners: Receding Ice Fields Facilitate Colony Expansion and Altered Dynamics in an Adélie Penguin Metapopulation. PLoS ONE, 8(4). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0060568

LaRue, M. A., Rotella, J. J., Garrott, R. A., Siniff, D. B., Ainley, D. G., Stauffer, G. E., Porter, C. C., & Morin, P. J. (2011). Satellite imagery can be used to detect variation in abundance of Weddell seals (Leptonychotes weddellii) in Erebus Bay, Antarctica. Polar Biology, 34(11), 1727–1737. doi:10.1007/s00300-011-1023-0

Publications Supported by PGC

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Publications List

PGC has provided geospatial support to hundreds of research groups and their academic works. A full curriculum vitae can be accessed using the “Publications List” link.