Cole Kelleher

Cole Kelleher

User Services Director,
U.S. Representative to the Standing Committee on Antarctic Geographic Information

(612) 625-6514

What I Do

As Satellite Tasking Coordinator at the PGC, I act as a liaison to the science community for new satellite imagery tasking requests. I also prepare satellite imagery for delivery, assist in training researchers and students, and help plan and prepare for each field season. I also compose general reference and thematic maps to support polar researchers and logistical operations for the Arctic and Antarctic. In addition to map support, I assist in the maintenance and management of a wide range of data products and datasets. While on The Ice, my duties consist largely of onsite map production, providing logistics support, assisting in ground control collection, and a variety of other tasks which fulfill our role as a National Science Foundation funded center for polar science support.

As the US Representative to the Standing Committee on Antarctic Geospatial Information (SCAGI), I represent US interests and contributions to Antarctic geospatial data and information within the committee and report to the US Delegate to the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (US-SCAR, SCAR).

  • Project Management Certificate UMN-14018653, University of Minnesota, 2016
  • Master of Geographic Information Science (GIS), University of Minnesota, 2012
  • B.S. Land Surveying and Mapping Sciences with a Minor in GIS, St. Cloud State University, 2010

My professional interests consist of, but are not limited to: geomatics, geo-visualization, remote sensing, cartography, and design. I am continuously intrigued by the variety of learning opportunities and applications GIS and Remote Sensing offer myself and others, as well as their impacts on a global scale.  I am passionate about Antarctic data, science, and environmental preservation and justice.  I recognize that any environmental justice efforts must begin with a lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion and I strive to work through that lens in all of my work and relationships.


Atlas of a Changing Earth, 2021
TIME Magazine Special Edition: Modern Explorers, 2015