Mike Cloutier

Mike Cloutier

User Services Lead

(612) 624-1759

What I Do

My duties at the PGC include providing remote sensing, GIS, and geospatial data project support for researchers and scientists studying or operating within Arctic and Antarctic regions. I serve as the User Services Lead to federally funded entities to fulfill data requests for remote sensing imagery, digital elevation models, and derivative cartographic products. I also perform data processing and production efforts necessary to augment various research objectives, order commercial satellite imagery in bulk to keep the PGC data archive current, and serve as the liaison to external partners and collaborators for the ArcticDEM initiative. Beyond providing data support and geospatial expertise, I also assist other PGC staff with education and outreach initiatives intended to foster relationships within the research community and advance the greater polar science agenda.

I’ve made three deployments to Antarctica (2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18).

  • M.S. Security Technologies, University of Minnesota, 2014
  • B.A. Geography, University of Minnesota, 2005

In my free time I like to camp, ski, snowboard, ice fish, and golf as much as weather in Minnesota permits. I also enjoy curating my treasured (and always-growing) collection of disco/funk/R&B/Motown and classic hip-hop vinyl records. I am an active member of the Minnesota Bonsai Society and currently have around a dozen trees in various stages of development (please don’t ask how many I’ve killed…).