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Polar GIS Data Resources
Last Updated: June 17, 2022
PGC maintains a list of external (non-PGC) polar GIS data resources.
PGC does not directly publish many polar GIS datasets. However, there are many GIS resources available.
The list below is non-exhaustive, but is a curated list of repositories and datasets that PGC uses and recommends. PGC does not provide support for using any of these datasets.
If you are a polar GIS data provider and would like to add your data to this list, we would love to add you! Just send us a message with details.
Antarctic Digital Database
Vector and raster GIS datasets for Antarctica including coastlines, rock outcrops, contours, hillshades, and more. Maintained by the British Antarctic Survey.
Portal URL: http://www.add.scar.org
Hundreds of vector and raster GIS and scientific datasets for Antarctica, developed for an online and offline use using QGIS software. Quantarctica version 3.2 was released in January 2021. For researchers who want to get started with geospatial data of Antarctica, this is a great resource. Quantarctica is maintained by the Norwegian Polar Institute.
Portal URL: https://www.scar.org/resources/quantarctica
Hundreds of vector and raster GIS and scientific datasets for Greenland, developed for an online and offline use using QGIS sotfware. QGreenland version 2.0 was released in March 2022. For researchers who want to get started with geospatial data of Greenland, this is a great resource. QGreenland is maintained by the National Snow and Ice Data Center.
Portal URL: https://qgreenland.org/download
SCAR Composite Gazetteer of Antarctica
Antarctic placename gazetteer including named features from SCAR countries. Maintained by Programma Nazionale di Ricerche in Antartide (Italy).
Portal URL: https://data.aad.gov.au/aadc/gaz/scar
SCAR Map Catalogue
Historic and contemporary Antarctic maps. Maintained by the Australian Antarctic Division.
United States Antarctic Place Names
Official United States Antarctic place names from the U.S. Board on Geographic Names. Note, these names are ingested into the SCAR Composite Gazetteer of Antarctica.
Portal URL: https://geonames.usgs.gov
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Arctic Open Data
Publicly released datasets of the Arctic including aeronautical, boundaries, communications, elevation, hydrography, transportation, and natural resources.
Portal URL: http://arctic-nga.opendata.arcgis.com
Arctic Research Mapping Application (ARMAP)
Arctic project locations and ship tracks for National Science Foundation-funded research.
Portal URL: http://armap.org
Natural Resources Canada
Various geospatial datasets featured in CanVec. Maintained by the Government of Canada.
Relational database containing petrological, geochemical and geochronological datasets along with computed rock properties from sampled rocks across Antarctica Supported by the SCAR Geosciences Group, the INSTANT, SERCE, and PAIS Scientific Research Programmes and the GHF subgroup.