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Polar GIS Data Resources


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.

GIS Data

Antarctic Digital Database

Vector and raster GIS datasets for Antarctica including coastlines, rock outcrops, contours, hillshades, and more. Maintained by the British Antarctic Survey.

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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.

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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.

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SCAR Composite Gazetteer of Antarctica

Antarctic placename gazetteer including named features from SCAR countries. Maintained by Programma Nazionale di Ricerche in Antartide (Italy).

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SCAR Map Catalogue

Historic and contemporary Antarctic maps. Maintained by the Australian Antarctic Division.

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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.

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National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Arctic Open Data

Publicly released datasets of the Arctic including aeronautical, boundaries, communications, elevation, hydrography, transportation, and natural resources.

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Arctic Research Mapping Application (ARMAP)

Arctic project locations and ship tracks for National Science Foundation-funded research.

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Natural Resources Canada

Various geospatial datasets featured in CanVec. Maintained by the Government of Canada.

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Petrochron antarctica

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.

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GeoMAP, Geological Mapping of Antarctica, was launched by the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) to advance geoscientific exploration in Antarctica by combining geological, geomorphological, and geophysical data into an interactive web map.

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google earth engine

Google Earth Engine combines a multi-petabyte catalog of satellite imagery and geospatial datasets with planetary-scale analysis capabilities. Scientists, researchers, and developers use Earth Engine to detect changes, map trends, and quantify differences on the Earth’s surface. Earth Engine is now available for commercial use, and remains free for academic and research use.

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