PGC News & Announcements (November 20, 2020)

PGC News and Announcements

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PGC Director Presents at AI Conference

PGC Director, Paul Morin, recently presented a talk at the 2020 Accelerated Artificial Intelligence for Big-Data Experiments Conference last month. His talk, “An Ongoing Transformation: High Resolution Topography, AI, HPC and High-Resolution Imagery in the Geosciences,” covered revolutionary geospatial products including ArcticDEM, Reference Elevation Model of Antarctica (REMA), and the NASA Goddard Sahil Treecount Project, and how these projects offer potential to artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities.
Watch the presentation here.

PGC Support for USAP 2020-2021 Season

PGC support to USAP projects and operations is ongoing, despite our absence in McMurdo Station, Antarctica due to precautions taken in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. PGC’s remote sensing expertise and products may be useful to projects that are unable to continue per usual. Contact our User Service team to discuss possibilities of how PGC can help your Antarctic science and logistic objectives this season.

Science Speakers Webinars: Recordings Available on YouTube

Thank you to all of those that attended and participated in our 2020 Science Speakers webinar series. Due to cancelled polar field seasons in 2020, we invited five PGC users that employ remote sensing based techniques and research projects to inspire others on ways to continue science from their desktop.

Your feedback has been so positive and encouraging, we look forward to continue the series in 2021. Until then, enjoy learning about our users’ cutting edge research. All recordings can be found on our YouTube page and linked on our website under Education & Outreach.

If you are a PGC user, use remote sensing techniques in your polar research and would like to become a guest science speaker, please contact Cathleen Torres Parisian at for more information.




External Data Newly Available

Whilst PGC provides a distinct set of polar satellite imagery, namely commercial satellite imagery from DigitalGlobe, and digital elevation models derived from that imagery, there are many other data resources available that we want to make our readers aware. PGC does not provide support for using any of these datasets.
Finnish satellite company, ICEYE, announced last month (October 2020) public access for non-commercial use to the company’s archive containing nearly 18,000 satellite images from around the world including radar. Read the press release here.

The European Space Agency recently announced its public release of the Copernicus DEM with global coverage at 30 meter resolution. In December of 2019, the 90 meter version was released. Both are openly available to any registered user. Read more here.

Read the original PGC Newsletter post here.

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