PGC News & Announcements (October 17, 2018)

PGC News and Announcements

PGC News & Announcements: October 17, 2018

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REMA and ArcticDEM Release Recap

PGC successfully produced high-resolution elevation data for 20% of the land on Earth. Both REMA 1 and ArcticDEM 7 were released last month. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Added depth to the temporal archive. Each pole is covered an average of 8 times
  • Mosaics released at multiple resolutions
  • Over 350 TB of data between both poles
  • New cartographic and hillshade maps available in our Map Catalog
  • New York Times article about REMA

Learn more about REMA here and ArcticDEM here. Sign up for the latest PGC elevation updates: PGC Elevation Newsletter.

PGC Acknowledgement Policy and Citations Update

We recently updated (October 3, 2018) our Acknowledgement Policy and Publication and Citation Approval to include our newest published dataset citations. Due to the decision to release datasets before citable, data papers are published for ArcticDEM and REMA, we created Digital Object Identifiers (DOI) using Harvard Dataverse to cite ArcticDEM, REMA and PGC Map Catalog. Please cite these datasets in the following way:


Porter, Claire, et al., 2018, “ArcticDEM”,, Harvard Dataverse, V1, [Date Accessed].


Howat, Ian; Morin, Paul; Porter, Claire; Noh, Myong-Jong, 2018, “The Reference Elevation Model of Antarctica”,, Harvard Dataverse, V1, [Date Accessed].

PGC Map Catalog

Polar Geospatial Center, 2018, “PGC Map Catalog”,, Harvard Dataverse, V1, [Map Referenced ID], [Date Accessed].

By accepting PGC’s services, including access to data via the PGC website, users agree to cite PGC and its sponsorship by the NSF. Acknowledgement and citation of PGC’s data and services provides PGC with valuable feedback and a measure of its success in the scientific community.

PGC Antarctic On-Ice Support Changes

The Antarctic science season is now underway! For the past few months, PGC has been preparing Support Information Packages requests, satellite tasking and collection, and so on. We are excited to continue our on-ice support to Antarctic science and logistics in McMurdo again this year.

Our originally planned early deployment schedule has changed and we will not have a staff member present in McMurdo from October 22 – November 14. Therefore, unlike previous seasons PGC will begin its on-ice support until mid November.

In the meantime, please direct any requests to your PGC point-of-contact and we will make them first priority and complete in our Minnesota office. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We will work to ensure all priority science and logistic requests are handled appropriately from our Minnesota office during our early-season absence.

AGU Geodesy Session

Mark your calendars for an invigorating geodesy session, G51B: “An Ongoing Transformation: High Resolution Topography in the Geosciences” at this year’s AGU Fall Meeting on Friday, December 14.

Learn and discuss the use and development of high-resolution topographic observations to examine dynamic natural and anthropogenic processes that shape the Earth’s surface. Posters will cover a range of disciplines including landslides, drone photogrammetry, ice sheet surface elevation change, coastal environments, and more.

  • When: 08:00-12:20 p.m. on Friday, December 14, 2018
  • Where: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Hall A-C (Poster Hall), Washington, D.C.
  • Section: Geodesy, G51B
  • Neighborhood: 2. Earth Interior
  • Conveners: Michael Willis (primary), David Shean, Paul Morin
  • Abstract & Papers: see session description here

Read the original PGC Newsletter post here.

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