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The Polar Geospatial Center (PGC) is thrilled to have two internal hires upgraded to help steer the main pillars of our work, User Services and Products and Data. Over the past 10 years, Cole Kelleher (left) has become very accomplished at PGC from capturing Google Street View imagery in Antarctica to coordinating complex satellite tasking plans on behalf of the polar science and logistics community. He has served in many capacities, beginning as a student research assistant at PGC and now he will be bringing his expertise as the User Services Manager. Cole is also known for bringing the fun when he is in town by coordinating after-work activities like bouldering.
Our Products and Data team has been historically led by Claire Porter, PGC’s current acting co-director. During this interim period, the Products and Data Manager will be fulfilled by Jesse Bakker (right). Although relatively new to the team, Jesse has integrated himself into PGC by wearing several hats – from serving as PGC’s product archivist to leading efforts in updating our Arctic and Antarctic Imagery Mosaics. However, the hat probably most beloved by PGCers is being the most exceptional transcriber. Our teams are made up of brilliant people and ideas and he captures it all during meetings, without even being asked to do so.
⚠️ Also as a friendly reminder…
If you are planning on publishing a poster for any conference with Maxar imagery that you received from the PGC, you must receive approval from NGA to publicly publish, as well as include a copyright and acknowledge the PGC. We ask you submit the submission form and pre-published material well before the release date. More information on the process can be found here and our acknowledgment policy here.
Did You Know?
G-EGD Access to PGC Users
Did you know that the PGC serves as an access point to G-EGD for *eligible PGC Users? G-EGD is a web-based app to quickly and easily view and download Maxar imagery and products. The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) sponsors the program and recently announced its renewed contract with Maxar. (Yay!) View the full release here.
The PGC has recently updated our G-EGD Account Request Form that we submit to NGA on behalf of our users. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for updated forms and information.
G-EGD can deliver raw, pansharpened, and orthorectified imagery products within 4 to 24 hours of collection. It also provides access to a significant amount of the Maxar constellation archive. The usage and licensing of imagery within the G-EGD platform is the same as for imagery and products you receive from PGC, and can only be used for federally funded work. High-resolution imagery is copyrighted by Maxar and licensed to PGC (and its users) through the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s (NGA) NextView license.
*actively funded by NSF Office of Polar Programs or NASA Cryospheric Program
PGC Engagement Vignette
PGC’s Engagement efforts are an important drivers to our success: keeping us informed, relevant, and innovative. Here are highlights of our summer pursuits:
In Other News
PDG webinar series: The Permafrost Discovery Gateway (PDG) hosts a monthly webinar series on a Thursday at 09:00 Alaska time. The webinar aims to 1) connect the international science community interested in big data remote sensing of permafrost landscapes, and 2) provide the Permafrost Discovery Gateway development team with end-user stories (by the presenter and webinar participants), such as exploring tools the community needs to create and explore big data. The next one is October 13th. Learn more at https://arcticdata.io/catalog/portals/permafrost/Stay-Connected
CIRES Science Show & Share webinar series: The CIRES Education & Outreach hosts the Science Show & Share webinar series, connecting middle and high school students with scientists from around the world. Join in for a 40-minute virtual session. The scientists will share about their work, what they are doing, how they are doing it, and why it’s important for about 20-minutes, followed by a live Q&A session. This fall will also feature the McMurdo Speaker Series: Antarctica, Space, Lasers (Oh my!). Learn more and register here: https://cires.colorado.edu/outreach/programs/science-show-share
Check out the original PGC Newsletter post here.