University of Minnesota
Geology & Geophysics
St. Paul, Minnesota
Supporting Stations: McMurdo Station
Research Locations: Ice roads, town roads, Dry Valley boundaries
The Polar Geospatial Center (PGC) was founded in 2007 as the Antarctic Geospatial Information Center (AGIC, funded by NSF) and has since expanded to include both polar regions. PGC provides geospatial support in the form of mapping, data delivery, and geographic information analysis (GIS) to science and logistics communities of the NSF's arctic and antarctic research programs. Deploying PGC technicians provide on-site cartographic assistance in the form of GIS data formats, maps, and paper documents to science-project grantees and other USAP entities, collect ground-control points to calibrate imagery, and gather satellite and aerial imagery from a variety of national and international sources.
Field Season Overview:
This year a total of six participants will deploy with three on station at a time. Early-season fieldwork entails the use of snowmobiles to travel along the sea ice roads to gather Google StreetView data and control points. Mid-season, the field team will make helicopter-supported day-trips to locations north and south of the Dry Valleys, and on Ross Island where ground control is lacking. Areas of Google StreetView collection includes McMurdo Station roads, the road to Scott Base, Ross Island recreation trails, sea-ice roads to/from Cape Evans, Cape Royds, Turtle Rock, and ice roads to the airfields. Additional sites may be added if time allows. Each route will be gathered on foot or on snowmobile, depending on the surface.
Deploying Team Members:
Paul Morin (PI)