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) and has since expanded to include both polar regions. PGC provides geospatial support in the form of mapping, data delivery, and geographic information systems (GIS) analysis to science and logistics communities of the NSF's arctic and antarctic research programs. Deployed 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 season, three particilants will deploy, with a maximum of two in McMurdo at the same time. Early-season field work will require the use of snowmobiles to travel along the sea ice roads to gather Streetview data and control points. Later-season work will require helicopter support (day trips) to locations north and south of the Dry Valleys, and some locations on Ross Island.
Deploying Team Members: