2012-2013 Science Planning Summaries
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The Polar Geospatial Information Center: Joint support

Program Manager:
Dr. Alexandra Isern


ASC POC/Implementer:
John Rand / Cara Sucher

Mr. Paul Morin (Principal Investigator)
http://www.pgc.umn.eduExternal Non U.S. Government Site

University of Minnesota
Geology & Geophysics
St. Paul, Minnesota

Supporting Stations:  McMurdo Station
Research Locations:  Ice roads, town roads, Dry Valley boundaries

Project Description:
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 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:

  • Bradley Herried
  • Cole Kelleher
  • Michelle LaRue
  • Paul Morin (PI)
  • Claire Porter

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Curator: Esther L. Hill PhD, Antarctic Support Contract   |   NSF Official: Alexandra Isern, Office of Polar Programs