2016-2017 Science Planning Summaries
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2016-2017 USAP Field Season
Project Detail

Project Title

The Polar Geospatial Information Center: Joint support

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Event Number:
NSF/OPP Award 1559691

Program Manager:
Dr. Alexandra Isern

ASC POC/Implementer:
Matthew Erickson / Elizabeth Kauffman

Principal Investigator

Mr. Paul Morin

University of Minnesota
Geology & Geophysics
St. Paul, Minnesota

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Supporting Stations: McMurdo Station
Research Locations: On station


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

Four participants will deploy, with a maximum of two at McMurdo Station at the same time. PGC will maintain a presence in the Crary Lab and will support other field and logistics groups for general mapping and imagery services as needed.

Deploying Team Members

  • Michael Cloutier
  • Bradley Herried
  • Cole Kelleher
  • Carl Reim