2018-2019 Science Planning Summaries
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2018-2019 USAP Field Season
Project Detail

Project Title

The Polar Geospatial Information Center: Joint support

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T-434-M Research Location(s): On station


Event Number:
NSF/OPP Award 1559691

Program Manager:
Dr. Alexandra Isern

ASC POC/Implementer:
Jenny Cunningham / Elizabeth Kauffman

Principal Investigator(s)

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

Deploying team members will be based at McMurdo Station throughout the season. PGC will maintain a presence in the Crary Laboratory and will support other field and logistics groups for general mapping and imagery services as needed.

Deploying Team Members

  • Michael Cloutier
  • Steven Foga
  • Bradley Herried
  • Cole Kelleher