Polar Geospatial Center

Polar Geospatial Center The Polar Geospatial Center (PGC) is an NSF-funded organization with a dual role in Antarctica and the Arctic: to provide GIS services to both science and operations.
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Based at the University of Minnesota, the PGC is responsible for creating and archiving maps, conducting GIS analysis and support, and providing logistics solutions to science and operations, while also conducting research in the Polar regions.

Mission: As a two-faceted organization, PGC has many responsibilities within the Polar scientific community. To support Polar operations and logistics, the PGC: ► Provides on-demand maps for planning science operations ► Provides GIS analysis, including spatial, spectral, and 3D analysis ► Develops software solutions ► Serves as a central location for Antarctic and Arctic GIS data and information, including archived USGS Antarctic map series as well as AHAP imagery For the science portion of the PGC's responsibilities,the PGC supports USAP and Arctic scientists, while also conducting research in Antarctica and Greenland. The PGC also supports science by: ► Providing project-specific maps ► Providing GIS trouble shooting and support ► Conducting GIS analysis to help answer research and logistical questions ► Conducting research to update existing maps of Antarctica & the Arctic

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Register for tomorrow's free Science Seminar by Dr. Ellyn Enderlin! She'll reveal her methods for understanding the impo...
09/29/2020

Register for tomorrow's free Science Seminar by Dr. Ellyn Enderlin! She'll reveal her methods for understanding the important roles that icebergs play in Earth Systems. Register and find more info here: z.umn.edu/icebergs
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Update: TODAY - Dr. Chunli Dai showcases her work tracking down landslides and volcanic eruptions using #ArcticDEM. Regi...
09/22/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: PGC Users Webinar Series: Science Speakers - Dr. Chunli Dai. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Update: TODAY - Dr. Chunli Dai showcases her work tracking down landslides and volcanic eruptions using #ArcticDEM. Register here: https://umn.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Ff5puesqSwmMzOWKWSlqxQ

Dr. Chunli Dai at the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center at Ohio State University will be presenting "Establishing a database for volcanic eruptions and landslides using ArcticDEM." Abstract: Satellite remote sensing provides a tremendous resource for enhancing the systematic understanding of na...

How are scientists using #ArcticDEM to track down changes in landscapes caused by volcanoes and landslides? Find out nex...
09/18/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: PGC Users Webinar Series: Science Speakers - Dr. Chunli Dai. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

How are scientists using #ArcticDEM to track down changes in landscapes caused by volcanoes and landslides? Find out next Wednesday at the next PGC Science Speaker Webinar by Dr. Chunli Dai! Register for free here: https://umn.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Ff5puesqSwmMzOWKWSlqxQ

Dr. Chunli Dai at the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center at Ohio State University will be presenting "Establishing a database for volcanic eruptions and landslides using ArcticDEM." Abstract: Satellite remote sensing provides a tremendous resource for enhancing the systematic understanding of na...

Don't miss our next Science Speaker - Dr. Chunli Dai from the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center at Ohio State Unive...
09/17/2020
Upcoming Webinar Science Speakers – Dr. Chunli Dai – Polar Geospatial Center

Don't miss our next Science Speaker - Dr. Chunli Dai from the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center at Ohio State University! Her talk is titled: "Establishing a database for volcanic eruptions and landslides using ArcticDEM."

DATE: Sep 23 12-1PM Central
REGISTRATION: https://umn.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Ff5puesqSwmMzOWKWSlqxQ
Abstract and more info: https://www.pgc.umn.edu/events/upcoming-webinar-science-speaker-dai/

Upcoming Webinar Science Speakers – Dr. Chunli Dai Posted on September 9, 2020September 9, 2020Author Polar Geospatial CenterCategories EventsTags Arctic, ArcticDEM, PGC Users Webinar Series, remote sensing, Satellite Imagery, science speakers, Tutorial, Webinar In light of the Arctic and Antarcti...

We are so excited for another captivating presentation from a PGC super user, Dr. Chunli Dai from Byrd Polar and Climate...
09/10/2020

We are so excited for another captivating presentation from a PGC super user, Dr. Chunli Dai from Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center.

Join us Wed. 9/23 at 12-1pm Central by visiting pgc.umn.edu/events for abstract and webinar registration!

We are excited for our next guest #ScienceSpeaker - Dr. Anna Liljedahl! Join us in learning about her research detecting...
08/20/2020

We are excited for our next guest #ScienceSpeaker - Dr. Anna Liljedahl! Join us in learning about her research detecting #permafrost thawing from high-resolution satellite imagery. #Arctic #bigdata #remotesensing
Wed. 8/26 from 12-1 Central
Register now: https://umn.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_X7yzjCTlQcOsq2ZGGIK_7A

Operation Deep Freeze to deliver supplies while keeping Antarctica Covid-freehttps://www.mcchord.af.mil/News/Article-Dis...
08/19/2020
ODF missions to bring life-sustaining supplies to Antarctica while keeping it COVID-free

Operation Deep Freeze to deliver supplies while keeping Antarctica Covid-free

https://www.mcchord.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2313540/odf-missions-to-bring-life-sustaining-supplies-to-antarctica-while-keeping-it-c/fbclid/IwAR34fLHHlS95BO_XM_N0hfFzdkOurDBZdLNwnKmYDiSDQIeydDSPxguS3LM/

A team of 30 Airmen departed here to start a two-week quarantine period in Christchurch, New Zealand, Aug. 5, before conducting missions delivering supplies to McMurdo Station in Antarctica. The 304th

Our Science Speakers #webinar series is continuing with our 2nd guest Dr. Anna Liljedahl from @WoodsHoleResCtr on August...
08/13/2020

Our Science Speakers #webinar series is continuing with our 2nd guest Dr. Anna Liljedahl from @WoodsHoleResCtr on August 26th, 12-1 PM Central. She'll be presenting her work on pan-Arctic #permafrost and knowledge-generation from #bigdata!

Register here: https://umn.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_X7yzjCTlQcOsq2ZGGIK_7A

08/10/2020

PGC is #hiring! We are looking for a graduate research assistant to start this fall. Applicants must be a current University of Minnesota graduate student enrolled in GIS or related field. Apply now: https://hr.myu.umn.edu/jobs/stu/337150

#universityofminnesota #graduateresearchassistant #GIS

08/06/2020
PGC Users Webinar Series: Science Speakers - Dr. Mark Salvatore

Thank you to all who attended our webinar featuring our first science speaker @antMARKtica last week! For those that missed it, the recording is now available on our website and YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/U7Q-8gBYziY

This webinar is intended to showcase some of PGC Users' remote sensing based techniques and research that may inspire or supplement any project changes other...

07/27/2020

Nerd out with us! Our Science Speakers #webinar series is starting this Wed from 12-1 PM Central with Dr. Mark Salvatore, "From Microbes to Exoplanets: Ecological Remote Sensing of the #McMurdo Dry Valleys of #Antarctica and Beyond"

https://umn.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_5Ma3foiEQpK8WlRLxOeUGQ

#remotesensing #mcmlter

Polar fieldwork cancelled? We're inviting our Users as guest Science Speakers to present #remotesensing techniques and #...
07/08/2020

Polar fieldwork cancelled? We're inviting our Users as guest Science Speakers to present #remotesensing techniques and #research. Our 1st speaker is @antMARKtica who will present on ecological remote sensing in the #McMurdo #DryValleys #Antarctica. Join us on July 29th, 12-1 PM Central.

Register now: https://umn.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_5Ma3foiEQpK8WlRLxOeUGQ

Researchers supported by PGC Anna Liljedahl (WHRC) & Chunli Dai (OSU) recently found an enormous 650 million cubic yard ...
05/15/2020
‘It Could Happen Anytime’: Scientists Warn of Alaska Tsunami Threat

Researchers supported by PGC Anna Liljedahl (WHRC) & Chunli Dai (OSU) recently found an enormous 650 million cubic yard potential #landslide in Barry Arm, Alaska while using #ArcticDEM. The team immediately warned Alaska DNR Commissioner and stakeholders. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/14/climate/alaska-landslide-tsunami.html

A retreating glacier is increasing the risk of a catastrophic landslide and tsunami within a few decades, researchers say.

Unprecedented Clear Skies Drove Remarkable Melting in Greenland - Eos
05/08/2020
Unprecedented Clear Skies Drove Remarkable Melting in Greenland - Eos

Unprecedented Clear Skies Drove Remarkable Melting in Greenland - Eos

Scientists are concerned that current climate models do not fully account for the impact of atmospheric conditions on the Greenland Ice Sheet and, consequently, may dramatically underestimate melting.

04/30/2020
PGC User Survey 2020

Our annual user survey closes TONIGHT at 11:59 PM Central. If you have used PGC products or services in the past, please consider taking 5 minutes to give us your valuable feedback.

Polar Geospatial Center User Survey 2020

'Isolated within isolation': keeping out coronavirus in the frozen Antarctic
04/27/2020
'Isolated within isolation': keeping out coronavirus in the frozen Antarctic

'Isolated within isolation': keeping out coronavirus in the frozen Antarctic

In the frozen and desolate expanse of Antarctica, Alejandro Valenzuela Pena is used to a feeling of isolation. Now, however, that has taken on a new meaning as the only continent still free from the coronavirus looks to keep the pandemic out.

Atmospheric Ozone Hole Over Arctic Region
04/27/2020
Atmospheric Ozone Hole Over Arctic Region

Atmospheric Ozone Hole Over Arctic Region

A combination of atmospheric factors have led to the creation of the lowest levels of ozone in a decade over the Arctic.

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The PGC employs approximately 25 staff, as well as a few research graduate students, all of whom assist in the support of polar operations and science. This includes the 3 United States Antarctic stations: McMurdo, South Pole, and Palmer and the Arctic. Support for the U.S. Antarctic Program is year-round, with personnel at McMurdo Station for about 4 months in the austral summer (typically between late October to early February).

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