Founded in 2007, the Polar Geospatial Center is an NSF-funded research organization supporting polar science and operations.  We solve geospatial problems at both poles by working with researchers on mapping and remote sensing projects in the most remote locations on Earth.

PGC's 2015 Summer Polar Boot Camp is August 17-21

We look forward to welcoming this year's group of 30 participants to our summer workshop in Minneapolis.

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2015 University of Minnesota Summer Polar Boot Camp

The Polar Geospatial Center and the University of Minnesota are pleased to announce the 2015 University of Minnesota Summer Polar Boot Camp, an intensive, five-day geospatial workshop held from August 17th to 21st on the Twin Cities campus of the University of Minnesota. The Summer Polar Boot Camp focuses on applications of commercial satellite imagery for polar science and operations. See a full summary of topics and courses on the Polar Boot Camp website.

Where we study

The Antarctic

The coldest, highest, driest place on Earth. PGC research helps us understand the extreme geography and climate of the continent on the bottom of the globe.

The Arctic

It's not all about Santa Claus. Meet a dynamic region of fast-moving glaciers, permafrost and sea ice.

PGC's role

Why research the polar regions? Because what PGC and collaborators investigate has unique potential to answer important scientific questions. Learn More

Featured projects

ICE-D Antarctica: Mapping Cosmogenic-Nuclide Database

ICE-D Antarctica

View decades of cosmogenic-nuclide samples from the ICE-D Antarctica database in an interactive map.
Main Page   Map Interface

SpecMap: Relative Spectral Variability (RSV) in the Transantarctic Mountains


Using 8-band WorldView-2 satellite imagery, SpecMap provides spectral analysis of selected ice-free areas in the Transantarctic Mountains in preparation for the 2015-16 deep field logistics hub.
Main Page

SETSM Stereo-Photogrammetric Digital Elevation Models (DEM)

Hillshade of Kuparuk Watershed Alaska

The PGC distributes high-resolution, commercial stereo DEMs for the Arctic & Antarctic in a partnership with the Byrd Polar Research Center.
Main Page   SETSM   Example Gallery

NSF Workshop on Cyberinfrastructure for Polar Sciences

The PGC hosted the National Science Foundation Workshop on Cyberinfrastructure for Polar Sciences from September 10-12, 2013. Click further for workshop objectives, presentations, and archived video streams.
Main Page   Workshop Summary  Final Report

Weddell Seal Count Activity

Help us count Weddell Seals in Antarctica! Using high-resolution satellite imagery, researchers can study the population of the Weddell Seal. We have created a tutorial for students to use the same techniques researchers are using.
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PGC Imagery Viewers

The PGC Imagery Viewer web applications showcase polar satellite imagery. An account is required to view licensed layers, including the high-resolution imagery mosaics.
Request an Account   Go to the Viewers

Antarctic Street View

The PGC has partnered with Google to capture 360-degree panorama Street View images of locations throughout Antarctica.
View on Street View   View on Google World Wonders