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January 2008 - March 2009

University of Minnesota Twin Cities
Institute of Technology
Department of Geology and Geophysics

PI: David L. Kohlstedt

The Antarctic Geospatial Information Center: Collecting, Creating, Delivering, and Archiving for the Antarctic Research Community

The goal of this project is to process and deliver data for the Antarctic Geospatial Information Center (AGIC). AGIC will address the need to create, collect, distribute, and archive Antarctic geospatial information to serve the needs of the operations, research, and education communities. It will be web-accessible, enabling quick discovery, display, and downloading of all available geospatial information in its collection. AGIC will create cartography services, data serving, and delivery solutions and a long-term archiving plan for Antarctic geospatial information.

Currently, a broad range of Antarctic Research and Operations activities are hampered by the fact that information commonly available for the United States, such as air photos, digital elevation models, and geospatial data of all kinds, is held by a variety of distinct agencies and individual researchers. At the same time, the social relevance of Antarctic research is increasing in light of climate change concerns and nations’ growing interest in polar resources. Recent developments in geospatial technology provide a unique opportunity to develop innovative solutions to ensure much broader and more efficient access to Antarctic data. To exploit this unique moment in time and ensure improved efficient access to Antarctic data, this group is part of an integrated team, all of whom are familiar with the inaccessibility of Antarctic geospatial data and the limited mechanisms available to distribute the data.

New projects this year include a new time-dependant air photo mosaic of the McMurdo Dry Valleys, a new collection of commercial high-resolution satellite imagery and new international effort to produce a three-dimensional time-dependant models of the entire Antarctic continent every 10 million years back to 105 Ma. 

Group Members

Karen Campbell, Staff
Michelle LaRue, Staff
Paul Morin, Staff
Charles Nguyen, Staff
Andrew Zenk, Staff