Polar Geospatial Center to Map Alaska and Arctic

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The University of Minnesota’s Polar Geospatial Center (PGC) has received funding from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and the National Science Foundation to create the first publicly available, high-resolution satellite-based elevation maps of Alaska and the arctic. The Alaska map will be available in mid-2016, and the all-artic map by mid-2017.

Paul Morin, the Director of the PGC, is an MSI Principal Investigator. Morin and his research group use MSI resources to run algorithms that create high-resolution visualizations of the polar regions using stereoscopic imagery. This work is distributed to the polar science community.