Quantarctica, an integrated mapping environment for Antarctica, the Southern Ocean, and sub-Antarctic islands

Kenichi Matsuoka, Anders Skoglund, George Roth, Jean de Pomereu, Huw Griffiths, Robert Headland, Brad Herried, Katsuro Katsumata, Anne Le Brocq, Kathy Licht, Fraser Morgan, Peter D. Neff, Catherine Ritz, Mirko Scheinert, Takeshi Tamura, Anton Van de Putte, Michiel van den Broeke, Angela von Deschwanden, César Deschamps-Berger, Brice Van LiefferingeStein Tronstad, Yngve Melvær

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Abstract

Quantarctica (https://www.npolar.no/quantarctica) is a geospatial data package, analysis environment, and visualization platform for the Antarctic Continent, Southern Ocean (>40oS), and sub-Antarctic islands. Quantarctica works with the free, cross-platform Geographical Information System (GIS) software QGIS and can run without an Internet connection, making it a viable tool for fieldwork in remote areas. The data package includes basemaps, satellite imagery, terrain models, and scientific data in nine disciplines, including physical and biological sciences, environmental management, and social science. To provide a clear and responsive user experience, cartography and rendering settings are carefully prepared using colour sets that work well for typical data combinations and with consideration of users with common colour vision deficiencies. Metadata included in each dataset provides brief abstracts for non-specialists and references to the original data sources. Thus, Quantarctica provides an integrated environment to view and analyse multiple Antarctic datasets together conveniently and with a low entry barrier.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number105015
JournalEnvironmental Modelling and Software
Volume140
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Development of Quantarctica version 3 was funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (grant number: QZA-15/0332). Quantarctica became highly visible and widely used in the Antarctic community, thanks to SCAR's endorsement of QA as a SCAR product and promotions made by Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS), and SCAR's scientific research programs, action groups and expert groups, as well as SCADM and SCAGI. The Norwegian Environment Agency, Tasmanian Partnership for Advanced Computing, Arctic and Antarctic Data Archive System at the National Institute of Polar Research, National Center for Polar and Ocean Research, and Polar Geospatial Center provide distributed global download capabilities. The RADARSAT-2 image used in Fig. 3c provided by NSC/KSAT under the Norwegian-Canadian RADARSAT agreement. We acknowledge all data providers who supported Quantarctica.

Funding Information:
Development of Quantarctica version 3 was funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (grant number: QZA-15/0332) . Quantarctica became highly visible and widely used in the Antarctic community, thanks to SCAR's endorsement of QA as a SCAR product and promotions made by Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS), and SCAR's scientific research programs, action groups and expert groups, as well as SCADM and SCAGI. The Norwegian Environment Agency, Tasmanian Partnership for Advanced Computing, Arctic and Antarctic Data Archive System at the National Institute of Polar Research, National Center for Polar and Ocean Research, and Polar Geospatial Center provide distributed global download capabilities. The RADARSAT-2 image used in Fig. 3c provided by NSC/KSAT under the Norwegian-Canadian RADARSAT agreement. We acknowledge all data providers who supported Quantarctica.

Publisher Copyright:
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Keywords

  • Geographical information system
  • Polar regions
  • Regional analytical tool

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