The Norwegian Polar Institute is proud to announce the release of Quantarctica 3, the latest version of its free, cross-platform compilation of GIS software and high-quality Antarctic scientific data.
Quantarctica 3 is the result of a two-year dedicated development effort. Thanks to the work of the Quantarctica Project Team and Editorial Board, this version is Quantarctica's biggest release yet, adding:
-Eight new themes with over 50 new datasets in over 100 new layers: Atmospheric Science, Biology, Environmental Management, Geology, Ice Cores, Oceanography, Sea Ice, and Social Science
-New additions and updates to the pre-existing Geophysics and Glaciology categories
-The Quantarctica Data Catalog (http://quantarctica.npolar.no/data-catalog), where you can view preview images, metadata, and citation information for every dataset
-Northward expansion of Quantarctica's project boundary to 40°S, including subantarctic islands
-Improved and expanded basemap, terrain, and satellite imagery layers
-Updates, resolution improvements, and stability enhancements to datasets from v1 and v2
-New features in QGIS and significant enhancements to project stability, speed, and usability
We'd also like to highlight the following new datasets for the cryosphere community:
-Surface air temperature, precipitation, wind speed, firn density, and more RACMO Model output
-Pan-Antarctic ice core database compiled from ITASE and other sources
-The latest versions of the MEaSUREs ice flow speeds and ice drainage boundaries
-Summer and winter sea ice concentration and extent measurements from 2007-2017
-Summer and winter climatology for ocean properties (t, s, nutrients) at 0, 50, 200, and 500m depths
Visit http://quantarctica.npolar.no/ to download the latest version. As always, if you have any questions, comments, bug reports, or cool maps, send us an email at [hidden email].
Quantarctica is made for and by the Antarctic community - we could not have created this new version without you. We look forward to seeing Quantarctica in use on the ice and in many figures in the years to come!