View the land of snow & ice of the southernmost continent.
WGS84 Antarctic Polar Stereographic Projection
View the dynamic landscape of glaciers & permafrost for Greenland & Alaska.
NSIDC Sea Ice Polar Stereographic Projection North
View the snowcaps, ice fields, & glaciers throughout the world.
WGS84 Web Mercator Projection
The Polar Geospatial Center's Imagery Viewers are web-based mapping applications for viewing high-resolution, commercial satellite imagery mosaics for polar regions. The three versions (Antarctica, the Arctic, and the World) are each in an appropriate map projection.
The PGC imagery mosaics are composed of hundreds of terabytes of orthorectified satellite imagery from the WorldView-1, WorldView-2, QuickBird-2, and GeoEye-1 sensors and mosaicked into one layer at 50-centimeter resolution. The Viewers also contain other layers — for example, lower-resolution satellite imagery basemaps, features & placenames, and aerial photography — which help users search and navigate the maps.
Access to the secured & licensed layers in the Viewers is limited to polar federally-funded researchers with current awards, federal employees, or subcontractors. Funding sources include, but aren't limited to, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Members of the DoD/IC and Antarctic/Arctic support personnel may also request access.
The links below are for new users to request a new account or change your password. The PGC will verify your funding source after you submit a request for an account.