New Version of Quantarctica released

Version 3 of the Quantarctica mapping tool is released today.


Quantarctica was designed as an all-in-one, fully-functional mapping environment for Antarctic researchers, technicians, and educators. Quantarctica 3 dramatically expands the number of scientific data layers, reaching into new themes such as Atmospheric Science, Biology, and Oceanography. With Quantarctica, you can combine multiple datasets from different themes to make new discoveries and enhance the efficiency and visibility of your science.
  Photo: The Quantarctica-team, The Norwegian Polar Institute


Photo: The Quantarctica-team, The Norwegian Polar Institute

Quantarctica is a free package of scientific and geographic datasets for Antarctica. Version 3 now includes data from ten different scientific themes, increased from just two in version 2.

An international team of scientific editors was also recruited to Quantarctica's Editorial Board, and helped review and evaluate datasets to represent their fields in Quantarctica.

- The Norwegian Polar Institute was originally the sole developer of Quantarctica, but we soon realized that we needed an internationally diverse group of experts who could help us from within their various research fields. So our project team recruited 15 experts from eight different countries, says project coordinator George Roth, at the Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI).

The data package was first developed exclusively for NPI employees, but the Quantarctica team soon received several requests to make it available for the public.

For researchers in the field, Quantarctica is a really useful tool. It's completely free, doesn't need a license, and you can use it without an internet connection. You can also easily import and display your own data and analyses, which makes it useful when designing figures for research articles, for example. Quantarctica is a great tool for anyone who works in Antarctica, such as logistics planners, but also for someone who just wants to explore Antarctica from their own computer, says Roth.

The new version has expanded to cover a greater geographical area, up to 40° south. Satellite imagery and terrain models have also been expanded and improved. A social science section has also been included, where you can map historical information, such as historical stations and expedition routes.

Quantarctica 3 includes over 50 new scientific datasets with over 150 new individual data layers compared to version 2