Imagine being able to explore data about Greenland animals, ice and communities all in one place. Through the new QGreenland project, this can become a reality. QGreenland, a free geographic information system (GIS) mapping tool that is in development at the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), will be available for download later this year. However, to make the project as useful and relevant as possible, the QGreenland development team needs help from potential users, who are encouraged to provide input via a survey.
Twila Moon, a research scientist at NSIDC, is the principal investigator on the project. She will lead the creation of the GIS data package for the tool in collaboration with a team at NSIDC and the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences as well as an international editorial board, which will help to identify and curate the data. Moon hopes QGreenland will inspire Arctic-wide resources of this nature.
QGreenland is modeled from the Norwegian Polar Institute’s Quantarctica, and will work on QGIS software. It will contain interdisciplinary data that researchers, educators, resource managers and communities can use to access information about Greenland’s ocean, land, ice sheet, biology, and communities. In addition to accessing and downloading all-in-one data, users can add to and conduct analyses on the data.
QGreenland is funded by the National Science Foundation’s EarthCube program. Version 1 is expected to be released in late fall 2020. For updates and more information, please sign up for the QGreenland newsletter.