Welcome to the Polar Data Catalogue

The Polar Data Catalogue is a database of metadata and data that describes, indexes, and provides access to diverse data sets generated by Arctic and Antarctic researchers. The metadata records follow ISO 19115 and Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) standard formats to provide exchange with other data centres. The records cover a wide range of disciplines from natural sciences and policy, to health and social sciences. The PDC Geospatial Search tool is available to the public and researchers alike and allows searching data using a mapping interface and other parameters.

Please click on the PDC Search map below to start searching for datasets or sign in to the PDC Input application to contribute metadata or data to the Polar Data Catalogue.

The PDC Lite Search is also available for users with limited Internet speed.


18 August 2015: CCIN and PDC seek two Co-Op Web Applications Developers for the Fall 2015 (September-December) co-op term. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

June 2015: Gabrielle Alix, PDC Data Manager, is in Sofia, Bulgaria at the APECS World Summit! She is providing a workshop on the essentials of Data Management.

Maintenance Notice

The CCIN and PDC websites will be unavailable between 8:00 and 13:00 Eastern time on Tuesday, 1 September 2015 for application upgrades and scheduled maintenance. We apologize for the inconvenience.

The website may not be available during the daily maintenance window of 9:00 PM to 11:00 PM Eastern Time.

Warning: If the server is restarted during this time and you are making changes to metadata, the changes will be lost.