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.


April 2016: The new PDC Map Viewer has been launched, showing beautiful graphic displays of oceanic data from CTD and mooring observations in the Arctic Ocean. Please check it out and let us know what you think!

April 2016: Happy Earth Day! The Polar Space Task Group has released 20 years of satellite images of the polar regions. The PDC contributed to this collection through public release of the 2008 Antarctica continental mosaics, available in the PDC Search.

Maintenance Notice

The CCIN and PDC websites will be unavailable for 1-2 hours between 8:30 and noon Eastern time Monday, 9 May 2016 for upgrades and 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.