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Antarctic Digital Database

Downloadable datasets from the Antarctic Digital Database, available in the following formats:

  • ESRI shapefile (.shp, zipped)
  • KML (.kml, for Google Earth)
  • Comma-Separated Values (.csv, for Excel)
  • GeoTIFF (zipped)

Any issues with downloading data (not covered by the comprehensive User Guide) should be addressed to David Herbert

License terms and conditions

Data is licensed according to Creative Commons CC-BY - data is free to use, modify and redistribute provided the source "SCAR Antarctic Digital Database" is acknowledged, and that the disclaimer below is accepted.

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Disclaimer

Information in the Antarctic Digital Database has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable but its accuracy and completeness, and the validity of the opinions based thereon, are not guaranteed. As every effort has been made to provide accurate information in this database, SCAR would appreciate it if users could indicate in writing any errors that may be noticed. SCAR is not inviting reliance on these data, and the user should always check original published data. The information in this database is subject to change. Questions about the data should be addressed to Adrian Fox

Note: downloading data may not be the best option!

You should consider the option of connecting directly to the ADD data via an OGC WMTS feed GetCapabilities document. Both ArcGIS and QGIS desktop packages work straightforwardly with these, and have the advantage of always connecting to the most up-to-date version of the data.

Assuming you really wish to download a snapshot of the data, it is arranged into convenient thematic folders below. Use the drop-down menu next to the word 'Folder' in the 'Kind' column to access options, including zipped tree download and a shopping cart facility. Alternatively, use the links to navigate the folder structure, and click on the desired file name to display detailed metadata and a download link.

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NameDateCreatedSizeKind
Click to open folder backdrops
2016/01/12
2016/01/12
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Click to open folder water
2016/01/12
2016/01/12
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Click to open folder topographic
2016/01/12
2016/01/12
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Click to open folder coastlines
2016/01/12
2016/01/12
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Click to open folder human_presence
2016/01/12
2016/01/12
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Click to open folder grids
2016/01/12
2016/01/12
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