Downloads

See the Quantarctica user manual (PDF 1 MB) for installation details and how to optimize QGIS for use with Quantarctica. Updates from version 3.0 are available. See Download Options.

Quick Start

1. Download and extract Quantarctica3.zip from a mirror below

2. Install QGIS 2.18 from the Software folder or from QGIS.org

3. Open Quantarctica3.qgs in QGIS

Download Mirrors

Choose the mirror closest to you for the fastest and most reliable download.

CountryMirrorDownload
Norway Miljødirektoratet, Oslo ftp
Australia Tasmanian Partnership for Advanced Computing at the University of Tasmania, Hobart ftp http
India National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research, Goa ftp http
Japan Arctic and Antarctic Data archive System at the National Institute of Polar Research, Tokyo http
United States Polar Geospatial Center, Minneapolis/St. Paul ftp http

Thanks to all of our mirror hosts! Is your university or research institution interested in hosting Quantarctica for your part of the world?

Download options:

Quantarctica3.zip (5 GB, latest version)

  • Strongly recommended for most users.
    • Includes all basemap, terrain, satellite imagery, and scientific data.
    • Project files and documentation
    • QGIS 2.18 installers for Windows and Mac

Quantarctica3_3part (1.3+1.6+1.6 GB, latest version)

  • Recommended only for users with low bandwidth
  • Does not include QGIS installers! Install QGIS from our Software folder or from QGIS.org.
  • You must download all three parts and extract them to the same folder for Quantarctica to work properly.
    • Quantarctica3_BasemapScientific.zip (1.3 GB)
    • Quantarctica3_Terrain.zip (1.6 GB)
    • Quantarctica3_SatelliteImagery.zip (1.6 GB)

Quantarctica3 (unzipped folder, 8 GB, latest version)

  • Uncompressed folder exactly as it appears on your hard drive
  • Download individual themes, datasets, and files
  • Please use an FTP client (we recommend the cross-platform FileZilla) and ensure that you connect to an FTP mirror

Quantarctica30-31updates.zip (740 MB)

  • Recommended for existing version 3.0 users.
  • Follow these steps carefully. 
    • Unzip the Quantarctica updates zip file in an empty temporary folder somewhere else than your current Quantarctica folder.
    • In your file explorer, open the extracted updates folder to see which files they contain.
    • If any of these datasets are already present in an older version in your Quantarctica folders, move/rename/delete the previous version of the files from your Quantarctica folder.
    • Move the Quantarctica updates zip file to your Quantarctica folder (where the project file, get started guide etc. are located).
    • Unzip the file there.
    • Open the Quantarctica updates QGIS project file (.qgs) in QGIS.
    • At the same time, open your previous Quantarctica project file in another QGIS instance.
    • Make sure you have installed the "Copy layers and groups to clipboard" plugin in QGIS.
    • Copy the style and metadata for the first layer (or first layer group) in the updates project, and paste it in the previous Quantarctica project, by using the buttons that are installed with the previously mentioned plugin (or from the plugin menu entry).
    • Repeat for all layers.
    • When all layers (or groups) are copied to your previous Quantarctica project file, save the Quantarctica project, and now you have the the updated and latest version of Quantarctica.
    • Delete the Quantarctica updates project file, updates zip file and temporary unpacked folders.

Quantarctica30-31updates (unzipped folder, 780MB)

  • Uncompressed folder including update files only
  • Download individual themes, datasets, and files
  • Please use an FTP client (we recommend the cross-platform FileZilla) and ensure that you connect to an FTP mirror

QGIS for Linux and Android

For Linux/BSD users, please find the instructions to download and install the latest version of QGIS for your platform from the QGIS website. The Quantarctica project file and datasets work with QGIS on these operating systems.

A full-featured third-party port of QGIS for Android can be found in the Google Play Store, though it is often several versions out of date. Based on our testing in 2017, Android smartphones and tablets lack the power, memory, and storage space necessary to operate the full Quantarctica package quickly and reliably enough for most users. 

If you're experiencing any problems or have any tips for these platforms, please .

Changelog

2018-06-10 New minor release: Quantarctica 3.1

Quantarctica 3.1 includes:

  • New surface mass balance data SAMBA under glaciology theme
  • Updated dataset for GeoMap source bibliography under geology theme
  • Updated dataset for MEaSUREs flow speed, flow speed errors, and flow speed vectors under glaciology theme
  • Minor cartographical improvements in detailed basemap 

2018-02-06 New major release: Quantarctica 3.0

Quantarctica 3.0 is optimized for use with QGIS 2.18. This version is Quantarctica's biggest release yet, adding:

  • Eight new themes with over 50 new datasets in over 100 new layers: Atmospheric Science, Biology, Environmental Management, Geology, Ice Cores, Oceanography, Sea Ice, and Social Science
  • New additions and updates to the pre-existing Geophysics and Glaciology categories
  • The Quantarctica Data Catalog, where you can view preview images, metadata, and citation information for every dataset
  • Northward expansion of Quantarctica's boundary to 40°S
  • Improved basemap, terrain, and satellite imagery layers
  • Updates, resolution improvements, and stability enhancements to datasets from v1-v2
  • New features in QGIS and significant enhancements to project stability, speed, and usability

2014-08-01 New major release: Quantarctica 2.0

Quantarctica 2.0 is optimized for use with QGIS 2.4. This version includes a number of bugfixes, as well as new additions:

  • drainage basin boundaries
  • blue ice distribution
  • new bathymetry data

2013-08-16 Fixed: Satellite imagery index files, script issue

The Actions script for adding satellite image tiles (Landsat CIRREF, Landsat MOS and RADARSAT) contain a redundant line, which may cause errors when trying to load tiles by using the Run Feature Action button and "Add full resolution image from local disk". To avoid this, follow these steps for all of the three index files inside Quantum GIS:

  1. Double-click the index layer in the Layers list, so that the Layer Properties window appears.
  2. In the Actions tab, click once at the "Add full resolution image from local disk" entry in the Action list box, so that the Action properties box below displays the script.
  3. In the Action box inside Action properties, remove this part of the script: "from os import startfile;".
  4. Click the Update selected action button below, then the Save as default button, and OK.
  5. Save the project.

2013-08-16 Fixed: Satellite imagery index files, script issue

Saving your QGIS project file in another folder than the root of the Quantarctica folder, will make the Actions script for adding satellite image tiles (Landsat CIRREF, Landsat MOS and RADARSAT) not work. Follow these steps for all of the three index files inside Quantum GIS (Note that this will change the reference:

  1. Double-click the index layer in the Layers list, so that the Layer Properties window appears.
  2. In the Actions tab, click once at the "Add full resolution image from local disk" entry in the Action list box, so that the Action properties box below displays the script.
  3. In the Action box inside Action properties, remove this part of the script: "from os import startfile;proj = QgsProject.instance();UriFile = str(proj.fileName());Path = str(os.path.dirname(UriFile));".
  4. In the "qgis.utils.iface.addRasterLayer..." part of the script, remove "Path+"
  5. Insert the location of the Quantarctica Basemap folder on your disk, just before the "/Basemap/Imagery..." part, e.g. "C:/Quantarctica/Basemap/Imagery...".
  6. Click the Update selected action button below, (then the Save as default button) and OK.
  7. Save the project.