Downloads

See Quantarctica's manual (PDF 1 MB) for installation details and how to optimize QGIS for use with Quantarctica.

The base package includes:

Basemap

  • Imagery (3.3 GB):
    • LIMA mosaic
    • MODIS mosaic
    • RADARSAT mosaic
    • index files (for Landsat CIRREF, MOS and RADARSAT tiles)
    • Landsat CIRREF tiles
    • ancillary files
  • Terrain (3.2 GB):
    • Digital elevation models (ETOPO1, RAMP2, Bamber, IBCSO, BEDMAP2)
    • hillshades
    • elevation contour lines (at 100, 200, 500 and 1000 m intervals)
  • Vector (1.5 GB):
    • Detailed vector basemap data (ADD)
  • World (4 MB, not loaded in project file):
    • Low resolution satellite imagery mosaic (NASA BMNG)
    • countries dataset
    • geographic lines
  • Miscellaneous (70 MB):
    • Place names (SCAR CGA)
    • facilities (COMNAP-listed)
    • graticules
    • UTM zones
    • simple basemap

Scientific

  • Geophysics (15 MB):
    • Magnetic anomaly (ADMAP)
    • Gravity amality (GOCE)
    • Geoid height (GOCE)
  • Glaciology (1 GB):
    • Subglacial lakes (various sources)
    • Grounding and hydrostatic lines (ASAID)
    • ALBMAP compilation
    • Flow speed

Software (320 MB)

  • QGIS 2.4 Windows installer
  • selected plugins
  • software user guide and Antarctic facts.

To download Quantarctica's project file and datasets only, please use an FTP client and download individual files from the Quantarctica FTP server.

Mac OSX, Linux, Unix and Android

For non-Windows and non-Mac users, please download the latest version of QGIS for your platform from QGIS website. The Quantarctica project file and datasets work with QGIS on these operating systems.

We have very little testing experience with the Mac and Linux versions of QGIS. If you're experiencing any problems or have any tips for these platforms, please .

High-resolution satellite images

High-resolution Landsat MOS and RADARSAT images are available in two ways:

Download time

Downloading the base package typically takes more than two hours. We recommend you use an FTP client for large downloads.

If your download is interrupted, it shouldn't be a problem; most FTP clients are able to pick up where they left off.

Changelog

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

See also the list of included datasets above.

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.