University of Minnesota researchers, famous for their work in mapping Antarctica, have begun to literally expand their work to the ends of the Earth. Paul Morin, a staff member in the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota, along with a team of undergraduate and graduate students from the U of M, have recently begun include the Arctic in their research and mapping. Paul Morin leads the Polar Geospatial Center, which provides information and project opportunites for other geology and geophysics researchers. The National Science Foundation (NSF) is funding this project with $4 million throughout five years of creating imagery of the Arctic terrain.
Certain parts of the Arctic being mapped have never even been visited before. The collected information will allow scientists to study the polar animals, glacier movement, and even find remote loctions for landing military aircrafts. The team has also created a partnership with Google to keep Google Earth and Google Maps up-to-date.
The ten University of Minnesota students who are participating in this project are experiencing an opportunity of a lifetime. They are able to view the breathtaking land of the Arctic, which is unseen and undervalued by most people. Pictured below is one of the teams' researchers on the rugged terrain. Examples of the maps that they produce can be viewed at the Polar Geospacial Center's website. Click here to check one out!