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.


November 2015: CCIN and PDC seek a Full-Time Project and Outreach Coordinator to join our team, beginning in January 2016. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

November 2015: CCIN and the PDC are proud to have co-hosted the Polar Data Forum II at the University of Waterloo last month. Many thanks to the more than 110 participants from 18 countries who shared their knowledge and expertise on polar data management activities around the world!

Maintenance Notice

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.