Geological Mapping Update of Antarctica (GeoMap)

Terms of Reference

This group will facilitate an integrated programme to promote the capture of existing geological map data, update its spatial reliability, improve representation of glacial sequences and geomorphology, and enable data delivery via web-feature services.


  • Solicit wide international representation.
  • Debate and decide on GIS-data structure and delivery mechanism:
    • Debate the relative merit of a distributed database like OneGeology, versus a centralised database model;
    • Ensure adopted process enables retention of academic and custodial rights (sovereignty) as/where necessary.
  • Convert geological maps into GIS-databases and smart web feature services.
  • Improve definition of glacial geology and geomorphology using satellite imagery and remote sensing, local age-dating studies.
  • Find a host for web services, perhaps utilising Geoserver or ArcGIS Server, in WMS smart image form or in WFS feature form (utilising GeoSciML).
  • Prepare paper outlining geological nomenclature and classification issues that arise.
  • Highlight areas for targeted research and/or the need for new geological field work.
  • Facilitate exchanges of early-career and other scientists with an interest in spatial representation of the geosphere.