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Our Footprint on Antarctica - Buildings, disturbance
Entry ID: AAS_5134_Antarctic_Disturbance_Footprint

Abstract: GIS shapefiles of all buildings and disturbance detected across Antarctica, manually digitised from Google Earth images. The data set includes point locations for Automated Weather Stations (AWS), lighthouses, flight routes, maintained traverse routes, camp and hut sites, historic sites and monuments, and sites of current and former stations where mapping was not possible.

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Purpose: To provide a spatially explicit dataset to quantify and provide means of analysis for the threatening processes associated with buildings and ice-free disturbance in Antarctica.
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Description: Public information for AAS project AAS_5134
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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: -60.0   S: -90.0   E: 180.0   W: -180.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Brooks, S.T.
Dataset Title: Our Footprint on Antarctica - Buildings, disturbance
Dataset Series Name: CAASM Metadata
Dataset Release Date: 2019-03-05
Dataset Publisher: Australian Antarctic Data Centre
Version: 1
Online Resource:
Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 2005-10-01
Stop Date: 2016-12-01
SATELLITES Ancillary Description
Cameras Ancillary Description
Quality Sources of error are identified in the Materials and Methods of Brooks et al. 2019.

This dataset is subject to periodic updates. Please contact the authors if you wish to cite the dataset as there may be a newer version available.
Access Constraints These data are publicly available for download from the provided URL. This zip file contains the original data provided by Shaun as an ESRI file geodatabase and a folder of shapefiles converted from the feature classes in the geodatabase. The folder of shapefiles is provided in case someone interested in the data is unable to use an ESRI file geodatabase.
Use Constraints All use of work must cite use of the data.

This data set conforms to the PICCCBY Attribution License (

Please follow instructions listed in the citation reference provided at when using these data.
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Data Set Progress
Data Center
Australian Antarctic Data Centre, Australia Supplemental Info
Data Center URL:

Data Center Personnel
Phone: +61 3 6232 3244
Fax: +61 3 6232 3351
Email: metadata at
Contact Address:
Australian Antarctic Division
203 Channel Highway
City: Kingston
Province or State: Tasmania
Postal Code: 7050
Country: Australia
Distribution Media: HTTP
Distribution Size: 2 MB
Distribution Format: Shapefiles
Fees: Free
Phone: 6232 3457
Email: stbrooks at
Contact Address:
293 Lenah Valley Road
City: Hobart
Province or State: Tasmania
Postal Code: 7008
Country: Australia
Brooks, S. T., Jabour, J., van den Hoff, J. and Bergstrom, D. M. (2019), Our footprint on Antarctica competes with nature for rare ice-free land., Nature Sustainability, doi:doi:10.1038/s41893-019-0237-y
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2018-04-27
Last DIF Revision Date: 2019-03-20