Antarctic Digital Database

Antarctic Digital Database

The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) ADD is a seamless compilation of topographic data for Antarctica to 60°S. The ADD is the place to view, query and download datasets such as the Antarctic coastline, contours and rock outcrop.

The Mapping and Geographic Information Centre (MAGIC) compiles, manages and distributes the ADD datasets on behalf of SCAGI, the SCAR Standing Committee on Geographic Information.

ADD datasets and data access

Visit the Antarctic Digital Database map viewer to visualise the available data. Data can be downloaded through the data catalogue in Geopackage or Shapefile format.

The datasets included in the ADD are:

  • Coastline
  • Contours
  • Rock outcrop
  • Seamask
  • Moraine
  • Lakes
  • Streams
  • Data limit at 60°S

All datasets are in WGS84 Antarctic Polar Stereographic projection.

Update frequency

Major data updates occur on a six monthly basis, minor updates and corrections are done as required.

The data was last updated on 5th November 2020.

Contributing to the ADD

The ADD is a service to the whole Antarctic science and logistics community, and as such we invite all users of the data to be active participants in improving its quality.   Any inconsistencies can be reported via the web interface (the feedback button in the top navigation bar), or to the Mapping and Geographic Information Centre. Similarly, any new or updated data from users are welcome for potential future inclusion in the ADD.


Data are made available under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licence.

You can:

  • use these data at no cost, including commercially
  • share, copy and redistribute these data in any medium or format
  • transform, change or build upon these data for any purpose

Providing that you:

  • acknowledge where these data came (the “SCAR Antarctic Digital Database”)

And that you understand:

  • these data may contain inaccuracies and mistakes – included unintentionally due to limited data availability or quality
  • no warranty or liability of any kind is offered when using these data – you must not rely on this information for any purpose, including navigation

If you do find any inaccuracies and mistakes in these data, we’d be very grateful if you could report them by contacting the BAS Mapping and Geographic Information Centre.

Please also contact us if you have any questions about the ADD generally.

Updated Mapping Datasets for Antarctica

12 May, 2020

A newly updated Antarctic Digital Database is released today (12 May 2020). Aimed at the science and logistics communities, the maps include updates to the ice shelf front around Thwaites …