Sarah Child
Former GIS Technician, PGC

What I Did at the PGC

I began working for PGC in the late winter of 2008. I am a GIS technician and my job is to create geographic datasets for Antarctic operations and research. My most extensive project has been the digitization of the USGS’s trimetrogon aerial (TMA) imagery flight paths and image centers. My other projects are usually GIS requests from people who run Antarctic operations.


  • Ph.D., Geography, University of Kansas, 2015; Using remote sensing to study glaciology
  • M.Sc., Geographic Information Science, University of Edinburgh, 2009; Dissertation: Accumulation rates of the Western Antarctic Ice Sheet near an ice divide
  • B.S., Geographic Information Systems, SUNY Cortland, 2007


My interests lie in using remote sensing to research ice sheets. I find it fascinating how using a mathematical model, we can simulate an ice sheet and predict its course for the future.

My hobbies include cycling, reading, hiking, snowshoeing and cooking.