Articles | Volume 12, issue 2
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 12, 1117–1122, 2020
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 12, 1117–1122, 2020

Data description paper 13 May 2020

Data description paper | 13 May 2020

A digital archive of human activity in the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica

Adrian Howkins et al.

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Historical data have much to offer current research activities and environmental management in Antarctica, but such information is often widely scattered and difficult to access. We addressed this need in the McMurdo Dry Valleys by compiling over 5000 historical photographs, maps, oral interviews, and other archival resources into a user-friendly digital archive. This can be used to identify benchmarks for understanding change over time, as well as the date and extent of past human activities.