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A Free GIS Package for Greenland

QGreenland is a free mapping tool to support interdisciplinary Greenland-focused research, teaching, decision making, and collaboration.

Combines key datasets into a unified, all-in-one GIS analysis and visualization environment for offline and online use.

An international Editorial Board and Project Collaborators connects the QGreenland Team to data and user communities.


QGreenland should not be used as a sole navigational aid while performing remote research activities in Greenland. Always bring appropriate safety and navigational aids (including hard-copies of topographic maps) when visiting the field.

QGreenland is a data-viewing and analysis platform, and the QGreenland Team does not create new data. QGreenland's layers may contain errors from the original data providers. QGreenland makes no guarantees about the accuracy and validity of data contained in QGreenland. Limited notes on known data issues have been added to the 'Towns and settlements' and 'Community map (crowdsourced)' layer metadata. Also, some layers may not perfectly align with each other due to unidentified georeferencing issues with the original data. We recommend using the 'Greenland coastlines 2017' layer as the best approximation reference layer for geolocating Greenland's coastline.

Note that some data were transformed from their native data formats, projections, and resolutions for inclusion within QGreenland. The included metadata (>Layer Properties >Metadata >History) contains provenance information on any transformations. All QGreenland geopackages and geotiffs are projected in EPSG:3413.

Getting Started

As of this writing, the oldest version of QGIS we support is 3.16.x LTR. You can find downloads and instructions here.

After installing QGIS, download QGreenland and unzip it with your unzip tool of choice if you haven not already done so. Finally, open the qgreenland.qgs file contained inside with QGIS.

What's Inside the v2.0.0 download package?

At the root of the package, you will find scientific discipline-specific directories containing data. Additionally, the following files are present at the package root:

  • UserGuide.pdf: Detailed user-guide.
  • QuickStartGuide.pdf: Guide for QGIS beginners.
  • README.html: The README file you are currently reading.
  • CHANGELOG.html: A summary of changes for each new QGreenland version.
  • layer_list.csv: Comma-separated values representing the configuration of layers in QGreenland. This includes limited layer metadata, including, but not limited to: title, description, abstract, and citation.

Educational Resources

We keep the QGreenland official website up-to-date with links to helpful educational resources, including our own QGreenland User Guide.


Please see contributing instructions for more info. A good portion of this document contains technical instructions about running the QGreenland pipeline, but also includes less-technical instructions for contributing styles you have developed within QGIS. Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for any user of QGreenland to contribute to the project, so please do not be deterred from sharing your ideas.

If all else fails, please email us!


Please see our acknowledgements for our best effort to acknowledge all of the giants upon whose shoulders we stand.


Source code for generating the QGreenland package hosted at







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