NGA Launches Public Website for Unclassified Arctic Data

ArcticThe National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency has made its unclassified geospatial intelligence on the Arctic available to the public via a new website to support international efforts relevant to the region.

NGA said Wednesday the website provides 3-D Digital Elevation Models of the Arctic landscape based on satellite images from DigitalGlobe‘s commercial imagery sources.

Each model works to support scientific studies and programs such as sustainable development, land management and safe recreation, the agency added.

The website, which uses Esri‘s ArcGIS platform and is hosted in the cloud by Amazon Web Services, also contains nautical charts, shape files, infographics and a multi-layered Pan-Arctic map.

Partners on the larger Arctic project include the National Science Foundation, the Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Defense Department.

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