NGA posts geoint for Arctic
- By Mark Pomerleau
- Sep 04, 2015
The National Geospatial Intelligence Agency launched a public website to house unclassified geointelligence about the Arctic.
The website provides digital elevation models with 3D surface representations derived from the DigitalGlobe – an NGA-sponsored global provider of commercial high-resolution Earth imagery products and services – to support “land management, sustainable development, safe recreation, scientific studies, and domain-specific challenges inherent to aviation, transportation and defense,” the agency said in its announcement.
NGA’s Arctic website also includes infographics, nautical charts and shape files with data on search and rescue zones, ice extents, economic exclusion zones, bathymetric data, navigational and meteorological warnings and potential energy sources.
Along with NGA's Nepal and Ebola relief websites, the new NGA Arctic site uses Esri’s ArcGIS platform and is hosted by Amazon Web Services.
NGA’s Arctic mapping efforts are not limited to national and international climate change. The agency is working with other government partners such as the Nation Science Foundation and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to offer and support “capabilities and activities including ground and air transportation, safe recreation, land management, sustainable development and scientific studies,” a White House fact sheet stated, as few reliable maps of the region currently exist. NGA is also supporting the Defense Department’s Arctic Strategy and safe navigation in the region.
Mark Pomerleau is a former editorial fellow with GCN and Defense Systems.