Comprehensive Arctic Digital Elevation Maps in Development

September 21, 2015
By Jessica Rohde

Denali, North America's highest peak. Landsat 8 image draped over a digital elevation model.

Licensed under CC 2.0 via Flickr.

For the first time, comprehensive high-resolution topographic maps are being developed that will consistently cover the entire Arctic region. The effort, known as ArcticDEM, will make products freely available to researchers, and will allow for comparison of physical landscape features over time. The joint NSF/National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency project will begin with a mapping of Alaska and proceed to other regions in the Arctic. The initial phases of the work will be performed by the Polar Geospatial Center (PGC), at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and Ohio State and Cornell Universities. Learn more about this project on the NSF website.

Posted by Jessica Rohde on behalf of Bill Wiseman, NSF.

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