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An Introduction to the Arctic SDI


It is 1/6 of the earth's area;

It covers 30 Million square kilometers;

It is all time zones;

It has 8 Countries;

It has a population of over 4 million;

It has over 40 indigenous languages;

It has unique Biodiversity;

This is the Arctic.

A vast number of diverse data sets are produced and distributed

by many public and private stakeholders around the world;

With a focus on thematic areas including:

  • Sustainable development;
  • Flora and fauna;
  • Contaminants;
  • Monitoring and Assessment;
  • Protecting the marine environment and;
  • Emergency preparedness and response.

These datasets are tied to a location and are geographically referenced.

A spatial data infrastructure provides a rich data sharing environment for data distributors to publish

in a standardized manner thus enabling analysts easy access and methods to combine diverse sources of information.

In order to predict, understand and react to changes and activities in the Arctic;

8 National Mapping Agencies of the Arctic Countries came together in partnership;

With international agreements on standards to enable the discovery - and - use of Geospatial Information

and provide improved access to geospatial data; Through the Arctic Spatial Data Infrastructure Portal

The Arctic SDI is an infrastructure that aims to provide easy access to:

  • A Web based Geoportal for viewing and discovering Geospatial data;
  • Authoritative reference data made available from the 8 National Mapping Agencies
    and international organizations via standards;

By improving access to geospatial data;

the Arctic SDI can help us better to predict, understand and react to changes in the Arctic.

A response to the impact of climate change and human activities in the Arctic,

requires accessible and reliable data to facilitate:

  • Monitoring;
  • Management;
  • Emergency preparedness and
  • Decision-making;

The Arctic SDI will provide access to geographically related Arctic data; Digital Maps and tools

These applications lead and guide the development of the Arctic spatial data infrastructure.

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