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;
- 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:
- Emergency preparedness and
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.
Information and documentation available by visiting arctic-sdi.org