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170 Environmental Data Layers for the Arctic!!

Grant RW Humphries, October 1, 2012

Posted on Behalf of Falk Huettmann and Moritz Schmid

Dear Colleagues,

it comes with big pleasure that I may report to you the free and open access online availability of 170 (!) compiled environmental data layers in ArcGIS format for the circumpolar Arctic (mostly marine; focus on plankton analysis). These are usually value-added data layers for the Arctic Circle region.

If interested, I enclose you the URL of our data compiled (housed with IARC at UAF)
Click here for data download

and their metadata (plankton focus; housed with the USGS/NBII biodiversity server)
Click Here for Metadata

While not all layers might be that useful for you, many might well be though. Please feel free to check and assess it. It's public domain and for you to use and improve further (if wanted and needed).

To my knowledge, these 170 layers make for a world record in GIS layer delivery, all open access, for the circumpolar Arctic, and for everybody to use as you see fit.

This work comes from a project without any budget, and is kindly provided by our visiting MINC Conservation M.Sc. student Moritz Schmid, Universities of Goettingen (Germany) and Lincoln (New Zealand) with the EWHALE lab; funded in part by BAYER foundation (Thesis details can be obtained from Moritz). Thanks to Moritz! He is now a funded PhD student in Quebec.

While we appreciate any feedback and for data updating indeed, we are not maintaining this data set, as of yet. (That's all what we can do for now,and with our set up here).

(I bite my tongue off here for not asking why all the high-powered and funded agencies, academies, NGOs etc cannot do better and provide us with such detailed spatial datasets for the global community, free of charge, too)

Just take it as an IPY present please.

We hope you can use such data for a better science-based management, if so, and as a potential role-model for data delivery and sharing in other projects and regions + progress.

Thanks to all, and please let's stay in touch. Feel free to follow up with us as needed.


Falk Huettmann and Moritz Schmid