Esri, ArticDEM Project Release New Arctic Elevation Model Data

Redland-based GIS software maker Esri and the ArcticDEM project, a public-private partnership between the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), the Polar Geospatial Center, and Esri, has release a big storehouse of elevation data for the Arctic, the groups said this week. According to the NGA, the release of the elevation data is the largest to date for the project. Esri said that the Arctic region is "uniquely challenged" by by the effects of climate change, including melting ice, and the data is a resource for better planning and adaptation to such issues as coastal erosion and to monitor the rate at which glaciers are receding.