GRID Polar Division News

Interactive Arctic Environmental Atlas facelift

Environmental information on the Arctic region in an interactive map on the Internet since December 2000. The map has been updated with a new interface, more extensive data themes and new features.

The Arctic Environmental Atlas has presented environmental information on the Arctic region in an interactive map on the Internet since December 2000. The map has been updated with a new interface, more extensive data themes and new features. It is accessible at:
http://maps.grida.no/arctic/

Arendal, August 23th 2002
New in this revision are an interface for desktop software to access the map, updated data on the human impact on the Arctic, access to a database on national parks, and much more.

The themes in this map primarily concentrate on issues like biodiversity and conservation -- where the Arctic has a special status, with vast expanses of still untouched nature, important fish stocks and large seabird colonies. Other environmental problems that the map touches upon are ecological footprint, land based pollution and climate change.

The major sources used are some of the best global publicly available collections of data and maps, that have been collected and projected to show a polar view, and implemented in this interactive map service. The Arctic Environmental Atlas also draws from work that GRID-Arendal has done for various Arctic projects over the years, in everything from conservation to pollution monitoring.

Data and themes are from collaboration with partners, organizations and institutions such as UNEP.Net, UNEP-WCMC, WWF, GLOBIO, AMAP, CAFF and ESRI.

The website was developed by GRID-Arendal in Norway, a United Nations Environment Programme information centre.
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For more information, please contact:
Hugo Ahlenius, tel. +467-8-7410451, email ahlenius@grida.no,
or
Thor Larsen, tel. +47-37035650, email larsen@grida.no

http://maps.grida.no/arctic/
http://www.unep.net/arctic
http://www.grida.no/

Friday 23 Aug 2002