Alaska Mapping Initiative
Partnering to Map Alaska
Mapping a State the size and complexity of Alaska through a partnered effort such as the Alaska Mapping Initiative requires dedicated collaboration and coordination across multiple levels of government.
State efforts are being coordinated through Alaska's Statewide Digital Mapping Initiative (SDMI), a cooperative program endorsed by the Governor of Alaska and implemented across six Alaska Departments and the University of Alaska. SDMI is primarily focused on acquiring a digital image and elevation base map for the State.
Federal efforts are coordinated through the Alaska Mapping Executive Committee (AMEC). Executive level managers from 15 Federal agencies serve on the AMEC, along with Alaska's Lieutenant Governor and other State agency representatives. AMEC is cooperatively focused on an elevation base map, as well as surface water and transportation digital map data.
SDMI and AMEC work together through the Alaska Mapping Initiative to ensure that State and Federal activities are cross coordinated to avoid duplication of effort, and to ensure a unified approach to data acquisition and enhancement.
New mapping will support science applications throughout the State. The Alaska Mapping Initiative is coordinated in Alaska through the USGS Office of the Alaska Regional Director, ensuring local and regional stakeholder needs are met.
You can learn more about the activities of these coordinating bodies at their associated websites:
Alaska Statewide Digital Mapping Initiative: http://www.alaskamapped.org/sdmi/