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Arctic Renewable Energy Atlas

Solar - Wind - Hydro - Geothermal - Biomass - Tidal

To contribute to sustainable development and healthy, resilient communities in the Arctic, the U.S. and Canada are pleased to move forward with the Arctic Renewable Energy Atlas (AREA), an endorsed project of the Arctic Council’s Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG). By bringing together user-friendly maps, relevant resource data, and research activities into a single online tool, AREA will enhance our shared knowledge of best practices and adaptation actions to promote renewable energy across the Arctic region. Its activities include:

  • Renewable Energy Atlas – wind, marine and hydrokinetic, solar, geothermal, and biomass
  • Community Energy Production, Consumption and Efficiency Database

As an important partner in Arctic renewable energy development please consider contributing to this effort by helping us identify and collect existing data relevant to the project.

  • POINTS OF CONTACT: For the technical side of the project and to assist with data collection, integration and visualization, we are inviting participation from national data and/or energy agencies to participate on the project’s technical committee. Please confirm whether you or a colleague may be interested in working more closely with this project.
  • DATA LAYER REVIEW: Please review the attached Data Layer Categorization document, which lists the types of data layers we are interested in. This document categorizes the types of Renewable Energy and Renewable Energy-related data we are collecting for the Arctic Renewable Energy Atlas (AREA). We are interested in collecting data for various spatial resolutions and for any geographic extent that falls within the general Arctic region, however, the categories are not broken out by such.
  • DATA FORMATS: While most spatial data formats are acceptable, ultimately all data will be stored as shapefiles and geotiffs, and potentially HDFs depending on the size. Data in this format is preferable. Accepted other formats include Web Mapping Service (WMS) or Web Feature Service (WFS); WMS/WFS services might require us to request changes from institutions to meet our needs. If possible, raw/downloaded datasets that the project can then host is preferred. In addition, if there are non-spatial datasets (like tabular data) that can be joined with geospatial layer based on a geographic name or unique id, then we can easily use those as well.
  • GEOGRAPHIC SCOPE: While data can include regions outside this scope, the final product will conform to the geographic scope set out by Arctic Council member states.
    • Canada – Jurisdictions with lands north of 60 degrees, including Nunavik, and northern Labrador - and depending on regional interest
    • Greenland and Faroe Islands; Iceland - all
    • Norway, Sweden and Finland - north of 60
    • Russia - north of 60 and the Bering Strait
    • United States/Alaska - ARPA definition plus interior Alaska

Please send responses to this request to Nils Andreassen (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). The Institute of the North is the project manager for the Arctic Renewable Energy Atlas, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Energy, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Arctic Portal and Natural Resources Canada.

  • Arctic Council
  • Sustainable Development Working Group
  • Institute of the North
  • Arctic Portal

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