Save Map Function Now Available

Release Date: May 11, 2009

Users of NSIDC's Atlas of the Cryosphere ( can now save maps as a variety of image formats, including PNG, JPG, GIF, GeoTIFF, KMZ (Google Earth), and others.

To save an image, click on the new save map or data button in the left-hand menu. Select the desired image type, and click save map. Users can also choose to save the map legend, scalebar, or overview map. Clicking on one of these options automatically saves the selected files along with the map image into a ZIP file.

Figure 1. Example of a KMZ Google Earth file saved from the Atlas of the Cryosphere.

Please note that the view legend and restart map links that previously resided along the top of the page have now been moved to the left-hand menu and made into buttons along with the new save map or data button.

We welcome your feedback on this project. If you have questions, comments or suggestions, please contact NSIDC User Services at +1.303.492.6199,, or via our online contact form. The development of this map server application was supported by NASA's Earth Observing System (EOS) Program under contract NAS5-03099 and was developed using MapServer, an Open Source development environment for building spatially-enabled internet applications. The Atlas of the Cryosphere was developed by John Maurer. Future updates will continue to be announced on this RSS feed.