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Reduced-Resolution Radar Imagery, Digital Elevation Models, and Related GIS Layers for Barrow, Alaska, USA, Version 1

This product set contains reduced-resolution Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (IFSAR) imagery and geospatial data for the Barrow Peninsula (155.39 - 157.48 deg W, 70.86 - 71.47 deg N), for use in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing software. The primary IFSAR data sets were acquired by Intermap Technologies from 27 to 29 July 2002, and consist of an Orthorectified Radar Imagery (ORRI), a Digital Surface Model (DSM), and a Digital Terrain Model (DTM).

Derived data layers include aspect, shaded relief, and slope-angle grids (floating-point binary format), as well as a vector layer of contour lines (ESRI Shapefile format). Also available are accessory layers compiled from other sources: 1:250,000- and 1:63,360-scale USGS Digital Raster Graphic (DRG) mosaic images (GeoTIFF format); 1:250,000- and 1:63,360-scale USGS quadrangle index maps (ESRI Shapefile format); and a simple polygon layer of the extent of the Barrow Peninsula (ESRI Shapefile format).

The DSM and DTM data sets (20 m resolution) are provided in floating-point binary format with header and projection files. The ORRI mosaic (5 m resolution) is available in GeoTIFF format. FGDC-compliant metadata for all data sets are provided in text, HTML, and XML formats, along with the Intermap License Agreement and product handbook.
The baseline geospatial data support education, outreach, and multi-disciplinary research of environmental change in Barrow, which is an area of focused scientific interest. Data are available via FTP and CD-ROM.

Geographic Coverage

  • Topography > Contours
  • Radar > Radar Imagery
  • Radar > Radar Reflectivity
  • Topography > Terrain Elevation
  • Topography > Topographical Relief
  • Topography > Topographic Effects
Spatial Coverage:
  • N: 71.47278, S: 70.86246, E: -155.39483, W: -157.47633

Spatial Resolution:
  • 1.25 m x 1.25 m
  • 5 m x 5 m
Temporal Coverage:
  • 27 July 2002 to 29 July 2002
Temporal Resolution: Not specified
Data Format(s):
  • Binary
  • GeoTIFF
  • ESRI Shapefile
Platform(s) AIRCRAFT
Sensor(s): RADAR, SAR
Version: V1
Data Contributor(s): William Manley, Leanne Lestak, Craig Tweedie, Jim Maslanik
Data Citation

As a condition of using these data, you must cite the use of this data set using the following citation. For more information, see our Use and Copyright Web page.

Manley, W. F., L. R. Lestak, C. Tweedie, and J. Maslanik. 2005. Reduced-Resolution Radar Imagery, Digital Elevation Models, and Related GIS Layers for Barrow, Alaska, USA, Version 1. [Indicate subset used]. Boulder, Colorado USA. NSIDC: National Snow and Ice Data Center. [Date Accessed].
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