Data Set ID:

High-Resolution QuickBird Imagery and Related GIS Layers for Barrow, Alaska, USA, Version 1

This data set contains high-resolution QuickBird imagery and geospatial data for the entire Barrow QuickBird image area (156.15° W - 157.07° W, 71.15° N - 71.41° N) and Barrow B4 Quadrangle (156.29° W - 156.89° W, 71.25° N - 71.40° N), for use in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing software. The original QuickBird data sets were acquired by DigitalGlobe from 1 to 2 August 2002, and consist of orthorectified satellite imagery. Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC)-compliant metadata for all value-added data sets are provided in text, HTML, and XML formats.

Accessory layers include: 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); an index map for the 62 QuickBird tiles (ESRI Shapefile format); and a simple polygon layer of the extent of the Barrow QuickBird image area and the Barrow B4 quadrangle area (ESRI Shapefile format).

Unmodified QuickBird data comprise 62 data tiles in Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) Zone 4 in GeoTIFF format. Standard release files describing the QuickBird data are included, along with the DigitalGlobe license agreement and product handbooks.

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 provided on four DVDs. This product is available only to investigators funded specifically from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Office of Polar Programs (OPP), Arctic Sciences Section. An NSF OPP award number must be provided when ordering this data.

This is the most recent version of these data.

  • Infrared Wavelengths > Infrared Imagery > INFRARED IMAGERY
  • Surface Radiative Properties > Reflectance > REFLECTANCE
  • Infrared Wavelengths > Reflected Infrared > REFLECTED INFRARED
  • Visible Wavelengths > Visible Imagery > VISIBLE IMAGERY
Data Format(s):
  • Binary
  • GeoTIFF
  • Grid
  • Shapefile
Spatial Coverage:
N: 71.405, 
S: 71.14764, 
E: -156.14847, 
W: -157.07033
Spatial Resolution:
  • 2.8 m x 2.8 m
  • 0.7 m x 0.7 m
Temporal Coverage:
  • 1 August 2002 to 2 August 2002
Temporal ResolutionNot specifiedMetadata XML:View Metadata Record
Data Contributor(s):William Manley, Leanne Lestak, Craig Tweedie, Jim Maslanik

Geographic Coverage

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. 2006. High-Resolution QuickBird Imagery and Related GIS Layers for Barrow, Alaska, USA, Version 1. [Indicate subset used]. Boulder, Colorado USA. NSIDC: National Snow and Ice Data Center. doi: [Date Accessed].

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