New elevation color-relief hill shade layers.Over the past few...

Published 8 days ago

New elevation color-relief hill shade layers.

Over the past few weeks, fellow GINA GIS analyst Mitch Slife and myself have been busy in the GIS lab cooking up something special.  We have been working on creating a new set of shaded color-relief images. Inspired by an old post by Tim Sutton on, we focused on a fully command line workflow for generating geospatial masterpieces without  restrictive obstacles like graphical user interfaces.  This fully command line approach will allow us to scale this new hill shading to a variety of other elevation datasets in our archives.

 We will be following this post up with links to the new datasets in our Web Mapping Services (WMS) and catalog system so those interested can start using these hill shades in their day-to-day GIS visualization activities. 

~Andrew Herbst

A plane creates a neat artifact in statewide orthomosaic map.The...

Published 14 days ago

A plane creates a neat artifact in statewide orthomosaic map.

The 2010-2015 statewide orthomosaic map was created using satellite imagery, SPOT5 satellite specifically.  The SPOT5 satellite has two imagery sensors, 10m resolution multispectral sensor that provides color information and a higher 2.5m panchromatic sensor that provides higher resolution detail in greyscale.  These two sets of sensor data are combined to create the SDMI orthomosaic map product.  Think of the two sensors as two different cameras taking pictures from the satellite in space.  The images are not captured close in time but not exactly the same time.  This creates a neat effect that can be seen in fast moving objects like airplanes.

The images here show the effect of having a plane being captured first by the high resolution, 2.5m, panchromatic sensor (greyscale) and then being captured by the lower resolution multispectral (color) camera.  The plane has flown forward and the spacecraft has orbited farther down it’s earth orbit changing the look angle of the camera.

More details about the statewide orthomosaic map and the Alaska mapping efforts can be found at the following websites:

Browse the SDMI ortho map imagery at:


We have recently added USGS Historical topographic maps for the...

Published 20 days ago
Solomon, near Nome, circa 1950

Solomon, near Nome, circa 1907

Chena Hotsprings Road, circa 1949 according to the map. This is a case where the map date is probibly wrong.

Chena Hotsprings Road, circa 1950

Chicken, circa 1957

Chicken, circa 1951

Chicken, circa 1899

We have recently added USGS Historical topographic maps for the State of Alaska to our EPSCoR Web Mapping Service (WMS) at .  These maps provide an interesting look at how Alaska has changed over time.  Questions or comments?  Email us at .

Kageet Point, Icy Bay, Alaska (Natural Color Pléiades Composite - 50cm acquisition 5/12/2016) | GeoNorth

Published 22 days ago Kageet Point, Icy Bay, Alaska (Natural Color Pléiades Composite - 50cm acquisition 5/12/2016) | GeoNorth:

Today’s Image of the Day from from GeoNorth was selected from an Alaska based scene near of Kageet Point, Icy Bay Alaska.


I’m guessing the GeoNorth folks noticed this image because this is over an area they are helping us do cloud patching of the Statewide Orthomosaic.  This is from our Batch 2 delivery of cloud patching.


Happy mapping


We have recently added Russian topographic maps, covering the...

Published about 1 month ago
1:100k map coverage

1:200k map coverage

1:500k map coverage




Big Diomede

Cape Dezhnev

1:1m map coverage


We have recently added Russian topographic maps, covering the northern areas of Russia and some of Norway, Sweden, and Finland.  Maps at 1:1m and 1:500k, with a few areas with 1:100k and 1:200k coverage.  The data was processed in a fairly “rough” manner, and there are some artifacts were the map collars were not clipped correctly.   We can add additional data and improve the clipping if there is interest.  Please let us know if this data is of use.

The data shows up in our GINA Extras WMS, and is usable with any Web Mapping Service client.  The data will work best in Alaska Albers (EPSG:3338), Web Mercator (EPSG:3587), geographic (EPSG:4326) or the EPSG:3572 though EPSG:3576 polar projections.

We plan to update our KML feed and tile endpoints to include these maps shortly.

As always, we can be reached at for questions or problems with the services.

Monday May 9, 2016 Network Outage

Published about 1 month ago
Monday May 9, 2016 the core router hosting network traffic for GINA will undergo maintenance beginning at 6pm AKDT.  This maintenance will result in a network outage anticipated for up to 2 hours [6PM - 8PM].

GINA services impacted by this outage include the following:

The GINA web mapping services
  • Tiles and WMS services from
  • Tiles and WMS services from

GINA hosted website including catalog systems

If you would like to follow progress of the outage and receive notification when the GINA network services are restored, watch our twitter feed:   

If you notice issues after the outage let us know via our email address.

Thank you,

Geographic Information Network of Alaska  # contact us with questions  # keep updated on outage notices # GINA news and fun things