WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The NSF noted that they are the first unclassified digital elevation models of the Alaskan Arctic.
"The models will play an important role in informing policy and national security decisions," NGA Director Robert Cardillo stated. "They may also provide critical data and context for decisions related to climate resilience, land management, sustainable development, safe recreation and scientific research."
The maps were created following a 2015 directive from President Barack Obama that called for better coordination of national efforts in the Arctic.
Models of the entire Arctic are scheduled for release in 2017.