Web Services

Connect to web services for live, updated data & information.

For use in your own applications or databases, you may connect to ARMAP’s suite of web services — data streams direct from ARMAP’s servers.  They can be opened in a variety of data management systems, GIS applications, and other software packages.  They allow users and organizations quick access to comprehensive, remotely updated data, including information on field-based research, a base map, other Arctic map layers, and more.  The web services are available in a variety of open, community-adopted formats and standards to promote cross-platform data sharing and re-use.

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Field Research Project LocationsLocation Placenames
Arctic Base MapArctic CountriesArctic World CitiesMap Projections

Field Research Projects REST

One of ARMAP’s most requested features is the ADIwg REST service for Field Research Project Locations, which allows you to access metadata records and customize parameters for a permanent URL.

ARMAP REST page


Field Research Project Locations

frs-thumbThis web service contains the locations and high-level project information for field-based Arctic research projects funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) since 1999. It also includes projects from other agencies (such as NOAA and NASA) that receive logistical support from NSF. Database fields include investigator name, project title, discipline, year, funding agency, a description, and more. The information is pulled from the Arctic Research Logistics Support Services (ARLSS) database, which is maintained by CH2M HILL Polar Services (CPS). Project records conform to an interagency project-tracking metadata standard developed in collaboration with the Alaska Data Integration Work Group (ADIwg). Comparable project-level web services might be available direct from other agencies or organizations shown in the ARMAP Viewer.

If you use ArcGIS Desktop, download this layer file: public_Arctic_Field_Research_Projects.lyr. When added to ArcMap, it pulls from a service optimized for use in ArcMap documents that have the map projection set to North Pole Lambert Azimuthal Equal Area Alaska (EPSG 3572). Note that some of our services are scale dependent (ie. labels might not appear until you zoom in).

View the ArcGIS Online page for this service to easily open it as a map, right in your browser.  Or click on the URL under “Map Contents” to view an ArcGIS REST Services Directory page, which has links to a wide variety of web service formats available straight from our server.

This OGC-compliant Web Map Service (WMS) delivers tiled raster imagery.

For ArcGIS Users, copy and paste into your application: http://arcticgeoservices.org/arcgis/services/public/Arctic_Field_Research_Projects/MapServer/WMSServer

For Other Users, copy and paste into your application: http://arcticgeoservices.org/arcgis/services/public/Arctic_Field_Research_Projects/MapServer/WMSServer?request=GetCapabilities&service=WMS

This OGC-compliant Web Feature Service (WFS) delivers vector features.

For ArcGIS Users, copy and paste into your application: http://arcticgeoservices.org/arcgis/services/public/Arctic_Field_Research_Projects/MapServer/WFSServer

For Other Users, copy and paste into your application: http://arcticgeoservices.org/arcgis/services/public/Arctic_Field_Research_Projects/MapServer/WFSServer?request=GetCapabilities&service=WFS

Project-level information is available as a REST service that conforms with an interagency project-tracking metadata standard developed in collaboration with the Alaska Data Integration Work Group (ADIwg). This service may be helpful for downloading records, or to ingest them dynamically into other databases, and may be particularly helpful for pre-populating metadata records. At this time, RESTful output is provided as XML. To filter the output, and to generate a permanent URL, open the Field Research Projects REST page.

The entire database of Field Research Sites can also be downloaded as a pipe-delimited text file, ArcticFieldResearchSites.txt.


Location Placenames

spn-thumbThis web service contains field research location names (with location and region) for the Arctic region (45 degrees North latitude and above). The information is pulled from the Arctic Research Logistics Support Services (ARLSS) database, which is maintained by CH2M HILL Polar Services (CPS). For logistics planners and others, this web service may be useful as a placename gazetteer.

If you use ArcGIS Desktop, download this layer file: public_Arctic_Field_Research_Site_Names.lyr. When added to ArcMap, it pulls from a service optimized for use in ArcMap documents that have the map projection set to North Pole Lambert Azimuthal Equal Area Alaska (EPSG 3572). Note that some of our services are scale dependent (ie. labels might not appear until you zoom in).

View the ArcGIS Online page for this service to easily open it as a map, right in your browser.  Or click on the URL under “Map Contents” to view an ArcGIS REST Services Directory page, which has links to a wide variety of web service formats available straight from our server.

This OGC-compliant Web Map Service (WMS) delivers tiled raster imagery.

For ArcGIS Users, copy and paste into your application: http://arcticgeoservices.org/arcgis/services/public/Arctic_Field_Research_Site_Names/MapServer/WMSServer

For Other Users, copy and paste into your application: http://arcticgeoservices.org/arcgis/services/public/Arctic_Field_Research_Site_Names/MapServer/WMSServer?request=GetCapabilities&service=WMS

This OGC-compliant Web Feature Service (WFS) delivers vector features.

For ArcGIS and Quantum GIS Users, copy and paste into your application: http://arcticgeoservices.org/arcgis/services/public/Arctic_Field_Research_Site_Names/MapServer/WFSServer

For Other Users, copy and paste into your application: http://arcticgeoservices.org/arcgis/services/public/Arctic_Field_Research_Site_Names/MapServer/WFSServer?request=GetCapabilities&service=WFS


Arctic Base Map

basemap-thumbThis web service is a base map for the Circumarctic, showing elevation and bathymetry (through use of color ramps plus shaded relief). The map was created from: 1) the Global 30 Arc-Second Elevation dataset (GTOPO30 from the USGS); and 2) the 2-Minute Gridded Global Relief Data (ETOPO2, from NOAA). As for the other ARMAP web services, this base map supports numerous map projections, but is currently optimized for performance (cached) for the North Pole LAEA Alaska projection (EPSG 3572).

If you use ArcGIS Desktop, download this layer file: public_Arctic_Base_Map.lyr. When added to ArcMap, it pulls from a service optimized for use in ArcMap documents that have the map projection set to North Pole Lambert Azimuthal Equal Area Alaska (EPSG 3572). Note that some of our services are scale dependent (ie. labels might not appear until you zoom in).

View the ArcGIS Online page for this service to easily open it as a map, right in your browser.  Or click on the URL under “Map Contents” to view an ArcGIS REST Services Directory page, which has links to a wide variety of web service formats available straight from our server.

This OGC-compliant Web Map Service (WMS) delivers tiled raster imagery.

For ArcGIS Users, copy and paste into your application: http://arcticgeoservices.org/arcgis/services/public/Arctic_Base_Map/MapServer/WMSServer

For Other Users, copy and paste into your application: http://arcticgeoservices.org/arcgis/services/public/Arctic_Base_Map/MapServer/WMSServer?request=GetCapabilities&service=WMS


Arctic Countries

countries-thumbThis web service is a map layer showing the boundaries for Arctic countries as they existed in 2005 for areas north of 35 degrees latitude (derived from ESRI Data & Maps).

If you use ArcGIS Desktop, download this layer file: public_Arctic_Countries.lyr. When added to ArcMap, it pulls from a service optimized for use in ArcMap documents that have the map projection set to North Pole Lambert Azimuthal Equal Area Alaska (EPSG 3572). Note that some of our services are scale dependent (ie. labels might not appear until you zoom in).

View the ArcGIS Online page for this service to easily open it as a map, right in your browser.  Or click on the URL under “Map Contents” to view an ArcGIS REST Services Directory page, which has links to a wide variety of web service formats available straight from our server.

This OGC-compliant Web Map Service (WMS) delivers tiled raster imagery.

For ArcGIS Users, copy and paste into your application: http://arcticgeoservices.org/arcgis/services/public/Arctic_Countries/MapServer/WMSServer

For Other Users, copy and paste into your application: http://arcticgeoservices.org/arcgis/services/public/Arctic_Countries/MapServer/WMSServer?request=GetCapabilities&service=WMS

This OGC-compliant Web Feature Service (WFS) delivers vector features.

For ArcGIS and Quantum GIS Users, copy and paste into your application: http://arcticgeoservices.org/arcgis/services/public/Arctic_Countries/MapServer/WFSServer

For Other Users, copy and paste into your application: http://arcticgeoservices.org/arcgis/services/public/Arctic_Countries/MapServer/WFSServer?request=GetCapabilities&service=WFS


Arctic World Cities

cities-thumbThis web service is a map layer showing the locations of cities for the world, including: national capitals, provincial capitals, major population centers, and landmark cities, as they existed in 2005 for areas north of 35 degrees latitude (derived from ESRI Data & Maps).

If you use ArcGIS Desktop, download this layer file: public_Places_World_Cities.lyr. When added to ArcMap, it pulls from a service optimized for use in ArcMap documents that have the map projection set to North Pole Lambert Azimuthal Equal Area Alaska (EPSG 3572). Note that some of our services are scale dependent (ie. labels might not appear until you zoom in).

View the ArcGIS Online page for this service to easily open it as a map, right in your browser.  Or click on the URL under “Map Contents” to view an ArcGIS REST Services Directory page, which has links to a wide variety of web service formats available straight from our server.

This OGC-compliant Web Map Service (WMS) delivers tiled raster imagery.

For ArcGIS Users, copy and paste into your application: http://arcticgeoservices.org/arcgis/services/public/Places_World_Cities/MapServer/WMSServer

For Other Users, copy and paste into your application: http://arcticgeoservices.org/arcgis/services/public/Places_World_Cities/MapServer/WMSServer?request=GetCapabilities&service=WMS

This OGC-compliant Web Feature Service (WFS) delivers vector features.

For ArcGIS and Quantum GIS Users, copy and paste into your application: http://arcticgeoservices.org/arcgis/services/public/Places_World_Cities/MapServer/WFSServer

For Other Users, copy and paste into your application: http://arcticgeoservices.org/arcgis/services/public/Places_World_Cities/MapServer/WFSServer?request=GetCapabilities&service=WFS


Map Projections

ARMAP’s web mapping applications and web services utilitze variations of the “North Pole Lambert Azimuthal Equal Area” map projection (with the WGS84 datum). These projections are often used by various organizations to view the globe from a polar perspective.  Click on the EPSG codes below for detailed parameters.

Projection

EPSG Code
Coordinate System Name
LAEA Alaska WGS 1984 / North Pole LAEA Alaska
LAEA Bering Sea WGS 1984 / North Pole LAEA Bering Sea
LAEA Canada WGS 1984 / North Pole LAEA Canada
LAEA North Atlantic / Greenland WGS 1984 / North Pole LAEA Atlantic
LAEA Northern Europe WGS 1984 / North Pole LAEA Europe
LAEA Russia WGS 1984 / North Pole LAEA Russia

These web services support numerous map projections, but are currently optimized for performance (in other words, “cached”) for the North Pole LAEA Alaska projection (EPSG3572). If you would like us to add additional map projections to our capabilities files, please contact us.


ARMAP is committed to best practices for data sharing, and will continue to make data available in a variety of services and formats to address the needs of different user communities.