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Arctic Region

USGS is engaged in numerous working groups of the Arctic Council including Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME), Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF), Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP), and Arctic Contaminants Action Program (ACAP). 


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The Arctic

USGS also has been engaged in the creation of circumarctic maps with most recently the release of the circumarctic metallogenic map, in cooperation with Arctic countries and other nations.

In an important new engagement, USGS is substantially contributing to the creation of an Arctic Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI), and an Arctic Digital Elevation Map (DEM). These efforts are in coordination with other Arctic countries' mapping agencies and geological surveys, the Commission of the Geologic Map of the World, and universities.



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