Geologic Communications


The Geologic Communications Section publishes and delivers Division-generated geologic information to the public and maintains and improves public access to Alaska's geologic and earth science information. Advances in computer technology have resulted in faster preparation of maps and reports and a wider awareness of DGGS's available Alaska geologic resources. This section designs, implements, maintains, and improves a database for the Division's digital and map-based geological, geophysical, and geochemical data; a database for the Division's physical samples that are housed in Eagle River; and websites for the Division (www.dggs., the Alaska Seismic Hazards Safety Commission (, and the Association of American State Geologists (

Geologic Communications FY15 project descriptions

  • Alaska potential for naturally occurring asbestos in bedrock - Evaluate the bedrock geology of the state for naturally occurring asbestos potential.
  • DGGS database and website development - Provides a spatially referenced geologic database system in a secure, centralized information architecture with networked data access for new and legacy DGGS geologic data, functional online interfaces that allow the public to find and identify geologic data available from DGGS and then view or download selected data
  • DGGS geographic information system (GIS) - GIS projects designed to take advantage of recent advancements in geospatial tools and to present DGGS's geospatial data in multiple ways
  • DGGS interactive maps - Online data delivery of important geologic information through easy-to-use, web-based, searchable interfaces
  • DGGS metadata and digital data distribution - Geospatial datasets published by DGGS are designed to be compatible with a broad variety of digital mapping software, to present DGGS's geospatial data in multiple ways, and to provide the State with a comprehensive repository of geoscientific data that the Division collects and distributes.
  • DGGS publications and outreach - Publication and distribution of general, lightly technical, and/or educational information to help non-specialists understand the geologic conditions. May include publications submitted by ourside authors which fit DGGS mission but are not tied ongoing research by DGGS staff.