Alaska Geospatial Council (AGC)


To eliminate redundant expenditures on geospatial data acquisition and distribution, and to provide complete, accessible, up-to-date geospatial digital base map information for Alaska that is compatible with the National Spatial Data Infrastructure.

Geospatial Strategic and Business plans guide Council activities and can be accessed here:

These plans outline the steps to a successful geospatial program, including governance, data acquisition and distribution, outreach and training, and funding.

Alaska DEM image

Coordinating Entities

The Alaska Geospatial Council is chaired by Alaska Department of Natural Resources Deputy Commissioner Ed Fogels. The Council is comprised of six State Departments, the University of Alaska, ANCSA Board of Regional Directors, U.S. Dept. of the Interior, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association and the Alaska Municipal League. State Departments include those that most heavily employ geographic information systems to meet their missions: Natural Resources, Transportation, Military and Veterans Affairs, Environmental Conservation, Commerce Community and Economic Development, and Fish and Game.

The Alaska Geospatial Council serves as a State voice for needs and requirements of geospatial datasets that are part of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (elevation, imagery, geodetic control, hydrography, administrative boundaries, cadastral, and transportation). Together with the federal Alaska Mapping Executive Committee chaired by the Secretary of the Dept. of the Interior, they coordinate on requirements, priorities and acquisition for datasets in Alaska.

When applicable, the Council also collaborates internationally with Arctic nations developing geospatial infrastructures and datasets for collaboration on the protection and development of Arctic resources, such as the Arctic Spatial Data Infrastructure, and with other Arctic entities, such as the Alaska Ocean Observing System.

Local coordination ensures that regional data such as high-resolution imagery and elevation datasets are accessible through State and National databases, and provides geospatial data which feeds tools and applications that local government and planners rely on. Similar data in other states has also been used by entrepreneurs to drive commercial apps, such as WAZE, a commercial traffic application that is finding even more uses for public safety and emergency response.

Current Members

  • Ed Fogels - Deputy Commissioner, Dept. of Natural Resources
  • Technical Advisor: Anne Johnson

  • Marc Luiken - Commissioner, Dept. of Transportation and Public Facilities
  • Technical Advisor: Nick Mastrodicasa
  • Technical Advisor: Garry Remsberg

  • Brig. Gen. Laurel Hummel - Commissioner, Dept. of Military and Veteran's Affairs
  • Alternate: Mike O'Hare
  • Technical Advisor: Dave Caplan

  • Sam Cotton - Commissioner, Dept. of Fish & Game
  • Alternate: David Rogers - Habitat Division Director
  • Technical Advisor: Jason Graham

  • Chris Hladick - Commissioner, Dept. of Commerce, Community & Economic Development
  • Alternate: Fred Parady, Deputy Commissioner
  • Technical Advisor: George Plumley

  • Larry Hartig - Commissioner, Dept. of Environmental Conservation
  • Alternate: Alice Edwards, Deputy Commissioner
  • Technical Advisor: Jason Seifert

  • Robert McCoy - Geophysical Institute Director, University of Alaska
  • Technical Advisor: Tom Heinrichs

  • Amy Holman - Alaska Regional Coordinator, NOAA
  • Technical Advisor: Nicole Kinsman

  • Mischa Ellanna - ANCSA Regional Association

  • Eric Wyatt - Information Technology Director, Matsu Borough

  • Bob Jones - State Conservationist, NRCS

Charter and MOA

Alaska Geospatial Council CharterPDF document355 Kb
Alaska Geospatial Council MOAPDF document157 Kb
Alaska Geospatial Council Membersword document25 Kb