The Svalbox Interactive Map#
The Svalbox Map is designed to provide an interactive interface to discover Svalbard’s geology.
To access the Svalbox Map, open your web browser and enter the following URL or click here:
The Svalbox’s interactive map is designed to provide users with a comprehensive and intuitive experience. The key features are:
A range of data layers that can be interacted with to reveal different aspects of the area.
A search functionality to quickly find specific Digital Outcrop Models (DOMs) and other features of interest.
The map includes tools that enable users to measure distances and areas on the map with ease.
Changing Map Layers#
Located at the top-left corner of the interactive portal is the layer pane. This feature allows you to easily switch and visualize various map layers. The layers available include a variety of datasets stored in the Svalbox file database, as well as other open databases such as the one provided by the Norwegian Polar Institute. The layers available to date are:
Norwegian Polar Institute - satellite
Norwegian Polar Institute - geology
Norwegian Polar Institute - basemap
Virtual outcrop Models
Virtual Field Guides
The measuring tools provided with the Svalbox interactive map are designed to give users the power to measure distances, areas, and other spatial dimensions accurately.
These tools include:
Distance measurement (for determining the length between two points)
Area measurement (for calculating the size of a defined region)
These tools aim to help you analyze geographical features and better understand their spatial relationships and dimensions.
Disable basemap layer
When using the measurement tools, remember to disable the base map layer from the online interface since the measurements are displayed under this layer.
The search function allows users to efficiently locate specific Virtual Outcrop Models (VOMs) by applying various filters related to the parameters of each model. These filters include acquisition parameters, camera models used, model location, ground resolution, data authorship, geological aspects, and the total area of each model.
The search functionality enhances the user experience by providing streamlined access to the relevant VOMs within the interactive map interface.
When searching with a filter option, remember to click “Apply filter”.
By clicking the different objects in the map layers, a pop-up with all the information will open in the uper-right corner of the interactive portal. Some of them are linked to other repositories where the data is stored.
The Svalbox interactive map includes a digital geological map of Svalbard, which is provided by the Norwegian Polar Institute. The map uses a stratigraphic classification system to divide the geology into groups, subgroups, and formations, depending on the appropriate scale. In areas where formations are not defined, lithological units are used instead. The map is accurate to a scale of 1:250000.
One of the main assets of the Svalbox interactive map is an incredible collection of photo spheres. These are aerial drone 360-degree panoramic images that cover various locations across the archipelago. They are a very useful resource to get an overview of a wan area.
While photo spheres are very useful, they only provide qualitative data. Do not base any measurements on them since they result from stitching a series of images together, interpolating, and distorting them to give the 360° visual effect.
The DOI link above the photo sphere connects to a Zenodo repository where you can find all the photo spheres collected by the Svalbox Team over a natural year in various acquisition campaigns. It’s important to keep in mind that there are multiple versions available for each dataset. We recommend using the latest version to ensure access to the most updated data.
Virtual Outcrop Models#
Virtual Outcrop Models (VOMs) or Digital Outcrop Models (DOMs) are three-dimensional representations of geological outcrops. They are created by integrating images using a structure-from-motion workflow. These models are a powerful tool for gaining insights into geological structures, sedimentary patterns, and stratigraphic relationships. They enhance the accessibility and visualization of geological information, facilitating more accurate and detailed geological interpretations.
They are the main asset of the Svalbox database, which gathers hundreds of models from all over the Svalbard archipelago.
To visualize the VOMs in 3D, they are uploaded in Sketchfab.
For more information on uploading Virtual Outcrop Models to Sketchfab, click here.
Each VOM is uploaded as a single dataset containing all files related to the model:
Configuration file: Contains all the metadata related to the model.
Metashape folder: Includes the Agisoft metashape project and the processing reports.
Data folder: Contains all the raw data used in the model.
Export folder: With all the object and texture files.
Each VOM has a unique DOI, making it easy to find and cite.
Virtual Field Guides#
A Virtual Field Guide (VFG) is an interactive digital resource that enables you to explore geological sites and formations without being physically present.
The Svalbox interactive map includes multiple VFGs focused on geology (displayed as purple hexagons) and biology (displayed as green hexagons).
While Svalbox offers a few VFGs, VR Svalbard has extensively developed this resource for geological VFG, enhancing its functionality and features. Learning Arctic Biology, has also developed multiple biological VFGs mainly targeting Arctic flora.