Iceland Continental Shelf Portal

icsp_screenshotIceland Continental Shelf Portal (ICSP) provides access to information about data pertaining to the Icelandic Continental Shelf, in particular initially to the northern Dreki Area.  All data is presented online in an accessible format, and includes a block system for the licensing area, an overview of geophysical data, and metadata on surveys of the Dreki Area. One of the objectives of the Portal is to assist those seeking information on the licensing area. For example it depicts blocks that are available in licensing rounds, the location of existing licences, and provides an overview of the available data: who collected it and when, where the data is stored and how it can be accessed. The ICSP was launched online in early 2009. The Portal is available in Icelandic and English.


ICSP uses a software solution (Flashmap) originally developed by the digital design company Gagarín for the Icelandic Nature Portal (INP). The project was initially funded by Rannís, the Icelandic Centre for Research, and then by the Icelandic Project on the Information Society and Orkustofnun. The software solution was cooperatively developed by companies and institutions over a period of several years. Design focused on creating a user-friendly environment that simplified both entering and communicating standardised information about data from diverse sources. The Portal incorporates several tools, e.g. zoom, repositioning windows, print, scale bar, and latitude/longitude values of the pointer. It is also possible to reposition data layers on the list of Active Layers in order to focus on different features of interest. The Portal makes it possible to communicate various types of information on the datasets, such as metadata, general and detailed information, in which it is possible to provide links to data tables and other materials on Orkustofnun's website, as well as links to other websites. ICSP uses a different coordinate system than the INP and the IEP. The coordinate system used in ICSP is based on UTM Zone 29 and WGS-84.


ICSP is chiefly based on vector datasets that have been generated for the project through the cooperative efforts of Orkustofnun and Iceland GeoSurvey (ÍSOR), in addition to raster graphics, available through web services. The datasets involve layers with quadrants for the northeastern Icelandic Continental Shelf, the shape of the northern Dreki Area and its block system, as well as several layers that provide an overview of data from surveys in the northern Dreki Area, such as seismic reflection measurements and multibeam bathymetry. The raster web services provide access to shaded-relief colour images from grids of e.g. bathymetric data. Considerably more data of the continental shelf of Iceland is being developed for this portal, which will be added as they become available.

Contact and more information

Data and materials: Þórarinn Sveinn Arnarson, thorarinn.sveinn.arnarson (at)   Þorvaldur Bragason, thorvaldur.bragason (at)

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