North Slope Infrastructure (V13): Roads, Pipelines and Developed Areas - Update 03/22/2023

This North Slope infrastructure GIS dataset includes roads (line), pipelines (line) and developed areas (polygon) as separate feature classes. Downloads are in shapefile and geodatabase format.

Major, maintained road features on the North Slope are provided. Minor connections or roads within developed areas may not be represented or are generalized. Above surface pipeline features are provided. Multiple adjacent pipelines may be represented as one pipeline, features along routes may be simplified and pipelines within developed areas omitted. Developed area features include gravel pads, material pits, constructed water features and village areas.

Road locations within villages have been updated using Alaska Department of Transportation GIS data. Road, pipeline and developed area feature attributes have been assigned oil and gas unit designations using Alaska Division of Oil and Gas GIS data. The Trans-Alaska Pipeline (TAPS) was not digitized and is available via the link below.

These infrastructure data were originally compiled by Audubon in 2014 and provided to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Rapid Ecological Assessment (REA) project for the North Slope region. Those data were edited by the Alaska Center for Conservation Science (ACCS) for the REA and released for public distribution on the BLM/REA website. The North Slope Science Initiative (NSSI) subsequently updated the REA product using high resolution imagery as a verification base and heads up digitizing to produce an initial version of this infrastructure dataset. Annual updates to these data have been performed by ACCS and funded by BLM. These updates are based on interpretation of 2022 Sentinel imagery for the Prudhoe Bay development area and other image products as available for the greater North Slope region.

All locations are approximate. Neither ACCS, BLM, NSSI or other contributors to this dataset shall be held liable for improper or incorrect use of the data described and/or contained herein. In an effort to provide the most comprehensive overview possible, these updates have incorporated many data sources, using a variety compilation methods. As a result, there are a variety of limitations to the thematic and spatial accuracy of these data. The appropriate use of these data is the responsibility of the user.

A link to a web map containing this infrastructure data as well as land ownership and administrative information is provided below.

Data and Resources

Additional Info

Field Value
ISO Topics structure, transportation
Primary Contact Jesse Grunblatt (
Primary Organization Alaska Center for Conservation Science (ACCS)
Funding Organizations BLM
Other Organizations North Slope Science Initiative (NSSI)
Organization Types Academic, Federal
Geo-keywords North Slope
Created March 28, 2018, 05:49 (AKDT)
Last Updated March 22, 2023, 16:18 (AKDT)