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The mission of the National Geospatial Program is to provide National topographic information to advance science, support government, enlighten citizens, and enable decision making. The NGP provides a foundation of digital geospatial data representing the topography, natural landscape, and manmade environment of the United States. Accessible through The National Map Data Download, customers can incorporate NGP geospatial products and services into their decision making and operational activities.

Topographic Maps

Topographic Maps

US Topo maps and the Historical Topographic Map Collection (HTMC) are produced by the National Geospatial Program of the USGS.

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3D Elevation (3DEP)

3D Elevation (3DEP)

3DEP is a cooperative program with a goal of acquiring nationwide lidar (IfSAR in AK) by 2023 to provide the first-ever national baseline of consistent high-resolution elevation data – both bare earth and 3D point clouds.

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News

Date published: November 17, 2021

GeoFlight Takes to the Air to Help Identify Geothermal and Mineral Resources at the Salton Sea

The following is an excerpt from a joint blog post issued by the Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office and the Department of the Interior’s Office of Water & Science regarding the new GeoFlight: Salton Trough initiative.

Date published: November 16, 2021

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge Summary Results for City / Town Halls in TX

Summary statistics are now available for this challenge. Thanks again to everyone who contributed!

Date published: November 8, 2021

First Images of Earth Taken by the Landsat 9 Satellite Released

Landsat 9, a joint mission from the Department of the Interior’s U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and NASA that launched Sept. 27, has collected its first images of Earth.  

Publications

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3D Elevation Program supports broadband internet access

According to the Federal Communications Commission, millions of Americans in rural parts of the country currently lack access to broadband (high-speed, always-on internet). Federal and State agencies have launched initiatives to enhance broadband access in rural America. High-resolution light detection and ranging (lidar) data can play a role in...

Thatcher, Cindy A.; Lukas, Vicki
Thatcher, C.A., and Lukas, V., 2021, 3D Elevation Program supports broadband internet access: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2021–3056, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20213056.

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Spatial data reduction through element -of-interest (EOI) extraction

Any large, multifaceted data collection that is challenging to handle with traditional management practices can be branded ‘Big Data.’ Any big data containing geo-referenced attributes can be considered big geospatial data. The increased proliferation of big geospatial data is currently reforming the geospatial industry into a data-driven...

Arundel, Samantha; Usery, E. Lynn

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3D Elevation Program—Federal best practices

The goal of the 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) is to complete nationwide data acquisition in 8 years, by 2023, to provide the first-ever national baseline of consistent high-resolution three-dimensional data—including bare earth elevations and three-dimensional point clouds—collected in a timeframe of less than a decade. Successful implementation of...

Lukas, Vicki; Baez, Vanessa
Lukas, V., and Baez, V., 2021, 3D Elevation Program—Federal best practices: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2020–3062, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20203062.