National Geospatial Program


The National Geospatial Program (NGP) provides a foundation of digital geospatial data representing the topography, natural landscape, and manmade environment of the United States. Customers can incorporate NGP geospatial products and services into their decision making and operational activities. NGP data and derived products and services can be accessed through The National Map Data Download. 

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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Date published: March 31, 2020

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge Summary Results for City / Town Hall Structures in MT, ND, & SD

This challenge is now complete!!  Thank you to everyone who contributed!

Date published: March 26, 2020

TNMCorps Newsletter – March 2020

The National Map Corps March 2020 Newsletter (Vol. 6, Issue 2) is now available.

Date published: March 6, 2020

2020 Lidar Partnership Awards Announced

Collaboration continues to move the 3D Elevation Program forward.


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Year Published: 2020

The 3D Elevation Program and energy for the Nation

High-resolution light detection and ranging (lidar) data are used in energy infrastructure siting, design, permitting, construction, and monitoring to promote public safety through the reduction of risks. For example, lidar data are used to identify safe locations for energy infrastructure by analyzing terrain parameters and identifying and...

Thatcher, Cindy A.; Lukas, Vicki; Stoker, Jason M.
Thatcher, C.A., Lukas, Vicki, and Stoker, J.M., 2020, The 3D Elevation Program and energy for the Nation: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2019–3051, 2 p.,

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Year Published: 2019

User's guide for the national hydrography dataset plus (NHDPlus) high resolution

The National Hydrography Dataset Plus High Resolution (NHDPlus HR) is a scalable geospatial hydrography framework built from the High Resolution (1:24,000-scale or better) National Hydrography Dataset (NHD), nationally complete Watershed Boundary Dataset (WBD), and ⅓-arc-second (10-meter ground spacing) 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) digital...

Moore, Richard B.; McKay, Lucinda D.; Rea, Alan H.; Bondelid, Timothy R.; Price, Curtis V.; Dewald, Thomas G.; Johnston, Craig M.
Moore, R.B., McKay, L.D., Rea, A.H., Bondelid, T.R., Price, C.V., Dewald, T.G., and Johnston, C.M., 2019, User's guide for the national hydrography dataset plus (NHDPlus) high resolution: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2019–1096, 66 p.,

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Year Published: 2019

U.S. Geological Survey accomplishments in cartography 2015-2019

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the United States' official national topographic mapping organization, is building and maintaining geographic databases for fundamental base geographic layers of land cover, structures, boundaries, hydrography, geographic names, transportation, elevation, and orthoimagery as The National Map. Data from the 3D...

Usery, E. Lynn