National Geospatial Program


The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is the Nation’s largest water, earth, and biological science and civilian mapping agency.   While the USGS National Geospatial Program and its predecessors have conducted the mapping mission for more than 125 years, the products and services offered, and the means by which they were developed, changed many times.

8 Base Layers of The National Map

The NGP satisfies the needs of customers by providing geospatial products and services that customers incorporate into their decisionmaking and operational activities. These products and services provide geospatial data that are organized and maintained in cost-effective ways and developed by working with partners and organizations whose activities align with those of the program.

Hand lens and burin; two of the tools used for engraving copper plates.

The U.S. Geological Survey celebrated the 125th anniversary of its national program for topographic mapping (1884–2009). Topographic maps became a signature product of the USGS because the public found them—then and now—to be a versatile tool for viewing our Nation's vast landscape. 

Mike Tischler NGP Director

Welcome to the USGS National Geospatial Program (NGP), a leading mapping organization providing leadership for USGS geospatial coordination, production and service activities...