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 NGP comprises seven major components (described below), that are managed as a unified set. For example, The National Map establishes data standards and identifies geographic areas where specific types of geospatial data need to be incorporated into The National Map. Partnership Network Liaisons work with Federal, State, local, and tribal partners to help acquire the data. 

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...