How do I get USGS data?

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) provides data on many different science topics. Most of it can be downloaded for free from our website. Our Science Data Catalog is a good starting point.

If you are looking for a particular data set and cannot find it through Internet searches or our Science Data Catalog, please call USGS Science Information Services toll-free at 1-888-ASK-USGS (1-888-275-8747) or use this website to send us a message or to initiate a live Web chat with a Science Information Specialist.

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Does the USGS have science libraries?

The USGS has the largest earth science library in the world. The Libraries Program includes central libraries in Reston, Virginia and Denver, Colorado along with small, topic-specific libraries in science centers scattered around the country. See our USGS Library website for more information or send an email to library@usgs.gov . Holdings and...

How do I find a USGS news release?

Please see the following sources: USGS News Releases News Releases by state Media Contacts

Can I visit a USGS office?

Very few U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) offices are set up to accommodate visitors. Before stopping by a USGS office, you should check their website or call ahead to make sure that visitors are welcome. There are USGS offices in each state. Members of the public are welcome to use libraries that are located at some USGS offices , but materials can...

Where are USGS offices located?

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) has offices in every state . Our headquarters is located in Reston, Virginia.

How do I contact the USGS?

For general inquiries, call 1-888-ASK-USGS (1-888-275-8747). You can also use this website to send us a message or to initiate a live Web chat with a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Science Information Specialist. Most of our employees are listed in our online Staff Profiles . USGS offices are located in every state. Please note, however, that most...
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A citizen-scientist collects field data
February 23, 2017

A citizen-scientist collects field data

A Nature's Notebook citizen-scientist collects field data to be used in research by the USA-National Phenology Network. 

February 14, 2013

ScienceBase Tutorial: Video 1, Browsing the Catalog

This video explains methods used to browse the virtual, online ScienceBase Data Catalog. The video shows use of ScienceBase screens while narrator explains navigation and displayed fields.

February 12, 2013

ScienceBase Tutorial: Video 2, Searching the Catalog

This video explains methods used to search for information resources using the virtual, online ScienceBase Data Catalog. The video shows use of ScienceBase screens while narrator explains navigation and displayed fields.

video thumbnail: Browsing the ScienceBase Catalog
August 31, 2011

Browsing the ScienceBase Catalog

Instructional tutorial showing methods to access and navigate information records in the ScienceBase Catalog.

Image shows a man leaning over two laptop computers
November 30, 2000

John Pohlman Monitoring Gas Exchange Data

USGS geochemist John Pohlman monitoring data from the USGS Gas Analysis System (GAS) that continuously measured carbon dioxide and methane concentrations in near-surface waters and in the air on the western Svalbard margin.