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What is the USGS policy for release of scientific data? Are any USGS products restricted?

Scientific data obtained through USGS funding are the property of the Federal Government and as such are Federal records. USGS scientific data are made available publicly at no cost and are considered to be in the public domain except where access must be restricted because of security, privacy, confidentiality, or other constraints.

If you can’t find USGS products or data through our website or our Science Data Catalog, please contact USGS Science Information Services for assistance.

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