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CSS leads USGS’s mission as the civilian mapping agency for the Nation. We conduct detailed surveys and develop high quality, highly accurate topographic, geologic, hydrographic, and biogeographic maps and data. Our maps allow precise planning for critical mineral assessments; energy development; infrastructure projects; urban planning; flood prediction; emergency response; and hazard mitigation.

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National Geospatial Program

National Geospatial Program

The National Geospatial Program is the Federal civilian mapping agency and provides the digital geospatial foundation for the Nation. It engages partners and communities of use to collaboratively produce consistent and accurate topographic map data.

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Science Analytics and Synthesis (SAS)

Science Analytics and Synthesis (SAS)

The USGS Science Data Catalog, supported by SAS, provides seamless access to USGS research and monitoring data from across the nation. Users have the ability to search, browse, or use a map-based interface to discover data.

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News

Date published: August 21, 2019

“USGSTaylor” Flying High

A dedicated and prolific citizen science volunteer with The National Map Corps has reached the top crowdsouring program award.

Date published: August 8, 2019

New YouTube Lessons on Using 3DEP Data and NHD Topics

Users of The National Map can get more assistance on using products and services with the release of new online, instructional videos.

Date published: August 6, 2019

2019 Doug D. Nebert NSDI Champion of the Year Award Nominations Open

Calling for nominations to honor outstanding accomplishments to the spatial data infrastructure mission of the Department of Interior.

Publications

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Supply chain infrastructure restoration calculator software tool—Developer guide and user manual

This report describes a software tool that calculates costs associated with the reconstruction of supply chain interdependent critical infrastructure in the advent of a catastrophic failure by either outside forces (extreme events) or internal forces (fatigue). This tool fills a gap between search and recover strategies of the Federal Emergency...

Ojha, Akhilesh; Kanwar, Bhanu; Long, Suzanna K.; Shoberg, Thomas G.; Corns, Steven
Ojha, A., Kanwar, B., Long, S.K., Shoberg, T.G., and Corns, S., 2019, Supply chain infrastructure restoration calculator software tool—Developer guide and user manual: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2019–1061, 17 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20191061.

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Problems of Large Spatial Databases

Large spatial databases often labeled as geospatial big data exceed the capacity of commonly used computing systems as a result of data volume, variety, velocity, and veracity. Additional problems also labeled with V’s are cited, but the four primary ones are the most problematic and focus of this chapter (Li et al., 2016, Panimalar et al., 2017...

Usery, E. Lynn

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The 3D Elevation Program—Supporting California's Economy

IntroductionCalifornia faces unprecedented challenges presented by shifting weather patterns that are defining a “new normal.” The result has been extreme weather events, prolonged drought, flooding, and debris flows. These conditions drive severe tree mortality, increase wildfire occurrence and intensity, reduce water availability, and hasten...

Ostergren, Carol L.; Decker, Drew; Carswell,, William J.
Ostergren, C.L., Decker, D., and Carswell, W.J., Jr., 2019, The 3D Elevation Program—Supporting California's economy (ver. 1.1, June 2019): U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2019-3029, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20193029.