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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: June 12, 2019

Searching for Great Geologic Maps

The USGS Announces Final Call for Abstracts: Best Student Geological Map Competition at GSA Phoenix.

Date published: June 6, 2019

Volunteers Collect and Edit Over 400K Structure Points!

The National Map Corps volunteers are a force that can't be stopped! In just over a year, volunteers have collected another 100,000 structures points, bringing the total to more than 400,000.

Date published: May 31, 2019

The 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season is Here, USGS is Ready

The 2019 Atlantic hurricane season starts June 1, and the U.S. Geological Survey is prepared to provide science that can help guide efforts to protect lives and property if a major storm makes landfall this season.

Publications

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Analysis for agreement of the Northern Gulf of Mexico topobathymetric digital elevation model with 3-Dimensional Elevation Program 1/3 arc-second digital elevation models

Topographical differencing and edge-matching analyses were used to evaluate agreement of the Coastal National Elevation Database Applications Project’s Northern Gulf of Mexico topobathymetric digital elevation model (TBDEM) with The National Map 3-Dimensional Elevation Program (3DEP) 1/3 arc-second digital elevation models (DEMs). In addition to...

Miller-Corbett, Cynthia
Miller-Corbett, C., 2019, Analysis for agreement of the Northern Gulf of Mexico topobathymetric digital elevation model with 3-Dimensional Elevation Program 1/3 arc-second digital elevation models: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2019–1016, 44 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20191016.

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Scale‐dependent effects of isolation on seasonal patch colonisation by two Neotropical freshwater fishes

The metapopulation paradigm has been central to improve the conservation and management of natural populations. However, despite the large number of studies on metapopulation dynamics, the overall support for the relationships on which the paradigm is based has not been strong. Here, we studied the occupancy dynamics of two Neotropical fishes (i.e...

Penha, Jerry; Hakamada, Karlo Y. P.; Hines, James E.; Nichols, James D.

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Topographic mapping evolution: From field and photogrammetric data collection to GIS production and Linked Open Data

Whither the topographic map? Topographic mapping historically has been approached as a map factory operation through the period 1879-1990. During this time, data were field and photogrammetrically collected; cartographically verified and annotated creating a compilation manuscript; further edited, generalized, symbolized, and produced as a graphic...

Usery, E. Lynn; Varanka, Dalia E.; Davis, Larry