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3DEP image of the Rio Grande River and El Paso, Texas
October 24, 2019

The U.S. Geological Survey National Geospatial Program (NGP) has released a new version of the USGS Lidar Base Specification (LBS) that defines deliverables for nationally consistent lidar data acquisitions.

3D model of Mount Hood, Oregon
October 23, 2019

In support of ongoing efforts to provide efficient, cloud ready, open data formats, the U.S. Geological Survey National Geospatial Program is announcing plans to migrate its 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) Digital Elevation Models (DEM) to a new data delivery format called Cloud Optimized Geotiff (COG) during the first half of fiscal year 2020.

EON Geosciences Piper Navajo Airplane with Tail Stinger Magnetometer
October 21, 2019

Editor: In the public interest and in accordance with the Federal Aviation Administration regulations, the USGS is announcing this low-level airborne project. Your assistance in informing the local communities is appreciated.

EON Geosciences Piper Navajo Airplane with Tail Stinger Magnetometer
October 21, 2019

Editor: In the public interest and in accordance with the Federal Aviation Administration regulations, the USGS is announcing this low-level airborne project. Your assistance in informing the local communities is appreciated.

Collage of pictures about groundwater
September 30, 2019

The U.S. Geological Survey will award up to $2 million in cooperative agreements to support participation in the National Ground-Water Monitoring Network (NGWMN).

EDMAP Program supported student from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, conducting field research along the Ocmulgee River,
September 18, 2019

Calling all geoscience faculty conducting research or teaching geologic mapping. The USGS EDMAP Program is accepting funding proposals focusing on geologic mapping to support upper-level undergraduate and graduate students at their colleges or universities.

Screen shot, example of The National Map YouTube video: Importing Data into LP360
August 8, 2019

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

Image shows buildings on an ice island
August 8, 2019

In addition to 10 years of data on the flow of heat in the Arctic ocean seafloor, the USGS and Geological Survey of Canada have published an analysis of that data using modern seismic data.

Doug Nebert in his plane
August 6, 2019

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

Status graphic of all land managers on the updated PAD-US map
July 9, 2019

A new version of the Protected Areas Database of the U.S., or PAD-US, has major federal, state and easement updates, an easier-to-use data structure, new web services, national-scale printable maps, and more.