Data and Tools

Mapping, Remote Sensing, and Geospatial Data

Data about Earth and its resources are only useful if available in a format that is understandable and accessible. We provide the Nation with ready access to natural science information that supports smart decisions about how to respond to natural risks and manage natural resources.

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HERA application
October 28, 2017

Hazard Exposure Reporting and Analytics (HERA)

The Hazard Exposure Reporting and Analytics (HERA) application was developed to provide users with insight on potential population, economic, land cover, and infrastructure vulnerability resulting from a given hazard. Interactive maps and graphics allow users to examine hazard exposure for individual communities, to compare exposure for multiple communities and changes in hazard exposure.

Multispectral, high resolution image of stretch of the Colorado River depicting overview of river, sand dune, and vegetation.
August 10, 2017

DATA RELEASE - Riparian Vegetation Classification of the Colorado River Corridor, Grand Canyon, Arizona, 2013—Data

These data are classification maps of total riparian vegetation along the Colorado River in Grand Canyon from Glen Canyon Dam to Pearce Ferry in Arizona, and are derived from interpretation of multispectral high resolution airborne imagery acquired in May 2013.

USGS logo
July 18, 2017


The USGS Global Visualization Viewer (GloVis) is an online search and order tool for selected  is an online search and order tool for selected remote sensing data.  

Image of the Geospatial Multi-Agency Coordination (GeoMAC) viewer
July 17, 2017

Geospatial Multi-Agency Coordination (GeoMAC)

GeoMAC is an internet-based mapping application designed to allow Fire Managers and the Public access to dynamically displayed online maps of current fire locations and fire perimeters in the continental U.S. and Alaska. The GeoMAC application is an indispensable tool for aiding fire-personnel by dynamically displaying the most current forest-fire information available from a web browser.

Image of the Global Ecosystems viewer
July 17, 2017

Global Ecosystems

Data from the Global Ecosystems activity allow for a fine resolution inventory of land-based ecological features anywhere on Earth, and contribute to increased understanding of ecological pattern and ecosystem distributions. Ongoing efforts focus on an ecological land classification approach emphasizing ecologically meaningful characteristics of the land, i.e. bioclimate, landform, and lithology.

Kings Canyon view
April 12, 2017

California Land-change Projections

This dataset consists of modeled projections of land use and land cover and population for the State of California for the period 1970-2101. For the 1970-2001 period, we used the USGS's LUCAS model to "backcast" LULC, beginning with the 2001 initial conditions and ending with 1970. For future projections, the model was initialized in 2001 and run forward on an annual time step to 2100.

A screen shot of Hazard Exposure Reporting and Anlytics web app
April 12, 2017

Community exposure in California to coastal flooding hazards enhanced by climate change, reference year 2010

The data set contains information on potential population, economic, land cover, and infrastructure flooding exposure for San Francisco Bay and coastal communities of the state of California, USA. This data is viewable on HERA.

Screenshot from the Geo Data Portal
December 1, 2016

USGS Geo Data Portal

The USGS Geo Data Portal (GDP) project provides scientists and environmental resource managers access to downscaled climate projections and other data resources that are otherwise difficult to access and manipulate. This user interface demonstrates an example implementation of the GDP project web-service software and standards-based data integration strategy. 

Map of Colorado River in Grand Canyon
December 1, 2016

DATA RELEASE - Four Band Image Mosaic of the Colorado River Corridor in Arizona--2013, including Accuracy Assessment Data

The imagery data are airborne multispectral high resolution data for the Colorado River in Grand Canyon in Arizona, USA. The data consist of four bands (blue, green, red and near infrared) with a ground resolution of 20 centimeters (cm). These data are available to the public as 16-bit geotiff files.

Canyonlands National Park as seen by Landsat 8
November 2, 2016

LandsatLook Viewer

The LandsatLook Viewer is a prototype tool that was developed to allow rapid online viewing and access to the USGS Landsat image archives.

Screenshot of the famine early warning systems network map
November 2, 2016

Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET)

The USGS FEWS NET Data Portal provides access to geo-spatial data, satellite image products, and derived data products in support of FEWS NET drought monitoring efforts throughout the world. This portal is provided by the USGS FEWS NET Project, part of the Early Warning Focus Area at the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center.

National Land Cover Database
November 2, 2016

National Land Cover Database (NLCD)

The National Land Cover Database (NLCD) provides nation-wide data on land cover and land cover change at the Landsat Thematic Mapper (TM) 30-meter resolution. NLCD provides spatial reference and descriptive data for characteristics of the land surface such as thematic class (e.g., urban, agriculture, and forest), percent impervious surface, and percent tree canopy cover.