Data and Tools

Data Management Tools

Good data management enables the location, sharing, and reuse of data, and reduces the redundancy of data. These attributes of good data management reduce costs in terms of time and money. Data management tools and best practices can also help to meet the open data requirements of making data more accessible and discoverable.

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Example visualization from MODFLOW model output
April 19, 2017


MODFLOW is the USGS's three-dimensional (3D) finite-difference groundwater model. MODFLOW is considered an international standard for simulating and predicting groundwater conditions and groundwater/surface-water interactions.

SPARROW graphic
April 19, 2017


SPARROW (SPAtially-Referenced Regression On Watershed attributes), is watershed based and designed for use in predicting long-term average values of water characteristics, such as concentrations and amounts of selected constituents that are delivered to downstream receiving waters.

Image of the USGS Water Services portal
March 31, 2017

USGS Water Services

This site serves USGS water data via automated means using web services and extensible markup language (XML) , as well as other popular media types. Services are invoked with the REST protocol. These services designed for high fault tolerance and very high availability.

Photo of person sending phone message
March 31, 2017

Water Now

Send a text message to containing the USGS Site Number of the gage you want to query (optionally add parameter codes to customize your query). You will receive a response within a few minutes.

Bibiocephala dorsal vent
February 2, 2017

North American Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Digital Reference Collection

Aquatic invertebrates are a key component of freshwater ecosystems, and an understanding of aquatic invertebrate taxonomy is central to freshwater science. The North American Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Digital Reference Collection (NAAMDRC) was created by the USGS Aquatic Experimental Lab (AXL) to provide users with high-quality digital microscopy photographs.

Field Guide to the Nonindigenous Marine Fishes of Florida publication cover
January 30, 2017

Field Guide to the Nonindigenous Marine Fishes of Florida

The purpose of this field guide is to provide information on nonindigenous
(i.e., non-native) fishes that have been observed in Florida’s marine waters.

A screenshot of BISON website
December 1, 2016

BISON: Biodiversity Information Serving Our Nation

A unique, web-based Federal mapping resource for species occurrence data in the United States and its Territories.

Screenshot of the USGS Science Data Catalog
December 1, 2016

Science Data Catalog

The USGS Science Data Catalog 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.

Ground water outflows at Thousand Springs, Idaho, provide water to fish farms along the Snake River, Idaho.
November 29, 2016

The National Network of Reference Watersheds

The National Network of Reference Watersheds is a collaborative and multipurpose network of minimally disturbed watersheds and monitoring sites. The purpose of this website is to allow users to search the NNRW database of reference watersheds, to identify watersheds of interest, and download watershed information and water quality data. The current scope is limited to freshwater strreams.

NCCWSC's Request for Proposal (RFP) Manager screenshot
November 23, 2016

NCCWSC Request for Proposal (RFP) Manager

The NCCWSC Request for Proposal (RFP) Manager is a way for the DOI Climate Science Centers to announce funding opportunities to DOI scientists, and for them to be able to propose work that needs funding. Scientists then go through a review process and are awarded funding according to reviewer ratings.  

 A screenshot of the Data Entry for Project Tracking and Highlighting (DEPTH) tool.
November 23, 2016

DEPTH: Data Entry for Project Tracking and Highlighting

The Data Entry for Project Tracking and Highlighting (DEPTH) web portal allows users to easily query, view, filter, and edit organization’s project records. DEPTH provides users with a central location to view science activities from across various organizations in their region. This tool is funded by the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center.

A screenshot of the Data Management Editor (DMP Editor)
November 23, 2016

Data Management Plan (DMP) Editor

The Data Management Plan Editor (DMP Editor) allows PIs and data stewards to maintain the Data Management Plan throughout the project lifecycle. Data Management Plans will either be entered directly into the system,imported from RFP Manager, or imported from word template. This tool also sends a copy of the DMP to ScienceBase.