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USGS is a primary source of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Data. Our data and information is presented in a spatially and geographically including The National Map, Earth Explorer, GloVIS, LandsatLook, and much more. Start exploring by topic below.

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Hurricane Sandy Data Viewer - Olga
February 23, 2017

Data Viewer—Post-Hurricane Sandy Lidar Elevations and Features

This viewer provides visualization for and accessibility to USGS lidar data obtained following Hurricane Sandy (October 2012). Access and download data and publications that include the source lidar data and the coastal dune and shoreline data needed to examine coastal change and erosion hazards.

Image: Arizona Upland Plant Community in the Sonoran Desert
January 27, 2017

Mean of the Top Ten Percent of NDVI Values in the Yuma Proving Ground during Monsoon Season, 1986-2011

This study uses growth in vegetation during the monsoon season measured from LANDSAT imagery as a proxy for measured rainfall. NDVI values from 26 years of pre- and post-monsoon season Landsat imagery were derived across Yuma Proving Ground (YPG) in southwestern Arizona, USA.

The Little Missouri River, flood plain
January 27, 2017

Aerial photographs and shape files for GIS analysis along the Little Missouri River: 1939-1995

This dataset includes aerial imagery of the Little Missouri River in the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, ND from 1939 to 2005, as well as shape files delineating the channel in each image. 

Miller, J.R., and J.M. Friedman. 2009. Influence of flow variability on flood-plain formation and destruction, Little Missouri River, North Dakota. Geological Society of America Bulletin 121:752

Erosion along the Rio Puerco during the flood of 2006 following herbicide application to control saltcedar in 2003.
January 27, 2017

Lower Rio Puerco geospatial data, 1935 - 2014

A long-term study of the geomorphic history of the lower Rio Puerco arroyo in north-central New Mexico included the collection of high-precision (Real-time kinematic) GPS survey data (2002, 2007, 2010, and 2014), registration and rectification of historical aerial photographs (1935, 1950s, 1970s, and 1996), aerial LiDAR survey (2005) and post-flood (2006) satellite imagery.

Several people on a raft going through muddy rapids.
January 23, 2017

Grand Canyon Citizen Science Story Map

This story map application provides an interactive map showing light trap locations along the Colorado River as well as other content further describing this Citizen Science initiative. Data are currently available for the years 2012 through 2014, with more recent efforts coming soon.

Example of a flood inundation map from Indiana
January 3, 2017

Flood Inundation Mapping

USGS Flood Inundation Maps, along with Internet information regarding current stage from the USGS streamgage, provide emergency management personnel and residents with information that is critical for flood-response activities, such as evacuations and road closures, as well as for post-flood recovery efforts.

National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program map thumbnail
November 29, 2016

National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program Management System (NCGMP)

The NCGMP is the primary source of funds for the production of geologic maps in the United States and provides accurate geologic maps and three-dimensional framework models that help to sustain and improve the quality of life and economic vitality of the Nation and to mitigate natural hazards. Geologic mapping data from all of North America are presented via the National Geologic Map Database.

Image shows a map of the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
August 25, 2016

Water Quality Loads and Trends of the Chesapeake Bay

This web site is dedicated to providing water-quality load and trend results for the nontidal rivers of the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Kittlitz's Murrelet
July 14, 2016

Identifying Kittlitz’s Murrelet nesting habitat in North America at the landscape scale

These data support the following publication (available online early): Jonathan J. Felis, Michelle L. Kissling, Robb S. A. Kaler, Leah A. Kenney, and Matthew J. Lawonn (2016) Identifying Kittlitz's Murrelet Nesting Habitat in North America at the Landscape Scale. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management In-Press. doi:  http://dx.doi.org/10.3996/112015-JFWM-116.

Terrapin nest distrabution on the Chesapeake Bay
July 14, 2016

Diamondback Terrapins in Chesapeake Bay, 2002 Beach Survey

The survey was conducted in summer 2002 to assess the presence of terrapins in the Maryland portion of the Chesapeake Bay. Results are spatial locations of evidence related to nesting.

wind turbines
April 26, 2016

National Wind Turbine Map & Database

USGS has recently undertaken a project to develop a methodology for assessing wind energy impacts on wildlife at a national scale. The USGS data set provides industrial-scale onshore wind turbine locations in the United States through July 22, 2013.  

Alaska IfSAR Elevation Image
April 22, 2016

Alaska IfSAR Elevation Data

Radar data is being collected statewide for Alaska under direction of the USGS 3D Elevation Program (3DEP). The new data is vastly improving the accuracy and resolution of elevation data for the state, and is being collected using an airborne Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (IfSAR) sensor. USGS and the State of Alaska maintain web-based status maps and download services.