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.
Light Detection And Ranging (Lidar) generates extremely accurate (vertical and horizontal) location information and has long been a desired product for the Upper Mississippi River System (UMRS).
When combining lidar and bathymetry datasets the final product is considered a topobathy dataset served as a raster. The topobathy single surface model is important for examining different ecological processes that occur across aquatic and near shore areas.
Bathymetric data are collected with an automatic survey system and processed in a Geographical Information System (GIS). Through interpolation the individual points of water depth are converted into a water depth map.
Land/water is one of the classification attributes in the land cover/use data sets created by UMESC from aerial photography. These data are redistributed here as shape files with the boundaries of the region's 1:24,000-scale USGS quadrangles added to the data.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers use a river mile measuring scheme to locate features on the Mississippi River. Two digital version of these data are available, one created by UMESC from stored on USGS quadrangles, and one created by the Scientific Assessment and Strategy Team (SAST) project.
The Aquatic Area data sets were created by the Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center to identify areas of similar aquatic habitat, based primarily on large-scale geomorphic characteristics.
A statistical model to predict the probability of occurrence of submersed aquatic vegetation in Pool 8 of the Upper Mississippi River on the basis of a few hydrological, physical, and geomorphic variables. (Project summary)
This tool allows the user to view and identify several land cover data sets within the Upper Mississippi River System.
This tool allows the user to view several scanned and georeferenced historic map image mosaics. Data is available for viewing by selecting the layer list button described below, and checking the boxes next to the data layers of interest. There are other tools that allow map creation, distance and area measurements, and drawing tools.
The Upper Mississippi River Restoration (UMRR) Program Long Term Resource Monitoring (LTRM) element has collected millions of records of information over 20+ years. Fisheries, water quality, vegetation, and invertebrates have all been sampled. Geographic locations were collected for all sampling points.
1890's Map Plates - Georeferenced Images of Maps Produced by the Mississippi River Commission
- created by -
Mississippi River Commission and
Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center
In 1998 the Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center (UMESC) began aquiring digital orthophoto quadrangles (DOQ) for the Upper Mississippi River floodplain to georeference the center's aerial photography and land cover/use data. As these data become available, the files are compressed and placed online so others can also use them.