Mapping, Remote Sensing, and Geospatial Data
Learn more about software for mapping, remote sensing, which is the detection and analysis of the physical characteristics of an area by measuring its reflected and emitted radiation at a distance from a targeted area, and geospatial data, which is information such as measurements, counts, and computations as a function of geographical location, and more.
The Earth Resources Observation and Science Center offers educational resources designed for elementary- and middle-school students. The U.S. Geological Survey offers more options through its science education resource page.
What’s New: A new version of the SPARROW code is being developed in the R programming language. The advantage of R is that it is non-proprietary and does not require a license or software cost. The R – SPARROW code is now being completed and should be available early in CY18. Stay Tuned.
The Pedestrian Evacuation Analyst is an ArcGIS extension that estimates how long it would take for someone to travel on foot out of a hazardous area that was threatened by a sudden event such as a tsunami, flash flood, or volcanic lahar. It takes into account the elevation changes and the different types of landcover that a person would encounter along the way.
Random Landscape Tool uses a raster data source and a table of classifications to create a random landscape. The classification table allows the user to weight the probability of occurrence to certain classes and to spatially restrict the distribution of classes to certain areas (zones).
ISIS an image processing software package. The focus of the software is to manipulate imagery collected by current and past NASA planetary missions sent to Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and other solar system bodies.
The National Map, a collaborative effort between the USGS and other agencies and partners, includes ortho imagery (aerial photographs), elevation, geographic names, hydrography, boundaries, transportation, structures, and land cover.
dlgv32 Pro is a limited-feature version of commercial software called Global Mapper which was created from the original dlgv32 source code. Improved to address changes in data standards and to better meet customer requirements, dlgv32 Pro provides quality viewing software for data users.
Software to analyze spectra, display images, and analyze imaging spectroscopy data developed by the USGS Spectroscopy Laboratory.
The USGS EarthExplorer (EE) tool provides users the ability to query, search, and order satellite images, aerial photographs, and cartographic products from several sources.
All Landsat 7 ETM+, Landsat 4/5 TM, Landsat 1-5 MSS, EO-1 ALI, EO-1 Hyperion, MRLC, and Tri-Decadal data sets available; LP DAAC ASTER and selected MODIS data holdings also available. Browse-based for enhanced visualization.
There are a variety of freeware and shareware tools as well as other commercial software tools available to support metadata development. These tools offer a range of features and capabilities. FGDC provides a short list of questions to help you evaluate which tool to consider.
Explore critical pre- and post-disaster images and datasets online for immediate viewing and downloading.