Software

Overview

We offer a wide range of software tools created by or for the USGS and used to display, create, and interpret data from a variety of sources. Choose a topic of interest below:

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Biology and Ecosystems

Learn more about animal population analysis, and access, explore, and download U.S. species occurrence data.

Shale Gas Drilling Rig

Energy

Access software that helps scientists conduct research and assessments on the location, quantity, and quality of mineral and energy resources, including the economic and environmental effects of resource extraction and use.

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Environmental Health

Find datasets that focus on the interface between health and the environment, where interactions among people, the environment, and other living organisms affect the risk of toxicologic and infectious disease.

Photograph of Natural Bridges State Beach, Santa Cruz, CA

Geology

Learn more about what science is being conducted to learn more about erosion, faulting, folding, geochemistry, geologic mapping, geologic processes, land subsidence, and more.

Image: Reynolds Creek Experimental Watershed

Land Resources

Discover the changing planet using tools that provides users the ability to query, search, and order aerial photographs, cartographic products, and satellite images from several sources, and more.

3D Lidar Point Cloud of the United States Capitol Building

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.

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Minerals

Explore software that deals with mineral potential, production, consumption, and environmental effects.

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Natural Hazards

Every year in the United States, natural hazard events threaten lives and livelihoods, resulting in deaths and billions of dollars in damage. Access the scientific data collected from monitoring, assessing, and conducting targeted research on a wide range of natural hazards.

Image: Red Morning Sunrise on Atlantic Ocean

Oceans

Learn more about what science is being conducted to learn more about our oceans.

Image: Deploying Electromagnetic Sensors

Planetary Science

Explore software used for the scientific study of the solid bodies of the solar system, including planets, moons, asteroids, meteorites, and interplanetary materials.

Discharge measurement at Moyer Creek stream gauging station

Water

Explore software used for all water resources applications, including general use, water quality and chemistry, groundwater, statistics and graphics, and surface water.

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CODEcms

This site contains best practices and USGS supported options for software management and release. The best practices described here are applicable to all software.