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The National Map: Benefits at what cost?

January 1, 2004

The U.S. Geological Survey has conducted a cost-benefit analysis of The National Map, and determined that, during its 30-year projected lifespan, the project will likely bring a net present value of benefits to society of $2.05 billion. Such a survey enhances the United States' ability to access, integrate, and apply geospatial data at global, national, and local scales. This paper gives an overview on the underlying economic model for evaluating program benefits and presents the primary findings as well as a sensitivity analysis assessing the robustness of the results.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2004
Title The National Map: Benefits at what cost?
Authors D.L. Halsing, K. M. Theissen, R. L. Bernknopf
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title GeoSpatial Solutions
Index ID 70027481
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse