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The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Core Science Systems (CSS) Mission Area builds on the core strengths of the USGS in characterizing and understanding complex Earth and biological systems through research, modeling, mapping, and the production of high-quality data. CSS delivers natural science information to the Nation in support of smart decisionmaking.

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National Geospatial Program

National Geospatial Program

The National Geospatial Program is the Federal civilian mapping agency and provides the digital geospatial foundation for the Nation. It engages partners and communities of use to collaboratively produce consistent and accurate topographic map data.

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Core Science Analytics, Synthesis, and Libraries

Core Science Analytics, Synthesis, and Libraries

The USGS Science Data Catalog, supported by CSAS&L, provides seamless access to USGS research and monitoring data from across the nation. Users have the ability to search, browse, or use a map-based interface to discover data.

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News

Screen shot of the new TNMCorps map editor homepage
February 9, 2017

Participation in The National Map Corps made easier for citizen scientists.

High Resolution Orthoimagery coverage map on The National Map
February 8, 2017

The USGS announces the sunset of National Map High Resolution Orthoimagery Data and Service

Dr. Christian Zimmerman, USGS Alaska Science Center Director
February 1, 2017

The U.S. Geological Survey is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Christian Zimmerman as the new director of their Alaska Science Center in Anchorage, Alaska. Zimmerman succeeds Dr. Mark Shasby who held the position for the past six years.

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A native Colorado bee on a yellow wildflower.
December 8, 2016

Beginning in 2012, the USGS collaborated with the USDA to assess the effectiveness of pollinator plantings and how alteration of landscapes has affected native pollinators and potentially contributed to their decline. The 2008 Farm Bill recognized contributions made by pollinators and made conservation of pollinator habitat a priority. The USGS is assessing native bee habitat,...

Image: Alaskan Pipeline
October 31, 2016

The USGS Core Science Analytics and Synthesis and Library (CSAS&L) program coordinates multiple observation and measurement projects that generate multiple terabytes of publishable data. The Information Science Branch is collaborating with CSAS&L to design and build a dynamic data assembly pipeline for data collected by these projects. The pipeline includes numerous data transformation...

ScienceCache screen shot.
June 27, 2016

Working with the Northern Rockies Science Center, the Information Science Branch designed and developed ScienceCache, a scientific geocaching mobile application framework. Initially developed for citizen science data collection, the application was extended to work for any field data collection effort. The lead researcher controls the data collection route, collection forms, and data...

ISB Cloud image.
June 27, 2016

The Information Science Branch developed a set of performance, security, and resiliency models to evaluate information architectures optimized for cloud hosting solutions.

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June 27, 2016

The Information Science Branch provides Agile project management, technical oversight, software research and development, and architectural support to the USGS ScienceBase project. ScienceBase provides a number of features that scientists can use to build data collections, share data through web services, and ensure these data are preserved for use by future researchers. The project involves...

3D Lidar Point Cloud Image of San Francisco Bay and Golden Gate Bridge
April 19, 2016

The USIEI is a comprehensive, nationwide listing of known high-accuracy topographic and bathymetric data for the United States and its territories. The project is a collaborative effort of the USGS and NOAA with contributions from other federal agencies. The inventory supports the 3D Elevation Program and the Integrated Ocean and Coastal Mapping effort. This resource is updated in Spring and...

3D Lidar Point Cloud of the United States Capitol Building
April 19, 2016

High quality 3D elevation data are critical to flood risk management, resource management, conservation, alternative energy, agriculture, infrastructure management, and a broad range of other nationally significant applications. 3DEP is a cooperative program, managed by the USGS on behalf of the community, with the goal to complete national coverage of 3D elevation data in 8 years.

Alaska Mapping Executive Committee Logo
April 19, 2016

The Alaska Mapping Executive Committee (AMEC) meets regularly to coordinate on critical Alaska topographic mapping activities. Executives from 15 Federal agencies and the State of Alaska are combining efforts to acquire new digital elevation, hydrography, transportation, shoreline and geopositional data for Alaska, and create a new digital topographic map series for the State.

Screenshot of the USGS Science Data Catalog
April 18, 2016

The USGS Science Data Catalog serves as a single access point for public USGS scientific datasets and as a conduit to external catalogs in response to Federal Open Data requirements. The SDC allows the public to access USGS datasets through text and GIS-based search; topical browse, and keyword, mission area, data source, and scientist faceting.

Alaska Fairbanks US Topo Map Sample
April 18, 2016

The Alaska Mapping Initiative is a U.S. Geological Survey effort to generate new topographic maps of Alaska. The USGS is coordinating with the State of Alaska and multiple Federal agencies to acquire updated digital map layers such as elevation, surface water, roads, and boundaries, and to create a modern series of digital maps for Alaska using these updated layers.

Screenshot for OBIS-USA Search Tool
April 13, 2016

OBIS-USA is the US Node of the Ocean Biogeographic Information System, providing the collection and distribution point to OBIS of marine biogeographic records in U.S. waters or collected with U.S. funding. Using the Darwin Core standard, OBIS-USA integrates and makes accessible data on marine species presence, absence, and abundance to aid scientists, resource managers, and decisions makers.

A screenshot of BISON website
April 13, 2016

Biodiversity Information Serving Our Nation (BISON) is a web-based resource for species occurrence data in the U.S. and its Territories. BISON holds over 250 million species occurrence records, encompassing most living species found in the United States, from a broad array of sources, including museums, monitoring programs, research studies, citizen science projects and peer-reviewed...

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USGS Dam Removal Information Portal (DRIP) Screenshot
October 31, 2016

USGS Dam Removal Information Portal (DRIP)

The Dam Removal Information Portal is a Web site that serves information about the scientific studies associated with dam-removal projects. It is a visualization tool, including a map and interactive charts, of a dam-removal literature review designed and developed by a working group at the USGS John Wesley Powell Center for Analysis and Synthesis (Bellmore and others, 2015).

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.

Transportation datasets for the nation from The National Map.
April 20, 2016

Transportation Data

The transportation data theme consists of roads, airports, railroads, and features associated with the transport of people or commerce. The data includes the location, classification, name/route designator, for most roads, and address ranges. The data supports mapping and geographic analysis for applications for routing, traffic safety, congestion mitigation, and disaster planning and response.

Structure datasets for the nation from The National Map
April 20, 2016

Structures Data

USGS data portray selected structures data, including the location and characteristics of manmade facilities. Characteristics consist of a structure's physical form (footprint), function, name, location, and detailed information about the structure. The types of structures collected are largely determined by the needs of the disaster planning and response and homeland security organizations.

Landcover datasets for the nation from The National Map.
April 20, 2016

Landcover Data

The National Land Cover Database (NLCD) serves as the definitive Landsat-based, 30-meter resolution, land cover database for the Nation.

Boundaries datasets for the nation from The National Map.
April 19, 2016

Boundaries Data

Boundaries data or governmental units represent major civil areas including states, counties, Federal, and Native American lands, and incorporated places such as cities and towns.

Illustration related to the the river corridor
April 19, 2016

Hydrography Data

The National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) and Watershed Boundary Dataset (WBD) are used to portray surface water on The National Map.

3D Lidar Point Cloud Image of San Francisco Bay and Golden Gate Bridge
April 19, 2016

The United States Interagency Elevation Inventory (USIEI)

The USIEI is a comprehensive, nationwide listing of known high-accuracy topographic and bathymetric data for the United States and its territories. The project is a collaborative effort of the USGS and NOAA with contributions from other federal agencies. The inventory supports the 3D Elevation Program and the Integrated Ocean and Coastal Mapping effort. This resource is updated in Spring and Fall.

Digital Elevation Model in the Atchafalaya Basin, LA
April 19, 2016

Elevation Data

The 3DEP products and services available through The National Map consist of lidar point clouds (LPC), standard digital elevation models (DEMs) at various horizontal resolutions, elevation source and associated datasets, an elevation point query service and bulk point query service. All 3DEP products are available, free of charge and without use restrictions.

ITIS logo tree of species
April 18, 2016

Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS)

ITIS is the authoritative taxonomic information on plants, animals, fungi, and microbes of North America and the world. We are a partnership of U.S., Canadian, and Mexican agencies (ITIS-North America); other organizations; and taxonomic specialists. ITIS data is used in thousands of databases in industry, academia and government. 

Screenshot of GAP Program's Species Viewer
April 12, 2016

GAP Species Data

The GAP Species Viewer provides nation-wide range maps and distribution models for amphibians, birds, mammals, and reptiles occurring in the continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands. These kinds of maps and data are fundamental to assessing patterns of species richness and planning for the management of the nation's biological diversity.

Screenshot of a sample record from Biocomplexity Thesaurus
April 12, 2016

Biocomplexity Thesaurus

The Biocomplexity Thesaurus is an online resource supporting terms in a 'broader than' and 'narrower than' structure in ecological and biological sciences.

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OBIS-US Biogeographic Tool interactive map
April 26, 2016

The OBIS-USA biogeographic tool provides a summary of the biodiversity (either as lists of species or as certain common diversity indices) for defined biogeographic or jurisdictional regions.

BISON map of mountain maple (Acer spicatum) occurrences layer overplayed with climate and weather layer.
April 21, 2016

A web-based map viewer allowing users to search, view and download species occurrence data from BISON.

Screenshot of PAD-US map viewer
April 21, 2016

The GAP Protected Areas Database of the United States (PAD-US) Viewer provides a spatially explicit inventory that lets any user – from the general public to professional land managers – explore the protected areas network anywhere in the United States and allows them to easily use this inventory in conservation, land management, planning, recreation and other uses.

Screenshot for OBIS-USA Search Tool
April 21, 2016

The OBIS-USA Data Dashboard offers multiple ways to discover, determine suitability for use, and obtain marine biological occurrence data, collected primarily from U.S. Waters or with U.S. funding. It assists users with maps, graphs, tables, and links to metadata while searching. Users can explore the data by geography, taxon, or individual dataset.

Screenshot of the GAP National Land Cover Data Viewer
April 21, 2016

The GAP National Land Cover Data Viewer provides detailed, consistent maps of vegetation and land-use patterns for the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. Knowledge about which types of vegetation occur across the country helps facilitate the planning and management of biological diversity on a regional and national scale.

Screenshot of GAP Program's Species Viewer
April 21, 2016

The GAP Species Viewer provides nation-wide range maps and distribution models for amphibians, birds, mammals, and reptiles occurring in the continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands. These kinds of maps and data are fundamental to assessing patterns of species richness and planning for the management of the nation's biological diversity.

Screenshot of NFHP National Assessment Results Viewer
April 21, 2016

The viewer allows exploring the condition of stream and coastal habitats across the country at various spatial scales, reported in Through a Fish's Eye: The Status of Fish Habitats in the United States 2010. It offers a variety of base maps and provides one-click access to more detailed information on landscape disturbances and habitat scores for individual stream catchments.

Digital Elevation Model in the Atchafalaya Basin, LA
April 19, 2016

The 3DEP products and services available through The National Map consist of standard digital elevation models (DEMs) at various horizontal resolutions, elevation source and associated datasets, an elevation point query service and bulk point query service. All 3DEP products are available, free of charge and without use restrictions.

Small Scale Collection USA
April 12, 2016

The National Map offers a collection of small-scale datasets, most of which are at 1:1,000,000. The National Map publishes two data collections at one million-scale: one for Global Map users and one for National Map users. In terms of vector geometry, the lines, points, and areas in these data collections are identical. The difference is in the attributes assigned to these features.

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April 7, 2016

US Topo maps are modeled on the familiar 7.5-minute, 1:24,000-scale quadrangle maps of the period 1947-1992, but are mass-produced from national GIS databases on a 3-year cycle.The maps are layered PDF documents with geospatial extensions. They are downloadable free of charge through several interfaces.

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April 7, 2016

This is the primary search and download application for USGS topographic maps and base-layer GIS data. The same topographic maps are also downloadable through other interfaces.

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April 6, 2016

USGS topographic maps originally published on paper in the period 1884-2006 have been scanned and published as PDF documents. This collection is of topographic quadrangle maps with scales between 1:10,000 and 1:250,000. These historic documents are downloadable free of charge through several interfaces.

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Defining resilience: A preliminary integrative literature review
Year Published: 2016

Defining resilience: A preliminary integrative literature review

The term “resilience” is ubiquitous in technical literature; it appears in numerous forms, such as resilience, resiliency, or resilient, and each use may have a different definition depending on the interpretation of the writer. This creates difficulties in understanding what is meant by ‘resilience’ in any given use case, especially in...

Wilt, Bonnie; Long, Suzanna K.; Shoberg, Thomas G.
Wilt, B., Long. S., and Shoberg, T., 2016. Defining Resilience: A Preliminary Integrative Literature Review, Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Management 2016 International Annual Conference S. Long, E-H. Ng, C. Downing, and B. Nepal eds., ASEM, Charlotte, NC,
Shapes on a plane: Evaluating the impact of projection distortion on spatial binning
Year Published: 2016

Shapes on a plane: Evaluating the impact of projection distortion on spatial binning

One method for working with large, dense sets of spatial point data is to aggregate the measure of the data into polygonal containers, such as political boundaries, or into regular spatial bins such as triangles, squares, or hexagons. When mapping these aggregations, the map projection must inevitably distort relationships. This distortion can...

Battersby, Sarah E.; Strebe, Daniel “daan”; Finn, Michael P.
Isotopically constrained lead sources in fugitive dust from unsurfaced roads in the southeast Missouri mining district
Year Published: 2016

Isotopically constrained lead sources in fugitive dust from unsurfaced roads in the southeast Missouri mining district

The isotopic composition of lead (Pb) in fugitive dust suspended by a vehicle from 13 unsurfaced roads in Missouri was measured to identify the source of Pb within an established long-term mining area. A three end-member model using 207Pb/206Pb and concentration as tracers resulted in fugitive dust samples plotting in the mixing field of well...

Witt, Emitt C.; Pribil, Michael; Hogan, John P; Wronkiewicz, David
Normalized Burn Ratios link fire severity with patterns of avian occurrence
Year Published: 2016

Normalized Burn Ratios link fire severity with patterns of avian occurrence

Context Remotely sensed differenced normalized burn ratios (DNBR) provide an index of fire severity across the footprint of a fire. We asked whether this index was useful for explaining patterns of bird occurrence within fire adapted xeric pine-oak forests of the southern Appalachian Mountains. Objectives We evaluated the use of DNBR indices for...

Rose, E.T., T. R. Simons, R. Klein, A. J. McKerrow
Rose, E.T., T. R. Simons, R. Klein, A. J. McKerrow. 2016. Normalized Burn Ratios link fire severity with patterns of avian occurrence. Landscape Ecology. January 2016: 1-14. doi:10.1007/s10980-015-0334-x.
Post-disaster supply chain interdependent critical infrastructure system restoration: A review of data necessary and available for modeling
Year Published: 2016

Post-disaster supply chain interdependent critical infrastructure system restoration: A review of data necessary and available for modeling

The majority of restoration strategies in the wake of large-scale disasters have focused on short-term emergency response solutions. Few consider medium- to long-term restoration strategies to reconnect urban areas to national supply chain interdependent critical infrastructure systems (SCICI). These SCICI promote the effective flow of goods,...

Ramachandran, Varun; Long, Suzanna K.; Shoberg, Thomas G.; Corns, Steven; Carlo, Hector J.
Ramachandran, V., Long, S., Shoberg, T., Corns, S., and Carlo, H., 2016. Post-Disaster Supply Chain Interdependent Critical Infrastructure System Restoration: A Review of Data Necessary and Available for Modeling. Data Science Journal, 15: 1, pp. 1-13, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5334/dsj-2016-001
Conflation and integration of archived geologic maps and associated uncertainties
Year Published: 2016

Conflation and integration of archived geologic maps and associated uncertainties

Old, archived geologic maps are often available with little or no associated metadata. This creates special problems in terms of extracting their data to use with a modern database. This research focuses on some problems and uncertainties associated with conflating older geologic maps in regions where modern geologic maps are, as yet, non-existent...

Shoberg, Thomas G.
Shoberg, T., 2016. Conflation and Integration of Archived Geologic Maps and Associated Uncertainties, Journal of Geography and Geology, 8(1), 28-40.
Linking state-and-transition simulation and timber supply models for forest biomass production scenarios.
Year Published: 2015

Linking state-and-transition simulation and timber supply models for forest biomass production scenarios.

We linked state-and-transition simulation models (STSMs) with an economics-based timber supply model to examine landscape dynamics in North Carolina through 2050 for three scenarios of forest biomass production. Forest biomass could be an important source of renewable energy in the future, but there is currently much uncertainty about how biomass...

Costanza, J.K., R. C. Abt, A. J. McKerrow, J.A. Collazo
Costanza, J.K., R. C. Abt, A. J. McKerrow, J.A. Collazo. 2015. Linking state-and-transition simulation and timber supply models for forest biomass production scenarios. AIMS Journal. 1/2015; 2(2):180-202. DOI:10.3934/environsci2015.2.180.
Modeling climate change, urbanization, and fire effects on Pinus palustris ecosystems of the southeastern U.S.
Year Published: 2015

Modeling climate change, urbanization, and fire effects on Pinus palustris ecosystems of the southeastern U.S.

Managing ecosystems for resilience and sustainability requires understanding how they will respond to future anthropogenic drivers such as climate change and urbanization. In fire-dependent ecosystems, predicting this response requires a focus on how these drivers will impact fire regimes. Here, we use scenarios of climate change, urbanization and...

Costanza, J. K., A.J. Terando, A. J. McKerrow, J. A. Collazo
Costanza, J. K., A.J. Terando, A. J. McKerrow, J. A. Collazo. 2015. Modeling climate change, urbanization, and fire effects on Pinus palustris ecosystems of the southeastern U.S. Journal of Environmental Management. 151(2015) 186-199.
Evaluation of the U.S. Geological Survey standard elevation products in a two-dimensional hydraulic modeling application for a low relief coastal floodplain
Year Published: 2015

Evaluation of the U.S. Geological Survey standard elevation products in a two-dimensional hydraulic modeling application for a low relief coastal floodplain

Growing use of two-dimensional (2-D) hydraulic models has created a need for high resolution data to support flood volume estimates, floodplain specific engineering data, and accurate flood inundation scenarios. Elevation data are a critical input to these models that guide the flood-wave across the landscape allowing the computation of valuable...

Witt, Emitt C.
Geospatial resources for the geologic community: The USGS National Map
Year Published: 2015

Geospatial resources for the geologic community: The USGS National Map

Geospatial data are a key component of investigating, interpreting, and communicating the geological sciences. Locating geospatial data can be time-consuming, which detracts from time spent on a study because these data are not obviously placed in central locations or are served from many disparate databases. The National Map of the US Geological...

Witt, Emitt C.
1-Meter Digital Elevation Model specification
Year Published: 2015

1-Meter Digital Elevation Model specification

In January 2015, the U.S. Geological Survey National Geospatial Technical Operations Center began producing the 1-Meter Digital Elevation Model data product. This new product was developed to provide high resolution bare-earth digital elevation models from light detection and ranging (lidar) elevation data and other elevation data collected over...

Arundel, Samantha T.; Archuleta, Christy-Ann M.; Phillips, Lori A.; Roche, Brittany L.; Constance, Eric W.
Arundel, S.T., Archuleta, C.M., Phillips, L.A., Roche, B.L., and Constance, E.W., 2015, 1-meter digital elevation model specification: U.S. Geological Survey Techniques and Methods, book 11, chap. B7, 25 p. with appendixes, http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/tm11B7.
Automated extraction of natural drainage density patterns for the conterminous United States through high performance computing
Year Published: 2015

Automated extraction of natural drainage density patterns for the conterminous United States through high performance computing

Hydrographic networks form an important data foundation for cartographic base mapping and for hydrologic analysis. Drainage density patterns for these networks can be derived to characterize local landscape, bedrock and climate conditions, and further inform hydrologic and geomorphological analysis by indicating areas where too few headwater...

Stanislawski, Larry V.; Falgout, Jeff T.; Buttenfield, Barbara P.
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January 2017 (approx.)
Lesson 10A - 3DEP Topic Lesson: Digital Elevation Models, Hydro-Flattening, Hydro-Enforcement, and Breaklines In this 3DEP Topic lesson, we will provide information on different types of Digital Elevation Models, or DEMs. We will discuss the difference between a Topographic DEM and a Hydrologic DEM, and provide explanations of the related terms “hydro-flattened” and “hydro-enforced”. We will also...
November 2016 (approx.)
Lesson 14a- Bulk Download of US Topo Maps. In this lesson you will learn how to use the internal USGS network for bulk download of US Topo Maps. Access the USGS “I-SPI” site. Set up a query by county, state bounding box, or cell IDs. Download multiple US Topo maps to your local drive
September 2016 (approx.)
Lesson 13B Part One – USGS Emergency Operations Collection Management Tool This lesson is comprised of instructions on how to register for access to the Collection Management Tool through the EROS Registration System (ERS), how to navigate around the Collection Management Tool, or CMT and finally, How to Submit a Data Acquisition Request (DAR). For the complete listing of videos part of the '...
September 2016 (approx.)
Lesson 13B Part 3– USGS Emergency Operations Collection Management Tool This lesson is comprised of instructions on how to register for access to the Collection Management Tool through the EROS Registration System (ERS), how to navigate around the Collection Management Tool, or CMT and finally, How to Submit a Data Acquisition Request (DAR). For the complete listing of videos part of the 'Using...
September 2016 (approx.)
Lesson 13B Part Two – USGS Emergency Operations Collection Management Tool This lesson is comprised of instructions on how to register for access to the Collection Management Tool through the EROS Registration System (ERS), how to navigate around the Collection Management Tool, or CMT and finally, How to Submit a Data Acquisition Request (DAR). For the complete listing of videos part of the '...
August 2016 (approx.)
Lesson 11d: Using SeaSketch to View 3DEP Lidar Areas of Interest - In this lesson you will learn how to zoom to your area of interest and view the footprints of existing and proposed topographic lidar projects. For the complete listing of videos part of the 'Using The National Map Products and Services' training, visit this link: http://training.usgs.gov/TEL/TheNationalMap/TNM-TEL-Index.html
August 2016 (approx.)
Lesson 11c: Creating a KML file and Shapefile - In this lesson, you will learn how to create a KML file for your area of interest in Google Earth, and how to create a shapefile using the SeaSketch Interagency Elevation and Bathymetry Coordination site.
August 2016 (approx.)
Lesson 11b: Using the 3DEP BAA- Public Areas of Interest Project Collector Tool - In this lesson, you will learn how to use the public areas of interest project collection tool to add your lidar project to the SeaSketch Demonstration Site for Federal Mapping Data Acquisition Coordination.
August 2016 (approx.)
Lesson 11a: The US Interagency Elevation Inventory (USIEI) - This video demonstrates how to use the USIEI application to zoom, view footprints and attributes for existing topographic and bathymetric data and download the inventory to navigate to sites where the data can be downloaded. For the complete listing of videos part of the 'Using The National Map Products and Services' training, visit...
Image shows a silver benchmark set in concrete
July 20, 2016
A USGS benchmark at the USGS National Center.
May 19, 2016
The USGS Hydrography Webinar Series shares success stories from users, provides information on The National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) and other related products, and provides a forum for users to learn more about Hydrography-related topics.
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Screen shot of the new TNMCorps map editor homepage
February 9, 2017

Participation in The National Map Corps made easier for citizen scientists.

High Resolution Orthoimagery coverage map on The National Map
February 8, 2017

The USGS announces the sunset of National Map High Resolution Orthoimagery Data and Service

Dr. Christian Zimmerman, USGS Alaska Science Center Director
February 1, 2017

The U.S. Geological Survey is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Christian Zimmerman as the new director of their Alaska Science Center in Anchorage, Alaska. Zimmerman succeeds Dr. Mark Shasby who held the position for the past six years.

Maps Made with Light Show the Way
January 23, 2017

The topic, officially, was water. But during a scientific conference in Butte, Montana, in 2013, earthquake expert Michael Stickney glimpsed something unexpected in a three-dimensional lidar image of the Bitterroot Valley in nearby Missoula.

Lakefront Airport, LA - A member of the 514th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron and two New Orleans Paramedics
November 29, 2016

USGS has many partnerships, both foreign and domestic, that enhance our science capabilities, provide needed support to others, and expand our ability to serve the global community.  One little-known partnership that serves both foreign and domestic needs is the USGS science support to the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) - U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM).  

Orthoimage of a four-way interchange, Los Angeles, CA
November 1, 2016

As part of The National Map transition to cloud hosting, several of the National Map NAIP Orthoimagery Services will be provided under new URLs.

EDMAP student participants in the field, 2015
October 18, 2016

Calling all Earth Science professors conducting research or teaching geologic mapping. The USGS EDMAP Program is accepting funding proposals focusing on geologic mapping to support upper-level undergraduate and graduate students at their colleges or universities.

Group picture of 2016 Best Student Gelogical Map Competion Winners
October 12, 2016

Congratulations to the winners of the 4th Annual Best Student Geologic Map Competition, held at the Geological Society of America's recent Annual Meeting in Denver, Colo.

Status graphic of The National Map Corps volunteer contributions covering the US and Puerto Rico since August 2012. Each dot
September 22, 2016

Results of the Pennsylvania and New York Law Enforcement Mapping Challenges Released

New 2016 US Topo quadrangle within Great Smoky Mountains National Park showing the addition of six trailhead symbols, two picnic
September 21, 2016

Newly released US Topo maps are now available and for the first time, the maps covering Great Smoky Mountains National Park display trails, campgrounds, visitor centers, boundaries and other visitor information in a national park.

A multicolored lidar image of the Great Sand Dunes
September 5, 2016

It’s not a radar for liars, it’s this week’s Earthword...

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