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The National Geospatial Program provides a foundation of digital geospatial data representing the topography, natural landscape, and built environment of the United States. These data and derived products and services can be accessed through The National Map Data Download and Visualization Services.

The National Map

The National Map

The NGP’s digital geospatial foundation, representing the topography, natural landscape, and built environment, is accessed through The National Map - an interactive, map-based application from which the world can download geospatial data.

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US Topo Maps

US Topo Maps

US Topo topographic maps are produced by the National Geospatial Program of the USGS. The project was launched in late 2009, and the term “US Topo” refers specifically to quadrangle topographic maps published in 2009 and later.

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3D Elevation Program (3DEP)

3D Elevation Program (3DEP)

3DEP is a cooperative program that is accelerating the rate and quality of 3D elevation data collection to address a wide range of critical needs. The goal of 3DEP is to complete national data coverage in 8 years.

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News

Screen shot of streams near the Dillon Reservoir, Frisco, CO on imagery basemap
March 27, 2017

The U.S. Geological Survey releases a new tile cached map service for hydrography

Doug Nebert getting ready to lift off in a private plane, his other lifelong passion (undated photo).
March 14, 2017

Calling for nominations to honor outstanding accomplishments to the spatial data infrastructure mission of the Department of Interior

Map portraying FY17 Lidar Partnership awards
March 14, 2017

Collaboration funding continues to move the 3D Elevation Program forward

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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.

The National Map
April 19, 2016

Would you like to learn more about USGS National Map products and services? Then welcome to the National Geospatial Program User Engagement office. We can help you leverage NGP products and services through The National Map and other venues. Connect with us through our network of National Map Liaisons. There's a liaison for every state!

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.

USGS Topographic Maps
April 11, 2016

The USGS took over responsibility for mapping the country in 1879 and has been the primary civilian mapping agency of the United States ever since. The best known USGS maps are the 1:24,000-scale topographic maps, also known as 7.5-minute quadrangles. More than 55,000 7.5-minute maps were made to cover the 48 conterminous States.

The National Map Logo
April 11, 2016

The National Map is a collaborative effort among the USGS and other Federal, State, and local partners to improve and deliver topographic information for the Nation. It has many uses ranging from recreation to scientific analysis to emergency response. The National Map is easily accessible for display on the Web, as products and services, and as downloadable data.

USGS logo
April 11, 2016

This U.S. Geological Survey project consists of two primary studies about long-term land-cover change in the Delaware River Basin, particularly in Pennsylvania. The objectives for these projects were to address and quantify predominant affects and outcomes of land-surface change in urbanizing areas.

NGTOC pic
April 11, 2016

The U.S. Geological Survey National Geospatial Technical Operations Center (NGTOC) provides leadership and world-class technical expertise in the acquisition and management of trusted geospatial data, services, and map products for the Nation. NGTOC supports The National Map as part of the National Geospatial Program.

125 Years
April 8, 2016

U.S. Geological Survey: a History of the National Program for Topographic Mapping (1884–2009) Topographic maps became a signature product of the USGS because the public found them - then and now - to be a critical and versatile tool for viewing the nation's vast landscape.

Standards and Specs
April 7, 2016

Standards and specifications are essential to facilitate the development and sharing of geospatial data and products. The USGS standards and specifications define the requirements to ensure that all products and data prepared by the USGS under the National Geospatial Program are consistent in accuracy, structure, format, style, and content.

BGN logo
April 7, 2016

The Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) is the Federal standard for geographic names. The U.S. Geological Survey developed the GNIS in support of the U.S. Board on Geographic Names as the official repository of domestic geographic names for the Federal Government, and the source for applying geographic names to Federal electronic and printed products.

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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.

Orthoimagery of Augusta Ga
April 12, 2016

Orthoimagery Data

Orthoimagery data typically are high resolution aerial images that combine the visual attributes of an aerial photograph with the spatial accuracy and reliability of a planimetric map. The National Map offers public domain, 1-meter orthoimagery for the conterminous United States with many urban areas and other locations at 2-foot or finer resolution.

Small Scale Collection USA
April 12, 2016

The National Map Small-Scale Collection

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.

National Map Viewer
April 7, 2016

The National Map Data Download and Visualization Access

The National Map, managed by the USGS National Geospatial Program (NGP), provides free visualization, inspection, and download access to our most current US Topo and Historical Topographic Map products as well as GIS data for our primary data themes including: Elevation, Orthoimagery, Hydrography, Geographic Names, Boundaries, Transportation, Structures, and Land Cover. 

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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.

National Map Viewer
March 31, 2016

The National Geospatial Program satisfies the needs of customers by providing geospatial products and services that customers incorporate into their decisionmaking and operational activities.

Alaska Topographic Map Contours on Glacier
March 10, 2016

New US Topo maps for Alaska are being produced statewide, with digital 7.5 minute 1:25,000-scale maps providing a comprehensive update to the 15-minute 1:63,360-scale printed maps produced nearly fifty years ago. You can view a status map showing where the new maps are available, and link to a site to download the maps.

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The 3D Elevation Program—Landslide recognition, hazard assessment, and mitigation support
Year Published: 2017

The 3D Elevation Program—Landslide recognition, hazard assessment, and mitigation support

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Landslide Hazards Program conducts landslide hazard assessments, pursues landslide investigations and forecasts, provides technical assistance to respond to landslide emergencies, and engages in outreach. All of these activities benefit from the availability of high-resolution, three-dimensional (3D) elevation...

Lukas, Vicki; Carswell, Jr., William J.
Lukas, Vicki, and Carswell, W.J., Jr., 2017, The 3D Elevation Program—Landslide recognition, hazard assessment, and mitigation support: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2016–3094, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20163094.
Status of the 3D Elevation Program, 2015
Year Published: 2017

Status of the 3D Elevation Program, 2015

The 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) is a cooperative activity to collect light detection and ranging (lidar) data for the conterminous United States, Hawaii, and U.S. territories; and interferometric synthetic aperture radar (IfSAR) elevation data for Alaska during an 8-year period. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and partner organizations acquire...

Sugarbaker, Larry J.; Eldridge, Diane F.; Jason, Allyson L. ; Lukas, Vicki; Saghy, David L.; Stoker, Jason M. ; Thunen, Diana R.
Sugarbaker, L.J., Eldridge, D.F., Jason, A.L., Lukas, Vicki, Saghy, D.L., Stoker, J.M., and Thunen, D.R., 2017, Status of the 3D Elevation Program, 2015: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2016–1196, 13 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ofr20161196.
The 3D elevation program - Precision agriculture and other farm practices
Year Published: 2016

The 3D elevation program - Precision agriculture and other farm practices

The agriculture industry, including farmers who rely on advanced technologies, increasingly use light detection and ranging (lidar) data for crop management to enhance agricultural productivity. Annually, the combination of greater yields and reduced crop losses is estimated to increase revenue by \$2 billion for America's farmers when terrain...

Sugarbaker, Larry J.; Carswell, Jr., William J.
Sugarbaker, L.J., and Carswell, W.J., Jr., 2016, The 3D Elevation Program—Precision agriculture and other farm practices: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2016–3088, 2 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/fs20163088.
The 3D Elevation Program and America's infrastructure
Year Published: 2016

The 3D Elevation Program and America's infrastructure

Infrastructure—the physical framework of transportation, energy, communications, water supply, and other systems—and construction management—the overall planning, coordination, and control of a project from beginning to end—are critical to the Nation’s prosperity. The American Society of Civil Engineers has warned that, despite the importance of...

Lukas, Vicki; Carswell, Jr., William J.
Lukas, Vicki, and Carswell, W.J., Jr., 2016, The 3D Elevation Program and America's infrastructure: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2016–3093, 2 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/fs20163093.
Evaluation of single photon and Geiger mode Lidar for the 3D Elevation Program
Year Published: 2016

Evaluation of single photon and Geiger mode Lidar for the 3D Elevation Program

Data acquired by Harris Corporation’s (Melbourne, FL, USA) Geiger-mode IntelliEarth™ sensor and Sigma Space Corporation’s (Lanham-Seabrook, MD, USA) Single Photon HRQLS sensor were evaluated and compared to accepted 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) data and survey ground control to assess the suitability of these new technologies for the 3DEP. While...

Stoker, Jason M.; Abdullah, Qassim; Nayegandhi, Amar; Winehouse, Jayna
3D Elevation Program—Virtual USA in 3D
Year Published: 2016

3D Elevation Program—Virtual USA in 3D

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) uses a laser system called ‘lidar’ (light detection and ranging) to create a virtual reality map of the Nation that is very accurate. 3D maps have many uses with new uses being discovered all the time.

Lukas, Vicki; Stoker, J.M.
Lukas, Vicki, Stoker, J.M., 2016, 3D Elevation Program—Virtual USA in 3D: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2016–3022, 1 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/fs20163022.
The 3D Elevation Program: summary for Puerto Rico
Year Published: 2016

The 3D Elevation Program: summary for Puerto Rico

Elevation data are essential to a broad range of applications, including forest resources management, wildlife and habitat management, scientific research, national security, recreation, and many others. For the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, elevation data are critical for flood risk management, landslide mitigation, natural resources conservation...

Carswell, Jr., William J.
Carswell, W.J., Jr., 2016, The 3D Elevation Program—Summary for Puerto Rico: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2015–3088, 2 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/fs20153088.
A multidimensional representation model of geographic features
Year Published: 2016

A multidimensional representation model of geographic features

A multidimensional model of geographic features has been developed and implemented with data from The National Map of the U.S. Geological Survey. The model, programmed in C++ and implemented as a feature library, was tested with data from the National Hydrography Dataset demonstrating the capability to handle changes in feature attributes, such as...

Usery, E. Lynn; Timson, George; Coletti, Mark
Usery, E.L., Timson, George, and Coletti, Mark, 2015, A multidimensional representation model of geographic features: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2015–1241, 10 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ofr20151241.
USGS lidar science strategy—Mapping the technology to the science
Year Published: 2016

USGS lidar science strategy—Mapping the technology to the science

Summary The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) utilizes light detection and ranging (lidar) and enabling technologies to support many science research activities. Lidar-derived metrics and products have become a fundamental input to complex hydrologic and hydraulic models, flood inundation models, fault detection and geologic mapping, topographic and...

Stoker, Jason M.; Brock, John C.; Soulard, Christopher E.; Ries, Kernell G.; Sugarbaker, Larry J.; Newton, Wesley E.; Haggerty, Patricia K.; Lee, Kathy E.; Young, John A.
Stoker, J.M., Brock, J.C., Soulard, C.E., Ries, K.G., Sugarbaker, L.J., Newton, W.E., Haggerty, P.K., Lee, K.E., and Young, J.A., 2016, USGS lidar science strategy—Mapping the technology to the science: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2015–1209, 33 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ofr20151209.
The 3D Elevation Program: summary for Hawaii
Year Published: 2016

The 3D Elevation Program: summary for Hawaii

Elevation data are essential to a broad range of applications, including forest resources management, wildlife and habitat management, national security, recreation, and many others. For the State of Hawaii, elevation data are critical for infrastructure and construction management, flood risk management, geologic resource assessment and hazard...

Carswell, William J.
Carswell, W.J., Jr., 2016, The 3D Elevation Program—Summary for Hawaii (ver. 1.1, February 2016): U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2014–3079, 2 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/fs20143079.
What is in a contour map? A region-based logical formalization of contour semantics
Year Published: 2015

What is in a contour map? A region-based logical formalization of contour semantics

Contours maps (such as topographic maps) compress the information of a function over a two-dimensional area into a discrete set of closed lines that connect points of equal value (isolines), striking a fine balance between expressiveness and cognitive simplicity. They allow humans to perform many common sense reasoning tasks about the underlying...

Usery, E. Lynn; Hahmann, Torsten
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.
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March 2017 (approx.)

This is lesson 12-Introduction to the Topo TNM Style Template and the Topo Map Vector Data Products. This lesson consists of a series of videos intended to introduce the user to the Topo TNM Style Template and the Topo Map Vector Data products. We will discuss the how and why they are needed and used. We will show you where to download the Template and the various products. Finally, we will provide step-by-step instructions on how to set the Template up for use.
 

March 2017 (approx.)

This is lesson 12, Downloading the Style Template and Topo Map Vector Data Products. This lesson consists of a series of videos intended to introduce the user to the Topo TNM Style Template and the Topo Map Vector Data products. We will discuss the how and why they are needed and used. We will show you where to download the Template and the various products. Finally, we will provide step-by-step instructions on how to set the Template up for use.
 

March 2017 (approx.)

This is lesson 12 - How to configure the Topo TNM Style Template. This lesson consists of a series of videos intended to introduce the user to the Topo TNM Style Template and the Topo Map Vector Data products. We will discuss the how and why they are needed and used. We will show you where to download the Template and the various products. Finally, we will provide step-by-step instructions on how to set the Template up for use.

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 provide a basic explanation of breaklines and the purposes they serve. Understanding the differences between these two types of DEMs, the concepts of hydro-flattening and hydro-enforcement, and the purposes that breaklines serve, are important steps in better utilizing 3DEP products.
 

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 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 'Using The National Map Products and Services' training, visit this link: http://training.usgs.gov/TEL/TheNationalMap/TNM-TEL-Index.html

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 'Using The National Map Products and Services' training, visit this link: http://training.usgs.gov/TEL/TheNationalMap/TNM-TEL-Index.html
 

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 The National Map Products and Services' training, visit this link: http://training.usgs.gov/TEL/TheNationalMap/TNM-TEL-Index.html
 

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 this link: http://training.usgs.gov/TEL/TheNationalMap/TNM-TEL-Index.html

 

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. 

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Screen shot of streams near the Dillon Reservoir, Frisco, CO on imagery basemap
March 27, 2017

The U.S. Geological Survey releases a new tile cached map service for hydrography

Doug Nebert getting ready to lift off in a private plane, his other lifelong passion (undated photo).
March 14, 2017

Calling for nominations to honor outstanding accomplishments to the spatial data infrastructure mission of the Department of Interior

Map portraying FY17 Lidar Partnership awards
March 14, 2017

Collaboration funding continues to move the 3D Elevation Program forward

Pan-Arctic Map of Thermokarst
March 6, 2017

Geospatial data – a tool for better informed decisions and more efficient administration of the Arctic.

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

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.

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...

Calvin Meyer, standing with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, displays his award at the 2nd annual U.S. Department of Interior Cu
August 25, 2016

Calvin Meyer, of the USGS National Geospatial Technical Operations Center, receives Interior Department‘s Customer Service Award

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