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NHD
Date Published: April 7, 2016

The National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) represents surface waters of the United States including, rivers, streams, lakes, and coastal features. The Watershed Boundary Dataset (WBD) is comprised of hierarchical polygons called hydrologic units that represent surface area over which water drains to a point. Both datasets are updated by stewards and are available by subsets of the United States.

National Fish Habitat Partnership logo
Date Published: March 15, 2016

The mission of NFHP is to protect, restore and enhance the nation's fish and aquatic communities through partnerships that foster fish habitat conservation and improve the quality of life for the American people. To fulfill the mission, science-based assessments are conducted. Results and data are accessible in the USGS developed “Through a Fish’s Eye” report and NFHP Data System.

California landscape with outlined vegetation classes
Date Published: March 15, 2016

The National Vegetation Classification (NVC) is your guide to inventorying natural and cultural vegetation communities. Its standard allows users to produce uniform statistics about vegetation resources across the nation at local, regional, or national levels. CSAS&L actively participates in the development of this important standard through our involvement with the FGDC Vegetation...

GAP logo
Date Published: March 15, 2016

GAP provides data to assess effects of land management by providing information on where species and natural communities occur and how they are being managed. "Gap analysis" assesses how well we are protecting common plants and animals by identifying the degree to which animal species and plant communities are under-represented on protected lands such as parks and refuges.

ITIS logo tree of species
Date Published: March 15, 2016

With more than 700,000 scientifically vetted entries, the ITIS is the authoritative source for scientific names of species and higher-level groups of organisms in North America and the world. It is produced in conjunction with eight other Federal partners. Its partnership with the European-based Species 2000 yields the global names standard: Catalogue of Life.

USGS science for a changing world logo
Date Published: March 15, 2016

The Energy Policy Act of 2005 (Public Law 109-58, Sec. 351) established the this program in the USGS and outlined the following goals: Archive geological, geophysical, and engineering data, maps, well logs, and samples.Provide a national catalog of archived materials. Provide technical and financial assistance to State geological surveys and relevant DOI bureaus for archived materials.

USGS science for a changing world logo
Date Published: March 15, 2016

The NCGMP produces accurate geologic maps and 3-D geologic frameworks that provide critical data for sustaining and improving the quality of life and economic vitality of the Nation. Geologic maps are indispensable to understanding earth surface processes and ground-water availability and quality, supporting DOI land management decisions and mitigating hazards.

USGS science for a changing world logo
Date Published: March 15, 2016

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 and web services. Operational support is provided by the National Geospatial Technical Operations Center.

The National Map
Date Published: March 15, 2016

We provide America with high-quality topographic data and maps for advancing science, supporting government, and enlightening citizens. By providing seamless, publicly accessible, and comprehensive coverage of the nation's landscape, it is your source for topographic information.

USGS science for a changing world logo
Date Published: March 15, 2016

With expertise in technology, informatics, and science, CSAS&L leads the management and delivery of scientific data and information for the USGS. CSAS&L implements and promotes standards and best practices to enable efficient, data-driven science for decision making at multiple scales. Critical relationships are established and fostered to identify and access data, and to develop and...

USGS science for a changing world logo
Date Published: March 15, 2016

Explore Field Records, Map Collections, the Kunz Collection, the Rare Book Collection, the Topographic Map Archive, the United States Antarctic Resource Center, and the USGS Photographic Collection.

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Globe showing United States, Mexico, & South America side, surrounded by circular lines.
April 8, 2016

ScienceBase

ScienceBase is data and information management infrastructure that enables data upload, documentation, sharing, and dynamic data services using standards-compliant methods and technological components. ScienceBase furnishes a foundation for data stewardship, government open data, and scientific discovery.

Showing partial example of starting USGS assigned DOI # /10.5066/ with text Create and update DOIs for digital data products
April 8, 2016

Digital Object Identifier (DOI) Creation Tool

The DOI Tool allows creation of a permanent DOI for released USGS science data.

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. 

BISON map of mountain maple (Acer spicatum) occurrences layer overplayed with climate and weather layer.
March 17, 2016

Biodiversity Information Serving Our Nation (BISON)

BISON: (http://bison.usgs.ornl.gov) A web-based map viewer allowing users to search, view and download species occurrence data from BISON. BISON APIs: (http://bison.usgs.ornl.gov/#api) REST, WMS, and solr services enabling direct use of species occurrence data from custom external applications. BISON Examples : (http://bison.usgs.ornl.gov/#examples) Examples of BISON API use via web services.

Publications Warehouse
March 15, 2016

Publications Warehouse

Gain access to over 100,000 publications written by USGS scientists over the century-plus history of the bureau.

Screenshot of the Data Management home page
February 1, 2016

Data Management

The USGS Data Management Website provides the Bureau with best practices, tools, and references to enable the management and preservation of science data.

USGS
February 1, 2016

Legacy Data Inventory and Reporting System (LDIRS)

The USGS Legacy Data and Information Reporting System (LDIRS) is an online tool to facilitate the inventory and preservation of USGS legacy data. The LDIRS inventories and reports are available to all USGS employees and getting started is easy!

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Year Published: 2014

An applied ontology for semantics associated with surface water land cover

Ahlqvist, Ola; Varanka, Dalia; Fritz, Steffen; Janowicz, Krzysztof; Varanka, Dalia E.; Usery, E. Lynn

Year Published: 2014

Crisis crowdsourcing framework: designing strategic configurations of crowdsourcing for the emergency management domain

Crowdsourcing is not a new practice but it is a concept that has gained significant attention during recent disasters. Drawing from previous work in the crisis informatics, disaster sociology, and computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW) literature, the paper first explains recent conceptualizations of crowdsourcing and how crowdsourcing is a...

Liu, Sophia B.
Liu, Sophia B. (2014). Crisis Crowdsourcing Framework: Designing Strategic Configurations of Crowdsourcing for the Emergency Management Domain. Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) special issue on Crisis Informatics and Collaboration.

Year Published: 2013

Tools and data for meeting America's conservation challenges

The Gap Analysis Program (GAP) produces data and tools that help meet critical national challenges such as biodiversity conservation, renewable energy development, climate change adaptation, and infrastructure investment. The GAP is managed by the U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior. GAP supports a wide range of national, State, and...

Gergely, Kevin J.; McKerrow, Alexa
Tools and data for meeting America's conservation challenges; 2013; USGS Unnumbered Series; GIP; 151; Gergely, Kevin J.; McKerrow, Alexa

Year Published: 2013

Species data: National inventory of range maps and distribution models

The Gap Analysis Program (GAP) produces data and tools that help meet critical national challenges such as biodiversity conservation, renewable energy development, climate change adaptation, and infrastructure investment. The GAP species data includes vertebrate range maps and distribution models for the continental United States, as well as...

Gergely, Kevin J.; McKerrow, Alexa
Species data: national inventory of range maps and distribution models; 2013; FS; 2013-3087; Gergely, Kevin J.; McKerrow, Alexa

Year Published: 2013

PAD-US: National Inventory of Protected Areas

The Gap Analysis Program produces data and tools that help meet critical national challenges such as biodiversity conservation, renewable energy development, climate change adaptation, and infrastructure investment. The Protected Areas Database of the United States (PAD-US) is the official inventory of protected open space in the United States....

Gergely, Kevin J.; McKerrow, Alexa
Gergely, K.J., and McKerrow, Alexa, 2016, PAD-US—National inventory of protected areas (ver. 1.1, August 2016): U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2013–3086, 2 p., http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2013/3086/.

Year Published: 2013

Terrestrial ecosystems: national inventory of vegetation and land use

The Gap Analysis Program (GAP)/Landscape Fire and Resource Management Planning Tools (LANDFIRE) National Terrestrial Ecosystems Data represents detailed data on the vegetation and land-use patterns of the United States, including Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. This national dataset combines detailed land cover data generated by the GAP with...

Gergely, Kevin J.; McKerrow, Alexa
Gergely, K.J., and McKerrow, A., 2016, Terrestrial ecosystems—National inventory of vegetation and land use (ver. 1.1, August 2016): U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2013–3085, 1 p., http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2013/3085/.

Year Published: 2013

Integrating complexity into data-driven multi-hazard supply chain network strategies

Major strategies in the wake of a large-scale disaster have focused on short-term emergency response solutions. Few consider medium-to-long-term restoration strategies that reconnect urban areas to the national supply chain networks (SCN) and their supporting infrastructure. To re-establish this connectivity, the relationships within the SCN must...

Long, Suzanna K.; Shoberg, Thomas G.; Ramachandran, Varun; Corns, Steven M.; Carlo, Hector J.
Integrating complexity into data-driven multi-hazard supply chain network strategies; 2013; Conference publication; Proceedings of the ASPRS\CaGIS 2013 Specialty Conference; Long, Suzanna K.; Shoberg, Thomas G.; Ramachandran, Varun; Corns, Steven M.; Carlo, Hector J.

Year Published: 2013

Center of Excellence for Geospatial Information Science research plan 2013-18

The U.S. Geological Survey Center of Excellence for Geospatial Information Science (CEGIS) was created in 2006 and since that time has provided research primarily in support of The National Map. The presentations and publications of the CEGIS researchers document the research accomplishments that include advances in electronic topographic map...

Usery, E. Lynn
Center of Excellence for Geospatial Information Science research plan 2013-18; 2013; OFR; 2013-1189; Usery, E. Lynn

Year Published: 2013

U.S. Geological Survey core science systems strategy: characterizing, synthesizing, and understanding the critical zone through a modular science framework

Core Science Systems is a new mission of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) that resulted from the 2007 Science Strategy, "Facing Tomorrow's Challenges: U.S. Geological Survey Science in the Decade 2007-2017." This report describes the Core Science Systems vision and outlines a strategy to facilitate integrated characterization and understanding of...

Bristol, R. Sky; Euliss, Ned H.; Booth, Nathaniel L.; Burkardt, Nina; Diffendorfer, Jay E.; Gesch, Dean B.; McCallum, Brian E.; Miller, David M.; Morman, Suzette A.; Poore, Barbara S.; Signell, Richard P.; Viger, Roland J.
U.S. Geological Survey core science systems strategy: characterizing, synthesizing, and understanding the critical zone through a modular science framework; 2013; CIR; 1383-B; Bristol, R. Sky; Euliss, Ned H., Jr.; Booth, Nathaniel L.; Burkardt, Nina; Diffendorfer, Jay E.; Gesch, Dean B.; McCallum, Brian E.; Miller, David M.; Morman, Suzette A.; Poore, Barbara S.; Signell, Richard P.; Viger, Roland J.

Year Published: 2013

Integrating stations from the North America Gravity Database into a local GPS-based land gravity survey

The ability to augment local gravity surveys with additional gravity stations from easily accessible national databases can greatly increase the areal coverage and spatial resolution of a survey. It is, however, necessary to integrate such data seamlessly with the local survey. One challenge to overcome in integrating data from national databases...

Shoberg, Thomas G.; Stoddard, Paul R.
Integrating stations from the North America Gravity Database into a local GPS-based land gravity survey; 2013; Article; Journal; Journal of Applied Geophysics; Shoberg, Thomas G.; Stoddard, Paul R.

Year Published: 2013

US Topo–A new national map series, 2012 update

The U.S. Geological Survey's Larry Moore provides an update on the US Topo effort, the Survey’s general purpose, digital, quadrangle map series. He outlines the successes thus far and the obstacles still ahead in 2013.

Moore, Laurence R.
US Topo–A new national map series, 2012 update; 2013; Article; Journal; Directions Magazine; Moore, Laurence R.

Year Published: 2013

Spatial Relation Predicates in Topographic Feature Semantics

Topographic data are designed and widely used for base maps of diverse applications, yet the power of these information sources largely relies on the interpretive skills of map readers and relational database expert users once the data are in map or geographic information system (GIS) form. Advances in geospatial semantic technology offer data...

Varanka, Dalia E.; Caro, Holly K.

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3D Lidar Point Cloud of the United States Capitol Building
2016 (approx.)
3D Lidar Point Cloud of the US Capitol Building in Washington DC from 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) quality lidar data.
3D Lidar Point Cloud Image of San Francisco Bay and Golden Gate Bridge
2016 (approx.)
3D Lidar Point Cloud Image of San Francisco Bay and Golden Gate Bridge in California
March 17, 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.
January 21, 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.
November 5, 2015
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.
September 24, 2015
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.
TEST - Picture of street with Mountain in background
October 1, 2005
TEST - an interesting area of town popular with tourists
Mountain Scene by Lake
Maroon Lake located in Colorado
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photo of volunteer rjerrard with special patch
July 18, 2017

Citizen Scientists edit structures to improve US Topo Maps and along the way earn virtual badges.

Photo of Best Student Geologic Map Competition winners from 2016 posing with awards.
July 14, 2017

The USGS announces details for the 2017 Best Student Geological Map Competition

USGS supervisory geographer Kimberly Mantey (right) explains details of the USGS the 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) to a conference
July 13, 2017

Recently, representatives from the USGS National Geospatial Program and National Geospatial Technical Operations Center participated in the 2017 International Cartographic Conference in Washington, DC.

The National Map Corps volunteer “DilloParker8” looks at the next set of mountains to conquer.
July 12, 2017

As the USGS continues to celebrate “Mapping Month”, we again promote noteworthy contributors to The National Map Corps “crowdsourcing” project.

Improved Topo Base map of the Glacier Peak WA area
July 11, 2017

An updated “USGS Topo Base Map” service named “USGS Topo” includes some new design changes and refreshed data content.

“fconley” posing with his special edition International Year of Mapping badge from The National Map Corps
July 6, 2017

The National Map Corps recognizes major volunteers to national mapping efforts

US map of added trails and recreational points of interest
July 5, 2017

Updated USGS digital topographic maps feature more trails and other recreation points of interest

National Elevation Dataset
July 3, 2017

Everything happens at a place, the place matters, and the USGS has the science of place.

Status graphic of Post Offices in Illinois showing structures that have been checked, reviewed, and finished
June 8, 2017

The National Map Corps is requesting volunteer assistance to verify Post Office information in Illinois

Hurricane Irene, satellite view, NASA
June 1, 2017

Scientists work in the field before, during and after landfall to improve forecasting and recovery.

 

 

NHDPlus HR Hydrologic Regions Map
May 4, 2017

Great strides made toward a national hydrography framework with release of the initial USGS NHDPlus High Resolution datasets.