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GIS Geospatial Program's Resources: Resources For GIS Data

Resources to Find GIS Data

USGS Geospatial Data Sources

GIS data resources and datasets related to various natural events, such as volcanoes, earthquakes, wind, ocean data, etc.

The USGS serves the Nation by providing reliable scientific information to describe and understand the Earth; minimize loss of life and property from natural disasters; manage water, biological, energy, and mineral resources; and enhance and protect our quality of life.

David Rumsey Map Collection

Considered one of the best sites for historical maps (digitized rasters) that can be added as layers in GIS

Esri’s Living Atlas of the World

Considered one of the best curated resources for geospatial data sets, includes both GIS, satellite imagery, and real-time data

Free GIS Data

Extensive list of links to online GIS and RS datasets

GIS and Public Health at CDC - Geospatial Data Resources

GIS Resources specific to Center for Disease Control and Public Health

GIS Data

List of and llinks to GIS resources, provided by Dartmouth College

GIS Geography

10 Free GIS Data Sources: Best Global Raster and Vector Datasets

GIS Lounge

Basic definitions of terminology related to GIS and RS; links to various data sets for both cultural and physical geography

Illinois Geospatial Data Clearinghouse

GIS and aerial imagery datasets for the state of Illinois – landcover, hydrology, etc. – includes lidar sets of elevation data for the state; google your state for a “GIS Clearinghouse” for similar data sets

National Hurricane Center and Central Pacific Hurricane Center https://www.nhc.noaa.g ov/index.shtml?epac

A site maintained by NOAA with real-time hurricane data

NOAA – National Ocean Service

A comprehensive geospatial metadata inventory for the public to search and find NOS geospatial data resources


Even More Data Sources

Here are some selected web sources for data. Not every topic will need data, and not all data is findable here. If you need help exploring other sources for data or information, email Jen.