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GIS and Environmental Information Systems Links

Agencies and organizations

Society for Conservation GIS
(supports people using GIS in conservation of natural and cultural resources)

Ohio Geographically Referenced Information Council
(State-led public-private partnership to coordinate and support geo-referenced date and services)

Ohio DNR DSWR Earth Resources Information Network (provides access to data and tools to use soil, water, natural resources, and more to private and public sectors to help make land use and management decisions)

Ohio DNR GIS website
(links to data and services at Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources and many divisions/programs)

Ohio EPA Div. of Surface Water GIS
(maps, data, tools for streams, watersheds, water quality, pollutant sources, permits)

National Centers for Environmental Information (NOAA)
(data steward for U.S .data: bathymetry/global relief; earth from space; geomagnetic/models; marine geology/geophysics; natural hazards; space weather/solar events)

Assn. of GIS Professionals – Ohio Chapter of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (network of Ohioans using and integrating spatial information)

National States Geographic Information Council
(supports coordination in states and with many stakeholders; seeks ways to use spatial data and information for better, quicker decisions across a wide range of societal concerns inc. environment)

GIS Day Grassroots celebration of GIS, w/support from these organizations:
National Geographic Society Esri Association of American Geographers University Consortium for Geographic Information Science The Library of Congress US Geological Survey Hewlett-Packard Sun Microsystems American Congress on Surveying & Mapping (ACSM) American Geographical Society American Planning AssociationAssociation of Canadian Map Libraries and Archives (ACMLA) Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA) The Map and Geography Round Table (MAGERT) of the American Library Association National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA)National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE) National States Geographic Information Council Open GIS Consortium (OGC) The Nature Conservancy Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) The Wildlife Conservation Society World Wildlife Fund

National Atlas, supported by U.S. Dept. of the Interior
(customize/print your own maps, order maps, including historic topo maps; investigate data layers; apps for ag, environment, biology, climate, transportation, and more)

GIS Jobs Clearinghouse (post resumes free; view posts free; $$ to post positions)

U.S. geo-referenced data; subset of (federal government links to data and services of federal agencies and their geo-referenced data)

National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service (NESDIS) NOAA agency
(provides timely access to global environmental data from satellites and other sources)

The National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) NOAA agency
The National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) is responsible for data management activities in support of scientific and technical programs involving remotely sensed and in situ retrospective meteorological data and climatological information.

The National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC) NOAA agency
The NODC provides ocean data management and ocean data services to researchers and other users in the United States and around the world.

The National Snow & Ice Data Center (NSIDC) NOAA agency
The NSIDC is part of the University of Colorado. NSIDC is affiliated with NGDC through a cooperative agreement, archiving and distributing NOAA snow and ice data in partnership with NGDC.

Comprehensive Large Array-data Stewardship System (CLASS) NOAA agency
CLASS is a web-based data archive and distribution system for NOAA's environmental data from satellites and other sensors.

Federation of Earth Science Information Parnters
(open networked community that brings together science, data and information technology practitioners; through Foundation for Earth Science with support from NOAA/NASA)

NASA Global Change Master Directory Source of Earth science data and services through NASA
(data for: ag, atmosphere, biosphere, biological classification, climate indicators, cryosphere, human dimensions, land surface, oceans, paleoclimate, solid earth, spectral/engineering, sun/Earth interactions, terrestrial hydrosphere, plus many related services and education)

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Geospatial Services, Dept. of the Interior
(portal to data, apps, education including for critical habitat/T&E species, National Wetlands Inventory, fisheries/fish passage, Partners in Wildlife, local/state offices)

USDA Forest Service GeoData Clearinghouse
(data, maps, apps; National Forest System; links to state and private forestry assessment data)

U.S. Geological Survey National Geospatial Program, Dept. of Interior
(provides leadership for USGS geospatial coordination, production, and services)

US EPA National Geospatial Program
(apps, data, grants/agreements, search tools – for all of US EPA)

USDA Geospatial Data Gateway
(portal to data, apps, tech standards, and more for all USDA agencies including NRCS, FSA, RD)

U.S. Dept. of Transportation Federal Highway Administration (data, apps, Best Practices in GIS-Based Transportation Asset Management with state links)

National Park Service, Dept. of the Interior
(maps, data, apps for national parks and other resources. NPS links provided below)

Mapping the National Parks For those of you visiting the National Parks, you might be interested in an online archives of historical maps, called Mapping the National Parks, developed by the Library of Congress. The collection documents the history, cultural aspects and geological formations of areas that eventually became National Parks and includes some 200 maps dating from the 17th century to the present. A nice virtual exhibit with many pdf and downloadable digital files of the maps.
Imagery Data Base NPS/USGS Vegetation Mapping Project NPS/USGS National Burn Severity Mapping (GeoSpatial One-Stop) Internet Guide to GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Census Bureau Geographic Products and Information University of Edinburgh - GIS Dictionary US Geological Survey - GIS Tutorial

Other web links

ESRI (early industry leader in GIS; Ohio office in New Albany)
(under industry tab are several categories with links, e.g. natural resources; under services find “Disaster Response and Assistance” with Earthquakes, Floods, Hurricanes and Cyclones, Severe Weather, and Wildfires links)