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May 2014

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Latest West Virginia, New Jersey and Georgia Quads Available: New US Topo maps for West Virginia (418 quads), New Jersey (150 quads) and Georgia (952 quads) have been posted to the USGS Map Locator & Downloader and are also accessible through The National Map Viewer. The new maps feature a new design that was launched earlier this year. The new design presents a crisper and cleaner presentation which enhances the readability of the maps for online and printer use. http://on.doi.gov/1ihKlaJ

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Floating With Your Computer: With more than 2.9 billion miles of water traced in just eight months of operation, the highly popular "Streamer" just got better. Streamer is an easy to use, on-line mapping program that traces rivers and streams from any starting point all the way downstream to where the stream drains. Streamer also produces a report that includes a map of information about the people and places encountered along the traced stream. To learn about the product improvement and user endorsements, go to the Top Story at the USGS website: http://on.doi.gov/1ij5uQ2

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Alaska Mapping on TV: USGS Geospatial Liaison Becci Anderson was featured in a story on the Anchorage regional evening news. The report focused on the new US Topo maps for Alaska as part of the Alaska Mapping Initiative. The broadcast also featured an USGS geologist who explained the benefits of the new elevation data on the maps. http://bit.ly/1iztMkU

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TNM Services Webinar: The USGS National Geospatial Technical Operations Center sponsored an interactive webinar titled "Using The National Map services to enable your web and mobile mapping efforts" on April 30. The webinar was well attended and aimed at developers, firms, or organizations that use geospatial data in their mobile or web applications. Event recording, slides and transcripts are available at the webinar website; http://bit.ly/Swryhg

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3DEP in the News:

  • Webinar: Conversation with the USGS - The National 3D Elevation Program (3DEP): Vicki Lukas, Chief of USGS Topographic Data Services, was interviewed by Lewis Graham of GeoCue Group for a webinar on the national 3D elevation program (3DEP) initiative. 3DEP is designed to provide the first high resolution elevation data coverage for the country. This initiative is being developed by the USGS to respond to the growing need for high-quality topographic data and other three-dimensional representations of the Nation's natural and constructed features. The webinar was held on April 29 and a recording is available at: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/905763903
  • Laser Maps Reveal Slide Risk: A recent report in The Seattle Times described how "light detection and ranging" technology lidar works and how it may assist in landslide prediction in the future. USGS scientists Craig Weaver and Ralph Huagerud provided background and quotes for the article. The story also includes an interactive mapping tool that allows the reader to see before and after lidar maps of the Oso landside area.
  • ArcNews Reports: Larry Sugarbaker, Senior Adviser to the USGS National Geospatial Program, provided an in-depth interview for an article that appears in the most recent edition of ArcNews. Titled, "US Geological Survey to Lead Ambitious 3D Elevation Program" goes through the history of the 3DEP initiative, the Program goals and benefit. Additionally, Larry is featured on an engaging podcast that discusses the advances in lidar and geospatial technologies.

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New Hydro Tools: The USGS has released a web-based geospatial services known as the Hydrography Event Management (HEM) Tools that allow users to create, edit, and display geospatial markers, called Events, that are referenced to the National Hydrography Dataset (NHD). Events can be customized by the user to represent nearly any water-related feature. Some examples of Events include streamgages, scenic or impaired stretches of river, fish passage barriers, toxic spills, or put-ins/take-outs for boats. For this initial release, users can customize their own HEM Web edit tool using a sample application and the required web services. http://bit.ly/R7RvCB

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LA and NM 3DEP Fact Sheets: Increasing the pace of production, he 3D Elevation Program or 3DEP has added two more states to its rapidly growing selection of state-specific fact sheets that features the applications, benefits, and examples of 3DEP. This data is critical in such fields as agriculture, precision farming, natural resources conservation, flood risk management, infrastructure and construction management, water supply and quality, and other business uses. The Louisiana 3DEP Fact Sheet and New Mexico 3DEP Fact Sheet join the mounting list of 24 state Fact Sheets. All are available for viewing and download from The National Map website.

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April 2014

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NHD Newsletter: The most recent edition of the NHD Newsletter has been posted. The monthly bulletin highlights some of the USGS hydrography presentations as part of the 48th annual Alaska Surveying and Mapping Conference, new hydrography tools and other current NHD related news. Newsletter readers are encouraged to send in articles on their work to help spread the word of how the NHD and WBD are contributing to water management and science. To view past newsletters go to http://nhd.usgs.gov/newsletter_list.html

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VGI Drives The National Map Corps: Elizabeth McCartney, the USGS lead for The National Map Corps, penned an article titled, "Volunteered Geographic Information Drives USGS National Map Corps", which appears in the recent edition of The Summit magazine (page 2). The article follows the history of the VGI project, current status of the initiative and the award winning recognition program.

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Eclipsed 2,900! The National Map Twitter site recently surpassed 2,918 followers. Thanks to all who have joined us on @USGSTNM. Are you part? If not, sign up today and participate in the conversation!

US Topo Update: Production and release of the USGS's new series of digital topographic maps, the US Topo started in October 2009. In October 2012, the project met its very aggressive long term goal of replacing all quads in the lower 48 states in three years with the new GeoPDF maps. Thus, the second cycle of US Topo map production has started, beginning with Kansas. Also, all previous "Digital Map–Beta" products have been removed from distribution. The National Geospatial Technical Operations Center reports the following US Topo maps are loaded to the Map Locator of the USGS Store (as of 06-09-14):
  • Kansas: 100% complete - 1,403 quadrangles
  • Oklahoma: 100% complete - 1,149 quadrangles
  • Texas: 100% complete - 4,208 quadrangles
  • New York: 100% complete - 972 quadrangles
  • Kentucky: 100% complete - 671 quadrangles
  • Tennessee: 100% complete - 694 quadrangles
  • Iowa: 100% complete - 1.011 quadrangles
  • Indiana: 100% complete - 640 quadrangles
  • North Carolina: 100% complete - 883 quadrangles
  • Virginia: 100% complete - 729 quadrangles
  • Pennsylvania: 100% complete - 804 quadrangles
  • Wisconsin: 100% complete - 1,109 quadrangles
  • Colorado: 100% complete - 1,794 quadrangles
  • Minnesota: 100% complete - 1,689 quadrangles
  • Puerto Rico/Virgin Islands: 100% complete - 97 quadrangles
  • Alaska: 4% complete - 412 quadrangles (estimated total maps when complete: 11,275)
  • Ohio: 100% complete - 748 quadrangles
  • New Mexico: 100% complete - 1,980 quadrangles
  • Idaho: 100% complete - 1,563 quadrangles
  • Washington: 100% complete - 1,446 quadrangles
  • Utah: 100% complete - 1,476 quadrangles
  • West Virginia: 100% complete - 418 quadrangles
  • New Jersey: 100% complete - 150 quadrangles
  • Georgia: 100% complete - 952 quadrangles
  • North Dakota: 100% complete - 1,402 quadrangles
  • Delaware: 100% complete - 38 quadrangles
  • Maryland: 100% complete - 213 quadrangles
  • Montana: 100% compete - 2,913 quadrangles

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You Can Contribute to National Mapping: This April marks the one year anniversary of the USGS's The National Map Corps (TNMCorps) transition from a small regional pilot project in the heart of Denver, Colo., into a very successful nation-wide project. During the past year, civilian volunteers in every state have increasingly provided accurate mapping data to the The National Map. Some numbers: 1,422 volunteers; 33,698 points edited; 18 volunteers who have earned more than 500 points. Earn points, get badges! http://on.doi.gov/1heH7y1

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US Topo maps on Google: USGS National Geospatial Program Director Mark DeMulder, in a guest blog on the Google Enterprise website, announced that the Google Maps Gallery is now featuring US Topo maps. The interactive application allows the user to pick a location and select the desired quadrangles. The quads are downloaded directly from the USGS in GeoPDF format and can be manipulated using freely provided commercial mapping tools. The USGS is working with Google to make sure the application points to the most up to date versions of the maps. http://bit.ly/1rKroQo

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Latest Utah Quads Available: More than 1,475 newly revised US Topo maps for Utah have been posted to the USGS Map Locator & Downloader and accessible through The National Map viewer. The revised maps feature new road data from Nokia. The new maps also include Public Land Survey System (PLSS) data. The PLSS is a way of subdividing and describing land in the United States. All lands in the public domain are subject to subdivision by this rectangular system of surveys, which is regulated by the U.S. Department of the Interior. Other selected states will begin getting the new transportation and PLSS map data during their next respective revision cycle. http://on.doi.gov/1nX4buM

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KY, ME, MO, MT, OR & TN 3DEP Fact Sheets: Increasing the pace of production, he 3D Elevation Program or 3DEP has added six more states to its rapidly growing selection of state-specific fact sheets that features the applications, benefits, and examples of 3DEP. This data is critical in such fields as agriculture, precision farming, natural resources conservation, flood risk management, infrastructure and construction management, water supply and quality, and other business uses. The Kentucky 3DEP Fact Sheet, the Maine 3DEP Fact Sheet, the Missouri 3DEP Fact Sheet, the Montana 3DEP Fact Sheet, the Oregon 3DEP Fact Sheet, and the Tennessee 3DEP Fact Sheet join the mounting list of 21 state Fact Sheets. All are available for viewing and download from The National Map website.

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Exploring Moab With New Maps: The US Topo map and Historical Topographic Map Collection websites have updated the interactive map application on those home pages. The new series features 10 topographic maps of the Moab, Utah area. These flash thumbnails of original scanned maps display all available versions of the Moab quadrangles from 1885 to the present in an animated format. The display allows the user to view the maps in chronological order, access larger version of the map and go directly to the download services. http://1.usa.gov/jtRGVx, http://1.usa.gov/HgbHNw

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ASPRS Elections: USGS Physical Scientist Jason Stoker has been elected as the Assistant Director of the Lidar Division of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS). Jason is currently at the Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center and is former Director of the USGS Center for Lidar Information Coordination and Knowledge (CLICK). He has been a conference keynote speaker for ASPRS and guest editor for Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing (PE&RS), the Journal of the Imaging and Geospatial Information Society. Additionally, USGS Research Physical Scientist Lynn Usery, who was elected as the ARPRS Vice President last year, has been elevated to President-Elect. http://bit.ly/1dNRaj4

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NHD Newsletter: The most recent edition of the NHD Newsletter has been posted. The monthly bulletin highlights people and programs involved in the National Hydrography Dataset and Watershed Boundary Dataset. To this point, more than 740 pages of information have been written about these programs. Newsletter readers are encouraged to send in articles on their work to help spread the word of how the NHD and WBD are contributing to water management and science. To view past newsletters go to http://nhd.usgs.gov/newsletter_list.html

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March 2014

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The National Map and National Atlas Merge: During this year, National Atlas of the United States and The National Map will transition into a combined single source for geospatial and cartographic information. This transformation is projected to streamline access to maps, data and information from the USGS National Geospatial Program (NGP). This action will prioritize our civilian mapping role and consolidate core investments while maintaining top-quality customer service. http://on.doi.gov/1bS7luv

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National Scenic Trails Added to Washington State Maps: Newly released US Topo maps for Washington State will feature segments of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail and Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail; two of 11 National Scenic Trails in the U.S. The USGS partnered with the National Forest Service, State and citizen alliances to incorporate these trails onto the 1,446 new US Topo quadrangles. The maps can be downloaded for free at: http://nationalmap.gov/ustopo/ News Release: http://on.doi.gov/1okjADg

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Border Waters: The U.S. and Canada recently completed a trans-continental project to join digital surface waters along the International Boundary. This linking of water systems data makes it easier to solve cross-border water quality issues and improve environmental coordination. The principle agencies involved in this effort are the USGS and Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), with oversight by the International Joint Commission (IJC). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Agricultural Foods Canada, and Environment Canada also participated throughout the process. http://on.doi.gov/N9WTDp

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NHD in the News: USGS Physical Scientist Pater Steeves was interviewed for, and quoted in an article in the Montana Missoulian. The feature titled, "USGS releases watershed maps that cross U.S. - Canada border", highlights the real benefits of the USGS and Canadian border "harmonization" project.

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New York and Maryland 3DEP Fact Sheets: The 3D Elevation Program or 3DEP has added the "Empire State" and "The Old Line State" to its growing selection of state-specific fact sheets that features the applications, benefits, and examples of 3DEP. This data is critical in such fields as agriculture, precision farming, natural resources conservation, flood risk management, infrastructure and construction management, water supply and quality, and other business uses. The New York 3DEP Fact Sheet and the Maryland 3DEP Fact Sheet join the growing list of 15 total state Fact Sheets. All are available for viewing and download from The National Map website.

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3DEP in the News:

  • National Geospatial Program Director Mark DeMulder and senior NGP advisor Larry Sugarbaker were interviewed for and quoted in the February 27 edition of Government Computer News. The article titled, "Alaska's scale put USGS mapping systems to the test" looks at the advantages and challenges of the collection of Lidar and Ifsar data through the 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) over the U.S. and especially Alaska.
  • DeMulder, Sugarbaker and 3DEP were also featured in a February 20 GCN article labeled, "Flood-risk planners await next-generation laser mapping".

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The National Map Corps in the News: Shawana Johnson, the President of Global Marketing Insights cited the USGS "crowdsouring" project during an interview with the most recent edition of Earth Imaging Journal. She noted that the growing project has resulted in improving map data and government/private sector relations even in an era of budgetary restrictions.

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New NGAC Appointments: Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell has appointed 17 new and continuing members to the National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC). The advisory committee provides recommendations on geospatial policy and management issues to the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC), the interagency executive group responsible for providing leadership and direction in federal geospatial programs.

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January 2014

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Demand for Elevation Data: National Geospatial Program geographers David Saghy and Allyson Jason were quoted in an article titled, "Demand for Elevation Data is on the Rise" in the January 2014 edition of Point of Beginning (POB) Magazine, p. 14. The report highlighted the benefits 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) to a wide variety of management, hazards and infrastructure matters. It also discusses the interagency cooperation and involvement in the developing program.

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Has the Grand Teton Grown?: USGS geographer Steve Reiter was quoted in feature story "It's the same old Grand, only now it's 5 feet grander" that appeared in the Jackson Hole News & Guide. The story looks at a recent release of information indicating that official height of the Grand Teton is now 13,775 feet - up from the previous 13,770 feet. The column further describes the height difference in not a result of mountain growth or new technology, but is due to a more accurate definition of mean sea level, known as the National Geodetic Vertical Datum of 1988 (NAVD88).

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December 2013

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Crowd-Sourcing the Nation update: The National Map Corps (TNMCorps) has just passed an exciting milestone. Using crowd-sourcing techniques, the USGS' Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) project has surpassed 25,000 manmade feature edits since 2011. Structures being updated include schools, hospitals, post offices, police stations and other important public buildings. Tools on TNMCorps web site explain how a volunteer can edit any area, regardless of their familiarity with the selected structures. Becoming a volunteer for TNMCorps is easy; go to The National Map Corps web site to learn more and to sign up as a volunteer. Participants are enrolled in a recognition program that awards "virtual" badges to volunteers as they submit map edits. http://on.doi.gov/1dODMX8

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Latest Idaho and New Mexico Quads Available: New US Topo maps for Idaho (1,563 quads) and New Mexico (1,980 quads) have been posted to the USGS Map Locator & Downloader and accessible through The National Map viewer. The new maps also include Public Land Survey System (PLSS) data. The PLSS is a way of subdividing and describing land in the United States. All lands in the public domain are subject to subdivision by this rectangular system of surveys, which is regulated by the U.S. Department of the Interior. Other selected states will begin getting PLSS map data during their next respective revision cycle. http://on.doi.gov/1dOSwcl

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South Dakota 3DEP Fact Sheet: The 3D Elevation Program or 3DEP has added the "Mount Rushmore" state to its growing selection of state-specific fact sheets that feature the applications, benefits, and examples of 3DEP. This data is critical in such fields as agriculture, precision farming, natural resources conservation, flood risk management, infrastructure and construction management, water supply and quality, and other business uses. The South Dakota 3DEP Fact Sheet, along with the preceding 12 state Fact Sheets, are available for viewing and download from The National Map website.

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America's Oldest Capital - New Maps: The US Topo map and Historical Topographic Map Collection websites have updated the interactive map application to those home pages. The new series features 11 topographic maps of the Santa Fe, New Mexico area, the oldest capital in the US. The maps range from 1889 to the present and include a PLSS layer. These flash thumbnails of original scanned maps display all available versions of the Santa Fe quadrangles in an animated format. The display allows the user to view the maps in chronological order, access larger version of the map and go directly to the download services. http://1.usa.gov/jtRGVx, http://1.usa.gov/HgbHNw

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Thirteen Years of Publication: The December edition of the NHD Newsletter marks the start of the thirteenth year of publication. The monthly bulletin has highlighted people and programs involved in the National Hydrography Dataset and Watershed Boundary Dataset. To this point, more than 720 pages of information have been written about these programs. Newsletter readers are encouraged to send in articles on their work to help spread the word of how the NHD and WBD are contributing to water management and science. To view past newsletters go to http://nhd.usgs.gov/newsletter_list.html

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Florida 3DEP Fact Sheet: The 3D Elevation Program or 3DEP has added the "Sunshine" state to its growing selection of state-specific fact sheets that feature the applications, benefits, and examples of 3DEP. This data is critical in such fields as agriculture, precision farming, natural resources conservation, flood risk management, infrastructure and construction management, water supply and quality, and other business uses. The Florida 3DEP Fact Sheet, along with the preceding 11 state Fact Sheets, are available for viewing and download from The National Map website.

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November 2013

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New Buckeye Maps: The USGS, in cooperation with other Federal agencies, has posted new Ohio US Topo quadrangles (748 maps) which include partial Public Land Survey System (PLSS). Ohio is the first state east of the Mississippi River to have PLSS data added to US Topo maps, joining Wyoming and Colorado in the west. The PLSS is a way of subdividing and describing land in the United States. All lands in the public domain are subject to subdivision by this rectangular system of surveys, which is regulated by the U.S. Department of the Interior. Other selected states will begin getting PLSS map data during the next respective revision cycle. http://on.doi.gov/1drcmXu

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Henry Gannett Award: Dr. Cynthia Brewer, an affiliate faculty member who works with the USGS Center of Excellence for Geospatial Information Science, has been awarded the 2013 Henry Gannett Award. The award, presented by the National Geospatial Program, recognizes exceptional contributions to topographic mapping. Dr. Brewer is cited for her involvement in the development of new symbology for the US Topo map project. Additionally, Dr. Brewer directly involves students, both at the graduate and undergraduate level at Penn State University, in her designs and research work, providing a foundation, education and training for the next generation of mapping professionals. http://on.doi.gov/1hIiJvo

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Where is Frazeyburg, Ohio? The US Topo map and Historical Topographic Map Collection websites have updated the interactive map application to their home pages. The new series is nine topographic maps of the Dresden, Ohio area maps - ranging from 1910 to the present. The earliest version of the map is centered on Frazeyburg. These flash thumbnails of original scanned maps display all available versions of the featured state quadrangles in an animated format. The display allows the user to view the maps in chronological order, access larger "browse" versions of each map, and go directly to the download services. http://1.usa.gov/jtRGVx, http://1.usa.gov/HgbHNw

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More Than 100 Tweets: To support the recognition program for The National Map Corps Volunteer Geographic Information project, The National Map twitter site (@USGSTNM) has posted more than 100 tweets featuring "citizen scientists" who have earned virtual badges. Volunteers that register on TNMCorps VGI website can select and edit structures in a given area and then receive points. As contributors gain more points, they earn increasing significant, mapping related, virtual badges. To recognize the data providers, their "handle" is featured on TNMCorps member website and TNM twitter site. The process is simple and anyone can be an editor. So, join in earns some props!

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Alabama 3DEP Fact Sheet: The 3D Elevation Program or 3DEP has added the "Yellowhammer" state to the collection of state-specific fact sheets that feature the applications, benefits, and examples of 3DEP. This data is critical in such areas as agriculture, precision farming, natural resources conservation, flood risk management, infrastructure and construction management, water supply and quality, and other business uses. The Alabama 3DEP Fact Sheet, along with the preceding 10 state Fact Sheets, are available for viewing and download from The National Map website.

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Let's Talk Turkey Across the Landscape: For Thanksgiving connections to the names of America's places, check out the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS), the national database for standard geographic names. According to the GNIS database, the word "Turkey" appears in Virginia 83 times, Missouri at 118, and 150 instanes on maps of Oklahoma. Texas is the state with the most "Turkey" placenames at nearly 190. So, what's interesting about Thanksgiving names in your state? Or maybe you'd like to find geographic names that match your family name. You can begin looking through the Geographic Names Information System web portal. Complete story: http://on.doi.gov/1ejT4Ur

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Happy GIS Day: Just in time for GIS Day, the latest Top Story added to the USGS main website features updates to exciting mapping and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) initiatives as part of the National Geospatial Program. Those projects include the production and availability of new US Topo maps for Alaska, the increasing growth of the 3-Dimensional Elevation Program (3DEP), the continued improvement of the US Topo map program and a look at the Historical Topographic Map Collection. Also, the article mentions noteworthy participation in other mapping outreach efforts like Geologic Map Day. http://on.doi.gov/1gNvK5w

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New US Topo Fact Sheet: A new fact sheet, titled "US Topo - Topographic Maps for the Nation" has been posted and published. US Topo maps are the next generation of maps. As a digital product, they provide modern technical advantages that support faster, wider public distribution and enable basic, on-screen geographic analysis for all users. National coverage (less Alaska) was completed as of Sept 2012. The program is now on it's second revision cycle. The new US Topo quadrangles are available for free download from the USGS Map Locator and Downloader.

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Trivia Challenge: Which famous explorer was the second director of the USGS? For the answer to this - and other fun science trivia question - go to: http://www.science.gov/trivia. The USGS, as part of 15 Federal science and research agencies who make up the Science.gov alliance, is sponsoring "trivia challenge" questions that are posted on the Science.gov Twitter site. To get the answer to these questions, you will be taken to the Science.gov Trivia Challenge page, where you can get the correct answer, more details and see previous questions from other agencies. So, go ahead, and take the challenge!

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Texas and California 3DEP Fact Sheets: The 3D Elevation Program or 3DEP has added the "Lone Star State" and the "Golden State" to the collection of state-specific fact sheets that feature the applications, benefits, and examples of 3DEP. This data is critical in such areas as agriculture, precision farming, natural resources conservation, flood risk management, infrastructure and construction management, water supply and quality, and other business uses. The TX 3DEP Fact Sheet and CA 3DEP Fact Sheet, along with the preceding eight state Fact Sheets, are available for viewing and download from The National Map website.

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VGI and the 4-H: Erin Koris, the technical lead for The National Map Corps Volunteer Geographic Information project and Rob Dollison, the lead for The National Map Viewer recently provided hands-on geospatial training to select 4-H affiliated teachers and students at the 4-H Youth Summit of Geospatial Technologies. Mark DeMulder, Director of the National Geospatial Program, provided the conference keynote. The training was a lead up to the 4-H National Youth Science Day, which was held on the Mall, Oct 9, 2013. The event theme, "4-H Maps & Apps" highlighted the USGS VGI program and was a critical part of the National Science Experiment for 2013.

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September 2013

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Mount McKinley Not Shrinking: Alaska Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell, while addressing the International Map Collectors Society, stated that Mt. McKinley was 83 feet shorter that previously thought, and cited USGS data as the source. A resulting article in the Anchorage Daily News, and ensuing articles by Reuters and the Associated Press, caused a media storm. Within two days, more than 500 major media outlets printed or broadcast versions of the story. To clarify the issue, Kari Craun, the Director of the National Geospatial Technical Operations Center, fielded several media interviews to place the issue into perspective and simply explain that the USGS is not disputing the current "spot" Denali elevation of 20,320 feet. A National Geographic article is a good, fairly simple narrative to summarize the matter as a more official response is being drafted for placement on the Alaska Mapping Initiative website.

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Bringing Home the Gold: The USGS was awarded the gold medal at the recent International Map and Trade Association "Americas" Conference in Boston. The marketing and communications plan for, and subsequent execution of, The National Map Corps (#TNMCorps) Crowdsourcing or Volunteer Geographic Information project garnered first place in the "Best Marketing or Promotional Program" category. TNMCorps structures program went nation-wide in mid-August and now has nearly 940 volunteers who have contributed more than 16,900 points. The volunteer process is easy, with virtual awards available for participation. Sign up today and give it a try!

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Alaska and Minnesota 3DEP Fact Sheets: The "Frontier State" and the "Land of 10,000 Lakes" have been added to the collection of state-specific Fact Sheets that feature the applications, benefits, and examples of 3D elevation data or 3DEP. This data is critical in such areas as agriculture, precision farming, natural resources conservation, flood risk management, infrastructure and construction management, water supply and quality, and other business uses. The AK 3DEP Fact Sheet and MN 3DEP Fact Sheet, along with the preceding six state Fact Sheets, are available for viewing and downloading from The National Map website.

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New maps for Colorado and Minnesota, with CO FS trails: Updated US Topo quadrangles covering Colorado (1,794 maps) and Minnesota (1,689 maps) are now available and replace the first edition US Topo maps for those states. For the first time, the new Colorado US Topo quads include recreational trails in National Forests, provided by the U.S. Forest Service. The new maps also feature a crisper, cleaner design - enhancing readability of maps for online and printed use. http://on.doi.gov/1d7Uz7H

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Redrawing America: The USGS support of Hurricane Sandy relief and the employment of new technologies were cited in a recent feature titled, "A Huge Laser-Mapping Project Is Redrawing America". The article also discussed increasing use of lidar (light detection and imaging radar) and the emerging 3D Elevation Program.

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Where is Mount Massive? The US Topo map and Historical Topographic Map Collection websites have updated the interactive map application to their home pages. The new series is 12 topographic maps of the Mount Massive, Colorado area maps - ranging from 1889 to the present. Earlier versions of the map include Leadville and Mount Elbert. These flash thumbnails of original scanned maps display all available versions of the featured state quadrangles in an animated format. The display allows the user to view the maps in chronological order, access larger versions and the map and go directly to the download services. http://1.usa.gov/82461k, http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Thumbnail image of a survey party somewhere in Alaska Alaska US Topo Maps Announced: The first 400-plus new US Topo maps for Alaska are now accessible and are the beginning of a multi-year project, ultimately leading to more than 11,000 new maps for the entire state. The goal of the Alaska Mapping Initiative is the production of a complete series of digital topographical maps at a scale of 1:25,000 to replace the 1:63,360-scale maps produced more than 50 years ago. Prior to this effort, topographical maps for much of Alaska were out of date and not produced to current standards, which rely largely on high resolution digital imagery and elevation data. The accurate data of these new maps are essential to the responsible economic and industrial development of Alaska, the preservation of human life and safety, and the advancement of scientific discovery and physical science. Updated Alaska digital map data and US Topo maps over Alaska are available for free download to the general public.

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We Will Rock You - Geologic Map Day: The USGS is again partnering with the American Geosciences Institute, the Association for American State Geologists and others to promote the importance of geologic mapping to society by celebrating the 2nd annual Geologic Map Day on October 18, as a part of the Earth Science Week 2013 activities. Geologic maps are vital to education, science, business, and public policy concerns. Geologic Map Day will focus the attention of students, teachers, and the general public on the study, uses, and significance of these tools, by engaging audiences through educational activities, print materials, online resources, and public outreach opportunities. More info: http://www.usgs.gov/newsroom/article.asp?ID=3695

Thumbnail image of beach damage in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy Post Sandy Mapping: The USGS, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) are using emergency supplemental funds provided by Congress in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy to survey coastal waters and shorelines in order to update East Coast land maps and nautical charts. The USGS will collect very high-resolution elevation data to support scientific studies related to the hurricane recovery and rebuilding activities, watershed planning and resource management. The elevation data will become part of a new initiative, called the 3D Elevation Program, to systematically acquire improved, high-resolution elevation data across the nation. There were at least 147 direct deaths recorded across the Atlantic basin due to Sandy and damage estimates are near $50 billion, making #HurricaneSandy the second-costliest cyclone to hit the United States since 1900. News Release: http://on.doi.gov/14yeCqd

Thumbnail image of damaged beach home as the result of Hurricane Sandy Lasers and Post-Sandy Maps: National Geospatial Program (NGP) Director Mark DeMulder and senior NGP advisor Larry Sugarbaker were featured in a recent news brief distributed by the Associated Press. The article, titled "How Lasers Will Give the U.S. East Coast Precise New Post-Sandy Maps", explains the use and benefits of lidar (light detection and ranging) technology for Post-Sandy research and many other earth science applications. The results of the research will eventually be added to the 3D Elevation Program (3DEP). http://bit.ly/1e0q4V3

Thumbnail image of a sample of lidar elevation data New State 3DEP Fact Sheets: Four more states have been added to the collection of state-specific Fact Sheet to feature the applications, benefits, and examples of 3D elevation data or 3DEP. Those states are Washington, Idaho, Virginia and Colorado. This data is critical in such areas as agriculture, precision farming, natural resources conservation, flood risk management, infrastructure and construction management, water supply and quality, and other business uses. The Fact Sheets are available for viewing and downloading from The National Map website.

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August 2013

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Crowd-Sourcing the Nation: Now a National Effort. The National Map Corps (#TNMCorps), continues to expand its crowd-sourcing of geographic data and is seeking volunteers nation-wide to contribute structures information. The project encourages citizens to collect structures data by adding new features, removing obsolete points, and correcting existing data for The National Map database. Structures being mapped in the project include schools, hospitals, post offices, police stations and other important public buildings. The project also includes a recognition program that awards "virtual" badges to volunteers and has shown great success. Free to join and participate, no mapping experience necessary! http://on.doi.gov/16Nrsmy

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Scenic Trails added to new maps: Hiker and biker alert! The newly released US Topo maps for Wisconsin feature the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. The Trail follows the edge of the most recent continental glacier as it traveled south through the upper Midwest and is world-renowned as one of the best places to see the variety of landforms that resulted from glaciation. Several of the 1,109 new Wisc US Topo quadrangles display parts of the 640 miles of established Ice Age Trail segments. These new maps replace the first edition US Topo maps for the state and are available for free download from The National Map and the USGS Map Locator & Downloader website.

Image of a theodolite, symbolizing a level of recognition within the TNMCorps VGI project

Top TNMCorps Award: Don Kloker, a very active volunteer with The National Map Corps, has reached the program's top recognition badge, the Theodolite Assemblage, after contributing more than 2,000 points!! "I enjoy mapping structures, it's a unique combination of validating structures from aerial photography and web-based sources," says Kloker, "My structures contributions have provided me with an excellent geography lesson and I have learned many things about communities that I most likely would not have been otherwise able to experience." Please join Don in helping us to update The National Map!

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Mapping 111 Years of Norfolk: The US Topo map and Historical Topographic Map Collection websites have added an interactive map application to their home pages. The flash thumbnails of original scanned maps display all available versions of the featured state quadrangles in an animated format. The display allows the user to view the maps in chronological order, access larger versions and the map and go directly to the download services. The new series is 12 topographic maps of Norfolk, Virginia area maps - ranging from 1902 to the present. http://1.usa.gov/82461k, http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

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New State 3DEP Fact Sheets: Rhode Island is the second state to have a state-specific Fact Sheet to feature the applications, benefits, and examples of 3D elevation data. This data is critical in such areas as agriculture, precision farming, natural resources conservation, flood risk management, infrastructure and construction management, water supply and quality, and other business uses. The Fact Sheets are available for viewing and downloading from The National Map website. http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2013/3040/

USTopo 2014 workplan

Nearly 3,900 New Maps Available: To keep pace with a rapid schedule and increasing demand, the USGS has posted new US Topo quadrangles covering Indiana (640 maps), Iowa (1,011 maps), North Carolina (833 maps), Pennsylvania (798 maps) and Virginia (596 maps) which are available for free download. These latest quads feature the new design and replace the first edition US Topo maps for those states. The replaced maps will be added to the USGS Historical Topographic Map Collection and are also available for free download. http://on.doi.gov/17ek42b

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On the Radio: USGS Graphics Specialist Kristen Fishburn was interviewed by Jodi Henke, host of "Living the Country Life" for a segment titled, "Reading a Topographic Map". The radio program is the largest rural radio network in the nation and airs twice daily on more than 300 stations in 37 states. The program aired the week of June 3. http://www.livingthecountrylife.com/country-life/reading-topographic-map/

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Mapping On the Radio: Kevin Gallagher, Associate Director of the Core Science Systems (CSS) at the USGS, which encompasses the National Geospatial Program (NGP), was featured on Federal News Radio. Kevin interview included the Alaska Mapping Initiative, the 3D Elevation Program (3DEP), highlighting the geospatial platform and new data management strategies. The title of the program is, "USGS mashing up data to create new views of the country."

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Trivia Challenge: What is the largest volcano on Earth? For the answer to this - and other fun science trivia question - go to: http://www.science.gov/trivia .The USGS, as part of 15 Federal science and research agencies who make up the Science.gov alliance, is sponsoring "trivia challenge" questions that are posted on the Science.gov Twitter site. To get the answer to these questions, you will be taken to the Science.gov Trivia Challenge page, where you can get the correct answer, more details and see previous questions from other agencies. So, go ahead, and take the challenge!

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VGI "Top Story": The National Map Corps (TNMCorps) volunteer geographic information (VGI) project is a featured "Top Story" on the USGS main website. Titled, "USGS Needs YOU! Help Our National Mapping Efforts By Adding Your Community's Landmarks and Buildings", the story and graphics give greater detail to the soon-to-be national effort. The article provides information on how citizens can volunteer to gather structures data and also highlights the "recognition" program, where volunteers can earn virtual "badges" of increasing importance by earning points for data submission.

Screenshot from Streamers application featuring the Mississippi River Basin

"Streamer" Launched: National Atlas of the United States® has released a new on-line service called Streamer. Streamer is a new way to visualize and understand water flow across America. With Streamer you can explore our Nation's major streams by tracing upstream to their source or downstream to where they empty. In addition to making maps, Streamer creates reports about your stream traces and the places they pass through simply by picking a point on a stream. The reports include hydrographic and political features encountered along each trace, as well as USGS streamflow gaging stations. http://go.usa.gov/jjc6

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June 2013

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Crowd-Sourcing the Nation - More States Added: The USGS volunteer mapping program known as The National Map Corps (TNMCorps) has added 16 more states to the data collection effort. The program encourages citizens to collect and update structures data such as schools, hospitals, post offices, police stations and other important public buildings to augment The National Map. New states: Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, and Wyoming, bringing the total number of states available for updating to 35. The tools on TNMCorps website explain how a volunteer can edit any area, regardless of where they live. Rewards are available to participants. News Release.

St.Louis cold case

Mapping Solves Cold Case: Aerial images from the USGS were cited as critical in a story about a 30-year-old St. Louis murder investigation in the June 18 edition of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. http://bit.ly/10ybrm1

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New State 3DEP Fact Sheets: Wisconsin is the first state to have a state-specific Fact Sheet to feature the applications, benefits, and examples of 3D elevation data. This data is critical in such areas as agriculture, precision farming, natural resources conservation, flood risk management, infrastructure and construction management, water supply and quality, and other business uses. The Fact Sheets are available for viewing and downloading from The National Map website. http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2013/3032

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NED Release: The June update of the National Elevation Dataset (NED) 1-, 1/3- and 1/9-arc-second collections have been posted. This release incorporates 16,439 square miles of new light detection and ranging (lidar) data into the NED 1/9-arc-second layer primarily over CONUS. The NED 1- and 1/3-arc-second layers were updated with 10,338 square miles of migrated high-resolution source data and 3,776 square miles of 5-meter Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (ifsar) source data over Alaska. The update also includes 6,023 square miles of topobathymetric data centering over the San Francisco Bay, California. All NED data are available via The National Map Viewer: http://viewer.nationalmap.gov/viewer/

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May 02, 2013

Image of a theodolite, symbolizing a level of recognition within the TNMCorps VGI project.

Find Points, Get Points: To recognize the important work being done by volunteers who are providing mapping data to The National Map, The USGS The National Map Corps is launching a recognition program based on the number of points a volunteer contributes. Levels of recognition are displayed in the form of icons or badges of antique catalog drawings of different and increasingly sophisticated pieces of surveying equipment. As a volunteer attains each level, a congratulations email is sent, and the accomplishments are recognized via The National Map Twitter site (#TNMCorps) and the USGS Facebook page. http://go.usa.gov/bacT

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New maps and new design covering Kentucky and Tennessee: US Topo maps now have a crisper, cleaner design - enhancing readability of maps for online and printed use. Map symbols are easier to read over the digital aerial photograph layer, layer order, and annotation fonts, and adjustable transparency are just some of the many additional new features. Coverage of Kentucky and Tennessee highlight this new design. All quadrangles are available for free download at the USGS Map Store website. http://go.usa.gov/TtjB

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New Video—US Topo Maps: The US Topo project team has released a new six-minute video explaining the map product basics; what it is, how to access it and how to use it. The short video also demonstrates map layers and content in GeoPDF, the use of the free-for-download TerraGo Tools and how to open Metadata. A link to the video can be found on the US Topo website and The National Map website under "videos".

Thumbnail of Chattanooga, TN, historical map, dating back to 1888.

Chattanooga Maps Featured: The US Topo and Historical Topographic Map Collection websites have added an interactive map application to their home pages. The flash thumbnails of original scanned maps display all available versions of the featured state quadrangles in an animated format. The display allows the user to view the maps in chronological order, access larger versions and the map and go directly to the download services. The new series is 12 topographic maps of the greater Chattanooga, TN area maps - ranging from 1888 to the present. http://1.usa.gov/82461k

Topo Data on the Go

"USGS Topo Data on the Go": Got a smart phone and want to use USGS topographic data for navigation? Now you can. The USGS has published information on how to leverage USGS topographic mapping data into mobile devices, and using the power of the device's GPS to find precise locations while hiking, biking, running or other outside activities. The National Map data is available on devices that are using the Android operation system or iOS. http://go.usa.gov/Tmne

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Sequestration Impacts: Mark DeMulder, the Director of the USGS National Mapping Program, responded to a query from GIM International asking about the impacts of sequestration on the USGS as well as the greater geomatics/geospatial community. The question was partly due to the postponement of this year's The National Map Users Conference and decreased participation in other geospatial related conferences and meetings because of reduced travel and sponsorship funds. http://bit.ly/ZWpDT5

NED, US

New elevation data released: The April 2013 update of the National Elevation Dataset (NED) 1-, 1/3- and 1/9-arc-second collections has been posted. The release incorporates 27,895 square miles of new light detection and ranging (LiDAR) data into the NED 1/9-arc-second layer primarily over CONUS. The NED 1- and 1/3-arc-second layers were updated with 54,762 square miles of migrated high resolution source data and 13,700 square miles of 5-meter Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (IFSAR) source data over Alaska. The update also includes topobathymetric data covering the North Carolina Outer Banks. April Release Notes. NED data are available via The National Map Viewer

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ASPRS Awards: The American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) recently presented the 2013 Outstanding Service Award to USGS scientist: George Y. G. Lee for his service as Technical Editor of the Manual of Photogrammetry and his dedicated efforts to fully endow the Francis H. Moffitt Memorial Scholarship. Also, USGS National Geospatial Technical Operations Center (NGTOC) Director Kari Craun was recognized for her achievements as part of a working group which developed guidelines for procurement of commercial geospatial mapping products. http://bit.ly/10W7SX7

USGS BISON map

New Database Maps Biodiversity: The UGS Biodiversity Information Serving Our Nation (BISON) system allows users - often land managers, researchers, refuge managers, citizen scientists, agriculture professionals, fisheries managers, water resource managers, educators and others - to search for hundreds of thousands of species records in search fields ranging from the entire country and U.S. territories down to specific towns or parks. BISON displays search results in list or interactive map formats, and each species occurrence point can be clicked on to find more information about who provided or collected the data. http://go.usa.gov/TETj

John Deere

Mapping Like a Deere: USGS representative Mark Newell was quoted and provided background for an article titled "Free maps, in seconds" for the recent edition of Homestead Magazine, published by Johne Deere (page 29). The short article describes the advances of the US Topo map program and how to download new quadrangles for free. http://bit.ly/18de6SD

LIDAR bridge

USGS Cited in GCN: The USGS-sponsored National Enhanced Elevation Assessment was referenced in the recent edition of Government Computer News. The study found that a national program of light detection and ranging (LiDAR) data collection could result in net benefits ranging from $116 - $620 million per year. Biggest savings would be found in flood risk management, infrastructure and construction management, natural resources conservation, agriculture and water supply management. http://bit.ly/13MZQwu

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April 10, 2013

Texas Ortho

New Maps for Texas & New York: The release of new maps covering Texas and New York continues the US Topo map revisions, updates and product improvement. The 4,309 quadrangles for Texas and 972 quads for New York replace the existing US Topo maps for those states, and will be added to the USGS Historical Topographic Map Collection. All of these maps are available for free download from The National Map and the USGS Map Store website. http://go.usa.gov/TxGV

VGI Phase I

Crowd-Sourcing the Nation: The USGS is expanding the involvement of volunteers to enhance data collection about structures for The National Map. This program, known as The National Map Corps, focuses on encouraging citizens to collect data relating to structures such as schools, hospitals, police stations and other important public places. Becoming a volunteer for TNMC is easy; go to the website to learn more and to sign up. First states: Arkansas, Alaska, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Maryland, Michigan, Montana, North Dakota, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Utah, Washington, West Virginia http://go.usa.gov/2tAP

Surveyors

New Users Guide: A new Users Guide for US Topo maps and the Historical Topographic Map Collection has been posted. The Guide, available as a downloadable PDF, features a "Quickstart" page at the beginning as well as detailed instructions for locating, downloading, manipulating and printing US Topo quadrangles and Historical maps - in a step-by-step fashion.

Sandy lidar graphic

Aerial Scans of Sandy's Destruction: USGS researchers coordinated and are analyzing before-and-after lidar images of Hurricane Sandy in at Ocean Bay Park on Fire Island National Seashore. The lidar data will check the accuracy of storm predictions, improve future USGS storm modeling and can help scientists and decision-makers identify the areas along the shore that have been made more vulnerable to future coastal hazards in the storm's wake. http://coastal.er.usgs.gov/hurricanes/sandy/lidar/

US Topo

Website Updated: In keeping with program progress, the US Topo website has undergone several updates to better serve its customers. Links to the US Topo map protype, the "Digital Map - Beta" have removed as the US Topo program is starting its second revision cycle of US Topo maps for the interior U.S. Also, the US Topo video has been added as well as a "US Topo News" page featuring current map status. Page navigation has been improved and Map Locator renovations and underway.

NAS Report

NAS Report: The National Academy of Sciences recently released a report on the USGS titled, "Advancing Strategic Science: A Spatial Data Infrastructure Roadmap for the U.S. Geological Survey". The report examines the USGS Science Strategy and supports the framework of spatial data, metadata, tools, and a user community that is interactively connected to use spatial data in an efficient and flexible way--known as a spatial data infrastructure (SDI) http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=13506

Thumbnail image of vintage Alaska map and link to USGS Historical Topographic Map Collection.

Last Frontier Historical Topo Maps: More than 8,000 historical topographic quadrangles, some dating back to 1899, covering all of Alaska have been released for free download. This recent addition to the Historical Topographic Map Collection provides a comprehensive landscape repository of our northernmost State and shows changes through time, providing essential clues critical in the understanding our Nation's development. http://go.usa.gov/YnRe

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March 18, 2013

TNM UC 2011, plenary

Conference Postponed: Due to the mandatory budget cuts from sequestration, the USGS has postponed The National Map Users Conference and USGS Community for Data Integration Workshop, May 21-24, 2013 in Denver. We regret any inconvenience this postponement has caused, and look forward to continued service with our data users, partners, customers and the public. More information: http://nationalmap.gov/tnmuc_cdiworkshop/

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CEGIS Director Elected ASPRS VP: E. Lynn Usery, a Research Physical Scientist and Director of the USGS Center of Excellence for Geospatial Information Science (CEGIS) has been elected as the Vice President of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) for the coming year. Usery has been very active in national and international geospatial governance and management organizations and is currently the Chair of the U.S. National Committee to the International Cartographic Association. For more on his career and achievements: http://bit.ly/WqxTZW

OK City, 1893

OK Quads Featured: The US Topo and Historical Topographic Map Collection websites have added an interactive map application to their home pages. The flash thumbnails of original scanned maps display all available versions of the featured state quadrangles in an animated format. The display allows the user to view the maps in chronological order, access larger versions of the map and go directly to the download services. The new series is 12 topographic maps of the Oklahoma City area - ranging from 1893 to the present. http://1.usa.gov/82461k, http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Earthquake, CA - 1989

HDDS tutorial: Geospatial data and imagery are critical components of disaster response. The USGS has a web-based application called the Hazard Data Distribution System (HDDS) that provides the capability to download incident related imagery. To learn more about the HDDS, go to this short tutorial video. Note that if you are involved in disaster response you will need to request permissions from the USGS to obtain access to the licensed imagery. More info on HDDS: http://hdds.usgs.gov/hdds2/

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New Elevation Report: A recently posted USGS Open-File Report titled, "A Conceptual Prototype for the Next-Generation National Elevation Dataset" is available for download at: http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2013/1023/ Authors: Jason Stoker, Hans Karl Heidemann, Gayla Evans, and Susan Greenlee (This publication is online only).

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Getting closer to 2k! The National Map Twitter site recently surpassed 1,720 followers in less than two years. Let's make it to 2,000 by TNM UC@USGSTNM. Sign up today and join in the conversation!

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Other NGP in the News: Several NGP related article have recently been published to include:


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Landsat 8: Launched by NASA, the new Landsat 8 satellite is expected to transmit images and data about the Earth within 100 days. Landsat data from more than 3 million current and archived images of Earth - available free of charge the USGS - have spurred extensive research and innovations, ranging from scientific investigations around the globe to the development of applications like Google Earth. If you missed the launch, you can access a replay at: http://1.usa.gov/VRsblN

NED Release Notes for february, 2013

New lidar data: The February, 2013 update of the National Elevation Dataset (NED) 1-, 1/3- and 1/9-arc-second collections has been released. This marks the 70th update of the 1-arc-second layer since bi-monthly revisions began in June, 2000. This release incorporates 22,996 square miles of new light detection and ranging (lidar) data into the NED 1/9-arc-second layer. The NED 1- and 1/3-arc-second layers were updated with 18,613 square miles of migrated high resolution source data. All NED data are available via The National Map Viewer: http://viewer.nationalmap.gov/viewer/

USGS Natural Hazards Response

New Fact Sheet: A new fact sheet titled "USGS Natural Hazards Response", is now available. The primary goal of USGS Emergency Operations is to ensure that the disaster response community has access to timely, accurate, and relevant geospatial products, imagery, and services during and after an emergency event: http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2012/3061/

OK City Montage

Round #2: Kansas and Oklahoma usher in the second round of US Topo quadrangle revisions, updates and product improvement. The initial round US Topo map production for the 48 contiguous states was announced last September. The 1,403 quadrangles for Kansas and 1,032 quads covering Oklahoma replace the current US Topo maps, which will be added to the USGS Historical Topographic Map Collection. All of these maps are available for free download from The National Map and the USGS Map Store website.

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Call for Abstracts Reminder: Calling for abstracts in support of the joint 2013 The National Map Users Conference and Community for Data Integration Workshop, May 20 – 24, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. Abstracts should address (1) experiences based on use of The National Map data theme or application and (2) data integration issues, planning, and execution in support of science, including products and tools to help users find, get, and use data for conducting interdisciplinary studies. Abstracts must be submitted through this online form not later than February 22, 2013. Authors will be notified of acceptance by April 1, 2013. Questions?

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3DEP Reports: "The Benefits of Improved National Elevation Data" by USGS scientist Gregory Snyder is featured in the current issue of Photogrammetric Engineering andRemote Sensing (PE&RS) Magazine along with a forward by USGS scientist Jason Stoker, titled, "Are We Moving Past the Pixel?" (p. 133) .Elevation data are essential for flood hazard mitigation, agricultural productivity, infrastructure and energy development, resource conservation, national security, and many other applications. Under the leadership of the USGS and the National Digital Elevation Program (NDEP), Federal agencies, State agencies, and others work together to acquire high-quality elevation data for the US its territories.

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2013 Gannett Award: The USGS is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the 2013 Henry Gannett award. This award commemorates the first USGS Chief Geographer, (1882-1914) Henry Gannett, and his tremendous contributions to topographic mapping in the United States. The Henry Gannett award is designed to recognize and celebrate talented individuals or groups of individuals for outstanding accomplishments to the topographic mapping mission of the USGS. Individuals, both internal and external to the USGS are eligible to make nominations or receive this award. The call for nominations is made biennially through the USGS National Geospatial Program (NGP). Each nomination package must be submitted no later than February 26. 2013. Details on award criteria and processes are found at http://nationalmap.gov/gannett/. The award will be presented at The National Map Users Conference and Community for Data Integration Workshop and Training during an award ceremony in May 2013. This is a unique opportunity for the USGS to honor significant contributions in our community. We look forward to receiving a broad range of nominations of individuals that have furthered USGS topographic mapping of the Nation.

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US Topo Report: USGS Scientist Larry Moore authored an update to the US Topo map program. The report and accompanying graphics give an overview of the project successes thus far and potential obstacles for 2013. The report was initially published in Direction's Magazine (Jan 14, 2013) and has been referenced or linked by related trade publications, blogs and Twitter. http://www.directionsmag.com/articles/us-topoa-new-national-map-series-2012-update/300690

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Geographic Information to the Masses: An article featuring the US Topo, the National Map Viewer and the National Atlas ® titled, "USGS Provides Geographic Information to the Masses" has been published in the most recent edition of the "Esri News for Federal Government" newsletter. http://www.esri.com/Industries/government/federal/~/media/Files/Pdfs/library/newsletters/federal/fall-2012.pdf ( page 8).

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Save the Date - Collaborate. Integrate. Innovate: The second biennial The National Map (TNM) Users Conference and the fourth annual Community for Data Integration (CDI) Training and Workshop is planned for May 21-24, 2013 in the Denver, Colorado area. Attendees will have the opportunity to collaborate with other users and scientists at a single venue. The agenda, call for abstracts, registration, hotel information, and other details will be available in the coming weeks. Event highlights include:

  • Preeminent Plenary Speakers Highlighting Initiatives that Depend on TNM and Data Integration
  • Concurrent TNM User Focus and CDI Workshop Tracks
  • Interactive Data Blast: Poster Session and Demonstrations
  • National Hydrography Dataset 20th Anniversary and Program Review
  • Introduction of the 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) and Users Workshop
  • Presentation of the 3rd Henry Gannett Award Recognizing Excellence in Contributing to USGS Topographic Mapping of the Nation
  • Hands-on CDI Tools Training
Mark your calendars--we hope to see you there! For additional Information: http://nationalmap.gov/uc

Natural Hazards Response

Natural Hazards Response Fact Sheet: The USGS strives to ensure that the disaster response community has access to timely, accurate, and relevant geospatial products, imagery, and services during and after an emergency event. To accomplish this goal, products and services provided by the National Geospatial Program (NGP) and Land Remote Sensing (LRS) Program serve as a geospatial framework for mapping activities to assist emergency responders. More information on this system can be found in the new Fact Sheet: http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2012/3061/

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USGS ASPRS Fellow: Scientist Dr. George Y. Lee, national lead for the USGS orthoimagery program, has been named a 2013 Fellow in the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. The award is in recognition of more than 38 years of professional service and excellence to science, the ASPRS and the USGS. Among his various accomplishments, Lee was instrumental in the development and implementation of a program to complete first time national coverage with Digital Othrophoto Quarter Quadrangles (DOQQ's). More information: http://www.asprs.org/Press-Releases/ASPRS-2013-Fellows-Named.html

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"Science.gov: The Power of 10": Science.gov - the Federal government's "one stop" real-time science data website, is now celebrating its 10th anniversary. The USGS is a founding member of Science.gov and, along with 12 other Federal agencies, has created a web portal to provide wide, public access and a unified search of the government's vast stores of scientific and technical information. Moving into its second decade, the website recently launched a Spanish language version and added multimedia content such as videos, images and audio files. Also, to highlight interesting science facts from the Alliance members, the website added "cool stuff" webpage: http://go.usa.gov/gXxF

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Aerial Scans of Sandy's Destruction: USGS researchers coordinated and are analyzing before-and-after lidar images of Hurricane Sandy in at Ocean Bay Park on Fire Island National Seashore. The lidar data will check the accuracy of storm predictions, improve future USGS storm modeling and can help scientists and decision-makers identify the areas along the shore that have been made more vulnerable to future coastal hazards in the storm's wake. http://coastal.er.usgs.gov/hurricanes/sandy/lidar/

US Topo

Website Updated: In keeping with program progress, the US Topo website has undergone several updates to better serve its customers. Links to the US Topo map protype, the "Digital Map - Beta" have removed as the US Topo program is starting its second revision cycle of US Topo maps for the interior U.S. Also, the US Topo video has been added as well as a "US Topo News" page featuring current map status. Page navigation has been improved and Map Locator renovations and underway.

NAS Report

NAS Report: The National Academy of Sciences recently released a report on the USGS titled, "Advancing Strategic Science: A Spatial Data Infrastructure Roadmap for the U.S. Geological Survey". The report examines the USGS Science Strategy and supports the framework of spatial data, metadata, tools, and a user community that is interactively connected to use spatial data in an efficient and flexible way--known as a spatial data infrastructure (SDI) http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=13506

Thumbnail image of vintage Alaska map and link to USGS Historical Topographic Map Collection.

Last Frontier Historical Topo Maps: More than 8,000 historical topographic quadrangles, some dating back to 1899, covering all of Alaska have been released for free download. This recent addition to the Historical Topographic Map Collection provides a comprehensive landscape repository of our northernmost State and shows changes through time, providing essential clues critical in the understanding our Nation's development. http://go.usa.gov/YnRe

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February 20, 2013

Landsat 8 satellite rendering

Landsat 8: Launched by NASA, the new Landsat 8 satellite is expected to transmit images and data about the Earth within 100 days. Landsat data from more than 3 million current and archived images of Earth - available free of charge the USGS - have spurred extensive research and innovations, ranging from scientific investigations around the globe to the development of applications like Google Earth. If you missed the launch, you can access a replay at: http://1.usa.gov/VRsblN

NED Release Notes for february, 2013

New lidar data: The February, 2013 update of the National Elevation Dataset (NED) 1-, 1/3- and 1/9-arc-second collections has been released. This marks the 70th update of the 1-arc-second layer since bi-monthly revisions began in June, 2000. This release incorporates 22,996 square miles of new light detection and ranging (lidar) data into the NED 1/9-arc-second layer. The NED 1- and 1/3-arc-second layers were updated with 18,613 square miles of migrated high resolution source data. All NED data are available via The National Map Viewer: http://viewer.nationalmap.gov/viewer/

USGS Natural Hazards Response

New Fact Sheet: A new fact sheet titled "USGS Natural Hazards Response", is now available. The primary goal of USGS Emergency Operations is to ensure that the disaster response community has access to timely, accurate, and relevant geospatial products, imagery, and services during and after an emergency event: http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2012/3061/

OK City Montage

Round #2: Kansas and Oklahoma usher in the second round of US Topo quadrangle revisions, updates and product improvement. The initial round US Topo map production for the 48 contiguous states was announced last September. The 1,403 quadrangles for Kansas and 1,032 quads covering Oklahoma replace the current US Topo maps, which will be added to the USGS Historical Topographic Map Collection. All of these maps are available for free download from The National Map and the USGS Map Store website.

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Call for Abstracts Reminder: Calling for abstracts in support of the joint 2013 The National Map Users Conference and Community for Data Integration Workshop, May 20 – 24, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. Abstracts should address (1) experiences based on use of The National Map data theme or application and (2) data integration issues, planning, and execution in support of science, including products and tools to help users find, get, and use data for conducting interdisciplinary studies. Abstracts must be submitted through this online form not later than February 22, 2013. Authors will be notified of acceptance by April 1, 2013. Questions?

PE&RS Cover

3DEP Reports: "The Benefits of Improved National Elevation Data" by USGS scientist Gregory Snyder is featured in the current issue of Photogrammetric Engineering andRemote Sensing (PE&RS) Magazine along with a forward by USGS scientist Jason Stoker, titled, "Are We Moving Past the Pixel?" (p. 133) .Elevation data are essential for flood hazard mitigation, agricultural productivity, infrastructure and energy development, resource conservation, national security, and many other applications. Under the leadership of the USGS and the National Digital Elevation Program (NDEP), Federal agencies, State agencies, and others work together to acquire high-quality elevation data for the US its territories.

TNM-Twitter

Getting closer to 2k! The National Map Twitter site recently surpassed 1,620 followers in less than two years. Let's make it to 2,000 by TNM UC@USGSTNM. Sign up today and join in the conversation!

US Topo Update: Production and release of the USGS's new series of digital topographic maps, the US Topo started in October 2009. In October 2012, the project met its very aggressive long term goal of replacing all quads in the lower 48 states in three years with the new GeoPDF maps. Thus, the second cycle of US Topo map production has started, beginning with Kansas. Also, all previous "Digital Map–Beta" products have been removed from distribution. The National Geospatial Technical Operations Center reports the following US Topo maps are loaded to the Map Locator of the USGS Store (as of 06-09-14):
  • Kansas: 100% complete - 1,403 quadrangles
  • Oklahoma: 100% complete - 1,149 quadrangles
  • Texas: 100% complete - 4,208 quadrangles
  • New York: 100% complete - 972 quadrangles
  • Kentucky: 100% complete - 671 quadrangles
  • Tennessee: 100% complete - 694 quadrangles
  • Iowa: 100% complete - 1.011 quadrangles
  • Indiana: 100% complete - 640 quadrangles
  • North Carolina: 100% complete - 883 quadrangles
  • Virginia: 100% complete - 729 quadrangles
  • Pennsylvania: 100% complete - 804 quadrangles
  • Wisconsin: 100% complete - 1,109 quadrangles
  • Colorado: 100% complete - 1,794 quadrangles
  • Minnesota: 100% complete - 1,689 quadrangles
  • Puerto Rico/Virgin Islands: 100% complete - 97 quadrangles
  • Alaska: 4% complete - 412 quadrangles (estimated total maps when complete: 11,275)
  • Ohio: 100% complete - 748 quadrangles
  • New Mexico: 100% complete - 1,980 quadrangles
  • Idaho: 100% complete - 1,563 quadrangles
  • Washington: 100% complete - 1,446 quadrangles
  • Utah: 100% complete - 1,476 quadrangles
  • West Virginia: 100% complete - 418 quadrangles
  • New Jersey: 100% complete - 150 quadrangles
  • Georgia: 100% complete - 952 quadrangles
  • North Dakota: 100% complete - 1,402 quadrangles
  • Delaware: 100% complete - 38 quadrangles
  • Maryland: 100% complete - 213 quadrangles
  • Montana: 100% compete - 2,913 quadrangles

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Other NGP in the News: Several NGP related article have recently been published to include:


Gannett

2013 Gannett Award: The USGS is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the 2013 Henry Gannett award. This award commemorates the first USGS Chief Geographer, (1882-1914) Henry Gannett, and his tremendous contributions to topographic mapping in the United States. The Henry Gannett award is designed to recognize and celebrate talented individuals or groups of individuals for outstanding accomplishments to the topographic mapping mission of the USGS. Individuals, both internal and external to the USGS are eligible to make nominations or receive this award. The call for nominations is made biennially through the USGS National Geospatial Program (NGP). Each nomination package must be submitted no later than February 26. 2013. Details on award criteria and processes are found at http://nationalmap.gov/gannett/. The award will be presented at The National Map Users Conference and Community for Data Integration Workshop and Training during an award ceremony in May 2013. This is a unique opportunity for the USGS to honor significant contributions in our community. We look forward to receiving a broad range of nominations of individuals that have furthered USGS topographic mapping of the Nation.

Directions Mag Logo

US Topo Report: USGS Scientist Larry Moore authored an update to the US Topo map program. The report and accompanying graphics give an overview of the project successes thus far and potential obstacles for 2013. The report was initially published in Direction's Magazine (Jan 14, 2013) and has been referenced or linked by related trade publications, blogs and Twitter. http://www.directionsmag.com/articles/us-topoa-new-national-map-series-2012-update/300690

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Geographic Information to the Masses: An article featuring the US Topo, the National Map Viewer and the National Atlas ® titled, "USGS Provides Geographic Information to the Masses" has been published in the most recent edition of the "Esri News for Federal Government" newsletter. http://www.esri.com/Industries/government/federal/~/media/Files/Pdfs/library/newsletters/federal/fall-2012.pdf ( page 8).

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Save the Date - Collaborate. Integrate. Innovate: The second biennial The National Map (TNM) Users Conference and the fourth annual Community for Data Integration (CDI) Training and Workshop is planned for May 21-24, 2013 in the Denver, Colorado area. Attendees will have the opportunity to collaborate with other users and scientists at a single venue. The agenda, call for abstracts, registration, hotel information, and other details will be available in the coming weeks. Event highlights include:

  • Preeminent Plenary Speakers Highlighting Initiatives that Depend on TNM and Data Integration
  • Concurrent TNM User Focus and CDI Workshop Tracks
  • Interactive Data Blast: Poster Session and Demonstrations
  • National Hydrography Dataset 20th Anniversary and Program Review
  • Introduction of the 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) and Users Workshop
  • Presentation of the 3rd Henry Gannett Award Recognizing Excellence in Contributing to USGS Topographic Mapping of the Nation
  • Hands-on CDI Tools Training
Mark your calendars--we hope to see you there! For additional Information: http://nationalmap.gov/uc

Natural Hazards Response

Natural Hazards Response Fact Sheet: The USGS strives to ensure that the disaster response community has access to timely, accurate, and relevant geospatial products, imagery, and services during and after an emergency event. To accomplish this goal, products and services provided by the National Geospatial Program (NGP) and Land Remote Sensing (LRS) Program serve as a geospatial framework for mapping activities to assist emergency responders. More information on this system can be found in the new Fact Sheet: http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2012/3061/

ASPRS Logo

USGS ASPRS Fellow: Scientist Dr. George Y. Lee, national lead for the USGS orthoimagery program, has been named a 2013 Fellow in the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. The award is in recognition of more than 38 years of professional service and excellence to science, the ASPRS and the USGS. Among his various accomplishments, Lee was instrumental in the development and implementation of a program to complete first time national coverage with Digital Othrophoto Quarter Quadrangles (DOQQ's). More information: http://www.asprs.org/Press-Releases/ASPRS-2013-Fellows-Named.html

USGS Mosaic

"Science.gov: The Power of 10": Science.gov - the Federal government's "one stop" real-time science data website, is now celebrating its 10th anniversary. The USGS is a founding member of Science.gov and, along with 12 other Federal agencies, has created a web portal to provide wide, public access and a unified search of the government's vast stores of scientific and technical information. Moving into its second decade, the website recently launched a Spanish language version and added multimedia content such as videos, images and audio files. Also, to highlight interesting science facts from the Alliance members, the website added "cool stuff" webpage: http://go.usa.gov/gXxF

Sandy lidar graphic

Aerial Scans of Sandy's Destruction: USGS researchers coordinated and are analyzing before-and-after lidar images of Hurricane Sandy in at Ocean Bay Park on Fire Island National Seashore. The lidar data will check the accuracy of storm predictions, improve future USGS storm modeling and can help scientists and decision-makers identify the areas along the shore that have been made more vulnerable to future coastal hazards in the storm's wake. http://coastal.er.usgs.gov/hurricanes/sandy/lidar/

US Topo

Website Updated: In keeping with program progress, the US Topo website has undergone several updates to better serve its customers. Links to the US Topo map protype, the "Digital Map - Beta" have removed as the US Topo program is starting its second revision cycle of US Topo maps for the interior U.S. Also, the US Topo video has been added as well as a "US Topo News" page featuring current map status. Page navigation has been improved and Map Locator renovations and underway.

NAS Report

NAS Report: The National Academy of Sciences recently released a report on the USGS titled, "Advancing Strategic Science: A Spatial Data Infrastructure Roadmap for the U.S. Geological Survey". The report examines the USGS Science Strategy and supports the framework of spatial data, metadata, tools, and a user community that is interactively connected to use spatial data in an efficient and flexible way--known as a spatial data infrastructure (SDI) http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=13506

Thumbnail image of vintage Alaska map and link to USGS Historical Topographic Map Collection.

Last Frontier Historical Topo Maps: More than 8,000 historical topographic quadrangles, some dating back to 1899, covering all of Alaska have been released for free download. This recent addition to the Historical Topographic Map Collection provides a comprehensive landscape repository of our northernmost State and shows changes through time, providing essential clues critical in the understanding our Nation's development. http://go.usa.gov/YnRe

Thumbnail image of logo and link to to NGMDB.

NGMDB Gets a Face Lift: In concert with the inaugural, multi-agency Geologic Map Day - October 19 - the USGS and Association of American State Geologists will release a significantly updated infrastructure and a new "look" to the National Geologic Map Database (NGMDB). The MapView features a visually compelling interface that uses the latest technology to portray the Nation's geologic maps published by the USGS, the state geological surveys, and many others. These maps, available from the NGMDB in several popular and easy to use formats, can be viewed in detail and downloaded from the various publishers. http://go.usa.gov/YQsV

URISA Award

URISA GIS Hall of Fame: Owing to 50 years of cutting-edge developments and significant contributions in advancing the field of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and geospatial sciences, the USGS has been selected to enter the Urban and Regional Information System Association GIS Hall of Fame. The USGS was cited as a major contributor and driver to GIS progress across the government and the private sector. The formal nomination statement and other award details are available on the URISA Award website http://www.usgs.gov/ngpo/urisa/

US Topo

US Topo - Second time around! Production and release of the USGS new series of digital topographic maps, the US Topo , started in October 2009. This week, the project has met its very aggressive long term goal of replacing all quads in the lower 48 states in three years with the new GeoPDF maps. Thus, the second cycle of US Topo map production has started, beginning with Kansas. Also, all previous "Digital Map - Beta" products have been removed from distribution. Hawaii, Alaska, and US territories are presently being worked on.

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January 22, 2013

Gannett

The USGS is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the 2013 Henry Gannett award. This award commemorates the first USGS Chief Geographer, (1882-1914) Henry Gannett, and his tremendous contributions to topographic mapping in the United States. The Henry Gannett award is designed to recognize and celebrate talented individuals or groups of individuals for outstanding accomplishments to the topographic mapping mission of the USGS. Individuals, both internal and external to the USGS are eligible to make nominations or receive this award. The call for nominations is made biennially through the USGS National Geospatial Program (NGP). Each nomination package must be submitted no later than February 26. 2013. Details on award criteria and processes are found at http://nationalmap.gov/gannett/. The award will be presented at The National Map Users Conference and Community for Data Integration Workshop and Training during an award ceremony in May 2013. This is a unique opportunity for the USGS to honor significant contributions in our community. We look forward to receiving a broad range of nominations of individuals that have furthered USGS topographic mapping of the Nation.

Directions Mag Logo

US Topo Report: USGS Scientist Larry Moore authored an update to the US Topo map program. The report and accompanying graphics give an overview of the project successes thus far and potential obstacles for 2013. The report was initially published in Direction's Magazine (Jan 14, 2013) and has been referenced or linked by related trade publications, blogs and Twitter. http://www.directionsmag.com/articles/us-topoa-new-national-map-series-2012-update/300690

Esri Twitter Logo

Geographic Information to the Masses: An article featuring the US Topo, the National Map Viewer and the National Atlas ® titled, "USGS Provides Geographic Information to the Masses" has been published in the most recent edition of the "Esri News for Federal Government" newsletter. http://www.esri.com/Industries/government/federal/~/media/Files/Pdfs/library/newsletters/federal/fall-2012.pdf ( page 8).

Save the Date - Collaborate. Integrate. Innovate: The second biennial The National Map (TNM) Users Conference and the fourth annual Community for Data Integration (CDI) Training and Workshop is planned for May 21-24, 2013 in the Denver, Colorado area. Attendees will have the opportunity to collaborate with other users and scientists at a single venue. The agenda, call for abstracts, registration, hotel information, and other details will be available in the coming weeks. Event highlights include:

  • Preeminent Plenary Speakers Highlighting Initiatives that Depend on TNM and Data Integration
  • Concurrent TNM User Focus and CDI Workshop Tracks
  • Interactive Data Blast: Poster Session and Demonstrations
  • National Hydrography Dataset 20th Anniversary and Program Review
  • Introduction of the 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) and Users Workshop
  • Presentation of the 3rd Henry Gannett Award Recognizing Excellence in Contributing to USGS Topographic Mapping of the Nation
  • Hands-on CDI Tools Training
Mark your calendars--we hope to see you there! For additional Information: http://nationalmap.gov/uc

December NED Release Notes: The December 2012 update of the National Elevation Dataset (NED) includes new light detection and ranging (lidar) data in addition to new standard production 10-meter digital elevation models (DEMs). Highlights include high resolution elevation data over an area in the Ozark-Ouachita region of Arkansas and an improved NED Data Source Index Viewer that allows users to quickly view the status of the NED based on the most used NED spatial metadata fields: http://ned.usgs.gov/usgs_gn_ned_dsi/viewer.htm.

TNM-Twitter

Passed 1,000! The National Map Twitter site recently surpassed 1,150 followers in less than two years. Let's make it to 2,000 @USGSTNM. Sign up today and join in the conversation!

Natural Hazards Response Fact Sheet: The USGS strives to ensure that the disaster response community has access to timely, accurate, and relevant geospatial products, imagery, and services during and after an emergency event. To accomplish this goal, products and services provided by the National Geospatial Program (NGP) and Land Remote Sensing (LRS) Program serve as a geospatial framework for mapping activities to assist emergency responders. More information on this system can be found in the new Fact Sheet: http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2012/3061/

ASPRS Logo

USGS ASPRS Fellow: Scientist Dr. George Y. Lee, national lead for the USGS orthoimagery program, has been named a 2013 Fellow in the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. The award is in recognition of more than 38 years of professional service and excellence to science, the ASPRS and the USGS. Among his various accomplishments, Lee was instrumental in the development and implementation of a program to complete first time national coverage with Digital Othrophoto Quarter Quadrangles (DOQQ's). More information: http://www.asprs.org/Press-Releases/ASPRS-2013-Fellows-Named.html

NGMDB Globe

USGS Top Story - NGMDB Gets a Face Lift: When the USGS was established in 1879, the main purpose of the Survey was defined by law to create a national geologic map to assess and classify the Nation's geological structure and natural resources. Since that time, the Nation's needs for geologic information have grown much more diverse to include natural and environmental hazards, and human health and safety. To address these increasing requirements, the USGS, in conjunction with the Association of American State Geologists, have release a new "look" and improved functionality to the National Geologic Map Database, featuring the "Map View" data tool. http://go.usa.gov/gZFx

USGS Mosaic

"Science.gov: The Power of 10": Science.gov - the Federal government's "one stop" real-time science data website, is now celebrating its 10th anniversary. The USGS is a founding member of Science.gov and, along with 12 other Federal agencies, has created a web portal to provide wide, public access and a unified search of the government's vast stores of scientific and technical information. Moving into its second decade, the website recently launched a Spanish language version and added multimedia content such as videos, images and audio files. Also, to highlight interesting science facts from the Alliance members, the website added "cool stuff" webpage: http://go.usa.gov/gXxF

Sandy lidar graphic

Aerial Scans of Sandy's Destruction: USGS researchers coordinated and are analyzing before-and-after lidar images of Hurricane Sandy in at Ocean Bay Park on Fire Island National Seashore. The lidar data will check the accuracy of storm predictions, improve future USGS storm modeling and can help scientists and decision-makers identify the areas along the shore that have been made more vulnerable to future coastal hazards in the storm's wake. http://coastal.er.usgs.gov/hurricanes/sandy/lidar/

US Topo

Website Updated: In keeping with program progress, the US Topo website has undergone several updates to better serve its customers. Links to the US Topo map protype, the "Digital Map - Beta" have removed as the US Topo program is starting its second revision cycle of US Topo maps for the interior U.S. Also, the US Topo video has been added as well as a "US Topo News" page featuring current map status. Page navigation has been improved and Map Locator renovations and underway.

Thumbnail from USTopo and HTMC homepage featuring new Florida slideshow

Florida Map Featured: The US Topo and Historical Topographic Map Collection websites have added an interactive map application to their home pages. The flash thumbnails of original scanned maps display all available versions of the featured state quadrangles in an animated format. The display allows the user to view the maps in chronological order, access larger versions and the map and go directly to the download services. The new series is nine topographic maps of the urban Miami, FL area maps - ranging from 1950 to the present. http://1.usa.gov/82461k, http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

NAS Report

NAS Report: The National Academy of Sciences recently released a report on the USGS titled, "Advancing Strategic Science: A Spatial Data Infrastructure Roadmap for the U.S. Geological Survey". The report examines the USGS Science Strategy and supports the framework of spatial data, metadata, tools, and a user community that is interactively connected to use spatial data in an efficient and flexible way--known as a spatial data infrastructure (SDI) http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=13506

Lidar Cover

Lidar Publication Contributions: USGS scientists Karl Heidemann and Jason Stoker, as well as numerous USGS publications, have been cited for significant contributions to the recently released, "APSRS Manual of Airborne Topographic Lidar Manual". Heidemann co-authored a chapter on lidar standards and specifications which features the recently published USGS Lidar Base Specification v1 and Guidelines for Digital Elevation Data, as well various on-line materials found on the National Elevation Dataset and Center for Lidar Information Coordination and Knowledge (CLICK) sites. Aslo, sections of the chapter on applications for lidar were authored by Heidemann and Stoker.

Thumbnail image of vintage Alaska map and link to USGS Historical Topographic Map Collection.

Last Frontier Historical Topo Maps: More than 8,000 historical topographic quadrangles, some dating back to 1899, covering all of Alaska have been released for free download. This recent addition to the Historical Topographic Map Collection provides a comprehensive landscape repository of our northernmost State and shows changes through time, providing essential clues critical in the understanding our Nation's development. http://go.usa.gov/YnRe

Thumbnail image of logo and link to to NGMDB.

NGMDB Gets a Face Lift: In concert with the inaugural, multi-agency Geologic Map Day - October 19 - the USGS and Association of American State Geologists will release a significantly updated infrastructure and a new "look" to the National Geologic Map Database (NGMDB). The MapView features a visually compelling interface that uses the latest technology to portray the Nation's geologic maps published by the USGS, the state geological surveys, and many others. These maps, available from the NGMDB in several popular and easy to use formats, can be viewed in detail and downloaded from the various publishers. http://go.usa.gov/YQsV

Thumbnail image of lidar data and link to NED.

New NED Website: The National Map has unveiled a revised National Elevation Dataset homepage which now includes a variety of documentation and graphic examples about elevation data and its applications. Features include links to digital elevation models (DEM), lidar point cloud data on Earth Explorer, and the US Interagency Elevation Inventory, and other sources of elevation data. The site will be updated on a regular basis and highlight interesting projects, data and articles on a variety of subjects related to elevation and the program.

URISA Award

URISA GIS Hall of Fame: Owing to 50 years of cutting-edge developments and significant contributions in advancing the field of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and geospatial sciences, the USGS has been selected to enter the Urban and Regional Information System Association GIS Hall of Fame. The USGS was cited as a major contributor and driver to GIS progress across the government and the private sector. The formal nomination statement and other award details are available on the URISA Award website http://www.usgs.gov/ngpo/urisa/

US Topo

US Topo - Second time around! Production and release of the USGS new series of digital topographic maps, the US Topo , started in October 2009. This week, the project has met its very aggressive long term goal of replacing all quads in the lower 48 states in three years with the new GeoPDF maps. Thus, the second cycle of US Topo map production has started, beginning with Kansas. Also, all previous "Digital Map - Beta" products have been removed from distribution. Hawaii, Alaska, and US territories are presently being worked on.

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November 19, 2012

CEGIS

Ontology Workshop: The 2012 Spatial Ontology Community of Practice (SOCoP) workshop will take place at the USGS National Center in Reston, Nov 29-30, 2012. The Geo-workshop is organized around four Working Groups representing domain experts, group facilitators and people with semantic/ontological experience. The current topics are: terrain ontology; semantic trajectories design pattern; sites (ecological perspectives); and containment and contained space/regions design pattern. Workshop Wiki and further information: http://vocamp.org/wiki/GeoVoCampSOCoP2012. Registration: http://socopgeosemantics2012.eventbrite.com/

US Topo

Website Updated: In keeping with program progress, the US Topo website has undergone several updates to better serve its customers. Links to the US Topo map protype, the "Digital Map - Beta" have removed as the US Topo program is starting its second revision cycle of US Topo maps for the interior U.S. Also, the US Topo video has been added as well as a "US Topo News" page featuring current map status. Page navigation has been improved and Map Locator renovations and underway.

Thumbnail from USTopo and HTMC homepage featuring new Florida slideshow

Florida Map Featured: The US Topo and Historical Topographic Map Collection websites have added an interactive map application to their home pages. The flash thumbnails of original scanned maps display all available versions of the featured state quadrangles in an animated format. The display allows the user to view the maps in chronological order, access larger versions and the map and go directly to the download services. The new series is nine topographic maps of the urban Miami, FL area maps - ranging from 1950 to the present. http://1.usa.gov/82461k, http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

NAS Report

NAS Report: The National Academy of Sciences recently released a report on the USGS titled, "Advancing Strategic Science: A Spatial Data Infrastructure Roadmap for the U.S. Geological Survey". The report examines the USGS Science Strategy and supports the framework of spatial data, metadata, tools, and a user community that is interactively connected to use spatial data in an efficient and flexible way--known as a spatial data infrastructure (SDI) http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=13506

US Topo

Topo Maps Workshops - Seattle: USGS Washington State Geospatial Liaison Tom Carlson is hosting a series of hands-on demonstrations covering the foundation and purpose of the US Topo map project and the Historic Topographic Map Collection. Classes feature tips on how to access, download and utilize these USGS mapping products. Sessions will be held at various branches of the Seattle Public Library, Oct. 10 - Dec. 5, to acquaint library staff and the general public with the wide variety of uses and applications for digital map products.  Participants are invited to use equipment in the library computer labs, or bring their own laptop computers. http://bit.ly/WgB9ZF

Lidar Cover

Lidar Publication Contributions: USGS scientists Karl Heidemann and Jason Stoker, as well as numerous USGS publications, have been cited for significant contributions to the recently released, "APSRS Manual of Airborne Topographic Lidar Manual". Heidemann co-authored a chapter on lidar standards and specifications which features the recently published USGS Lidar Base Specification v1 and Guidelines for Digital Elevation Data, as well various on-line materials found on the National Elevation Dataset and Center for Lidar Information Coordination and Knowledge (CLICK) sites. Aslo, sections of the chapter on applications for lidar were authored by Heidemann and Stoker.

TNM-Twitter

Passed 1,000! The National Map Twitter site recently surpassed 1,400 followers in less than two years. Let's make it to 2,000 @USGSTNM. Sign up today and join in the conversation!

US Topo Update: Production and release of the USGS's new series of digital topographic maps, the US Topo started in October 2009. In October 2012, the project met its very aggressive long term goal of replacing all quads in the lower 48 states in three years with the new GeoPDF maps. Thus, the second cycle of US Topo map production has started, beginning with Kansas. Also, all previous "Digital Map–Beta" products have been removed from distribution. The National Geospatial Technical Operations Center reports the following US Topo maps are loaded to the Map Locator of the USGS Store (as of 06-09-14):
  • Kansas: 100% complete - 1,403 quadrangles
  • Oklahoma: 100% complete - 1,149 quadrangles
  • Texas: 100% complete - 4,208 quadrangles
  • New York: 100% complete - 972 quadrangles
  • Kentucky: 100% complete - 671 quadrangles
  • Tennessee: 100% complete - 694 quadrangles
  • Iowa: 100% complete - 1.011 quadrangles
  • Indiana: 100% complete - 640 quadrangles
  • North Carolina: 100% complete - 883 quadrangles
  • Virginia: 100% complete - 729 quadrangles
  • Pennsylvania: 100% complete - 804 quadrangles
  • Wisconsin: 100% complete - 1,109 quadrangles
  • Colorado: 100% complete - 1,794 quadrangles
  • Minnesota: 100% complete - 1,689 quadrangles
  • Puerto Rico/Virgin Islands: 100% complete - 97 quadrangles
  • Alaska: 4% complete - 412 quadrangles (estimated total maps when complete: 11,275)
  • Ohio: 100% complete - 748 quadrangles
  • New Mexico: 100% complete - 1,980 quadrangles
  • Idaho: 100% complete - 1,563 quadrangles
  • Washington: 100% complete - 1,446 quadrangles
  • Utah: 100% complete - 1,476 quadrangles
  • West Virginia: 100% complete - 418 quadrangles
  • New Jersey: 100% complete - 150 quadrangles
  • Georgia: 100% complete - 952 quadrangles
  • North Dakota: 100% complete - 1,402 quadrangles
  • Delaware: 100% complete - 38 quadrangles
  • Maryland: 100% complete - 213 quadrangles
  • Montana: 100% compete - 2,913 quadrangles

Thumbnail image of vintage Alaska map and link to USGS Historical Topographic Map Collection.

Last Frontier Historical Topo Maps: More than 8,000 historical topographic quadrangles, some dating back to 1899, covering all of Alaska have been released for free download. This recent addition to the Historical Topographic Map Collection provides a comprehensive landscape repository of our northernmost State and shows changes through time, providing essential clues critical in the understanding our Nation's development. http://go.usa.gov/YnRe

Thumbnail image of logo and link to to NGMDB.

NGMDB Gets a Face Lift: In concert with the inaugural, multi-agency Geologic Map Day - October 19 - the USGS and Association of American State Geologists will release a significantly updated infrastructure and a new "look" to the National Geologic Map Database (NGMDB). The MapView features a visually compelling interface that uses the latest technology to portray the Nation's geologic maps published by the USGS, the state geological surveys, and many others. These maps, available from the NGMDB in several popular and easy to use formats, can be viewed in detail and downloaded from the various publishers. http://go.usa.gov/YQsV

Thumbnail image of lidar data and link to NED.

New NED Website: The National Map has unveiled a revised National Elevation Dataset homepage which now includes a variety of documentation and graphic examples about elevation data and its applications. Features include links to digital elevation models (DEM), lidar point cloud data on Earth Explorer, and the US Interagency Elevation Inventory, and other sources of elevation data. The site will be updated on a regular basis and highlight interesting projects, data and articles on a variety of subjects related to elevation and the program.

URISA Award

URISA GIS Hall of Fame: Owing to 50 years of cutting-edge developments and significant contributions in advancing the field of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and geospatial sciences, the USGS has been selected to enter the Urban and Regional Information System Association GIS Hall of Fame. The USGS was cited as a major contributor and driver to GIS progress across the government and the private sector. The formal nomination statement and other award details are available on the URISA Award website http://www.usgs.gov/ngpo/urisa/

US Topo

US Topo - Second time around! Production and release of the USGS new series of digital topographic maps, the US Topo , started in October 2009. This week, the project has met its very aggressive long term goal of replacing all quads in the lower 48 states in three years with the new GeoPDF maps. Thus, the second cycle of US Topo map production has started, beginning with Kansas. Also, all previous "Digital Map - Beta" products have been removed from distribution. Hawaii, Alaska, and US territories are presently being worked on.

US Map

Florida and Illinois Make 48: People who want access to digital topographic maps for any of the lower 48 states can now count on the US Topo. The ongoing map project, as part of the USGS national map series, recently released new maps for Florida and Illinois - with Hawaii to soon follow. Adding more than 2,015 revised digital quadrangles has increased the collection to nearly 54,000 new US Topo maps, with plans for Alaska developing. The maps are available for free download from The National Map and the USGS Map Store website.

NED Release

New lidar data: The National Elevation Dataset (NED) has posted the October 2012 Release Notes featuring new light detection and ranging (lidar) data for the epicenter area of the 2011 Virginia earthquake. The USGS has placed a high priority on understanding why earthquakes are occurring in this region and the lidar data will hopefully allow for new understanding of the earthquake hazard there. Also the release contains more than 3800 square miles of the San Luis Valley in Colorado, the largest alpine valley in the world. This area provides the setting for a wide range of scientific applications involving eight other Federal and state agencies. All NED data are available via The National Map Viewer: http://viewer.nationalmap.gov/viewer/

Kari Craun

On the Radio; "Citizen Cartographer": Kari Craun, the Director of the USGS National Geospatial Technical Operations Center (NGTOC) was recently featured on Federal News Radio "Federal Drive Interview". The interview focused on pilot projects in the Denver area to harness the power of "crowdsourcing" in improving structures data for The National Map and other mapping applications. Volunteers are currently being accepted through The National Map Corps and if successful, the project may go nation-wide.

US Topo Video

US Topo Video: US Topo is the next generation of topographic maps from the USGS. To support the ongoing transformation to digital mapping, The National Geospatial Program has released an informative and entertaining video to demonstrate the advantages, capabilities and opportunities provided by US Topo electronic maps. http://gallery.usgs.gov/videos/568 Also available on YouTube.

Thumbnail image and link to National Elevation Dataset video

Uplifting Video: Elevation data has been an important component of USGS topographic maps since the 1880's. A topographic map without elevations in the form of contours is simply not a topographic map. The National Geospatial Program has launched a short video that emphasizes the relevance of elevation data not only to mapping, but to other areas of science and everyday life like flood insurance, climate change and environmental monitoring. http://gallery.usgs.gov/videos/567 . Also available on Youtube.

Nerds of the Internet Article.

Feds Embrace "Nerds of the Internet": Federal agencies are turning to the public to fill information gaps and promote their data, crowdsourcing experts said at a panel sponsored by NextGov in Washington DC, Sept 6, 2012. Kari Craun, Director of the USGS National Geospatial Technical Operations Center, provided insights into USGS efforts in engaging citizen volunteers for mapping information and a current crowdsouring pilot program in the Denver area. Short summary: shar.es/umCmT (Video of the presentation pending).

Usery Award

Distinguished Career Award: Dr. E. Lynn Usery, Director of the USGS Center of Excellence for Geospatial Information Science (CEGIS) received the Distinguished Career Award from the Cartographic and Geographic Information Society. The exclusive award was presented at the recent AutoCarto International Symposium. Dr. Usery was recognized for his research accomplishments, vision, and leadership in academia and government, as well as for his outstanding service to the Society and the international geospatial community. Due to the stringent nomination requirements, this is the first time since 2008 that the award has been conferred.

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Sunshine state Maps: The full set of US Topo maps for Florida has been released and are available for free download from the USGS Store. The addition of 1,025 revised quadrangles from the land of the 'gaters rises the count of US digital topographic maps to more than 53, 650. http://1.usa.gov/82461k

Thumbnail image of Shoshone, WY map from 1886, and link to US Topo

Wyoming Map Featured: The US Topo and Historical Topographic Map Collection websites have added an interactive map application to their home pages. The flash thumbnails of original scanned maps display all available versions of the featured state quadrangles in an animated format. The display allows the user to view the maps in chronological order, access larger versions and the map and go directly to the download services. The new series is six topographic maps of the Lewis Falls maps in Wyoming - ranging from 1886 to the present. http://1.usa.gov/82461k, http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

TNM Corps

"Crowdsourcing": Looking at New Ways to Map Structures in Colorado In light of technical changes and increasing uses of social networking, the USGS is exploring a new approach to the volunteer program —the National Map Corps - and is launching a project to test options for volunteer participation in providing data to The National Map. The project uses internet mapping applications to add or corrected information to man-made structures and facilities, such as schools and fire stations, in the state of Colorado. News Release. Video Link.

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LiDAR Publication Released: A new USGS publication from the National Geospatial Program titled, "LiDAR Base Specification Version 1.0" is now available for free download. This officially replaces what is widely known as "the v13 Spec", a draft LiDAR base specification that has been largely adopted by many US Federal agencies and private industry. That formative document has been completely reformatted and re-edited, and now includes a glossary, a metadata template, and a metadata example file. LiDAR continues to be a rapidly evolving technology, and the NGP anticipates periodic future revisions to this document as changes in the technology, data, applications, and program requirements dictate. Report link.

US Topo

Northern Plains Data Improved - plus PLSS: New US Topo maps for Wyoming and South Dakota are available (News Release), with more than 3,230 revised digital quadrangles added to the collection. Wyoming is the first state to have Public Land Survey System (PLSS) data added to US Topo maps. The PLSS is a way of subdividing and describing land in the United States. All lands in the public domain are subject to subdivision by this rectangular system of surveys, which is regulated by the U.S. Department of the Interior. The maps are available for free download from the USGS Map Store website.

Puerto Rico 1950

PR Historical Maps: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Puerto Rico has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. The addition of these 611 quadrangles brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to nearly 164,000, covering the lower 48 states and Hawaii. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

US Topo

MI and SD State Maps: The full sets of US Topo maps for Michigan and South Dakota have been released and are available for free download from the USGS Store. The 1,319 revised quadrangles from the Great Lakes State and the1,445 topo maps from the Mount Rushmore have been added to the more than 51,600 US digital topographic maps. http://1.usa.gov/82461k

Logo and link to The National Atlas of the USnited States of America

Find 1, Get 1, Use 1: The National Atlas has released new sets of digital cartographic frameworks at the one million-scale, which is twice the detail of previous versions. Users can now easily find "one" using popular search engines; get it as documented data or Web map services; and use "one" in their geospatial analyses, maps, or map mashups. News Release: http://on.doi.gov/MDT0BJ

Connecticut Quad

New Maps for New England: Nearly 690 revised digital maps covering Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont have been added to approximately 51,000 maps currently covering the lower 48 states and are available for free download from the website.

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Legacy Maps in the News: The Historical Topographic Map Collection, with more than 167,335 scanned and referenced USGS topo quadrangles available for free download, has recently been featured in several publications, including the Smithsonian "Constant Traveler", PC World, the Verge and the IMTA update.
Traveler link: http://bit.ly/O0AmFt

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USGS Mapping Alaska: In conjunction with nearly 20 Federal Agencies and representatives from the state of Alaska, the USGS sponsored an Alaska Mapping Roundtable to discuss collaborative funding strategies for Alaska's Statewide Digital Mapping Initiative. The meeting, convened by Lt. Gov Mead Treadwell and DOI Assistant Secretary for Water and Science, Anne Castle, was also featured in the July 5 edition of The Seward Phoenix Log.

2012 Fact Sheet

New NHD Publication: The analysis of surface-water systems optimized by using the National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) as the common national framework has provided improved data maintenance, better tools and reduced costs. To portray the complex water data, often from many agencies, the NHD has developed and refined a linear referencing system. Fact Sheet: http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2012/3068/

Work Plan

Passed 50,000: The US Topo map project has produced more than 50,000 revised digital topographic maps since late-2009, keeping pace with the complete coverage goal of the continental US by the end 2012. Users from almost every state can now access and download new US Topo maps for free from the USGS Store map locator. To see if your desired map is available, go to: http://on.doi.gov/ctQcJG

Connecticut Quad

Connecticut Quads Featured: The US Topo and Historical Topographic Map Collection websites have added an interactive map application to their home pages. The flash thumbnails of original scanned maps display all available versions of the featured state quadrangles in an animated format. The display allows the user to view the maps in chronological order, access larger versions and the map and go directly to the download services. The new series is six topographic maps of the Old Lyme maps in Connecticut - ranging from 1893 to the present. http://1.usa.gov/82461k, http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

US Topo

US Topo Update: New maps for Wyoming and South Dakota are nearly half way complete. More than 36 states containing more than 40,700 quadrangles are now partially or almost totally covered by the new USGS digital electronic topographic map, the US Topo. Free download from the USGS Store. Complete listing. Is your state covered? http://1.usa.gov/82461k

Massachusetts US Topo

Bay State Maps: The full set of US Topo maps for Massachusetts has been released. The 196 revised quadrangles have been added to the more 49,800 US digital topographic maps available for free download from the USGS Store. http://1.usa.gov/82461k

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TopoBathy added to the NED: The first set of topobathymetric data has been added to the National Elevation Dataset (NED). Topobathymetric data are created by merging topography (land elevation) and bathymetry (water depth) into a seamless elevation product useful for applications such as modeling sea level rise and storm surge. The initial dataset is centered over Mobile Bay, Alabama and was constructed using a combination of 71 disparate topographic and bathymetric datasets from the USGS, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; ranging in temporal variation from 1917 to 2011. It was developed in collaboration between the USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program (CMGP) and the USGS National Geospatial Program. In the next five years, the CMGP has plans to expand its research and modeling along the northern Gulf of Mexico coastline, and San Francisco and Chesapeake Bays. Release notes: http://bit.ly/K5RCEE

US Topo

Ocean State Maps: The full set of US Topo maps for Rhode Island has been released. The 27 revised quadrangles have been added to the more 48,900 US digital topographic maps available for free download from the USGS Store. http://1.usa.gov/82461k

US Topo

Hawaii Historical Maps Available: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Hawaii has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. The addition of these quadrangles brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to nearly 167,000, with only one more state left to completing coverage for the entire US and territories. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

US Topo

Constitution State Maps: The full set of US Topo maps for Connecticut has been released. The 94 revised quadrangles have been added to the more 48,900 US digital topographic maps available for free download from the USGS Store. http://1.usa.gov/82461k

CA Half Dome 2012

California Quads Featured: The US Topo and Historical Topographic Map Collection websites have added an interactive map application to their home pages. The flash thumbnails of original scanned maps display all available versions of the featured state quadrangles in an animated format. The display allows the user to view the maps in chronological order, access larger versions and the map and go directly to the download services. The new series is six topographic maps of the Yosemite/Half Dome maps in California - ranging from 1897 to the present. http://1.usa.gov/82461k, http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

CA Half Dome 2012

New Maps for CA, LA and MS Rolled Out: Complete sets of US Topo maps for California, Louisiana and Mississippi have been released. They join the growing list of other states. The 4,300 new maps have been added to the more than 48,580 digital topographic quadrangles now available for free download from the USGS Store. News Release with quotes from the USGS Director: http://on.doi.gov/LmdbjB

US Topo

Arizona quads complete: After a short delay, the finished set of US Topo maps numbering more than 1,880 updated digital topographic quadrangles for Arizona have been loaded to the USGS Store for free download. http://1.usa.gov/lvbSol

US Topo

More New England States Started: US Topo maps for the states of Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, Massachusetts and New Hampshire are starting to be posted to the US Topo quadrangle collection. Currently, more than 275 digital topographic maps from those New England states are available for free download from the USGS Store. http://1.usa.gov/lvbSol

Elevation study results

Elevation Study Results: The USGS completed a National Enhanced Elevation Assessment (NEEA) in December 2011. The assessment was the most comprehensive investigation of options for improving the availability and quality of national elevation data. Research participants included 34 federal agencies, 50 states, and selected local governments and tribes, as well as private and not-for-profit organizations. The study and other resources will be available through a NEEA website (coming soon!). In the interim, the full report from Dewberry can be found at: http://bit.ly/JNlGcj

CA Half Dome 2012

Golden State Coverage: The state of California is now completely covered with new US Topo maps. More than 2,800 California digital topographic quadrangles are now available for free download from the USGS Store. The improved maps feature contours, updated hydrography, woodland tint, additional critical structures, enhanced boundaries, commercial roads and new Forest Service data. Also, the US Topo allows for the addition of a high resolution aerial photography map layer, which is not available on older paper-based topographic maps. Download instructions: http://nationalmap.gov/ustopo/

US Topo

Release of CA, LA and MS US Topo’s Soon: The release of US Topo maps for both California and Louisiana is currently at 98% complete, and Mississippi is close behind at 97%. All three should be finished soon! More than 40 states containing more than 47,754 quadrangles are now partially or almost totally covered by the new USGS digital electronic topographic map, the US Topo. The program is now replacing the former "Digital Map-Beta" maps with revised US Topo maps. Free download from the USGS Store. Complete listing. Is your state covered? http://1.usa.gov/lvbSol

TNM-Twitter

Tweet us! The National Map Twitter site has steadily increased to more than 970 followers in just over a year. Let’s make it to 1,000 @USGSTNM. Sign up today and join in the conversation!

US Topo

Records Set: USGS legacy topographic maps from the Historical Topographic Map Collection have set a record of more than 427,700 downloads during the month of April. This follows the completion of historical map coverage for the lower 48 states in a few weeks ago. The newest USGS topographic map, the US Topo, also set a personal best of nearly 174,000 downloads for the same period. Check out the mapping websites and see why they are becoming so popular. http://1.usa.gov/82461k, http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Geospatial Technology Workshop

Geospatial Technology Workshop: The USGS will be offering a workshop titled "Introduction to Geospatial Semantics and Technology" preceding the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science Symposium on May 29, 2012 in Washington D.C. The Workshop is an introductory tutorial on geospatial semantics with hands-on exercises using standard Web browsers. The workshop is divided into two major sections: general semantics on the Web, and specific examples of geospatial semantics using data from The National Map of the USGS. The general section will include information and access to publicly available semantic archives. The specific session will include information on geospatial semantics with access to semantically enhanced data for hydrography, transportation, boundaries, names, and land cover. Details: http://www.ucgis.org/Events/moreinfo.asp?ID=304

Yukon River, Alaska

Alaska Mapping Interview: Mark DeMulder, Director of the USGS National Geospatial Program (NGP) was interviewed by KNTA Radio out of Talkeetna, Alaska about the new and ambitious USGS initiative to update and upgrade the topographic maps of the Alaskan region. The interactive discussion covers the history of mapping Alaska, the new US Topo digital map project, new cartographic technologies and proposed plans for the Alaskan Mapping Initiative. Interview and sound bites: http://bit.ly/HVcy4R

National Elevation Dataset

Border Elevation Improved: Updated elevation data along the U.S. and Canadian border have been added to the National Elevation Dataset (NED) layer as result of collaboration between U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Natural Resources Canada (NRCAN). Scientist from NRCAN Centre for Topographic Information and the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center improved the topographic information along the international border by making the U.S. and Canada elevation data seamless in the 1-arc-second NED. These data will complete the watersheds originating in the U.S. and fill a small void that existed between the two elevation datasets. The new Canada elevation data, as well as the latest elevation data for the contiguous U.S. added to the NED can be viewed at NED Release Notes for April. The next release of the NED, due in June, 2012, will include Canada elevation along the border of Alaska

US Topo

CONUS Complete: The USGS Historical Topographic Map Collection is celebrating a major milestone, as the lower 48 states, spanning in excess of 130 years, are now available for free download from the Collection website. This Collection features well over 161,000 USGS legacy topographic maps in a digital format. Since September, more than 1.2 million maps have been downloaded from the Map Locator – an average of more than 5,700 maps per day! News Release

AWRA

USGS Scientist Receives "High" Water Award: USGS cartographer Jeff Simley, the product lead for the National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) received the Maidment Award at this year’s American Water Resources Association (AWRA) GIS specialty conference for water resources in New Orleans. The prestigious award acknowledges his contributions to the water resources field as a key player in establishing a Stewardship program that partners many federal, state, and local agencies all with a common goal to improve and maintain a hydrography GIS layer for the nation. http://nhd.usgs.gov/

US Topo

The Last Piece of the Puzzle - USGS Historical Maps: A summary of the USGS Historical Topographic Map Collection, its status and relevance to many diverse audiences has been published as a "Top Story" on the USGS main website. The article outlines the goals of the Historical Collection program and a short history of The National Program for Topographic Mapping, which was established in 1884. Also, it reviews map changes over time, including scales and symbology. Article link.

US Topo

Florida Historical Maps added, one state left: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Florida has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. The addition of these quadrangles brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to nearly 164,000, with only one more state left to completing coverage for the lower 48 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

AWRA

NHD/WBD in the Big Easy: The USGS will be hosting the 4th bi-annual National Hydrography Dataset (NHD)/ Watershed Boundary Dataset (WBD) Stewardship Conference in New Orleans, March 29-30, 2012. The conference is in conjunction with the American Water Resources Association's 2012 Spring Specialty Conference on Geographic Information Systems and Water Resources. The NHD is the surface water component of The National Map to be used in general mapping and in the analysis of surface-water systems by geographic information systems (GIS). Conference agenda: http://bit.ly/zNXixX

Historical US Topo

Wyoming Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Wyoming has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. The addition of these quadrangles brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to more than 154,000, covering 48 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Alton 1927

Missouri/Illinois Quads Featured: The US Topo and Historical Topographic Map Collection websites have added an interactive map application to their home pages. The flash thumbnails of original maps display all available versions of the featured state quadrangles in an animated format. The display allows the user to view the maps in chronological order, access larger versions and the map and go directly to the download services. The third showcased series is six topographic maps of the Columbia Bottoms area, straddling Missouri and Illinois - ranging from 1927 to the present. http://1.usa.gov/82461k, http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Historical US Topo

Rhode Island and South Dakota Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Rhode Island and South Dakota have been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. The addition of these quadrangles brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to more than 149,800, covering 47 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Kari Craun

ASPRS Fellow Award: Kari Craun, Director of the USGS National Geospatial Technical Operations Center (NGTOC) has been named as one of two 2012 American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) Fellow Award winners. The ASPRS hilghly selective designation of Fellow is awarded to active Society members who have performed exceptional service in advancing geospatial science and use of the mapping sciences. News release: http://bit.ly/zW7xXg

Esri FedUC

USGS at Esri FedUC: The USGS played a prominent role at the 2012 Esri Federal Users Conference in Washington, DC this past week. The USGS sponsored two exhibits featuring new and improved geospatial products and services from the National Geospatial Program and the National Atlas ®. Also, the USGS was involved in several presentations and technical sessions throughout the Conference. http://bit.ly/qgNZJs

US Topo

Arizona Quad Featured: The US Topo and Historical Topographic Map Collection websites are now displaying the Phantom Ranch topographic quadrangle on their flash application. The maps cover the a series to quadrangles from 1967 to the present. ? http://1.usa.gov/lvbSol, http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Kristina Yamamoto

CEGIS Researcher Honored: Kristina Yamamoto, a student geographer with the USGS Center of Excellence for Geospatial Information Science (CEGIS) is featured this month in the "Students at USGS" on the USGS main website. As part of her experience with the National Geospatial Program (NGP), she is conducting remote sensing research, including soil moisture and LiDAR projects. She is also PhD candidate at the University of Denver in the geography department, with her dissertation topic covering sea turtle nesting beach characteristics in southern Florida.

Historical US Topo

Vermont Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Vermont has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. That brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to more than 147,300, covering 45 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Historical US Topo

Mississippi Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Mississippi has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. That brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to more than 147,300, covering 45 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Historical US Topo

Louisiana Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Louisiana has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. That brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to more than 147,300, covering 40 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Geospatial Websites Upgraded

Geospatial Websites Upgraded: The US Topo and Historical Topographic Map Collection websites have added an interactive map application to their home pages. The flash thumbnails of original maps display all available versions of the featured series in an animated format. The display allows the user to view the maps in chronological order, access larger versions of the map and go directly to the download services. The second showcased series is six topographic maps of the Phantom Range, Arizona quadrangle (part of the Grand Canyon) - ranging from 1962 to the present. http://1.usa.gov/82461k, http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

New NHD Tools

New NHD Tools: The National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) contains detailed geospatial information about the Nation's surface water. Ensuring the accuracy of these data is an ongoing task as the landscape changes and users demand greater accuracy. To better support and grow the NHD stewardship program, the USGS has reinvented both the process and tools involved in maintaining the NHD. More information: http://bit.ly/dZZZ33

Historical US Topo

Missouri and New Hampshire Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Missouri and New Hampshire have been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. The addition of these quadrangles brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to more than 141,000 , covering 41 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Historical US Topo

Connecticut Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Connecticut has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. That brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to more than 149,190, covering 39 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Photo by Graham Gainty - Kepler Challenge

Trail Running, Kiwi-Style: NGTOC employee Paul Jurasin recently celebrated his 50th birthday in a rather unique fashion. His story can be found at: http://www.runningtimes.com/Article.aspx?ArticleID=24699

Historical US Topo

Nebraska Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Nebraska has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. That brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to more than 132,200, covering 38 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

US Topo 1893 Boothbay topo

Geospatial Websites Upgraded: The US Topo and Historical Topographic Map Collection websites have added an interactive map application to their home pages. Thumbnail images of actual maps display all available versions of the featured series in an animated format. The display allows the user to view the maps in chronological order, view larger versions of each map, and an option to download the full-resolution version directly. This first showcase features six topographic maps from the Boothbay, Maine area - ranging from 1893 to the present.

Historical Topographic Map Collection-Distribution of USGS Maps- Old and New video presentation

Historical Map Video: The USGS has released the "Historical Topographic Map Collection-Distribution of USGS Maps- Old and New" video presentation. It features team lead Greg Allord at the recent International Map Trade Association (IMTA) Conference. The video covers the project history, goals, updates and examples.

US Topo

US Topo Moving Forward: Nevada has started and Missouri is continuing! More than 36 states containing more than 41,000 quadrangles are now partially or almost totally covered by the new USGS digital electronic topographic map, the US Topo. The program is now replacing the former "Digital Map-Beta" maps with US Topo maps. Free download from the USGS Store. Complete listing. Is your state covered? http://1.usa.gov/lvbSol

SOCoP

New Heights of Accuracy for World Topography: The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) have collaborated in the development of a much improved global elevation model, the Global Multi-resolution Terrain Elevation Data 2010 (GMTED2010). GMTED2010 replaces the widely used, 15-year-old GTOPO30 terrain model as the best available global digital elevation model. All of the GMTED2010 data products are publicly available online with no redistribution restrictions. http://on.doi.gov/v0sreR

Historical US Topo

Arizona Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Arizona has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. That brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to nearly 130,000, covering 37 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Geospatial Data Contracts

USGS Geospatial Data Contract Website: The National Geospatial Technical Operations Center (NGTOC) has linked a new Geospatial Data Contract website to The National Map website. The Geospatial Product and Service Contracts (GPSC) is a suite of contracts, broad in scope, that can accommodate activities related to standard, nonstandard, graphic, and digital cartographic products. Services provided may include: photogrammetric mapping and aerotriangulation; orthophotography; thematic mapping (for example, land characterization); digital imagery applications; IFSAR and LiDAR; geographic information systems development; surveying and control acquisition, including ground-based and airborne GPS; and much more.

Historical US Topo

Historical Maps Now Covering 36 States: The release of more than 13,688 historical topographic maps covering California highlights the rapid pace of the USGS Historical Topographic Map Collection. Nearly 124,000 high resolution scans of historical USGS maps, some dating as far back as 1884, are now available online for free from the USGS Store. The electronic maps are georeferenced and can be used in conjunction with the new USGS digital topographic map, the US Topo.

FGDC globe

FGDC Launches New Geospatial Website: The Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC), in conjunction with several geospatial partners has released a prototype Geospatial Platform website providing an initial view of the future of user-friendly, integrated, federal data collections on common geographic maps. Through the website, users can create their own maps by combining their data with public domain data and can collaborate in public and private groups with others who share their interests. Maps assembled through the Geospatial Platform can be shared with others through web browsers and mobile technologies. All of this is possible without requiring users to install software on their own computers. News Release.

Volunteer Geographic Information

Volunteer Geographic Information: Since 1994, citizen volunteers have helped the USGS improve its topographic maps. A new fact sheet has been released to explain the current status of volunteer map data collection, pilot projects and the possible future of The National Map Corps.

US Topo

Historical Topographic Map Collection Update – over half way: More than 102,300high resolution scans of the more than 200,000 historical USGS topographic maps, some dating as far back as 1884, are now available online. The Historical Topographic Map Collection includes published U.S. maps of all scales and editions, and are offered as a georeferenced digital download or as a scanned print from the USGS Store.

Mapping iPhone App

There's A (M)app For That: Topographic maps from the USGS are now available as an app for Apple iOS devices including the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. The new app, called PDF Maps, has been released though the iTunes App Store and allows free download of any available US Topo or USGS Historical maps from the USGS Store or Map Locator tool.

US Topo

US Topo – Exceeding Goals: The US Topo crested an important milestone as the staff exceeded the ambitions goal of producing 18,500 digital quadrangles in one year. This brings the total of US Topos available for no-cost download to more than 36,200 maps covering 33 states. Recently, the program has started to replace the former "Digital Map Beta" prototypes with US Topo maps and have included a land cover layer. Also, the US Topo website has been updated to reflect significant product additions.

Mark DeMulder

Geospatial Summit and Radio Interview: Mark DeMulder, the Director of the National Geospatial Program gave a keynote presentation on "Mapping the Future" at the inaugural Geospatial Summit, September13 in Herndon, VA. Prior to the Summit, he was featured in a radio interview on Federal News Radio. Articles: http://bit.ly/nDP4WR http://bit.ly/pi7Qhq

The National Map

NGP Standards: Standards and specifications are essential to facilitate the development and sharing of geospatial data and products. The USGS standards and specifications that 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 can now be found on The National Map website.

US Topo

Bridging the Gap – The National Map Now Serving Complete Data for the US-Canadian Border: Since 2007 the USGS has partnered with the International Joint Commission of Canada and the U.S. (IJC) to extend National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) and WBD interpretations into Canada. This effort involves complex negotiations between State, Provincial and Federal agencies, resulting in the ability for users of the National Map to view, download and use Hydrologic Units and Hydrographic layers that were previously limited to the International Boundary. Identical interpretations are currently available on Natural Resources Canada's data portal GeoBase.

The National Map Corps

The National Map Corps Update: The USGS National Geospatial Program (NGP) sponsored volunteer map data collection projects for 20+ years. Citizen mappers revised many maps, but the program was suspended in 2008 due to funding. New technologies and social media have made volunteered geographic information (VGI) a possibility. As a result, the USGS has launched a pilot project to explore the future citizen participation. http://1.usa.gov/pkNgfi

Emergency Response Fact Sheet

Emergency Response Fact Sheet: The USGS National Geospatial Program (NGP) has released a new fact sheet listing the most popular web based resources for emergency responders and others to get timely and relevant information concerning earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, landslides, tsunamis, volcanoes, wildfires, terrorist attacks and accidental oil spills. http://on.doi.gov/iEmVfo

Conference PostersConference Posters: Pictures of winning and other selected posters from the 2011 USGS GIS Workshop and The National Map User Conference Poster Session released on the Conference website: http://bit.ly/pFwucn

The National Map User Conference photos Conference Pictures Posted! Hundreds of pictures from The National Map Users Conference (TNM UC) and the 2011 GIS Workshop have been posted to the Conference website. The pictures are arranged by day or major event and can be viewed as a slide show or thumb-nail set through Flickr.

Safest City Safest City: What is the "Safest City, USA"? Recently, a reporter from MSNBC posed that question to the USGS, looking for a map that depicts all the potential natural hazards and climatic impacts. Although the USGS has several data sets, there is currently no map that combines all of the various scenarios. Given the list of probable calamities, could your city or state be the "safest"?

The National Map User Conference Videos Released: Selected videos from The National Map Users Conference (TNM UC) have been posted to the Conference website. The recently released presentations include the plenary sessions for Day 1 and Day2, the Gannett Awards Ceremony, the Closing session and a montage of attendee feedback called TNM UC Experience. Photos, presentations and more from the Conference will be posted soon.

What is a Map? What is a Map? Renowned author Frederick Reuss advances, "The Question, What is a Map? Is More Relevant than Ever" in a new video from The National Map Users Conference.

The National Map User Conference SUCCESS! The National Map Users Conference (TNM UC) for 2011 is now in the books. The inaugural event took place May 12-13 in Denver with more than 425 participants. The over-capacity crowd included 16 Federal agencies, state and local government, academic institutions, vendors and international representatives. The fast-paced program included 66 concurrent sessions, panel discussions, three listening sessions, product review opportunities, the Gannett Award ceremony and plenty of networking. The Conference was preceded by the two-day, technology-focused GIS Workshop held at the nearby Denver Federal Center. Videos, pictures, presentation slides, Conference proceedings and other information products will be posted to the Conference website as they become available.

Gannett Award Winners Gannett Award winners: Tommy Dewald of the EPA and Keven Roth "semi-retired" USGS are the co-recipients of this year's Henry Gannett Award, presented at The National Map Users Conference. Roth and Dewald were cited for their development of the National Hydrography Dataset (NHD). More updated post Conference info at http://nationalmap.gov/uc/.

The National Map

New Website Face: An updated version of The National Map website (nationalmap.gov) was rolled out in conjunction with The National Map Users Conference. The new home page includes an user-specified map selection menu, easier to read navigation tabs, a search box, refined news section and a real-time Twitter feed. Check it out comments welcome!

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October 19, 2012

Thumbnail image of vintage Alaska map and link to USGS Historical Topographic Map Collection.

Last Frontier Historical Topo Maps: More than 8,000 historical topographic quadrangles, some dating back to 1899, covering all of Alaska have been released for free download. This recent addition to the Historical Topographic Map Collection provides a comprehensive landscape repository of our northernmost State and shows changes through time, providing essential clues critical in the understanding our Nation's development. http://go.usa.gov/YnRe

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NGMDB Gets a Face Lift: In concert with the inaugural, multi-agency Geologic Map Day - October 19 - the USGS and Association of American State Geologists will release a significantly updated infrastructure and a new "look" to the National Geologic Map Database (NGMDB). The MapView features a visually compelling interface that uses the latest technology to portray the Nation's geologic maps published by the USGS, the state geological surveys, and many others. These maps, available from the NGMDB in several popular and easy to use formats, can be viewed in detail and downloaded from the various publishers. http://go.usa.gov/YQsV

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New NED Website: The National Map has unveiled a revised National Elevation Dataset homepage which now includes a variety of documentation and graphic examples about elevation data and its applications. Features include links to digital elevation models (DEM), lidar point cloud data on Earth Explorer, and the US Interagency Elevation Inventory, and other sources of elevation data. The site will be updated on a regular basis and highlight interesting projects, data and articles on a variety of subjects related to elevation and the program.

URISA Award

URISA GIS Hall of Fame: Owing to 50 years of cutting-edge developments and significant contributions in advancing the field of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and geospatial sciences, the USGS has been selected to enter the Urban and Regional Information System Association GIS Hall of Fame. The USGS was cited as a major contributor and driver to GIS progress across the government and the private sector. The formal nomination statement and other award details are available on the URISA Award website http://www.usgs.gov/ngpo/urisa/

US Topo

US Topo - Second time around! Production and release of the USGS new series of digital topographic maps, the US Topo , started in October 2009. This week, the project has met its very aggressive long term goal of replacing all quads in the lower 48 states in three years with the new GeoPDF maps. Thus, the second cycle of US Topo map production has started, beginning with Kansas. Also, all previous "Digital Map - Beta" products have been removed from distribution. Hawaii, Alaska, and US territories are presently being worked on.

US Map

Florida and Illinois Make 48: People who want access to digital topographic maps for any of the lower 48 states can now count on the US Topo. The ongoing map project, as part of the USGS national map series, recently released new maps for Florida and Illinois - with Hawaii to soon follow. Adding more than 2,015 revised digital quadrangles has increased the collection to nearly 54,000 new US Topo maps, with plans for Alaska developing. The maps are available for free download from The National Map and the USGS Map Store website.

TNM-Twitter

Passed 1,000! The National Map Twitter site recently surpassed 1,330 followers in just over a year. Let's make it to 2,000 @USGSTNM. Sign up today and join in the conversation!

US Topo Update: Production and release of the USGS's new series of digital topographic maps, the US Topo started in October 2009. In October 2012, the project met its very aggressive long term goal of replacing all quads in the lower 48 states in three years with the new GeoPDF maps. Thus, the second cycle of US Topo map production has started, beginning with Kansas. Also, all previous "Digital Map–Beta" products have been removed from distribution. The National Geospatial Technical Operations Center reports the following US Topo maps are loaded to the Map Locator of the USGS Store (as of 10-19-12):
  • Kansas: 98% complete - 1,378 quadrangles
  • Oklahoma: pending
  • New York: pending
NED Release

New lidar data: The National Elevation Dataset (NED) has posted the October 2012 Release Notes featuring new light detection and ranging (lidar) data for the epicenter area of the 2011 Virginia earthquake. The USGS has placed a high priority on understanding why earthquakes are occurring in this region and the lidar data will hopefully allow for new understanding of the earthquake hazard there. Also the release contains more than 3800 square miles of the San Luis Valley in Colorado, the largest alpine valley in the world. This area provides the setting for a wide range of scientific applications involving eight other Federal and state agencies. All NED data are available via The National Map Viewer: http://viewer.nationalmap.gov/viewer/

Kari Craun

On the Radio; "Citizen Cartographer": Kari Craun, the Director of the USGS National Geospatial Technical Operations Center (NGTOC) was recently featured on Federal News Radio "Federal Drive Interview". The interview focused on pilot projects in the Denver area to harness the power of "crowdsourcing" in improving structures data for The National Map and other mapping applications. Volunteers are currently being accepted through The National Map Corps and if successful, the project may go nation-wide.

US Topo Video

US Topo Video: US Topo is the next generation of topographic maps from the USGS. To support the ongoing transformation to digital mapping, The National Geospatial Program has released an informative and entertaining video to demonstrate the advantages, capabilities and opportunities provided by US Topo electronic maps. http://gallery.usgs.gov/videos/568 Also available on YouTube.

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Uplifting Video: Elevation data has been an important component of USGS topographic maps since the 1880's. A topographic map without elevations in the form of contours is simply not a topographic map. The National Geospatial Program has launched a short video that emphasizes the relevance of elevation data not only to mapping, but to other areas of science and everyday life like flood insurance, climate change and environmental monitoring. http://gallery.usgs.gov/videos/567 . Also available on Youtube.

Nerds of the Internet Article.

Feds Embrace "Nerds of the Internet": Federal agencies are turning to the public to fill information gaps and promote their data, crowdsourcing experts said at a panel sponsored by NextGov in Washington DC, Sept 6, 2012. Kari Craun, Director of the USGS National Geospatial Technical Operations Center, provided insights into USGS efforts in engaging citizen volunteers for mapping information and a current crowdsouring pilot program in the Denver area. Short summary: shar.es/umCmT (Video of the presentation pending).

Usery Award

Distinguished Career Award: Dr. E. Lynn Usery, Director of the USGS Center of Excellence for Geospatial Information Science (CEGIS) received the Distinguished Career Award from the Cartographic and Geographic Information Society. The exclusive award was presented at the recent AutoCarto International Symposium. Dr. Usery was recognized for his research accomplishments, vision, and leadership in academia and government, as well as for his outstanding service to the Society and the international geospatial community. Due to the stringent nomination requirements, this is the first time since 2008 that the award has been conferred.

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Sunshine state Maps: The full set of US Topo maps for Florida has been released and are available for free download from the USGS Store. The addition of 1,025 revised quadrangles from the land of the 'gaters rises the count of US digital topographic maps to more than 53, 650. http://1.usa.gov/82461k

Thumbnail image of Shoshone, WY map from 1886, and link to US Topo

Wyoming Map Featured: The US Topo and Historical Topographic Map Collection websites have added an interactive map application to their home pages. The flash thumbnails of original scanned maps display all available versions of the featured state quadrangles in an animated format. The display allows the user to view the maps in chronological order, access larger versions and the map and go directly to the download services. The new series is six topographic maps of the Lewis Falls maps in Wyoming - ranging from 1886 to the present. http://1.usa.gov/82461k, http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

TNM Corps

"Crowdsourcing": Looking at New Ways to Map Structures in Colorado In light of technical changes and increasing uses of social networking, the USGS is exploring a new approach to the volunteer program —the National Map Corps - and is launching a project to test options for volunteer participation in providing data to The National Map. The project uses internet mapping applications to add or corrected information to man-made structures and facilities, such as schools and fire stations, in the state of Colorado. News Release. Video Link.

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LiDAR Publication Released: A new USGS publication from the National Geospatial Program titled, "LiDAR Base Specification Version 1.0" is now available for free download. This officially replaces what is widely known as "the v13 Spec", a draft LiDAR base specification that has been largely adopted by many US Federal agencies and private industry. That formative document has been completely reformatted and re-edited, and now includes a glossary, a metadata template, and a metadata example file. LiDAR continues to be a rapidly evolving technology, and the NGP anticipates periodic future revisions to this document as changes in the technology, data, applications, and program requirements dictate. Report link.

US Topo

Northern Plains Data Improved - plus PLSS: New US Topo maps for Wyoming and South Dakota are available (News Release), with more than 3,230 revised digital quadrangles added to the collection. Wyoming is the first state to have Public Land Survey System (PLSS) data added to US Topo maps. The PLSS is a way of subdividing and describing land in the United States. All lands in the public domain are subject to subdivision by this rectangular system of surveys, which is regulated by the U.S. Department of the Interior. The maps are available for free download from the USGS Map Store website.

Puerto Rico 1950

PR Historical Maps: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Puerto Rico has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. The addition of these 611 quadrangles brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to nearly 164,000, covering the lower 48 states and Hawaii. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

US Topo

MI and SD State Maps: The full sets of US Topo maps for Michigan and South Dakota have been released and are available for free download from the USGS Store. The 1,319 revised quadrangles from the Great Lakes State and the1,445 topo maps from the Mount Rushmore have been added to the more than 51,600 US digital topographic maps. http://1.usa.gov/82461k

Logo and link to The National Atlas of the USnited States of America

Find 1, Get 1, Use 1: The National Atlas has released new sets of digital cartographic frameworks at the one million-scale, which is twice the detail of previous versions. Users can now easily find "one" using popular search engines; get it as documented data or Web map services; and use "one" in their geospatial analyses, maps, or map mashups. News Release: http://on.doi.gov/MDT0BJ

Connecticut Quad

New Maps for New England: Nearly 690 revised digital maps covering Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont have been added to approximately 51,000 maps currently covering the lower 48 states and are available for free download from the website.

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Legacy Maps in the News: The Historical Topographic Map Collection, with more than 167,335 scanned and referenced USGS topo quadrangles available for free download, has recently been featured in several publications, including the Smithsonian "Constant Traveler", PC World, the Verge and the IMTA update.
Traveler link: http://bit.ly/O0AmFt

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USGS Mapping Alaska: In conjunction with nearly 20 Federal Agencies and representatives from the state of Alaska, the USGS sponsored an Alaska Mapping Roundtable to discuss collaborative funding strategies for Alaska's Statewide Digital Mapping Initiative. The meeting, convened by Lt. Gov Mead Treadwell and DOI Assistant Secretary for Water and Science, Anne Castle, was also featured in the July 5 edition of The Seward Phoenix Log.

2012 Fact Sheet

New NHD Publication: The analysis of surface-water systems optimized by using the National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) as the common national framework has provided improved data maintenance, better tools and reduced costs. To portray the complex water data, often from many agencies, the NHD has developed and refined a linear referencing system. Fact Sheet: http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2012/3068/

Work Plan

Passed 50,000: The US Topo map project has produced more than 50,000 revised digital topographic maps since late-2009, keeping pace with the complete coverage goal of the continental US by the end 2012. Users from almost every state can now access and download new US Topo maps for free from the USGS Store map locator. To see if your desired map is available, go to: http://on.doi.gov/ctQcJG

Connecticut Quad

Connecticut Quads Featured: The US Topo and Historical Topographic Map Collection websites have added an interactive map application to their home pages. The flash thumbnails of original scanned maps display all available versions of the featured state quadrangles in an animated format. The display allows the user to view the maps in chronological order, access larger versions and the map and go directly to the download services. The new series is six topographic maps of the Old Lyme maps in Connecticut - ranging from 1893 to the present. http://1.usa.gov/82461k, http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

US Topo

US Topo Update: New maps for Wyoming and South Dakota are nearly half way complete. More than 36 states containing more than 40,700 quadrangles are now partially or almost totally covered by the new USGS digital electronic topographic map, the US Topo. Free download from the USGS Store. Complete listing. Is your state covered? http://1.usa.gov/82461k

Massachusetts US Topo

Bay State Maps: The full set of US Topo maps for Massachusetts has been released. The 196 revised quadrangles have been added to the more 49,800 US digital topographic maps available for free download from the USGS Store. http://1.usa.gov/82461k

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TopoBathy added to the NED: The first set of topobathymetric data has been added to the National Elevation Dataset (NED). Topobathymetric data are created by merging topography (land elevation) and bathymetry (water depth) into a seamless elevation product useful for applications such as modeling sea level rise and storm surge. The initial dataset is centered over Mobile Bay, Alabama and was constructed using a combination of 71 disparate topographic and bathymetric datasets from the USGS, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; ranging in temporal variation from 1917 to 2011. It was developed in collaboration between the USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program (CMGP) and the USGS National Geospatial Program. In the next five years, the CMGP has plans to expand its research and modeling along the northern Gulf of Mexico coastline, and San Francisco and Chesapeake Bays. Release notes: http://bit.ly/K5RCEE

US Topo

Ocean State Maps: The full set of US Topo maps for Rhode Island has been released. The 27 revised quadrangles have been added to the more 48,900 US digital topographic maps available for free download from the USGS Store. http://1.usa.gov/82461k

US Topo

Hawaii Historical Maps Available: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Hawaii has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. The addition of these quadrangles brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to nearly 167,000, with only one more state left to completing coverage for the entire US and territories. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

US Topo

Constitution State Maps: The full set of US Topo maps for Connecticut has been released. The 94 revised quadrangles have been added to the more 48,900 US digital topographic maps available for free download from the USGS Store. http://1.usa.gov/82461k

CA Half Dome 2012

California Quads Featured: The US Topo and Historical Topographic Map Collection websites have added an interactive map application to their home pages. The flash thumbnails of original scanned maps display all available versions of the featured state quadrangles in an animated format. The display allows the user to view the maps in chronological order, access larger versions and the map and go directly to the download services. The new series is six topographic maps of the Yosemite/Half Dome maps in California - ranging from 1897 to the present. http://1.usa.gov/82461k, http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

CA Half Dome 2012

New Maps for CA, LA and MS Rolled Out: Complete sets of US Topo maps for California, Louisiana and Mississippi have been released. They join the growing list of other states. The 4,300 new maps have been added to the more than 48,580 digital topographic quadrangles now available for free download from the USGS Store. News Release with quotes from the USGS Director: http://on.doi.gov/LmdbjB

US Topo

Arizona quads complete: After a short delay, the finished set of US Topo maps numbering more than 1,880 updated digital topographic quadrangles for Arizona have been loaded to the USGS Store for free download. http://1.usa.gov/lvbSol

US Topo

More New England States Started: US Topo maps for the states of Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, Massachusetts and New Hampshire are starting to be posted to the US Topo quadrangle collection. Currently, more than 275 digital topographic maps from those New England states are available for free download from the USGS Store. http://1.usa.gov/lvbSol

Elevation study results

Elevation Study Results: The USGS completed a National Enhanced Elevation Assessment (NEEA) in December 2011. The assessment was the most comprehensive investigation of options for improving the availability and quality of national elevation data. Research participants included 34 federal agencies, 50 states, and selected local governments and tribes, as well as private and not-for-profit organizations. The study and other resources will be available through a NEEA website (coming soon!). In the interim, the full report from Dewberry can be found at: http://bit.ly/JNlGcj

CA Half Dome 2012

Golden State Coverage: The state of California is now completely covered with new US Topo maps. More than 2,800 California digital topographic quadrangles are now available for free download from the USGS Store. The improved maps feature contours, updated hydrography, woodland tint, additional critical structures, enhanced boundaries, commercial roads and new Forest Service data. Also, the US Topo allows for the addition of a high resolution aerial photography map layer, which is not available on older paper-based topographic maps. Download instructions: http://nationalmap.gov/ustopo/

US Topo

Release of CA, LA and MS US Topo’s Soon: The release of US Topo maps for both California and Louisiana is currently at 98% complete, and Mississippi is close behind at 97%. All three should be finished soon! More than 40 states containing more than 47,754 quadrangles are now partially or almost totally covered by the new USGS digital electronic topographic map, the US Topo. The program is now replacing the former "Digital Map-Beta" maps with revised US Topo maps. Free download from the USGS Store. Complete listing. Is your state covered? http://1.usa.gov/lvbSol

TNM-Twitter

Tweet us! The National Map Twitter site has steadily increased to more than 970 followers in just over a year. Let’s make it to 1,000 @USGSTNM. Sign up today and join in the conversation!

US Topo

Records Set: USGS legacy topographic maps from the Historical Topographic Map Collection have set a record of more than 427,700 downloads during the month of April. This follows the completion of historical map coverage for the lower 48 states in a few weeks ago. The newest USGS topographic map, the US Topo, also set a personal best of nearly 174,000 downloads for the same period. Check out the mapping websites and see why they are becoming so popular. http://1.usa.gov/82461k, http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Geospatial Technology Workshop

Geospatial Technology Workshop: The USGS will be offering a workshop titled "Introduction to Geospatial Semantics and Technology" preceding the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science Symposium on May 29, 2012 in Washington D.C. The Workshop is an introductory tutorial on geospatial semantics with hands-on exercises using standard Web browsers. The workshop is divided into two major sections: general semantics on the Web, and specific examples of geospatial semantics using data from The National Map of the USGS. The general section will include information and access to publicly available semantic archives. The specific session will include information on geospatial semantics with access to semantically enhanced data for hydrography, transportation, boundaries, names, and land cover. Details: http://www.ucgis.org/Events/moreinfo.asp?ID=304

Yukon River, Alaska

Alaska Mapping Interview: Mark DeMulder, Director of the USGS National Geospatial Program (NGP) was interviewed by KNTA Radio out of Talkeetna, Alaska about the new and ambitious USGS initiative to update and upgrade the topographic maps of the Alaskan region. The interactive discussion covers the history of mapping Alaska, the new US Topo digital map project, new cartographic technologies and proposed plans for the Alaskan Mapping Initiative. Interview and sound bites: http://bit.ly/HVcy4R

National Elevation Dataset

Border Elevation Improved: Updated elevation data along the U.S. and Canadian border have been added to the National Elevation Dataset (NED) layer as result of collaboration between U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Natural Resources Canada (NRCAN). Scientist from NRCAN Centre for Topographic Information and the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center improved the topographic information along the international border by making the U.S. and Canada elevation data seamless in the 1-arc-second NED. These data will complete the watersheds originating in the U.S. and fill a small void that existed between the two elevation datasets. The new Canada elevation data, as well as the latest elevation data for the contiguous U.S. added to the NED can be viewed at NED Release Notes for April. The next release of the NED, due in June, 2012, will include Canada elevation along the border of Alaska

US Topo

CONUS Complete: The USGS Historical Topographic Map Collection is celebrating a major milestone, as the lower 48 states, spanning in excess of 130 years, are now available for free download from the Collection website. This Collection features well over 161,000 USGS legacy topographic maps in a digital format. Since September, more than 1.2 million maps have been downloaded from the Map Locator – an average of more than 5,700 maps per day! News Release

AWRA

USGS Scientist Receives "High" Water Award: USGS cartographer Jeff Simley, the product lead for the National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) received the Maidment Award at this year’s American Water Resources Association (AWRA) GIS specialty conference for water resources in New Orleans. The prestigious award acknowledges his contributions to the water resources field as a key player in establishing a Stewardship program that partners many federal, state, and local agencies all with a common goal to improve and maintain a hydrography GIS layer for the nation. http://nhd.usgs.gov/

US Topo

The Last Piece of the Puzzle - USGS Historical Maps: A summary of the USGS Historical Topographic Map Collection, its status and relevance to many diverse audiences has been published as a "Top Story" on the USGS main website. The article outlines the goals of the Historical Collection program and a short history of The National Program for Topographic Mapping, which was established in 1884. Also, it reviews map changes over time, including scales and symbology. Article link.

US Topo

Florida Historical Maps added, one state left: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Florida has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. The addition of these quadrangles brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to nearly 164,000, with only one more state left to completing coverage for the lower 48 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

AWRA

NHD/WBD in the Big Easy: The USGS will be hosting the 4th bi-annual National Hydrography Dataset (NHD)/ Watershed Boundary Dataset (WBD) Stewardship Conference in New Orleans, March 29-30, 2012. The conference is in conjunction with the American Water Resources Association's 2012 Spring Specialty Conference on Geographic Information Systems and Water Resources. The NHD is the surface water component of The National Map to be used in general mapping and in the analysis of surface-water systems by geographic information systems (GIS). Conference agenda: http://bit.ly/zNXixX

Historical US Topo

Wyoming Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Wyoming has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. The addition of these quadrangles brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to more than 154,000, covering 48 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Alton 1927

Missouri/Illinois Quads Featured: The US Topo and Historical Topographic Map Collection websites have added an interactive map application to their home pages. The flash thumbnails of original maps display all available versions of the featured state quadrangles in an animated format. The display allows the user to view the maps in chronological order, access larger versions and the map and go directly to the download services. The third showcased series is six topographic maps of the Columbia Bottoms area, straddling Missouri and Illinois - ranging from 1927 to the present. http://1.usa.gov/82461k, http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Historical US Topo

Rhode Island and South Dakota Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Rhode Island and South Dakota have been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. The addition of these quadrangles brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to more than 149,800, covering 47 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Kari Craun

ASPRS Fellow Award: Kari Craun, Director of the USGS National Geospatial Technical Operations Center (NGTOC) has been named as one of two 2012 American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) Fellow Award winners. The ASPRS hilghly selective designation of Fellow is awarded to active Society members who have performed exceptional service in advancing geospatial science and use of the mapping sciences. News release: http://bit.ly/zW7xXg

Esri FedUC

USGS at Esri FedUC: The USGS played a prominent role at the 2012 Esri Federal Users Conference in Washington, DC this past week. The USGS sponsored two exhibits featuring new and improved geospatial products and services from the National Geospatial Program and the National Atlas ®. Also, the USGS was involved in several presentations and technical sessions throughout the Conference. http://bit.ly/qgNZJs

US Topo

Arizona Quad Featured: The US Topo and Historical Topographic Map Collection websites are now displaying the Phantom Ranch topographic quadrangle on their flash application. The maps cover the a series to quadrangles from 1967 to the present. ? http://1.usa.gov/lvbSol, http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Kristina Yamamoto

CEGIS Researcher Honored: Kristina Yamamoto, a student geographer with the USGS Center of Excellence for Geospatial Information Science (CEGIS) is featured this month in the "Students at USGS" on the USGS main website. As part of her experience with the National Geospatial Program (NGP), she is conducting remote sensing research, including soil moisture and LiDAR projects. She is also PhD candidate at the University of Denver in the geography department, with her dissertation topic covering sea turtle nesting beach characteristics in southern Florida.

Historical US Topo

Vermont Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Vermont has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. That brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to more than 147,300, covering 45 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Historical US Topo

Mississippi Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Mississippi has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. That brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to more than 147,300, covering 45 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Historical US Topo

Louisiana Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Louisiana has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. That brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to more than 147,300, covering 40 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Geospatial Websites Upgraded

Geospatial Websites Upgraded: The US Topo and Historical Topographic Map Collection websites have added an interactive map application to their home pages. The flash thumbnails of original maps display all available versions of the featured series in an animated format. The display allows the user to view the maps in chronological order, access larger versions of the map and go directly to the download services. The second showcased series is six topographic maps of the Phantom Range, Arizona quadrangle (part of the Grand Canyon) - ranging from 1962 to the present. http://1.usa.gov/82461k, http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

New NHD Tools

New NHD Tools: The National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) contains detailed geospatial information about the Nation's surface water. Ensuring the accuracy of these data is an ongoing task as the landscape changes and users demand greater accuracy. To better support and grow the NHD stewardship program, the USGS has reinvented both the process and tools involved in maintaining the NHD. More information: http://bit.ly/dZZZ33

Historical US Topo

Missouri and New Hampshire Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Missouri and New Hampshire have been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. The addition of these quadrangles brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to more than 141,000 , covering 41 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Historical US Topo

Connecticut Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Connecticut has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. That brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to more than 149,190, covering 39 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Photo by Graham Gainty - Kepler Challenge

Trail Running, Kiwi-Style: NGTOC employee Paul Jurasin recently celebrated his 50th birthday in a rather unique fashion. His story can be found at: http://www.runningtimes.com/Article.aspx?ArticleID=24699

Historical US Topo

Nebraska Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Nebraska has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. That brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to more than 132,200, covering 38 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

US Topo 1893 Boothbay topo

Geospatial Websites Upgraded: The US Topo and Historical Topographic Map Collection websites have added an interactive map application to their home pages. Thumbnail images of actual maps display all available versions of the featured series in an animated format. The display allows the user to view the maps in chronological order, view larger versions of each map, and an option to download the full-resolution version directly. This first showcase features six topographic maps from the Boothbay, Maine area - ranging from 1893 to the present.

Historical Topographic Map Collection-Distribution of USGS Maps- Old and New video presentation

Historical Map Video: The USGS has released the "Historical Topographic Map Collection-Distribution of USGS Maps- Old and New" video presentation. It features team lead Greg Allord at the recent International Map Trade Association (IMTA) Conference. The video covers the project history, goals, updates and examples.

US Topo

US Topo Moving Forward: Nevada has started and Missouri is continuing! More than 36 states containing more than 41,000 quadrangles are now partially or almost totally covered by the new USGS digital electronic topographic map, the US Topo. The program is now replacing the former "Digital Map-Beta" maps with US Topo maps. Free download from the USGS Store. Complete listing. Is your state covered? http://1.usa.gov/lvbSol

SOCoP

New Heights of Accuracy for World Topography: The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) have collaborated in the development of a much improved global elevation model, the Global Multi-resolution Terrain Elevation Data 2010 (GMTED2010). GMTED2010 replaces the widely used, 15-year-old GTOPO30 terrain model as the best available global digital elevation model. All of the GMTED2010 data products are publicly available online with no redistribution restrictions. http://on.doi.gov/v0sreR

Historical US Topo

Arizona Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Arizona has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. That brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to nearly 130,000, covering 37 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Geospatial Data Contracts

USGS Geospatial Data Contract Website: The National Geospatial Technical Operations Center (NGTOC) has linked a new Geospatial Data Contract website to The National Map website. The Geospatial Product and Service Contracts (GPSC) is a suite of contracts, broad in scope, that can accommodate activities related to standard, nonstandard, graphic, and digital cartographic products. Services provided may include: photogrammetric mapping and aerotriangulation; orthophotography; thematic mapping (for example, land characterization); digital imagery applications; IFSAR and LiDAR; geographic information systems development; surveying and control acquisition, including ground-based and airborne GPS; and much more.

Historical US Topo

Historical Maps Now Covering 36 States: The release of more than 13,688 historical topographic maps covering California highlights the rapid pace of the USGS Historical Topographic Map Collection. Nearly 124,000 high resolution scans of historical USGS maps, some dating as far back as 1884, are now available online for free from the USGS Store. The electronic maps are georeferenced and can be used in conjunction with the new USGS digital topographic map, the US Topo.

FGDC globe

FGDC Launches New Geospatial Website: The Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC), in conjunction with several geospatial partners has released a prototype Geospatial Platform website providing an initial view of the future of user-friendly, integrated, federal data collections on common geographic maps. Through the website, users can create their own maps by combining their data with public domain data and can collaborate in public and private groups with others who share their interests. Maps assembled through the Geospatial Platform can be shared with others through web browsers and mobile technologies. All of this is possible without requiring users to install software on their own computers. News Release.

Volunteer Geographic Information

Volunteer Geographic Information: Since 1994, citizen volunteers have helped the USGS improve its topographic maps. A new fact sheet has been released to explain the current status of volunteer map data collection, pilot projects and the possible future of The National Map Corps.

US Topo

Historical Topographic Map Collection Update – over half way: More than 102,300high resolution scans of the more than 200,000 historical USGS topographic maps, some dating as far back as 1884, are now available online. The Historical Topographic Map Collection includes published U.S. maps of all scales and editions, and are offered as a georeferenced digital download or as a scanned print from the USGS Store.

Mapping iPhone App

There's A (M)app For That: Topographic maps from the USGS are now available as an app for Apple iOS devices including the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. The new app, called PDF Maps, has been released though the iTunes App Store and allows free download of any available US Topo or USGS Historical maps from the USGS Store or Map Locator tool.

US Topo

US Topo – Exceeding Goals: The US Topo crested an important milestone as the staff exceeded the ambitions goal of producing 18,500 digital quadrangles in one year. This brings the total of US Topos available for no-cost download to more than 36,200 maps covering 33 states. Recently, the program has started to replace the former "Digital Map Beta" prototypes with US Topo maps and have included a land cover layer. Also, the US Topo website has been updated to reflect significant product additions.

Mark DeMulder

Geospatial Summit and Radio Interview: Mark DeMulder, the Director of the National Geospatial Program gave a keynote presentation on "Mapping the Future" at the inaugural Geospatial Summit, September13 in Herndon, VA. Prior to the Summit, he was featured in a radio interview on Federal News Radio. Articles: http://bit.ly/nDP4WR http://bit.ly/pi7Qhq

The National Map

NGP Standards: Standards and specifications are essential to facilitate the development and sharing of geospatial data and products. The USGS standards and specifications that 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 can now be found on The National Map website.

US Topo

Bridging the Gap – The National Map Now Serving Complete Data for the US-Canadian Border: Since 2007 the USGS has partnered with the International Joint Commission of Canada and the U.S. (IJC) to extend National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) and WBD interpretations into Canada. This effort involves complex negotiations between State, Provincial and Federal agencies, resulting in the ability for users of the National Map to view, download and use Hydrologic Units and Hydrographic layers that were previously limited to the International Boundary. Identical interpretations are currently available on Natural Resources Canada's data portal GeoBase.

The National Map Corps

The National Map Corps Update: The USGS National Geospatial Program (NGP) sponsored volunteer map data collection projects for 20+ years. Citizen mappers revised many maps, but the program was suspended in 2008 due to funding. New technologies and social media have made volunteered geographic information (VGI) a possibility. As a result, the USGS has launched a pilot project to explore the future citizen participation. http://1.usa.gov/pkNgfi

Emergency Response Fact Sheet

Emergency Response Fact Sheet: The USGS National Geospatial Program (NGP) has released a new fact sheet listing the most popular web based resources for emergency responders and others to get timely and relevant information concerning earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, landslides, tsunamis, volcanoes, wildfires, terrorist attacks and accidental oil spills. http://on.doi.gov/iEmVfo

Conference PostersConference Posters: Pictures of winning and other selected posters from the 2011 USGS GIS Workshop and The National Map User Conference Poster Session released on the Conference website: http://bit.ly/pFwucn

The National Map User Conference photos Conference Pictures Posted! Hundreds of pictures from The National Map Users Conference (TNM UC) and the 2011 GIS Workshop have been posted to the Conference website. The pictures are arranged by day or major event and can be viewed as a slide show or thumb-nail set through Flickr.

Safest City Safest City: What is the "Safest City, USA"? Recently, a reporter from MSNBC posed that question to the USGS, looking for a map that depicts all the potential natural hazards and climatic impacts. Although the USGS has several data sets, there is currently no map that combines all of the various scenarios. Given the list of probable calamities, could your city or state be the "safest"?

The National Map User Conference Videos Released: Selected videos from The National Map Users Conference (TNM UC) have been posted to the Conference website. The recently released presentations include the plenary sessions for Day 1 and Day2, the Gannett Awards Ceremony, the Closing session and a montage of attendee feedback called TNM UC Experience. Photos, presentations and more from the Conference will be posted soon.

What is a Map? What is a Map? Renowned author Frederick Reuss advances, "The Question, What is a Map? Is More Relevant than Ever" in a new video from The National Map Users Conference.

The National Map User Conference SUCCESS! The National Map Users Conference (TNM UC) for 2011 is now in the books. The inaugural event took place May 12-13 in Denver with more than 425 participants. The over-capacity crowd included 16 Federal agencies, state and local government, academic institutions, vendors and international representatives. The fast-paced program included 66 concurrent sessions, panel discussions, three listening sessions, product review opportunities, the Gannett Award ceremony and plenty of networking. The Conference was preceded by the two-day, technology-focused GIS Workshop held at the nearby Denver Federal Center. Videos, pictures, presentation slides, Conference proceedings and other information products will be posted to the Conference website as they become available.

Gannett Award Winners Gannett Award winners: Tommy Dewald of the EPA and Keven Roth "semi-retired" USGS are the co-recipients of this year's Henry Gannett Award, presented at The National Map Users Conference. Roth and Dewald were cited for their development of the National Hydrography Dataset (NHD). More updated post Conference info at http://nationalmap.gov/uc/.

The National Map

New Website Face: An updated version of The National Map website (nationalmap.gov) was rolled out in conjunction with The National Map Users Conference. The new home page includes an user-specified map selection menu, easier to read navigation tabs, a search box, refined news section and a real-time Twitter feed. Check it out comments welcome!

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September 24, 2012

Usery Award

Distinguished Career Award: Dr. E. Lynn Usery, Director of the USGS Center of Excellence for Geospatial Information Science (CEGIS) received the Distinguished Career Award from the Cartographic and Geographic Information Society. The exclusive award was presented at the recent AutoCarto International Symposium. Dr. Usery was recognized for his research accomplishments, vision, and leadership in academia and government, as well as for his outstanding service to the Society and the international geospatial community. Due to the stringent nomination requirements, this is the first time since 2008 that the award has been conferred.

US Map

Florida and Illinois Make 48: People who want access to digital topographic maps for any of the lower 48 states can now count on the US Topo. The ongoing map project, as part of the USGS national map series, recently released new maps for Florida and Illinois – with Hawaii to soon follow. Adding more than 2,015 revised digital quadrangles has increased the collection to nearly 54,000 new US Topo maps, with plans for Alaska developing. The maps are available for free download from The National Map and the USGS Map Store website.

Kari Craun

On the Radio; "Citizen Cartographer": Kari Craun, the Director of the USGS National Geospatial Technical Operations Center (NGTOC) was recently featured on Federal News Radio "Federal Drive Interview". The interview focused on pilot projects in the Denver area to harness the power of "crowdsourcing" in improving structures data for The National Map and other mapping applications. Volunteers are currently being accepted through The National Map Corps and if successful, the project may go nation-wide.

US Topo Video

US Topo Video: US Topo is the next generation of topographic maps from the USGS. To support the ongoing transformation to digital mapping, The National Geospatial Program has released an informative and entertaining video to demonstrate the advantages, capabilities and opportunities provided by US Topo electronic maps. http://gallery.usgs.gov/videos/568 Also available on YouTube.

Nerds of the Internet Article.

Feds Embrace "Nerds of the Internet": Federal agencies are turning to the public to fill information gaps and promote their data, crowdsourcing experts said at a panel sponsored by NextGov in Washington DC, Sept 6, 2012. Kari Craun, Director of the USGS National Geospatial Technical Operations Center, provided insights into USGS efforts in engaging citizen volunteers for mapping information and a current crowdsouring pilot program in the Denver area. Short summary: shar.es/umCmT (Video of the presentation pending).

Thumbnail image and link to National Elevation Dataset video

Uplifting Video: Elevation data has been an important component of USGS topographic maps since the 1880's. A topographic map without elevations in the form of contours is simply not a topographic map. The National Geospatial Program has launched a short video that emphasizes the relevance of elevation data not only to mapping, but to other areas of science and everyday life like flood insurance, climate change and environmental monitoring. http://gallery.usgs.gov/videos/567 . Also available on Youtube.

TNM-Twitter

Passed 1,000! The National Map Twitter site recently surpassed 1,249 followers in just over a year. Let's make it to 2,000 @USGSTNM. Sign up today and join in the conversation!

US Topo Update: Production and release of the US Topo started in October 2009. The US Topo is an enhancement of the previous "Digital Map–Beta" product, with the addition on the hydrography and contour layers. The new mapping product was formally introduced at the "125th Anniversary of Topographic Mapping" Celebration on December 3, 2009. The National Geospatial Technical Operations Center reports the following:
  • More than 53,658 US Topo maps are loaded to the Map Locator of the USGS Store (as of 09-24-12)
    • Kansas was the first US Topo state, and is 100% complete (1,417 quadrangles) followed by:
    • Oklahoma: 100% complete (1,087 quadrangles)
    • New York: 100% complete (973 quadrangles)
    • Texas: 100% complete (4,364 quadrangles)
    • Kentucky: 100% complete (615 quadrangles)
    • Iowa: 100% complete (1,056 quadrangles)
    • Tennessee: 100% complete (719 quadrangles)
    • Indiana: 100% complete (672 quadrangles)
    • Pennsylvania: 100% complete (794 quadrangles)
    • Wisconsin: 100% complete (1,062 quadrangles)
    • Virginia: 100% complete (707 quadrangles)
    • Ohio: 100% complete (737 quadrangles)
    • Colorado: 100% complete (1,832 quadrangles)
    • Minnesota: 100% complete (1,709 quadrangles)
    • North Carolina: 100% complete (848 quadrangles)
    • New Mexico: 100% complete (2,029 quadrangles)
    • Idaho: 100% complete (1,479 quadrangles)
    • Washington: 100% complete (1,373 quadrangles)
    • Utah: 100% complete (1,549 quadrangles)
    • West Virginia: 100% complete (468 quadrangles)
    • Georgia: 100% complete (963 quadrangles)
    • North Dakota: 100% complete (1,432 quadrangles)
    • New Jersey: 100% complete (176 quadrangles)
    • Delaware: 100% complete (31 quadrangles)
    • Montana: 100% complete (2,991) quadrangles)
    • Maryland: (Incl DC): 100% complete (254 quadrangles)
    • Oregon: 100% complete (1,882 quadrangles)
    • Arkansas: 100% complete (911 quadrangles)
    • South Carolina: 100% complete (569 quadrangles)
    • Michigan: 100% complete (1,319 quadrangles)
    • Maine: 100% complete (708 quadrangles)*
    • Alabama: 100% complete (843 quadrangles)*
    • Arizona: 100% complete (1,883 quadrangles)*
    • Nebraska: 100% complete (1,372 quadrangles)*
    • Missouri: 100% complete (1,201 quadrangles)*
    • Nevada: 100% complete (1,788 quadrangles)*
    • California: 100% complete (2,800 quadrangles)*
    • Louisiana: 100% complete (801 quadrangles)*
    • Mississippi: 100% complete (770 quadrangles)*
    • Vermont: 100% complete (201 quadrangles)*
    • New Hampshire: 100% complete (174 quadrangles)*
    • Connecticut: 100% complete (76 quadrangles)*
    • Massachusetts: 100% complete (196 quadrangles)*
    • Rhode Island: 100% complete (27 quadrangles)*
    • Wyoming: 100% complete (1,779 quadrangles)*
    • South Dakota: 100% complete (1,151 quadrangles)*
    • Florida: 100% complete (1,025 quadrangles)*
    • Illinois: 100% complete (990 quadrangles)*
    • Pending: Hawaii

*Current "Digital Map - Beta" maps that are being updated to US Topo specifications

Note: As of October 25, 2010, the percentage of US Topos complete and total quadrangles loaded will include U.S. Forest Service lands.

Alligator Thumbnail.

Sunshine state Maps: The full set of US Topo maps for Florida has been released and are available for free download from the USGS Store. The addition of 1,025 revised quadrangles from the land of the ’gaters rises the count of US digital topographic maps to more than 53, 650. http://1.usa.gov/82461k

Thumbnail image of Shoshone, WY map from 1886, and link to US Topo

Wyoming Map Featured: The US Topo and Historical Topographic Map Collection websites have added an interactive map application to their home pages. The flash thumbnails of original scanned maps display all available versions of the featured state quadrangles in an animated format. The display allows the user to view the maps in chronological order, access larger versions and the map and go directly to the download services. The new series is six topographic maps of the Lewis Falls maps in Wyoming - ranging from 1886 to the present. http://1.usa.gov/82461k, http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

TNM Corps

"Crowdsourcing": Looking at New Ways to Map Structures in Colorado In light of technical changes and increasing uses of social networking, the USGS is exploring a new approach to the volunteer program —the National Map Corps - and is launching a project to test options for volunteer participation in providing data to The National Map. The project uses internet mapping applications to add or corrected information to man-made structures and facilities, such as schools and fire stations, in the state of Colorado. News Release. Video Link.

Thumbnail image and link to USGS Lidar Base Specification publication

LiDAR Publication Released: A new USGS publication from the National Geospatial Program titled, "LiDAR Base Specification Version 1.0" is now available for free download. This officially replaces what is widely known as "the v13 Spec", a draft LiDAR base specification that has been largely adopted by many US Federal agencies and private industry. That formative document has been completely reformatted and re-edited, and now includes a glossary, a metadata template, and a metadata example file. LiDAR continues to be a rapidly evolving technology, and the NGP anticipates periodic future revisions to this document as changes in the technology, data, applications, and program requirements dictate. Report link.

US Topo

Northern Plains Data Improved – plus PLSS: New US Topo maps for Wyoming and South Dakota are available (News Release), with more than 3,230 revised digital quadrangles added to the collection. Wyoming is the first state to have Public Land Survey System (PLSS) data added to US Topo maps. The PLSS is a way of subdividing and describing land in the United States. All lands in the public domain are subject to subdivision by this rectangular system of surveys, which is regulated by the U.S. Department of the Interior. The maps are available for free download from the USGS Map Store website.

Puerto Rico 1950

PR Historical Maps: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Puerto Rico has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. The addition of these 611 quadrangles brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to nearly 164,000, covering the lower 48 states and Hawaii. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

US Topo

MI and SD State Maps: The full sets of US Topo maps for Michigan and South Dakota have been released and are available for free download from the USGS Store. The 1,319 revised quadrangles from the Great Lakes State and the1,445 topo maps from the Mount Rushmore have been added to the more than 51,600 US digital topographic maps. http://1.usa.gov/82461k

Logo and link to The National Atlas of the USnited States of America

Find 1, Get 1, Use 1: The National Atlas has released new sets of digital cartographic frameworks at the one million-scale, which is twice the detail of previous versions. Users can now easily find "one" using popular search engines; get it as documented data or Web map services; and use "one" in their geospatial analyses, maps, or map mashups. News Release: http://on.doi.gov/MDT0BJ

Connecticut Quad

New Maps for New England: Nearly 690 revised digital maps covering Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont have been added to approximately 51,000 maps currently covering the lower 48 states and are available for free download from the website.

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Legacy Maps in the News: The Historical Topographic Map Collection, with more than 167,335 scanned and referenced USGS topo quadrangles available for free download, has recently been featured in several publications, including the Smithsonian "Constant Traveler", PC World, the Verge and the IMTA update.
Traveler link: http://bit.ly/O0AmFt

small map of Alaska

USGS Mapping Alaska: In conjunction with nearly 20 Federal Agencies and representatives from the state of Alaska, the USGS sponsored an Alaska Mapping Roundtable to discuss collaborative funding strategies for Alaska's Statewide Digital Mapping Initiative. The meeting, convened by Lt. Gov Mead Treadwell and DOI Assistant Secretary for Water and Science, Anne Castle, was also featured in the July 5 edition of The Seward Phoenix Log.

2012 Fact Sheet

New NHD Publication: The analysis of surface-water systems optimized by using the National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) as the common national framework has provided improved data maintenance, better tools and reduced costs. To portray the complex water data, often from many agencies, the NHD has developed and refined a linear referencing system. Fact Sheet: http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2012/3068/

Work Plan

Passed 50,000: The US Topo map project has produced more than 50,000 revised digital topographic maps since late-2009, keeping pace with the complete coverage goal of the continental US by the end 2012. Users from almost every state can now access and download new US Topo maps for free from the USGS Store map locator. To see if your desired map is available, go to: http://on.doi.gov/ctQcJG

Connecticut Quad

Connecticut Quads Featured: The US Topo and Historical Topographic Map Collection websites have added an interactive map application to their home pages. The flash thumbnails of original scanned maps display all available versions of the featured state quadrangles in an animated format. The display allows the user to view the maps in chronological order, access larger versions and the map and go directly to the download services. The new series is six topographic maps of the Old Lyme maps in Connecticut - ranging from 1893 to the present. http://1.usa.gov/82461k, http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

US Topo

US Topo Update: New maps for Wyoming and South Dakota are nearly half way complete. More than 36 states containing more than 40,700 quadrangles are now partially or almost totally covered by the new USGS digital electronic topographic map, the US Topo. Free download from the USGS Store. Complete listing. Is your state covered? http://1.usa.gov/82461k

Massachusetts US Topo

Bay State Maps: The full set of US Topo maps for Massachusetts has been released. The 196 revised quadrangles have been added to the more 49,800 US digital topographic maps available for free download from the USGS Store. http://1.usa.gov/82461k

TopoBathy image

TopoBathy added to the NED: The first set of topobathymetric data has been added to the National Elevation Dataset (NED). Topobathymetric data are created by merging topography (land elevation) and bathymetry (water depth) into a seamless elevation product useful for applications such as modeling sea level rise and storm surge. The initial dataset is centered over Mobile Bay, Alabama and was constructed using a combination of 71 disparate topographic and bathymetric datasets from the USGS, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; ranging in temporal variation from 1917 to 2011. It was developed in collaboration between the USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program (CMGP) and the USGS National Geospatial Program. In the next five years, the CMGP has plans to expand its research and modeling along the northern Gulf of Mexico coastline, and San Francisco and Chesapeake Bays. Release notes: http://bit.ly/K5RCEE

US Topo

Ocean State Maps: The full set of US Topo maps for Rhode Island has been released. The 27 revised quadrangles have been added to the more 48,900 US digital topographic maps available for free download from the USGS Store. http://1.usa.gov/82461k

US Topo

Hawaii Historical Maps Available: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Hawaii has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. The addition of these quadrangles brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to nearly 167,000, with only one more state left to completing coverage for the entire US and territories. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

US Topo

Constitution State Maps: The full set of US Topo maps for Connecticut has been released. The 94 revised quadrangles have been added to the more 48,900 US digital topographic maps available for free download from the USGS Store. http://1.usa.gov/82461k

CA Half Dome 2012

California Quads Featured: The US Topo and Historical Topographic Map Collection websites have added an interactive map application to their home pages. The flash thumbnails of original scanned maps display all available versions of the featured state quadrangles in an animated format. The display allows the user to view the maps in chronological order, access larger versions and the map and go directly to the download services. The new series is six topographic maps of the Yosemite/Half Dome maps in California - ranging from 1897 to the present. http://1.usa.gov/82461k, http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

CA Half Dome 2012

New Maps for CA, LA and MS Rolled Out: Complete sets of US Topo maps for California, Louisiana and Mississippi have been released. They join the growing list of other states. The 4,300 new maps have been added to the more than 48,580 digital topographic quadrangles now available for free download from the USGS Store. News Release with quotes from the USGS Director: http://on.doi.gov/LmdbjB

US Topo

Arizona quads complete: After a short delay, the finished set of US Topo maps numbering more than 1,880 updated digital topographic quadrangles for Arizona have been loaded to the USGS Store for free download. http://1.usa.gov/lvbSol

US Topo

More New England States Started: US Topo maps for the states of Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, Massachusetts and New Hampshire are starting to be posted to the US Topo quadrangle collection. Currently, more than 275 digital topographic maps from those New England states are available for free download from the USGS Store. http://1.usa.gov/lvbSol

Elevation study results

Elevation Study Results: The USGS completed a National Enhanced Elevation Assessment (NEEA) in December 2011. The assessment was the most comprehensive investigation of options for improving the availability and quality of national elevation data. Research participants included 34 federal agencies, 50 states, and selected local governments and tribes, as well as private and not-for-profit organizations. The study and other resources will be available through a NEEA website (coming soon!). In the interim, the full report from Dewberry can be found at: http://bit.ly/JNlGcj

CA Half Dome 2012

Golden State Coverage: The state of California is now completely covered with new US Topo maps. More than 2,800 California digital topographic quadrangles are now available for free download from the USGS Store. The improved maps feature contours, updated hydrography, woodland tint, additional critical structures, enhanced boundaries, commercial roads and new Forest Service data. Also, the US Topo allows for the addition of a high resolution aerial photography map layer, which is not available on older paper-based topographic maps. Download instructions: http://nationalmap.gov/ustopo/

US Topo

Release of CA, LA and MS US Topo’s Soon: The release of US Topo maps for both California and Louisiana is currently at 98% complete, and Mississippi is close behind at 97%. All three should be finished soon! More than 40 states containing more than 47,754 quadrangles are now partially or almost totally covered by the new USGS digital electronic topographic map, the US Topo. The program is now replacing the former "Digital Map-Beta" maps with revised US Topo maps. Free download from the USGS Store. Complete listing. Is your state covered? http://1.usa.gov/lvbSol

TNM-Twitter

Tweet us! The National Map Twitter site has steadily increased to more than 970 followers in just over a year. Let’s make it to 1,000 @USGSTNM. Sign up today and join in the conversation!

US Topo

Records Set: USGS legacy topographic maps from the Historical Topographic Map Collection have set a record of more than 427,700 downloads during the month of April. This follows the completion of historical map coverage for the lower 48 states in a few weeks ago. The newest USGS topographic map, the US Topo, also set a personal best of nearly 174,000 downloads for the same period. Check out the mapping websites and see why they are becoming so popular. http://1.usa.gov/82461k, http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Geospatial Technology Workshop

Geospatial Technology Workshop: The USGS will be offering a workshop titled "Introduction to Geospatial Semantics and Technology" preceding the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science Symposium on May 29, 2012 in Washington D.C. The Workshop is an introductory tutorial on geospatial semantics with hands-on exercises using standard Web browsers. The workshop is divided into two major sections: general semantics on the Web, and specific examples of geospatial semantics using data from The National Map of the USGS. The general section will include information and access to publicly available semantic archives. The specific session will include information on geospatial semantics with access to semantically enhanced data for hydrography, transportation, boundaries, names, and land cover. Details: http://www.ucgis.org/Events/moreinfo.asp?ID=304

Yukon River, Alaska

Alaska Mapping Interview: Mark DeMulder, Director of the USGS National Geospatial Program (NGP) was interviewed by KNTA Radio out of Talkeetna, Alaska about the new and ambitious USGS initiative to update and upgrade the topographic maps of the Alaskan region. The interactive discussion covers the history of mapping Alaska, the new US Topo digital map project, new cartographic technologies and proposed plans for the Alaskan Mapping Initiative. Interview and sound bites: http://bit.ly/HVcy4R

National Elevation Dataset

Border Elevation Improved: Updated elevation data along the U.S. and Canadian border have been added to the National Elevation Dataset (NED) layer as result of collaboration between U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Natural Resources Canada (NRCAN). Scientist from NRCAN Centre for Topographic Information and the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center improved the topographic information along the international border by making the U.S. and Canada elevation data seamless in the 1-arc-second NED. These data will complete the watersheds originating in the U.S. and fill a small void that existed between the two elevation datasets. The new Canada elevation data, as well as the latest elevation data for the contiguous U.S. added to the NED can be viewed at NED Release Notes for April. The next release of the NED, due in June, 2012, will include Canada elevation along the border of Alaska

US Topo

CONUS Complete: The USGS Historical Topographic Map Collection is celebrating a major milestone, as the lower 48 states, spanning in excess of 130 years, are now available for free download from the Collection website. This Collection features well over 161,000 USGS legacy topographic maps in a digital format. Since September, more than 1.2 million maps have been downloaded from the Map Locator – an average of more than 5,700 maps per day! News Release

AWRA

USGS Scientist Receives "High" Water Award: USGS cartographer Jeff Simley, the product lead for the National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) received the Maidment Award at this year’s American Water Resources Association (AWRA) GIS specialty conference for water resources in New Orleans. The prestigious award acknowledges his contributions to the water resources field as a key player in establishing a Stewardship program that partners many federal, state, and local agencies all with a common goal to improve and maintain a hydrography GIS layer for the nation. http://nhd.usgs.gov/

US Topo

The Last Piece of the Puzzle - USGS Historical Maps: A summary of the USGS Historical Topographic Map Collection, its status and relevance to many diverse audiences has been published as a "Top Story" on the USGS main website. The article outlines the goals of the Historical Collection program and a short history of The National Program for Topographic Mapping, which was established in 1884. Also, it reviews map changes over time, including scales and symbology. Article link.

US Topo

Florida Historical Maps added, one state left: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Florida has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. The addition of these quadrangles brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to nearly 164,000, with only one more state left to completing coverage for the lower 48 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

AWRA

NHD/WBD in the Big Easy: The USGS will be hosting the 4th bi-annual National Hydrography Dataset (NHD)/ Watershed Boundary Dataset (WBD) Stewardship Conference in New Orleans, March 29-30, 2012. The conference is in conjunction with the American Water Resources Association's 2012 Spring Specialty Conference on Geographic Information Systems and Water Resources. The NHD is the surface water component of The National Map to be used in general mapping and in the analysis of surface-water systems by geographic information systems (GIS). Conference agenda: http://bit.ly/zNXixX

Historical US Topo

Wyoming Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Wyoming has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. The addition of these quadrangles brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to more than 154,000, covering 48 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Alton 1927

Missouri/Illinois Quads Featured: The US Topo and Historical Topographic Map Collection websites have added an interactive map application to their home pages. The flash thumbnails of original maps display all available versions of the featured state quadrangles in an animated format. The display allows the user to view the maps in chronological order, access larger versions and the map and go directly to the download services. The third showcased series is six topographic maps of the Columbia Bottoms area, straddling Missouri and Illinois - ranging from 1927 to the present. http://1.usa.gov/82461k, http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Historical US Topo

Rhode Island and South Dakota Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Rhode Island and South Dakota have been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. The addition of these quadrangles brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to more than 149,800, covering 47 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Kari Craun

ASPRS Fellow Award: Kari Craun, Director of the USGS National Geospatial Technical Operations Center (NGTOC) has been named as one of two 2012 American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) Fellow Award winners. The ASPRS hilghly selective designation of Fellow is awarded to active Society members who have performed exceptional service in advancing geospatial science and use of the mapping sciences. News release: http://bit.ly/zW7xXg

Esri FedUC

USGS at Esri FedUC: The USGS played a prominent role at the 2012 Esri Federal Users Conference in Washington, DC this past week. The USGS sponsored two exhibits featuring new and improved geospatial products and services from the National Geospatial Program and the National Atlas ®. Also, the USGS was involved in several presentations and technical sessions throughout the Conference. http://bit.ly/qgNZJs

US Topo

Arizona Quad Featured: The US Topo and Historical Topographic Map Collection websites are now displaying the Phantom Ranch topographic quadrangle on their flash application. The maps cover the a series to quadrangles from 1967 to the present. ? http://1.usa.gov/lvbSol, http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Kristina Yamamoto

CEGIS Researcher Honored: Kristina Yamamoto, a student geographer with the USGS Center of Excellence for Geospatial Information Science (CEGIS) is featured this month in the "Students at USGS" on the USGS main website. As part of her experience with the National Geospatial Program (NGP), she is conducting remote sensing research, including soil moisture and LiDAR projects. She is also PhD candidate at the University of Denver in the geography department, with her dissertation topic covering sea turtle nesting beach characteristics in southern Florida.

Historical US Topo

Vermont Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Vermont has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. That brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to more than 147,300, covering 45 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Historical US Topo

Mississippi Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Mississippi has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. That brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to more than 147,300, covering 45 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Historical US Topo

Louisiana Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Louisiana has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. That brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to more than 147,300, covering 40 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Geospatial Websites Upgraded

Geospatial Websites Upgraded: The US Topo and Historical Topographic Map Collection websites have added an interactive map application to their home pages. The flash thumbnails of original maps display all available versions of the featured series in an animated format. The display allows the user to view the maps in chronological order, access larger versions of the map and go directly to the download services. The second showcased series is six topographic maps of the Phantom Range, Arizona quadrangle (part of the Grand Canyon) - ranging from 1962 to the present. http://1.usa.gov/82461k, http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

New NHD Tools

New NHD Tools: The National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) contains detailed geospatial information about the Nation's surface water. Ensuring the accuracy of these data is an ongoing task as the landscape changes and users demand greater accuracy. To better support and grow the NHD stewardship program, the USGS has reinvented both the process and tools involved in maintaining the NHD. More information: http://bit.ly/dZZZ33

Historical US Topo

Missouri and New Hampshire Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Missouri and New Hampshire have been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. The addition of these quadrangles brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to more than 141,000 , covering 41 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Historical US Topo

Connecticut Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Connecticut has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. That brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to more than 149,190, covering 39 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Photo by Graham Gainty - Kepler Challenge

Trail Running, Kiwi-Style: NGTOC employee Paul Jurasin recently celebrated his 50th birthday in a rather unique fashion. His story can be found at: http://www.runningtimes.com/Article.aspx?ArticleID=24699

Historical US Topo

Nebraska Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Nebraska has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. That brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to more than 132,200, covering 38 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

US Topo 1893 Boothbay topo

Geospatial Websites Upgraded: The US Topo and Historical Topographic Map Collection websites have added an interactive map application to their home pages. Thumbnail images of actual maps display all available versions of the featured series in an animated format. The display allows the user to view the maps in chronological order, view larger versions of each map, and an option to download the full-resolution version directly. This first showcase features six topographic maps from the Boothbay, Maine area - ranging from 1893 to the present.

Historical Topographic Map Collection-Distribution of USGS Maps- Old and New video presentation

Historical Map Video: The USGS has released the "Historical Topographic Map Collection-Distribution of USGS Maps- Old and New" video presentation. It features team lead Greg Allord at the recent International Map Trade Association (IMTA) Conference. The video covers the project history, goals, updates and examples.

US Topo

US Topo Moving Forward: Nevada has started and Missouri is continuing! More than 36 states containing more than 41,000 quadrangles are now partially or almost totally covered by the new USGS digital electronic topographic map, the US Topo. The program is now replacing the former "Digital Map-Beta" maps with US Topo maps. Free download from the USGS Store. Complete listing. Is your state covered? http://1.usa.gov/lvbSol

SOCoP

New Heights of Accuracy for World Topography: The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) have collaborated in the development of a much improved global elevation model, the Global Multi-resolution Terrain Elevation Data 2010 (GMTED2010). GMTED2010 replaces the widely used, 15-year-old GTOPO30 terrain model as the best available global digital elevation model. All of the GMTED2010 data products are publicly available online with no redistribution restrictions. http://on.doi.gov/v0sreR

Historical US Topo

Arizona Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Arizona has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. That brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to nearly 130,000, covering 37 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Geospatial Data Contracts

USGS Geospatial Data Contract Website: The National Geospatial Technical Operations Center (NGTOC) has linked a new Geospatial Data Contract website to The National Map website. The Geospatial Product and Service Contracts (GPSC) is a suite of contracts, broad in scope, that can accommodate activities related to standard, nonstandard, graphic, and digital cartographic products. Services provided may include: photogrammetric mapping and aerotriangulation; orthophotography; thematic mapping (for example, land characterization); digital imagery applications; IFSAR and LiDAR; geographic information systems development; surveying and control acquisition, including ground-based and airborne GPS; and much more.

Historical US Topo

Historical Maps Now Covering 36 States: The release of more than 13,688 historical topographic maps covering California highlights the rapid pace of the USGS Historical Topographic Map Collection. Nearly 124,000 high resolution scans of historical USGS maps, some dating as far back as 1884, are now available online for free from the USGS Store. The electronic maps are georeferenced and can be used in conjunction with the new USGS digital topographic map, the US Topo.

FGDC globe

FGDC Launches New Geospatial Website: The Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC), in conjunction with several geospatial partners has released a prototype Geospatial Platform website providing an initial view of the future of user-friendly, integrated, federal data collections on common geographic maps. Through the website, users can create their own maps by combining their data with public domain data and can collaborate in public and private groups with others who share their interests. Maps assembled through the Geospatial Platform can be shared with others through web browsers and mobile technologies. All of this is possible without requiring users to install software on their own computers. News Release.

Volunteer Geographic Information

Volunteer Geographic Information: Since 1994, citizen volunteers have helped the USGS improve its topographic maps. A new fact sheet has been released to explain the current status of volunteer map data collection, pilot projects and the possible future of The National Map Corps.

US Topo

Historical Topographic Map Collection Update – over half way: More than 102,300high resolution scans of the more than 200,000 historical USGS topographic maps, some dating as far back as 1884, are now available online. The Historical Topographic Map Collection includes published U.S. maps of all scales and editions, and are offered as a georeferenced digital download or as a scanned print from the USGS Store.

Mapping iPhone App

There's A (M)app For That: Topographic maps from the USGS are now available as an app for Apple iOS devices including the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. The new app, called PDF Maps, has been released though the iTunes App Store and allows free download of any available US Topo or USGS Historical maps from the USGS Store or Map Locator tool.

US Topo

US Topo – Exceeding Goals: The US Topo crested an important milestone as the staff exceeded the ambitions goal of producing 18,500 digital quadrangles in one year. This brings the total of US Topos available for no-cost download to more than 36,200 maps covering 33 states. Recently, the program has started to replace the former "Digital Map Beta" prototypes with US Topo maps and have included a land cover layer. Also, the US Topo website has been updated to reflect significant product additions.

Mark DeMulder

Geospatial Summit and Radio Interview: Mark DeMulder, the Director of the National Geospatial Program gave a keynote presentation on "Mapping the Future" at the inaugural Geospatial Summit, September13 in Herndon, VA. Prior to the Summit, he was featured in a radio interview on Federal News Radio. Articles: http://bit.ly/nDP4WR http://bit.ly/pi7Qhq

The National Map

NGP Standards: Standards and specifications are essential to facilitate the development and sharing of geospatial data and products. The USGS standards and specifications that 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 can now be found on The National Map website.

US Topo

Bridging the Gap – The National Map Now Serving Complete Data for the US-Canadian Border: Since 2007 the USGS has partnered with the International Joint Commission of Canada and the U.S. (IJC) to extend National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) and WBD interpretations into Canada. This effort involves complex negotiations between State, Provincial and Federal agencies, resulting in the ability for users of the National Map to view, download and use Hydrologic Units and Hydrographic layers that were previously limited to the International Boundary. Identical interpretations are currently available on Natural Resources Canada's data portal GeoBase.

The National Map Corps

The National Map Corps Update: The USGS National Geospatial Program (NGP) sponsored volunteer map data collection projects for 20+ years. Citizen mappers revised many maps, but the program was suspended in 2008 due to funding. New technologies and social media have made volunteered geographic information (VGI) a possibility. As a result, the USGS has launched a pilot project to explore the future citizen participation. http://1.usa.gov/pkNgfi

Emergency Response Fact Sheet

Emergency Response Fact Sheet: The USGS National Geospatial Program (NGP) has released a new fact sheet listing the most popular web based resources for emergency responders and others to get timely and relevant information concerning earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, landslides, tsunamis, volcanoes, wildfires, terrorist attacks and accidental oil spills. http://on.doi.gov/iEmVfo

Conference PostersConference Posters: Pictures of winning and other selected posters from the 2011 USGS GIS Workshop and The National Map User Conference Poster Session released on the Conference website: http://bit.ly/pFwucn

The National Map User Conference photos Conference Pictures Posted! Hundreds of pictures from The National Map Users Conference (TNM UC) and the 2011 GIS Workshop have been posted to the Conference website. The pictures are arranged by day or major event and can be viewed as a slide show or thumb-nail set through Flickr.

Safest City Safest City: What is the "Safest City, USA"? Recently, a reporter from MSNBC posed that question to the USGS, looking for a map that depicts all the potential natural hazards and climatic impacts. Although the USGS has several data sets, there is currently no map that combines all of the various scenarios. Given the list of probable calamities, could your city or state be the "safest"?

The National Map User Conference Videos Released: Selected videos from The National Map Users Conference (TNM UC) have been posted to the Conference website. The recently released presentations include the plenary sessions for Day 1 and Day2, the Gannett Awards Ceremony, the Closing session and a montage of attendee feedback called TNM UC Experience. Photos, presentations and more from the Conference will be posted soon.

What is a Map? What is a Map? Renowned author Frederick Reuss advances, "The Question, What is a Map? Is More Relevant than Ever" in a new video from The National Map Users Conference.

The National Map User Conference SUCCESS! The National Map Users Conference (TNM UC) for 2011 is now in the books. The inaugural event took place May 12-13 in Denver with more than 425 participants. The over-capacity crowd included 16 Federal agencies, state and local government, academic institutions, vendors and international representatives. The fast-paced program included 66 concurrent sessions, panel discussions, three listening sessions, product review opportunities, the Gannett Award ceremony and plenty of networking. The Conference was preceded by the two-day, technology-focused GIS Workshop held at the nearby Denver Federal Center. Videos, pictures, presentation slides, Conference proceedings and other information products will be posted to the Conference website as they become available.

Gannett Award Winners Gannett Award winners: Tommy Dewald of the EPA and Keven Roth "semi-retired" USGS are the co-recipients of this year's Henry Gannett Award, presented at The National Map Users Conference. Roth and Dewald were cited for their development of the National Hydrography Dataset (NHD). More updated post Conference info at http://nationalmap.gov/uc/.

The National Map

New Website Face: An updated version of The National Map website (nationalmap.gov) was rolled out in conjunction with The National Map Users Conference. The new home page includes an user-specified map selection menu, easier to read navigation tabs, a search box, refined news section and a real-time Twitter feed. Check it out – comments welcome!

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September 10, 2012

US Topo Video

US Topo Video: US Topo is the next generation of topographic maps from the USGS. To support the ongoing transformation to digital mapping, The National Geospatial Program has released an informative and entertaining video to demonstrate the advantages, capabilities and opportunities provided by US Topo electronic maps. http://gallery.usgs.gov/videos/568 Also available on YouTube.

Nerds of the Internet Article.

Feds Embrace "Nerds of the Internet": Federal agencies are turning to the public to fill information gaps and promote their data, crowdsourcing experts said at a panel sponsored by NextGov in Washington DC, Sept 6, 2012. Kari Craun, Director of the USGS National Geospatial Technical Operations Center, provided insights into USGS efforts in engaging citizen volunteers for mapping information and a current crowdsouring pilot program in the Denver area. Short summary: shar.es/umCmT (Video of the presentation pending).

Alligator Thumbnail.

Sunshine state Maps: The full set of US Topo maps for Florida has been released and are available for free download from the USGS Store. The addition of 1,025 revised quadrangles from the land of the ’gaters rises the count of US digital topographic maps to more than 53, 650. http://1.usa.gov/82461k

Thumbnail image and link to National Elevation Dataset video

Uplifting Video: Elevation data has been an important component of USGS topographic maps since the 1880's. A topographic map without elevations in the form of contours is simply not a topographic map. The National Geospatial Program has launched a short video that emphasizes the relevance of elevation data not only to mapping, but to other areas of science and everyday life like flood insurance, climate change and environmental monitoring. http://gallery.usgs.gov/videos/567 . Also available on Youtube.

Thumbnail image of Shoshone, WY map from 1886, and link to US Topo

Wyoming Map Featured: The US Topo and Historical Topographic Map Collection websites have added an interactive map application to their home pages. The flash thumbnails of original scanned maps display all available versions of the featured state quadrangles in an animated format. The display allows the user to view the maps in chronological order, access larger versions and the map and go directly to the download services. The new series is six topographic maps of the Lewis Falls maps in Wyoming - ranging from 1886 to the present. http://1.usa.gov/82461k, http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

TNM Corps

"Crowdsourcing": Looking at New Ways to Map Structures in Colorado In light of technical changes and increasing uses of social networking, the USGS is exploring a new approach to the volunteer program —the National Map Corps - and is launching a project to test options for volunteer participation in providing data to The National Map. The project uses internet mapping applications to add or corrected information to man-made structures and facilities, such as schools and fire stations, in the state of Colorado. News Release. Video Link.

TNM-Twitter

Passed 1,000! The National Map Twitter site recently surpassed 1,249 followers in just over a year. Let's make it to 2,000 @USGSTNM. Sign up today and join in the conversation!

US Topo Update: Production and release of the US Topo started in October 2009. The US Topo is an enhancement of the previous "Digital Map–Beta" product, with the addition on the hydrography and contour layers. The new mapping product was formally introduced at the "125th Anniversary of Topographic Mapping" Celebration on December 3, 2009. The National Geospatial Technical Operations Center reports the following:
  • More than 53,652 US Topo maps are loaded to the Map Locator of the USGS Store (as of 09-10-12)
    • Kansas was the first US Topo state, and is 100% complete (1,417 quadrangles) followed by:
    • Oklahoma: 100% complete (1,087 quadrangles)
    • New York: 100% complete (973 quadrangles)
    • Texas: 100% complete (4,364 quadrangles)
    • Kentucky: 100% complete (615 quadrangles)
    • Iowa: 100% complete (1,056 quadrangles)
    • Tennessee: 100% complete (719 quadrangles)
    • Indiana: 100% complete (672 quadrangles)
    • Pennsylvania: 100% complete (794 quadrangles)
    • Wisconsin: 100% complete (1,062 quadrangles)
    • Virginia: 100% complete (707 quadrangles)
    • Ohio: 100% complete (737 quadrangles)
    • Colorado: 100% complete (1,832 quadrangles)
    • Minnesota: 100% complete (1,709 quadrangles)
    • North Carolina: 100% complete (848 quadrangles)
    • New Mexico: 100% complete (2,029 quadrangles)
    • Idaho: 100% complete (1,479 quadrangles)
    • Washington: 100% complete (1,373 quadrangles)
    • Utah: 100% complete (1,549 quadrangles)
    • West Virginia: 100% complete (468 quadrangles)
    • Georgia: 100% complete (963 quadrangles)
    • North Dakota: 100% complete (1,432 quadrangles)
    • New Jersey: 100% complete (176 quadrangles)
    • Delaware: 100% complete (31 quadrangles)
    • Montana: 100% complete (2,991) quadrangles)
    • Maryland: (Incl DC): 100% complete (254 quadrangles)
    • Oregon: 100% complete (1,882 quadrangles)
    • Arkansas: 100% complete (911 quadrangles)
    • South Carolina: 100% complete (569 quadrangles)
    • Michigan: 100% complete (1,319 quadrangles)
    • Maine: 100% complete (708 quadrangles)*
    • Alabama: 100% complete (843 quadrangles)*
    • Arizona: 100% complete (1,883 quadrangles)*
    • Nebraska: 100% complete (1,372 quadrangles)*
    • Missouri: 100% complete (1,201 quadrangles)*
    • Nevada: 100% complete (1,788 quadrangles)*
    • California: 100% complete (2,800 quadrangles)*
    • Louisiana: 100% complete (801 quadrangles)*
    • Mississippi: 100% complete (770 quadrangles)*
    • Vermont: 100% complete (201 quadrangles)*
    • New Hampshire: 100% complete (174 quadrangles)*
    • Connecticut: 100% complete (76 quadrangles)*
    • Massachusetts: 100% complete (196 quadrangles)*
    • Rhode Island: 100% complete (27 quadrangles)*
    • Wyoming: 100% complete (1,779 quadrangles)*
    • South Dakota: 100% complete (1,151 quadrangles)*
    • Florida: 100% complete (1,025 quadrangles)*
    • Illinois: 92% complete (916 quadrangles)*
    • Pending: Hawaii

*Current "Digital Map - Beta" maps that are being updated to US Topo specifications

Note: As of October 25, 2010, the percentage of US Topos complete and total quadrangles loaded will include U.S. Forest Service lands.

Digital Map–Beta Update: In a little more than 4 years since the release of the "Digital Map–Beta" web site, the National Geospatial Technical Operations Center can report the following:
  • More than 53 "Digital Maps–Beta" are loaded to the Map Locator of the USGS Store
  • State quad status, in order of loading to the Map Locator: (as of 09-10-12)
    • Illinois: 100% complete

Note: Forest Service quads in the above states are currently not included, which often gives a "missing quad" look. The USGS is working with the Forest Service so that maps made in 2010 and beyond will include lands administered by USFS.

The "Digital Map–Beta" is the initial electronic digital map. With the integration of the hydrography and contour layers, the maps produced after October 2009, and starting with Kansas, will be classified as US Topo.

Thumbnail image and link to USGS Lidar Base Specification publication

LiDAR Publication Released: A new USGS publication from the National Geospatial Program titled, "LiDAR Base Specification Version 1.0" is now available for free download. This officially replaces what is widely known as "the v13 Spec", a draft LiDAR base specification that has been largely adopted by many US Federal agencies and private industry. That formative document has been completely reformatted and re-edited, and now includes a glossary, a metadata template, and a metadata example file. LiDAR continues to be a rapidly evolving technology, and the NGP anticipates periodic future revisions to this document as changes in the technology, data, applications, and program requirements dictate. Report link.

US Topo

Northern Plains Data Improved – plus PLSS: New US Topo maps for Wyoming and South Dakota are available (News Release), with more than 3,230 revised digital quadrangles added to the collection. Wyoming is the first state to have Public Land Survey System (PLSS) data added to US Topo maps. The PLSS is a way of subdividing and describing land in the United States. All lands in the public domain are subject to subdivision by this rectangular system of surveys, which is regulated by the U.S. Department of the Interior. The maps are available for free download from the USGS Map Store website.

Puerto Rico 1950

PR Historical Maps: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Puerto Rico has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. The addition of these 611 quadrangles brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to nearly 164,000, covering the lower 48 states and Hawaii. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

US Topo

MI and SD State Maps: The full sets of US Topo maps for Michigan and South Dakota have been released and are available for free download from the USGS Store. The 1,319 revised quadrangles from the Great Lakes State and the1,445 topo maps from the Mount Rushmore have been added to the more than 51,600 US digital topographic maps. http://1.usa.gov/82461k

Logo and link to The National Atlas of the USnited States of America

Find 1, Get 1, Use 1: The National Atlas has released new sets of digital cartographic frameworks at the one million-scale, which is twice the detail of previous versions. Users can now easily find "one" using popular search engines; get it as documented data or Web map services; and use "one" in their geospatial analyses, maps, or map mashups. News Release: http://on.doi.gov/MDT0BJ

Connecticut Quad

New Maps for New England: Nearly 690 revised digital maps covering Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont have been added to approximately 51,000 maps currently covering the lower 48 states and are available for free download from the website.

graphic representation of a newspaper

Legacy Maps in the News: The Historical Topographic Map Collection, with more than 167,335 scanned and referenced USGS topo quadrangles available for free download, has recently been featured in several publications, including the Smithsonian "Constant Traveler", PC World, the Verge and the IMTA update.
Traveler link: http://bit.ly/O0AmFt

small map of Alaska

USGS Mapping Alaska: In conjunction with nearly 20 Federal Agencies and representatives from the state of Alaska, the USGS sponsored an Alaska Mapping Roundtable to discuss collaborative funding strategies for Alaska's Statewide Digital Mapping Initiative. The meeting, convened by Lt. Gov Mead Treadwell and DOI Assistant Secretary for Water and Science, Anne Castle, was also featured in the July 5 edition of The Seward Phoenix Log.

2012 Fact Sheet

New NHD Publication: The analysis of surface-water systems optimized by using the National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) as the common national framework has provided improved data maintenance, better tools and reduced costs. To portray the complex water data, often from many agencies, the NHD has developed and refined a linear referencing system. Fact Sheet: http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2012/3068/

Work Plan

Passed 50,000: The US Topo map project has produced more than 50,000 revised digital topographic maps since late-2009, keeping pace with the complete coverage goal of the continental US by the end 2012. Users from almost every state can now access and download new US Topo maps for free from the USGS Store map locator. To see if your desired map is available, go to: http://on.doi.gov/ctQcJG

Connecticut Quad

Connecticut Quads Featured: The US Topo and Historical Topographic Map Collection websites have added an interactive map application to their home pages. The flash thumbnails of original scanned maps display all available versions of the featured state quadrangles in an animated format. The display allows the user to view the maps in chronological order, access larger versions and the map and go directly to the download services. The new series is six topographic maps of the Old Lyme maps in Connecticut - ranging from 1893 to the present. http://1.usa.gov/82461k, http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

US Topo

US Topo Update: New maps for Wyoming and South Dakota are nearly half way complete. More than 36 states containing more than 40,700 quadrangles are now partially or almost totally covered by the new USGS digital electronic topographic map, the US Topo. Free download from the USGS Store. Complete listing. Is your state covered? http://1.usa.gov/82461k

Massachusetts US Topo

Bay State Maps: The full set of US Topo maps for Massachusetts has been released. The 196 revised quadrangles have been added to the more 49,800 US digital topographic maps available for free download from the USGS Store. http://1.usa.gov/82461k

TopoBathy image

TopoBathy added to the NED: The first set of topobathymetric data has been added to the National Elevation Dataset (NED). Topobathymetric data are created by merging topography (land elevation) and bathymetry (water depth) into a seamless elevation product useful for applications such as modeling sea level rise and storm surge. The initial dataset is centered over Mobile Bay, Alabama and was constructed using a combination of 71 disparate topographic and bathymetric datasets from the USGS, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; ranging in temporal variation from 1917 to 2011. It was developed in collaboration between the USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program (CMGP) and the USGS National Geospatial Program. In the next five years, the CMGP has plans to expand its research and modeling along the northern Gulf of Mexico coastline, and San Francisco and Chesapeake Bays. Release notes: http://bit.ly/K5RCEE

US Topo

Ocean State Maps: The full set of US Topo maps for Rhode Island has been released. The 27 revised quadrangles have been added to the more 48,900 US digital topographic maps available for free download from the USGS Store. http://1.usa.gov/82461k

US Topo

Hawaii Historical Maps Available: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Hawaii has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. The addition of these quadrangles brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to nearly 167,000, with only one more state left to completing coverage for the entire US and territories. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

US Topo

Constitution State Maps: The full set of US Topo maps for Connecticut has been released. The 94 revised quadrangles have been added to the more 48,900 US digital topographic maps available for free download from the USGS Store. http://1.usa.gov/82461k

CA Half Dome 2012

California Quads Featured: The US Topo and Historical Topographic Map Collection websites have added an interactive map application to their home pages. The flash thumbnails of original scanned maps display all available versions of the featured state quadrangles in an animated format. The display allows the user to view the maps in chronological order, access larger versions and the map and go directly to the download services. The new series is six topographic maps of the Yosemite/Half Dome maps in California - ranging from 1897 to the present. http://1.usa.gov/82461k, http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

CA Half Dome 2012

New Maps for CA, LA and MS Rolled Out: Complete sets of US Topo maps for California, Louisiana and Mississippi have been released. They join the growing list of other states. The 4,300 new maps have been added to the more than 48,580 digital topographic quadrangles now available for free download from the USGS Store. News Release with quotes from the USGS Director: http://on.doi.gov/LmdbjB

US Topo

Arizona quads complete: After a short delay, the finished set of US Topo maps numbering more than 1,880 updated digital topographic quadrangles for Arizona have been loaded to the USGS Store for free download. http://1.usa.gov/lvbSol

US Topo

More New England States Started: US Topo maps for the states of Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, Massachusetts and New Hampshire are starting to be posted to the US Topo quadrangle collection. Currently, more than 275 digital topographic maps from those New England states are available for free download from the USGS Store. http://1.usa.gov/lvbSol

Elevation study results

Elevation Study Results: The USGS completed a National Enhanced Elevation Assessment (NEEA) in December 2011. The assessment was the most comprehensive investigation of options for improving the availability and quality of national elevation data. Research participants included 34 federal agencies, 50 states, and selected local governments and tribes, as well as private and not-for-profit organizations. The study and other resources will be available through a NEEA website (coming soon!). In the interim, the full report from Dewberry can be found at: http://bit.ly/JNlGcj

CA Half Dome 2012

Golden State Coverage: The state of California is now completely covered with new US Topo maps. More than 2,800 California digital topographic quadrangles are now available for free download from the USGS Store. The improved maps feature contours, updated hydrography, woodland tint, additional critical structures, enhanced boundaries, commercial roads and new Forest Service data. Also, the US Topo allows for the addition of a high resolution aerial photography map layer, which is not available on older paper-based topographic maps. Download instructions: http://nationalmap.gov/ustopo/

US Topo

Release of CA, LA and MS US Topo’s Soon: The release of US Topo maps for both California and Louisiana is currently at 98% complete, and Mississippi is close behind at 97%. All three should be finished soon! More than 40 states containing more than 47,754 quadrangles are now partially or almost totally covered by the new USGS digital electronic topographic map, the US Topo. The program is now replacing the former "Digital Map-Beta" maps with revised US Topo maps. Free download from the USGS Store. Complete listing. Is your state covered? http://1.usa.gov/lvbSol

TNM-Twitter

Tweet us! The National Map Twitter site has steadily increased to more than 970 followers in just over a year. Let’s make it to 1,000 @USGSTNM. Sign up today and join in the conversation!

US Topo

Records Set: USGS legacy topographic maps from the Historical Topographic Map Collection have set a record of more than 427,700 downloads during the month of April. This follows the completion of historical map coverage for the lower 48 states in a few weeks ago. The newest USGS topographic map, the US Topo, also set a personal best of nearly 174,000 downloads for the same period. Check out the mapping websites and see why they are becoming so popular. http://1.usa.gov/82461k, http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Geospatial Technology Workshop

Geospatial Technology Workshop: The USGS will be offering a workshop titled "Introduction to Geospatial Semantics and Technology" preceding the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science Symposium on May 29, 2012 in Washington D.C. The Workshop is an introductory tutorial on geospatial semantics with hands-on exercises using standard Web browsers. The workshop is divided into two major sections: general semantics on the Web, and specific examples of geospatial semantics using data from The National Map of the USGS. The general section will include information and access to publicly available semantic archives. The specific session will include information on geospatial semantics with access to semantically enhanced data for hydrography, transportation, boundaries, names, and land cover. Details: http://www.ucgis.org/Events/moreinfo.asp?ID=304

Yukon River, Alaska

Alaska Mapping Interview: Mark DeMulder, Director of the USGS National Geospatial Program (NGP) was interviewed by KNTA Radio out of Talkeetna, Alaska about the new and ambitious USGS initiative to update and upgrade the topographic maps of the Alaskan region. The interactive discussion covers the history of mapping Alaska, the new US Topo digital map project, new cartographic technologies and proposed plans for the Alaskan Mapping Initiative. Interview and sound bites: http://bit.ly/HVcy4R

National Elevation Dataset

Border Elevation Improved: Updated elevation data along the U.S. and Canadian border have been added to the National Elevation Dataset (NED) layer as result of collaboration between U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Natural Resources Canada (NRCAN). Scientist from NRCAN Centre for Topographic Information and the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center improved the topographic information along the international border by making the U.S. and Canada elevation data seamless in the 1-arc-second NED. These data will complete the watersheds originating in the U.S. and fill a small void that existed between the two elevation datasets. The new Canada elevation data, as well as the latest elevation data for the contiguous U.S. added to the NED can be viewed at NED Release Notes for April. The next release of the NED, due in June, 2012, will include Canada elevation along the border of Alaska

US Topo

CONUS Complete: The USGS Historical Topographic Map Collection is celebrating a major milestone, as the lower 48 states, spanning in excess of 130 years, are now available for free download from the Collection website. This Collection features well over 161,000 USGS legacy topographic maps in a digital format. Since September, more than 1.2 million maps have been downloaded from the Map Locator – an average of more than 5,700 maps per day! News Release

AWRA

USGS Scientist Receives "High" Water Award: USGS cartographer Jeff Simley, the product lead for the National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) received the Maidment Award at this year’s American Water Resources Association (AWRA) GIS specialty conference for water resources in New Orleans. The prestigious award acknowledges his contributions to the water resources field as a key player in establishing a Stewardship program that partners many federal, state, and local agencies all with a common goal to improve and maintain a hydrography GIS layer for the nation. http://nhd.usgs.gov/

US Topo

The Last Piece of the Puzzle - USGS Historical Maps: A summary of the USGS Historical Topographic Map Collection, its status and relevance to many diverse audiences has been published as a "Top Story" on the USGS main website. The article outlines the goals of the Historical Collection program and a short history of The National Program for Topographic Mapping, which was established in 1884. Also, it reviews map changes over time, including scales and symbology. Article link.

US Topo

Florida Historical Maps added, one state left: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Florida has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. The addition of these quadrangles brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to nearly 164,000, with only one more state left to completing coverage for the lower 48 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

AWRA

NHD/WBD in the Big Easy: The USGS will be hosting the 4th bi-annual National Hydrography Dataset (NHD)/ Watershed Boundary Dataset (WBD) Stewardship Conference in New Orleans, March 29-30, 2012. The conference is in conjunction with the American Water Resources Association's 2012 Spring Specialty Conference on Geographic Information Systems and Water Resources. The NHD is the surface water component of The National Map to be used in general mapping and in the analysis of surface-water systems by geographic information systems (GIS). Conference agenda: http://bit.ly/zNXixX

Historical US Topo

Wyoming Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Wyoming has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. The addition of these quadrangles brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to more than 154,000, covering 48 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Alton 1927

Missouri/Illinois Quads Featured: The US Topo and Historical Topographic Map Collection websites have added an interactive map application to their home pages. The flash thumbnails of original maps display all available versions of the featured state quadrangles in an animated format. The display allows the user to view the maps in chronological order, access larger versions and the map and go directly to the download services. The third showcased series is six topographic maps of the Columbia Bottoms area, straddling Missouri and Illinois - ranging from 1927 to the present. http://1.usa.gov/82461k, http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Historical US Topo

Rhode Island and South Dakota Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Rhode Island and South Dakota have been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. The addition of these quadrangles brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to more than 149,800, covering 47 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Kari Craun

ASPRS Fellow Award: Kari Craun, Director of the USGS National Geospatial Technical Operations Center (NGTOC) has been named as one of two 2012 American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) Fellow Award winners. The ASPRS hilghly selective designation of Fellow is awarded to active Society members who have performed exceptional service in advancing geospatial science and use of the mapping sciences. News release: http://bit.ly/zW7xXg

Esri FedUC

USGS at Esri FedUC: The USGS played a prominent role at the 2012 Esri Federal Users Conference in Washington, DC this past week. The USGS sponsored two exhibits featuring new and improved geospatial products and services from the National Geospatial Program and the National Atlas ®. Also, the USGS was involved in several presentations and technical sessions throughout the Conference. http://bit.ly/qgNZJs

US Topo

Arizona Quad Featured: The US Topo and Historical Topographic Map Collection websites are now displaying the Phantom Ranch topographic quadrangle on their flash application. The maps cover the a series to quadrangles from 1967 to the present. ? http://1.usa.gov/lvbSol, http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Kristina Yamamoto

CEGIS Researcher Honored: Kristina Yamamoto, a student geographer with the USGS Center of Excellence for Geospatial Information Science (CEGIS) is featured this month in the "Students at USGS" on the USGS main website. As part of her experience with the National Geospatial Program (NGP), she is conducting remote sensing research, including soil moisture and LiDAR projects. She is also PhD candidate at the University of Denver in the geography department, with her dissertation topic covering sea turtle nesting beach characteristics in southern Florida.

Historical US Topo

Vermont Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Vermont has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. That brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to more than 147,300, covering 45 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Historical US Topo

Mississippi Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Mississippi has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. That brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to more than 147,300, covering 45 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Historical US Topo

Louisiana Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Louisiana has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. That brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to more than 147,300, covering 40 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Geospatial Websites Upgraded

Geospatial Websites Upgraded: The US Topo and Historical Topographic Map Collection websites have added an interactive map application to their home pages. The flash thumbnails of original maps display all available versions of the featured series in an animated format. The display allows the user to view the maps in chronological order, access larger versions of the map and go directly to the download services. The second showcased series is six topographic maps of the Phantom Range, Arizona quadrangle (part of the Grand Canyon) - ranging from 1962 to the present. http://1.usa.gov/82461k, http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

New NHD Tools

New NHD Tools: The National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) contains detailed geospatial information about the Nation's surface water. Ensuring the accuracy of these data is an ongoing task as the landscape changes and users demand greater accuracy. To better support and grow the NHD stewardship program, the USGS has reinvented both the process and tools involved in maintaining the NHD. More information: http://bit.ly/dZZZ33

Historical US Topo

Missouri and New Hampshire Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Missouri and New Hampshire have been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. The addition of these quadrangles brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to more than 141,000 , covering 41 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Historical US Topo

Connecticut Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Connecticut has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. That brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to more than 149,190, covering 39 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Photo by Graham Gainty - Kepler Challenge

Trail Running, Kiwi-Style: NGTOC employee Paul Jurasin recently celebrated his 50th birthday in a rather unique fashion. His story can be found at: http://www.runningtimes.com/Article.aspx?ArticleID=24699

Historical US Topo

Nebraska Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Nebraska has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. That brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to more than 132,200, covering 38 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

US Topo 1893 Boothbay topo

Geospatial Websites Upgraded: The US Topo and Historical Topographic Map Collection websites have added an interactive map application to their home pages. Thumbnail images of actual maps display all available versions of the featured series in an animated format. The display allows the user to view the maps in chronological order, view larger versions of each map, and an option to download the full-resolution version directly. This first showcase features six topographic maps from the Boothbay, Maine area - ranging from 1893 to the present.

Historical Topographic Map Collection-Distribution of USGS Maps- Old and New video presentation

Historical Map Video: The USGS has released the "Historical Topographic Map Collection-Distribution of USGS Maps- Old and New" video presentation. It features team lead Greg Allord at the recent International Map Trade Association (IMTA) Conference. The video covers the project history, goals, updates and examples.

US Topo

US Topo Moving Forward: Nevada has started and Missouri is continuing! More than 36 states containing more than 41,000 quadrangles are now partially or almost totally covered by the new USGS digital electronic topographic map, the US Topo. The program is now replacing the former "Digital Map-Beta" maps with US Topo maps. Free download from the USGS Store. Complete listing. Is your state covered? http://1.usa.gov/lvbSol

SOCoP

New Heights of Accuracy for World Topography: The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) have collaborated in the development of a much improved global elevation model, the Global Multi-resolution Terrain Elevation Data 2010 (GMTED2010). GMTED2010 replaces the widely used, 15-year-old GTOPO30 terrain model as the best available global digital elevation model. All of the GMTED2010 data products are publicly available online with no redistribution restrictions. http://on.doi.gov/v0sreR

Historical US Topo

Arizona Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Arizona has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. That brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to nearly 130,000, covering 37 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Geospatial Data Contracts

USGS Geospatial Data Contract Website: The National Geospatial Technical Operations Center (NGTOC) has linked a new Geospatial Data Contract website to The National Map website. The Geospatial Product and Service Contracts (GPSC) is a suite of contracts, broad in scope, that can accommodate activities related to standard, nonstandard, graphic, and digital cartographic products. Services provided may include: photogrammetric mapping and aerotriangulation; orthophotography; thematic mapping (for example, land characterization); digital imagery applications; IFSAR and LiDAR; geographic information systems development; surveying and control acquisition, including ground-based and airborne GPS; and much more.

Historical US Topo

Historical Maps Now Covering 36 States: The release of more than 13,688 historical topographic maps covering California highlights the rapid pace of the USGS Historical Topographic Map Collection. Nearly 124,000 high resolution scans of historical USGS maps, some dating as far back as 1884, are now available online for free from the USGS Store. The electronic maps are georeferenced and can be used in conjunction with the new USGS digital topographic map, the US Topo.

FGDC globe

FGDC Launches New Geospatial Website: The Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC), in conjunction with several geospatial partners has released a prototype Geospatial Platform website providing an initial view of the future of user-friendly, integrated, federal data collections on common geographic maps. Through the website, users can create their own maps by combining their data with public domain data and can collaborate in public and private groups with others who share their interests. Maps assembled through the Geospatial Platform can be shared with others through web browsers and mobile technologies. All of this is possible without requiring users to install software on their own computers. News Release.

Volunteer Geographic Information

Volunteer Geographic Information: Since 1994, citizen volunteers have helped the USGS improve its topographic maps. A new fact sheet has been released to explain the current status of volunteer map data collection, pilot projects and the possible future of The National Map Corps.

US Topo

Historical Topographic Map Collection Update – over half way: More than 102,300high resolution scans of the more than 200,000 historical USGS topographic maps, some dating as far back as 1884, are now available online. The Historical Topographic Map Collection includes published U.S. maps of all scales and editions, and are offered as a georeferenced digital download or as a scanned print from the USGS Store.

Mapping iPhone App

There's A (M)app For That: Topographic maps from the USGS are now available as an app for Apple iOS devices including the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. The new app, called PDF Maps, has been released though the iTunes App Store and allows free download of any available US Topo or USGS Historical maps from the USGS Store or Map Locator tool.

US Topo

US Topo – Exceeding Goals: The US Topo crested an important milestone as the staff exceeded the ambitions goal of producing 18,500 digital quadrangles in one year. This brings the total of US Topos available for no-cost download to more than 36,200 maps covering 33 states. Recently, the program has started to replace the former "Digital Map Beta" prototypes with US Topo maps and have included a land cover layer. Also, the US Topo website has been updated to reflect significant product additions.

Mark DeMulder

Geospatial Summit and Radio Interview: Mark DeMulder, the Director of the National Geospatial Program gave a keynote presentation on "Mapping the Future" at the inaugural Geospatial Summit, September13 in Herndon, VA. Prior to the Summit, he was featured in a radio interview on Federal News Radio. Articles: http://bit.ly/nDP4WR http://bit.ly/pi7Qhq

The National Map

NGP Standards: Standards and specifications are essential to facilitate the development and sharing of geospatial data and products. The USGS standards and specifications that 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 can now be found on The National Map website.

US Topo

Bridging the Gap – The National Map Now Serving Complete Data for the US-Canadian Border: Since 2007 the USGS has partnered with the International Joint Commission of Canada and the U.S. (IJC) to extend National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) and WBD interpretations into Canada. This effort involves complex negotiations between State, Provincial and Federal agencies, resulting in the ability for users of the National Map to view, download and use Hydrologic Units and Hydrographic layers that were previously limited to the International Boundary. Identical interpretations are currently available on Natural Resources Canada's data portal GeoBase.

The National Map Corps

The National Map Corps Update: The USGS National Geospatial Program (NGP) sponsored volunteer map data collection projects for 20+ years. Citizen mappers revised many maps, but the program was suspended in 2008 due to funding. New technologies and social media have made volunteered geographic information (VGI) a possibility. As a result, the USGS has launched a pilot project to explore the future citizen participation. http://1.usa.gov/pkNgfi

Emergency Response Fact Sheet

Emergency Response Fact Sheet: The USGS National Geospatial Program (NGP) has released a new fact sheet listing the most popular web based resources for emergency responders and others to get timely and relevant information concerning earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, landslides, tsunamis, volcanoes, wildfires, terrorist attacks and accidental oil spills. http://on.doi.gov/iEmVfo

Conference PostersConference Posters: Pictures of winning and other selected posters from the 2011 USGS GIS Workshop and The National Map User Conference Poster Session released on the Conference website: http://bit.ly/pFwucn

The National Map User Conference photos Conference Pictures Posted! Hundreds of pictures from The National Map Users Conference (TNM UC) and the 2011 GIS Workshop have been posted to the Conference website. The pictures are arranged by day or major event and can be viewed as a slide show or thumb-nail set through Flickr.

Safest City Safest City: What is the "Safest City, USA"? Recently, a reporter from MSNBC posed that question to the USGS, looking for a map that depicts all the potential natural hazards and climatic impacts. Although the USGS has several data sets, there is currently no map that combines all of the various scenarios. Given the list of probable calamities, could your city or state be the "safest"?

The National Map User Conference Videos Released: Selected videos from The National Map Users Conference (TNM UC) have been posted to the Conference website. The recently released presentations include the plenary sessions for Day 1 and Day2, the Gannett Awards Ceremony, the Closing session and a montage of attendee feedback called TNM UC Experience. Photos, presentations and more from the Conference will be posted soon.

What is a Map? What is a Map? Renowned author Frederick Reuss advances, "The Question, What is a Map? Is More Relevant than Ever" in a new video from The National Map Users Conference.

The National Map User Conference SUCCESS! The National Map Users Conference (TNM UC) for 2011 is now in the books. The inaugural event took place May 12-13 in Denver with more than 425 participants. The over-capacity crowd included 16 Federal agencies, state and local government, academic institutions, vendors and international representatives. The fast-paced program included 66 concurrent sessions, panel discussions, three listening sessions, product review opportunities, the Gannett Award ceremony and plenty of networking. The Conference was preceded by the two-day, technology-focused GIS Workshop held at the nearby Denver Federal Center. Videos, pictures, presentation slides, Conference proceedings and other information products will be posted to the Conference website as they become available.

Gannett Award Winners Gannett Award winners: Tommy Dewald of the EPA and Keven Roth "semi-retired" USGS are the co-recipients of this year's Henry Gannett Award, presented at The National Map Users Conference. Roth and Dewald were cited for their development of the National Hydrography Dataset (NHD). More updated post Conference info at http://nationalmap.gov/uc/.

The National Map

New Website Face: An updated version of The National Map website (nationalmap.gov) was rolled out in conjunction with The National Map Users Conference. The new home page includes an user-specified map selection menu, easier to read navigation tabs, a search box, refined news section and a real-time Twitter feed. Check it out – comments welcome!

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August 30, 2012

Thumbnail image and link to National Elevation Dataset video

Uplifting Video: Elevation data has been an important component of USGS topographic maps since the 1880's. A topographic map without elevations in the form of contours is simply not a topographic map. The National Geospatial Program has launched a short video that emphasizes the relevance of elevation data not only to mapping, but to other areas of science and everyday life like flood insurance, climate change and environmental monitoring. http://gallery.usgs.gov/videos/567 . Also available on Youtube.

Thumbnail image and link to USGS Lidar Base Specification publication

LiDAR Publication Released: A new USGS publication from the National Geospatial Program titled, "LiDAR Base Specification Version 1.0" is now available for free download. This officially replaces what is widely known as "the v13 Spec", a draft LiDAR base specification that has been largely adopted by many US Federal agencies and private industry. That formative document has been completely reformatted and re-edited, and now includes a glossary, a metadata template, and a metadata example file. LiDAR continues to be a rapidly evolving technology, and the NGP anticipates periodic future revisions to this document as changes in the technology, data, applications, and program requirements dictate. Report link.

Thumbnail image of Shoshone, WY map from 1886, and link to US Topo

Wyoming Map Featured: The US Topo and Historical Topographic Map Collection websites have added an interactive map application to their home pages. The flash thumbnails of original scanned maps display all available versions of the featured state quadrangles in an animated format. The display allows the user to view the maps in chronological order, access larger versions and the map and go directly to the download services. The new series is six topographic maps of the Lewis Falls maps in Wyoming - ranging from 1886 to the present. http://1.usa.gov/82461k, http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

US Topo

Northern Plains Data Improved – plus PLSS: New US Topo maps for Wyoming and South Dakota are available (News Release), with more than 3,230 revised digital quadrangles added to the collection. Wyoming is the first state to have Public Land Survey System (PLSS) data added to US Topo maps. The PLSS is a way of subdividing and describing land in the United States. All lands in the public domain are subject to subdivision by this rectangular system of surveys, which is regulated by the U.S. Department of the Interior. The maps are available for free download from the USGS Map Store website.

TNM Corps

"Crowdsourcing": Looking at New Ways to Map Structures in Colorado In light of technical changes and increasing uses of social networking, the USGS is exploring a new approach to the volunteer program —the National Map Corps - and is launching a project to test options for volunteer participation in providing data to The National Map. The project uses internet mapping applications to add or corrected information to man-made structures and facilities, such as schools and fire stations, in the state of Colorado. News Release. Video Link.

Puerto Rico 1950

PR Historical Maps: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Puerto Rico has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. The addition of these 611 quadrangles brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to nearly 164,000, covering the lower 48 states and Hawaii. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

TNM-Twitter

Passed 1,000! The National Map Twitter site recently surpassed 1,229 followers in just over a year. Let's make it to 2,000 @USGSTNM. Sign up today and join in the conversation!

US Topo Update: Production and release of the US Topo started in October 2009. The US Topo is an enhancement of the previous "Digital Map–Beta" product, with the addition on the hydrography and contour layers. The new mapping product was formally introduced at the "125th Anniversary of Topographic Mapping" Celebration on December 3, 2009. The National Geospatial Technical Operations Center reports the following:
  • More than 53,375 US Topo maps are loaded to the Map Locator of the USGS Store (as of 08-30-12)
    • Kansas was the first US Topo state, and is 100% complete (1,417 quadrangles) followed by:
    • Oklahoma: 100% complete (1,087 quadrangles)
    • New York: 100% complete (973 quadrangles)
    • Texas: 100% complete (4,364 quadrangles)
    • Kentucky: 100% complete (615 quadrangles)
    • Iowa: 100% complete (1,056 quadrangles)
    • Tennessee: 100% complete (719 quadrangles)
    • Indiana: 100% complete (672 quadrangles)
    • Pennsylvania: 100% complete (794 quadrangles)
    • Wisconsin: 100% complete (1,062 quadrangles)
    • Virginia: 100% complete (707 quadrangles)
    • Ohio: 100% complete (737 quadrangles)
    • Colorado: 100% complete (1,832 quadrangles)
    • Minnesota: 100% complete (1,709 quadrangles)
    • North Carolina: 100% complete (848 quadrangles)
    • New Mexico: 100% complete (2,029 quadrangles)
    • Idaho: 100% complete (1,479 quadrangles)
    • Washington: 100% complete (1,373 quadrangles)
    • Utah: 100% complete (1,549 quadrangles)
    • West Virginia: 100% complete (468 quadrangles)
    • Georgia: 100% complete (963 quadrangles)
    • North Dakota: 100% complete (1,432 quadrangles)
    • New Jersey: 100% complete (176 quadrangles)
    • Delaware: 100% complete (31 quadrangles)
    • Montana: 100% complete (2,991) quadrangles)
    • Maryland: (Incl DC): 100% complete (254 quadrangles)
    • Oregon: 100% complete (1,882 quadrangles)
    • Arkansas: 100% complete (911 quadrangles)
    • South Carolina: 100% complete (569 quadrangles)
    • Michigan: 100% complete (1,319 quadrangles)
    • Maine: 100% complete (708 quadrangles)*
    • Alabama: 100% complete (843 quadrangles)*
    • Arizona: 100% complete (1,883 quadrangles)*
    • Nebraska: 100% complete (1,372 quadrangles)*
    • Missouri: 100% complete (1,201 quadrangles)*
    • Nevada: 100% complete (1,788 quadrangles)*
    • California: 100% complete (2,800 quadrangles)*
    • Louisiana: 100% complete (801 quadrangles)*
    • Mississippi: 100% complete (770 quadrangles)*
    • Vermont: 100% complete (201 quadrangles)*
    • New Hampshire: 100% complete (174 quadrangles)*
    • Connecticut: 100% complete (76 quadrangles)*
    • Massachusetts: 100% complete (196 quadrangles)*
    • Rhode Island: 100% complete (27 quadrangles)*
    • Wyoming: 100% complete (1,779 quadrangles)*
    • South Dakota: 100% complete (1,151 quadrangles)*
    • Florida: 99% complete (1,023 quadrangles)*
    • Illinois: 68% complete (680 quadrangles)*
    • Pending: Hawaii

*Current "Digital Map - Beta" maps that are being updated to US Topo specifications

Note: As of October 25, 2010, the percentage of US Topos complete and total quadrangles loaded will include U.S. Forest Service lands.

Digital Map–Beta Update: In a little more than 4 years since the release of the "Digital Map–Beta" web site, the National Geospatial Technical Operations Center can report the following:
  • More than 271 "Digital Maps–Beta" are loaded to the Map Locator of the USGS Store
  • State quad status, in order of loading to the Map Locator: (as of 08-30-12)
    • Illinois: 100% complete

Note: Forest Service quads in the above states are currently not included, which often gives a "missing quad" look. The USGS is working with the Forest Service so that maps made in 2010 and beyond will include lands administered by USFS.

The "Digital Map–Beta" is the initial electronic digital map. With the integration of the hydrography and contour layers, the maps produced after October 2009, and starting with Kansas, will be classified as US Topo.

US Topo

MI and SD State Maps: The full sets of US Topo maps for Michigan and South Dakota have been released and are available for free download from the USGS Store. The 1,319 revised quadrangles from the Great Lakes State and the1,445 topo maps from the Mount Rushmore have been added to the more than 51,600 US digital topographic maps. http://1.usa.gov/82461k

Logo and link to The National Atlas of the USnited States of America

Find 1, Get 1, Use 1: The National Atlas has released new sets of digital cartographic frameworks at the one million-scale, which is twice the detail of previous versions. Users can now easily find "one" using popular search engines; get it as documented data or Web map services; and use "one" in their geospatial analyses, maps, or map mashups. News Release: http://on.doi.gov/MDT0BJ

Connecticut Quad

New Maps for New England: Nearly 690 revised digital maps covering Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont have been added to approximately 51,000 maps currently covering the lower 48 states and are available for free download from the website.

graphic representation of a newspaper

Legacy Maps in the News: The Historical Topographic Map Collection, with more than 167,335 scanned and referenced USGS topo quadrangles available for free download, has recently been featured in several publications, including the Smithsonian "Constant Traveler", PC World, the Verge and the IMTA update.
Traveler link: http://bit.ly/O0AmFt

small map of Alaska

USGS Mapping Alaska: In conjunction with nearly 20 Federal Agencies and representatives from the state of Alaska, the USGS sponsored an Alaska Mapping Roundtable to discuss collaborative funding strategies for Alaska's Statewide Digital Mapping Initiative. The meeting, convened by Lt. Gov Mead Treadwell and DOI Assistant Secretary for Water and Science, Anne Castle, was also featured in the July 5 edition of The Seward Phoenix Log.

2012 Fact Sheet

New NHD Publication: The analysis of surface-water systems optimized by using the National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) as the common national framework has provided improved data maintenance, better tools and reduced costs. To portray the complex water data, often from many agencies, the NHD has developed and refined a linear referencing system. Fact Sheet: http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2012/3068/

Work Plan

Passed 50,000: The US Topo map project has produced more than 50,000 revised digital topographic maps since late-2009, keeping pace with the complete coverage goal of the continental US by the end 2012. Users from almost every state can now access and download new US Topo maps for free from the USGS Store map locator. To see if your desired map is available, go to: http://on.doi.gov/ctQcJG

Connecticut Quad

Connecticut Quads Featured: The US Topo and Historical Topographic Map Collection websites have added an interactive map application to their home pages. The flash thumbnails of original scanned maps display all available versions of the featured state quadrangles in an animated format. The display allows the user to view the maps in chronological order, access larger versions and the map and go directly to the download services. The new series is six topographic maps of the Old Lyme maps in Connecticut - ranging from 1893 to the present. http://1.usa.gov/82461k, http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

US Topo

US Topo Update: New maps for Wyoming and South Dakota are nearly half way complete. More than 36 states containing more than 40,700 quadrangles are now partially or almost totally covered by the new USGS digital electronic topographic map, the US Topo. Free download from the USGS Store. Complete listing. Is your state covered? http://1.usa.gov/82461k

Massachusetts US Topo

Bay State Maps: The full set of US Topo maps for Massachusetts has been released. The 196 revised quadrangles have been added to the more 49,800 US digital topographic maps available for free download from the USGS Store. http://1.usa.gov/82461k

TopoBathy image

TopoBathy added to the NED: The first set of topobathymetric data has been added to the National Elevation Dataset (NED). Topobathymetric data are created by merging topography (land elevation) and bathymetry (water depth) into a seamless elevation product useful for applications such as modeling sea level rise and storm surge. The initial dataset is centered over Mobile Bay, Alabama and was constructed using a combination of 71 disparate topographic and bathymetric datasets from the USGS, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; ranging in temporal variation from 1917 to 2011. It was developed in collaboration between the USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program (CMGP) and the USGS National Geospatial Program. In the next five years, the CMGP has plans to expand its research and modeling along the northern Gulf of Mexico coastline, and San Francisco and Chesapeake Bays. Release notes: http://bit.ly/K5RCEE

US Topo

Ocean State Maps: The full set of US Topo maps for Rhode Island has been released. The 27 revised quadrangles have been added to the more 48,900 US digital topographic maps available for free download from the USGS Store. http://1.usa.gov/82461k

US Topo

Hawaii Historical Maps Available: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Hawaii has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. The addition of these quadrangles brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to nearly 167,000, with only one more state left to completing coverage for the entire US and territories. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

US Topo

Constitution State Maps: The full set of US Topo maps for Connecticut has been released. The 94 revised quadrangles have been added to the more 48,900 US digital topographic maps available for free download from the USGS Store. http://1.usa.gov/82461k

CA Half Dome 2012

California Quads Featured: The US Topo and Historical Topographic Map Collection websites have added an interactive map application to their home pages. The flash thumbnails of original scanned maps display all available versions of the featured state quadrangles in an animated format. The display allows the user to view the maps in chronological order, access larger versions and the map and go directly to the download services. The new series is six topographic maps of the Yosemite/Half Dome maps in California - ranging from 1897 to the present. http://1.usa.gov/82461k, http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

CA Half Dome 2012

New Maps for CA, LA and MS Rolled Out: Complete sets of US Topo maps for California, Louisiana and Mississippi have been released. They join the growing list of other states. The 4,300 new maps have been added to the more than 48,580 digital topographic quadrangles now available for free download from the USGS Store. News Release with quotes from the USGS Director: http://on.doi.gov/LmdbjB

US Topo

Arizona quads complete: After a short delay, the finished set of US Topo maps numbering more than 1,880 updated digital topographic quadrangles for Arizona have been loaded to the USGS Store for free download. http://1.usa.gov/lvbSol

US Topo

More New England States Started: US Topo maps for the states of Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, Massachusetts and New Hampshire are starting to be posted to the US Topo quadrangle collection. Currently, more than 275 digital topographic maps from those New England states are available for free download from the USGS Store. http://1.usa.gov/lvbSol

Elevation study results

Elevation Study Results: The USGS completed a National Enhanced Elevation Assessment (NEEA) in December 2011. The assessment was the most comprehensive investigation of options for improving the availability and quality of national elevation data. Research participants included 34 federal agencies, 50 states, and selected local governments and tribes, as well as private and not-for-profit organizations. The study and other resources will be available through a NEEA website (coming soon!). In the interim, the full report from Dewberry can be found at: http://bit.ly/JNlGcj

CA Half Dome 2012

Golden State Coverage: The state of California is now completely covered with new US Topo maps. More than 2,800 California digital topographic quadrangles are now available for free download from the USGS Store. The improved maps feature contours, updated hydrography, woodland tint, additional critical structures, enhanced boundaries, commercial roads and new Forest Service data. Also, the US Topo allows for the addition of a high resolution aerial photography map layer, which is not available on older paper-based topographic maps. Download instructions: http://nationalmap.gov/ustopo/

US Topo

Release of CA, LA and MS US Topo’s Soon: The release of US Topo maps for both California and Louisiana is currently at 98% complete, and Mississippi is close behind at 97%. All three should be finished soon! More than 40 states containing more than 47,754 quadrangles are now partially or almost totally covered by the new USGS digital electronic topographic map, the US Topo. The program is now replacing the former "Digital Map-Beta" maps with revised US Topo maps. Free download from the USGS Store. Complete listing. Is your state covered? http://1.usa.gov/lvbSol

TNM-Twitter

Tweet us! The National Map Twitter site has steadily increased to more than 970 followers in just over a year. Let’s make it to 1,000 @USGSTNM. Sign up today and join in the conversation!

US Topo

Records Set: USGS legacy topographic maps from the Historical Topographic Map Collection have set a record of more than 427,700 downloads during the month of April. This follows the completion of historical map coverage for the lower 48 states in a few weeks ago. The newest USGS topographic map, the US Topo, also set a personal best of nearly 174,000 downloads for the same period. Check out the mapping websites and see why they are becoming so popular. http://1.usa.gov/82461k, http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Geospatial Technology Workshop

Geospatial Technology Workshop: The USGS will be offering a workshop titled "Introduction to Geospatial Semantics and Technology" preceding the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science Symposium on May 29, 2012 in Washington D.C. The Workshop is an introductory tutorial on geospatial semantics with hands-on exercises using standard Web browsers. The workshop is divided into two major sections: general semantics on the Web, and specific examples of geospatial semantics using data from The National Map of the USGS. The general section will include information and access to publicly available semantic archives. The specific session will include information on geospatial semantics with access to semantically enhanced data for hydrography, transportation, boundaries, names, and land cover. Details: http://www.ucgis.org/Events/moreinfo.asp?ID=304

Yukon River, Alaska

Alaska Mapping Interview: Mark DeMulder, Director of the USGS National Geospatial Program (NGP) was interviewed by KNTA Radio out of Talkeetna, Alaska about the new and ambitious USGS initiative to update and upgrade the topographic maps of the Alaskan region. The interactive discussion covers the history of mapping Alaska, the new US Topo digital map project, new cartographic technologies and proposed plans for the Alaskan Mapping Initiative. Interview and sound bites: http://bit.ly/HVcy4R

National Elevation Dataset

Border Elevation Improved: Updated elevation data along the U.S. and Canadian border have been added to the National Elevation Dataset (NED) layer as result of collaboration between U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Natural Resources Canada (NRCAN). Scientist from NRCAN Centre for Topographic Information and the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center improved the topographic information along the international border by making the U.S. and Canada elevation data seamless in the 1-arc-second NED. These data will complete the watersheds originating in the U.S. and fill a small void that existed between the two elevation datasets. The new Canada elevation data, as well as the latest elevation data for the contiguous U.S. added to the NED can be viewed at NED Release Notes for April. The next release of the NED, due in June, 2012, will include Canada elevation along the border of Alaska

US Topo

CONUS Complete: The USGS Historical Topographic Map Collection is celebrating a major milestone, as the lower 48 states, spanning in excess of 130 years, are now available for free download from the Collection website. This Collection features well over 161,000 USGS legacy topographic maps in a digital format. Since September, more than 1.2 million maps have been downloaded from the Map Locator – an average of more than 5,700 maps per day! News Release

AWRA

USGS Scientist Receives "High" Water Award: USGS cartographer Jeff Simley, the product lead for the National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) received the Maidment Award at this year’s American Water Resources Association (AWRA) GIS specialty conference for water resources in New Orleans. The prestigious award acknowledges his contributions to the water resources field as a key player in establishing a Stewardship program that partners many federal, state, and local agencies all with a common goal to improve and maintain a hydrography GIS layer for the nation. http://nhd.usgs.gov/

US Topo

The Last Piece of the Puzzle - USGS Historical Maps: A summary of the USGS Historical Topographic Map Collection, its status and relevance to many diverse audiences has been published as a "Top Story" on the USGS main website. The article outlines the goals of the Historical Collection program and a short history of The National Program for Topographic Mapping, which was established in 1884. Also, it reviews map changes over time, including scales and symbology. Article link.

US Topo

Florida Historical Maps added, one state left: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Florida has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. The addition of these quadrangles brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to nearly 164,000, with only one more state left to completing coverage for the lower 48 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

AWRA

NHD/WBD in the Big Easy: The USGS will be hosting the 4th bi-annual National Hydrography Dataset (NHD)/ Watershed Boundary Dataset (WBD) Stewardship Conference in New Orleans, March 29-30, 2012. The conference is in conjunction with the American Water Resources Association's 2012 Spring Specialty Conference on Geographic Information Systems and Water Resources. The NHD is the surface water component of The National Map to be used in general mapping and in the analysis of surface-water systems by geographic information systems (GIS). Conference agenda: http://bit.ly/zNXixX

Historical US Topo

Wyoming Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Wyoming has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. The addition of these quadrangles brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to more than 154,000, covering 48 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Alton 1927

Missouri/Illinois Quads Featured: The US Topo and Historical Topographic Map Collection websites have added an interactive map application to their home pages. The flash thumbnails of original maps display all available versions of the featured state quadrangles in an animated format. The display allows the user to view the maps in chronological order, access larger versions and the map and go directly to the download services. The third showcased series is six topographic maps of the Columbia Bottoms area, straddling Missouri and Illinois - ranging from 1927 to the present. http://1.usa.gov/82461k, http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Historical US Topo

Rhode Island and South Dakota Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Rhode Island and South Dakota have been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. The addition of these quadrangles brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to more than 149,800, covering 47 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Kari Craun

ASPRS Fellow Award: Kari Craun, Director of the USGS National Geospatial Technical Operations Center (NGTOC) has been named as one of two 2012 American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) Fellow Award winners. The ASPRS hilghly selective designation of Fellow is awarded to active Society members who have performed exceptional service in advancing geospatial science and use of the mapping sciences. News release: http://bit.ly/zW7xXg

Esri FedUC

USGS at Esri FedUC: The USGS played a prominent role at the 2012 Esri Federal Users Conference in Washington, DC this past week. The USGS sponsored two exhibits featuring new and improved geospatial products and services from the National Geospatial Program and the National Atlas ®. Also, the USGS was involved in several presentations and technical sessions throughout the Conference. http://bit.ly/qgNZJs

US Topo

Arizona Quad Featured: The US Topo and Historical Topographic Map Collection websites are now displaying the Phantom Ranch topographic quadrangle on their flash application. The maps cover the a series to quadrangles from 1967 to the present. ? http://1.usa.gov/lvbSol, http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Kristina Yamamoto

CEGIS Researcher Honored: Kristina Yamamoto, a student geographer with the USGS Center of Excellence for Geospatial Information Science (CEGIS) is featured this month in the "Students at USGS" on the USGS main website. As part of her experience with the National Geospatial Program (NGP), she is conducting remote sensing research, including soil moisture and LiDAR projects. She is also PhD candidate at the University of Denver in the geography department, with her dissertation topic covering sea turtle nesting beach characteristics in southern Florida.

Historical US Topo

Vermont Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Vermont has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. That brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to more than 147,300, covering 45 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Historical US Topo

Mississippi Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Mississippi has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. That brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to more than 147,300, covering 45 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Historical US Topo

Louisiana Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Louisiana has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. That brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to more than 147,300, covering 40 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Geospatial Websites Upgraded

Geospatial Websites Upgraded: The US Topo and Historical Topographic Map Collection websites have added an interactive map application to their home pages. The flash thumbnails of original maps display all available versions of the featured series in an animated format. The display allows the user to view the maps in chronological order, access larger versions of the map and go directly to the download services. The second showcased series is six topographic maps of the Phantom Range, Arizona quadrangle (part of the Grand Canyon) - ranging from 1962 to the present. http://1.usa.gov/82461k, http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

New NHD Tools

New NHD Tools: The National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) contains detailed geospatial information about the Nation's surface water. Ensuring the accuracy of these data is an ongoing task as the landscape changes and users demand greater accuracy. To better support and grow the NHD stewardship program, the USGS has reinvented both the process and tools involved in maintaining the NHD. More information: http://bit.ly/dZZZ33

Historical US Topo

Missouri and New Hampshire Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Missouri and New Hampshire have been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. The addition of these quadrangles brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to more than 141,000 , covering 41 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Historical US Topo

Connecticut Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Connecticut has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. That brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to more than 149,190, covering 39 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Photo by Graham Gainty - Kepler Challenge

Trail Running, Kiwi-Style: NGTOC employee Paul Jurasin recently celebrated his 50th birthday in a rather unique fashion. His story can be found at: http://www.runningtimes.com/Article.aspx?ArticleID=24699

Historical US Topo

Nebraska Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Nebraska has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. That brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to more than 132,200, covering 38 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

US Topo 1893 Boothbay topo

Geospatial Websites Upgraded: The US Topo and Historical Topographic Map Collection websites have added an interactive map application to their home pages. Thumbnail images of actual maps display all available versions of the featured series in an animated format. The display allows the user to view the maps in chronological order, view larger versions of each map, and an option to download the full-resolution version directly. This first showcase features six topographic maps from the Boothbay, Maine area - ranging from 1893 to the present.

Historical Topographic Map Collection-Distribution of USGS Maps- Old and New video presentation

Historical Map Video: The USGS has released the "Historical Topographic Map Collection-Distribution of USGS Maps- Old and New" video presentation. It features team lead Greg Allord at the recent International Map Trade Association (IMTA) Conference. The video covers the project history, goals, updates and examples.

US Topo

US Topo Moving Forward: Nevada has started and Missouri is continuing! More than 36 states containing more than 41,000 quadrangles are now partially or almost totally covered by the new USGS digital electronic topographic map, the US Topo. The program is now replacing the former "Digital Map-Beta" maps with US Topo maps. Free download from the USGS Store. Complete listing. Is your state covered? http://1.usa.gov/lvbSol

SOCoP

New Heights of Accuracy for World Topography: The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) have collaborated in the development of a much improved global elevation model, the Global Multi-resolution Terrain Elevation Data 2010 (GMTED2010). GMTED2010 replaces the widely used, 15-year-old GTOPO30 terrain model as the best available global digital elevation model. All of the GMTED2010 data products are publicly available online with no redistribution restrictions. http://on.doi.gov/v0sreR

Historical US Topo

Arizona Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Arizona has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. That brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to nearly 130,000, covering 37 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Geospatial Data Contracts

USGS Geospatial Data Contract Website: The National Geospatial Technical Operations Center (NGTOC) has linked a new Geospatial Data Contract website to The National Map website. The Geospatial Product and Service Contracts (GPSC) is a suite of contracts, broad in scope, that can accommodate activities related to standard, nonstandard, graphic, and digital cartographic products. Services provided may include: photogrammetric mapping and aerotriangulation; orthophotography; thematic mapping (for example, land characterization); digital imagery applications; IFSAR and LiDAR; geographic information systems development; surveying and control acquisition, including ground-based and airborne GPS; and much more.

Historical US Topo

Historical Maps Now Covering 36 States: The release of more than 13,688 historical topographic maps covering California highlights the rapid pace of the USGS Historical Topographic Map Collection. Nearly 124,000 high resolution scans of historical USGS maps, some dating as far back as 1884, are now available online for free from the USGS Store. The electronic maps are georeferenced and can be used in conjunction with the new USGS digital topographic map, the US Topo.

FGDC globe

FGDC Launches New Geospatial Website: The Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC), in conjunction with several geospatial partners has released a prototype Geospatial Platform website providing an initial view of the future of user-friendly, integrated, federal data collections on common geographic maps. Through the website, users can create their own maps by combining their data with public domain data and can collaborate in public and private groups with others who share their interests. Maps assembled through the Geospatial Platform can be shared with others through web browsers and mobile technologies. All of this is possible without requiring users to install software on their own computers. News Release.

Volunteer Geographic Information

Volunteer Geographic Information: Since 1994, citizen volunteers have helped the USGS improve its topographic maps. A new fact sheet has been released to explain the current status of volunteer map data collection, pilot projects and the possible future of The National Map Corps.

US Topo

Historical Topographic Map Collection Update – over half way: More than 102,300high resolution scans of the more than 200,000 historical USGS topographic maps, some dating as far back as 1884, are now available online. The Historical Topographic Map Collection includes published U.S. maps of all scales and editions, and are offered as a georeferenced digital download or as a scanned print from the USGS Store.

Mapping iPhone App

There's A (M)app For That: Topographic maps from the USGS are now available as an app for Apple iOS devices including the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. The new app, called PDF Maps, has been released though the iTunes App Store and allows free download of any available US Topo or USGS Historical maps from the USGS Store or Map Locator tool.

US Topo

US Topo – Exceeding Goals: The US Topo crested an important milestone as the staff exceeded the ambitions goal of producing 18,500 digital quadrangles in one year. This brings the total of US Topos available for no-cost download to more than 36,200 maps covering 33 states. Recently, the program has started to replace the former "Digital Map Beta" prototypes with US Topo maps and have included a land cover layer. Also, the US Topo website has been updated to reflect significant product additions.

Mark DeMulder

Geospatial Summit and Radio Interview: Mark DeMulder, the Director of the National Geospatial Program gave a keynote presentation on "Mapping the Future" at the inaugural Geospatial Summit, September13 in Herndon, VA. Prior to the Summit, he was featured in a radio interview on Federal News Radio. Articles: http://bit.ly/nDP4WR http://bit.ly/pi7Qhq

The National Map

NGP Standards: Standards and specifications are essential to facilitate the development and sharing of geospatial data and products. The USGS standards and specifications that 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 can now be found on The National Map website.

US Topo

Bridging the Gap – The National Map Now Serving Complete Data for the US-Canadian Border: Since 2007 the USGS has partnered with the International Joint Commission of Canada and the U.S. (IJC) to extend National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) and WBD interpretations into Canada. This effort involves complex negotiations between State, Provincial and Federal agencies, resulting in the ability for users of the National Map to view, download and use Hydrologic Units and Hydrographic layers that were previously limited to the International Boundary. Identical interpretations are currently available on Natural Resources Canada's data portal GeoBase.

The National Map Corps

The National Map Corps Update: The USGS National Geospatial Program (NGP) sponsored volunteer map data collection projects for 20+ years. Citizen mappers revised many maps, but the program was suspended in 2008 due to funding. New technologies and social media have made volunteered geographic information (VGI) a possibility. As a result, the USGS has launched a pilot project to explore the future citizen participation. http://1.usa.gov/pkNgfi

Emergency Response Fact Sheet

Emergency Response Fact Sheet: The USGS National Geospatial Program (NGP) has released a new fact sheet listing the most popular web based resources for emergency responders and others to get timely and relevant information concerning earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, landslides, tsunamis, volcanoes, wildfires, terrorist attacks and accidental oil spills. http://on.doi.gov/iEmVfo

Conference PostersConference Posters: Pictures of winning and other selected posters from the 2011 USGS GIS Workshop and The National Map User Conference Poster Session released on the Conference website: http://bit.ly/pFwucn

The National Map User Conference photos Conference Pictures Posted! Hundreds of pictures from The National Map Users Conference (TNM UC) and the 2011 GIS Workshop have been posted to the Conference website. The pictures are arranged by day or major event and can be viewed as a slide show or thumb-nail set through Flickr.

Safest City Safest City: What is the "Safest City, USA"? Recently, a reporter from MSNBC posed that question to the USGS, looking for a map that depicts all the potential natural hazards and climatic impacts. Although the USGS has several data sets, there is currently no map that combines all of the various scenarios. Given the list of probable calamities, could your city or state be the "safest"?

The National Map User Conference Videos Released: Selected videos from The National Map Users Conference (TNM UC) have been posted to the Conference website. The recently released presentations include the plenary sessions for Day 1 and Day2, the Gannett Awards Ceremony, the Closing session and a montage of attendee feedback called TNM UC Experience. Photos, presentations and more from the Conference will be posted soon.

What is a Map? What is a Map? Renowned author Frederick Reuss advances, "The Question, What is a Map? Is More Relevant than Ever" in a new video from The National Map Users Conference.

The National Map User Conference SUCCESS! The National Map Users Conference (TNM UC) for 2011 is now in the books. The inaugural event took place May 12-13 in Denver with more than 425 participants. The over-capacity crowd included 16 Federal agencies, state and local government, academic institutions, vendors and international representatives. The fast-paced program included 66 concurrent sessions, panel discussions, three listening sessions, product review opportunities, the Gannett Award ceremony and plenty of networking. The Conference was preceded by the two-day, technology-focused GIS Workshop held at the nearby Denver Federal Center. Videos, pictures, presentation slides, Conference proceedings and other information products will be posted to the Conference website as they become available.

Gannett Award Winners Gannett Award winners: Tommy Dewald of the EPA and Keven Roth "semi-retired" USGS are the co-recipients of this year's Henry Gannett Award, presented at The National Map Users Conference. Roth and Dewald were cited for their development of the National Hydrography Dataset (NHD). More updated post Conference info at http://nationalmap.gov/uc/.

The National Map

New Website Face: An updated version of The National Map website (nationalmap.gov) was rolled out in conjunction with The National Map Users Conference. The new home page includes an user-specified map selection menu, easier to read navigation tabs, a search box, refined news section and a real-time Twitter feed. Check it out – comments welcome!

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August 20, 2012

US Topo

Northern Plains Data Improved – plus PLSS: New US Topo maps for Wyoming and South Dakota are available (News Release), with more than 3,230 revised digital quadrangles added to the collection. Wyoming is the first state to have Public Land Survey System (PLSS) data added to US Topo maps. The PLSS is a way of subdividing and describing land in the United States. All lands in the public domain are subject to subdivision by this rectangular system of surveys, which is regulated by the U.S. Department of the Interior. The maps are available for free download from the USGS Map Store website.

TNM Corps

"Crowdsourcing": Looking at New Ways to Map Structures in Colorado In light of technical changes and increasing uses of social networking, the USGS is exploring a new approach to the volunteer program —the National Map Corps - and is launching a project to test options for volunteer participation in providing data to The National Map. The project uses internet mapping applications to add or corrected information to man-made structures and facilities, such as schools and fire stations, in the state of Colorado. News Release.

Puerto Rico 1950

PR Historical Maps: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Puerto Rico has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. The addition of these 611 quadrangles brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to nearly 164,000, covering the lower 48 states and Hawaii. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

US Topo

MI and SD State Maps: The full sets of US Topo maps for Michigan and South Dakota have been released and are available for free download from the USGS Store. The 1,319 revised quadrangles from the Great Lakes State and the1,445 topo maps from the Mount Rushmore have been added to the more than 51,600 US digital topographic maps. http://1.usa.gov/82461k

Logo and link to The National Atlas of the USnited States of America

Find 1, Get 1, Use 1: The National Atlas has released new sets of digital cartographic frameworks at the one million-scale, which is twice the detail of previous versions. Users can now easily find "one" using popular search engines; get it as documented data or Web map services; and use "one" in their geospatial analyses, maps, or map mashups. News Release: http://on.doi.gov/MDT0BJ

Connecticut Quad

New Maps for New England: Nearly 690 revised digital maps covering Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont have been added to approximately 51,000 maps currently covering the lower 48 states and are available for free download from the website.

TNM-Twitter

Passed 1,000! The National Map Twitter site recently surpassed 1,160 followers in just over a year. Let's make it to 2,000 @USGSTNM. Sign up today and join in the conversation!

US Topo Update: Production and release of the US Topo started in October 2009. The US Topo is an enhancement of the previous "Digital Map–Beta" product, with the addition on the hydrography and contour layers. The new mapping product was formally introduced at the "125th Anniversary of Topographic Mapping" Celebration on December 3, 2009. The National Geospatial Technical Operations Center reports the following:
  • More than 52,916 US Topo maps are loaded to the Map Locator of the USGS Store (as of 08-20-12)
    • Kansas was the first US Topo state, and is 100% complete (1,417 quadrangles) followed by:
    • Oklahoma: 100% complete (1,087 quadrangles)
    • New York: 100% complete (973 quadrangles)
    • Texas: 100% complete (4,364 quadrangles)
    • Kentucky: 100% complete (615 quadrangles)
    • Iowa: 100% complete (1,056 quadrangles)
    • Tennessee: 100% complete (719 quadrangles)
    • Indiana: 100% complete (672 quadrangles)
    • Pennsylvania: 100% complete (794 quadrangles)
    • Wisconsin: 100% complete (1,062 quadrangles)
    • Virginia: 100% complete (707 quadrangles)
    • Ohio: 100% complete (737 quadrangles)
    • Colorado: 100% complete (1,832 quadrangles)
    • Minnesota: 100% complete (1,709 quadrangles)
    • North Carolina: 100% complete (848 quadrangles)
    • New Mexico: 100% complete (2,029 quadrangles)
    • Idaho: 100% complete (1,479 quadrangles)
    • Washington: 100% complete (1,373 quadrangles)
    • Utah: 100% complete (1,549 quadrangles)
    • West Virginia: 100% complete (468 quadrangles)
    • Georgia: 100% complete (963 quadrangles)
    • North Dakota: 100% complete (1,432 quadrangles)
    • New Jersey: 100% complete (176 quadrangles)
    • Delaware: 100% complete (31 quadrangles)
    • Montana: 100% complete (2,991) quadrangles)
    • Maryland: (Incl DC): 100% complete (254 quadrangles)
    • Oregon: 100% complete (1,882 quadrangles)
    • Arkansas: 100% complete (911 quadrangles)
    • South Carolina: 100% complete (569 quadrangles)
    • Michigan: 100% complete (1,319 quadrangles)
    • Maine: 100% complete (708 quadrangles)*
    • Alabama: 100% complete (843 quadrangles)*
    • Arizona: 100% complete (1,883 quadrangles)*
    • Nebraska: 100% complete (1,372 quadrangles)*
    • Missouri: 100% complete (1,201 quadrangles)*
    • Nevada: 100% complete (1,788 quadrangles)*
    • California: 100% complete (2,800 quadrangles)*
    • Louisiana: 100% complete (801 quadrangles)*
    • Mississippi: 100% complete (770 quadrangles)*
    • Vermont: 100% complete (201 quadrangles)*
    • New Hampshire: 100% complete (174 quadrangles)*
    • Connecticut: 100% complete (76 quadrangles)*
    • Massachusetts: 100% complete (196 quadrangles)*
    • Rhode Island: 100% complete (27 quadrangles)*
    • Wyoming: 100% complete (1,779 quadrangles)*
    • South Dakota: 100% complete (1,151 quadrangles)*
    • Florida: 91% complete (933 quadrangles)*
    • Illinois: 30% complete (298 quadrangles)*
    • Pending: Hawaii

*Current "Digital Map - Beta" maps that are being updated to US Topo specifications

Note: As of October 25, 2010, the percentage of US Topos complete and total quadrangles loaded will include U.S. Forest Service lands.

Digital Map–Beta Update: In a little more than 4 years since the release of the "Digital Map–Beta" web site, the National Geospatial Technical Operations Center can report the following:
  • More than 695 "Digital Maps–Beta" are loaded to the Map Locator of the USGS Store
  • State quad status, in order of loading to the Map Locator: (as of 08-20-12)
    • Illinois: 100% complete
    • Florida: 100% complete

Note: Forest Service quads in the above states are currently not included, which often gives a "missing quad" look. The USGS is working with the Forest Service so that maps made in 2010 and beyond will include lands administered by USFS.

The "Digital Map–Beta" is the initial electronic digital map. With the integration of the hydrography and contour layers, the maps produced after October 2009, and starting with Kansas, will be classified as US Topo.

graphic representation of a newspaper

Legacy Maps in the News: The Historical Topographic Map Collection, with more than 167,335 scanned and referenced USGS topo quadrangles available for free download, has recently been featured in several publications, including the Smithsonian "Constant Traveler", PC World, the Verge and the IMTA update.
Traveler link: http://bit.ly/O0AmFt

small map of Alaska

USGS Mapping Alaska: In conjunction with nearly 20 Federal Agencies and representatives from the state of Alaska, the USGS sponsored an Alaska Mapping Roundtable to discuss collaborative funding strategies for Alaska's Statewide Digital Mapping Initiative. The meeting, convened by Lt. Gov Mead Treadwell and DOI Assistant Secretary for Water and Science, Anne Castle, was also featured in the July 5 edition of The Seward Phoenix Log.

2012 Fact Sheet

New NHD Publication: The analysis of surface-water systems optimized by using the National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) as the common national framework has provided improved data maintenance, better tools and reduced costs. To portray the complex water data, often from many agencies, the NHD has developed and refined a linear referencing system. Fact Sheet: http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2012/3068/

Work Plan

Passed 50,000: The US Topo map project has produced more than 50,000 revised digital topographic maps since late-2009, keeping pace with the complete coverage goal of the continental US by the end 2012. Users from almost every state can now access and download new US Topo maps for free from the USGS Store map locator. To see if your desired map is available, go to: http://on.doi.gov/ctQcJG

Connecticut Quad

Connecticut Quads Featured: The US Topo and Historical Topographic Map Collection websites have added an interactive map application to their home pages. The flash thumbnails of original scanned maps display all available versions of the featured state quadrangles in an animated format. The display allows the user to view the maps in chronological order, access larger versions and the map and go directly to the download services. The new series is six topographic maps of the Old Lyme maps in Connecticut - ranging from 1893 to the present. http://1.usa.gov/82461k, http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

US Topo

US Topo Update: New maps for Wyoming and South Dakota are nearly half way complete. More than 36 states containing more than 40,700 quadrangles are now partially or almost totally covered by the new USGS digital electronic topographic map, the US Topo. Free download from the USGS Store. Complete listing. Is your state covered? http://1.usa.gov/82461k

Massachusetts US Topo

Bay State Maps: The full set of US Topo maps for Massachusetts has been released. The 196 revised quadrangles have been added to the more 49,800 US digital topographic maps available for free download from the USGS Store. http://1.usa.gov/82461k

TopoBathy image

TopoBathy added to the NED: The first set of topobathymetric data has been added to the National Elevation Dataset (NED). Topobathymetric data are created by merging topography (land elevation) and bathymetry (water depth) into a seamless elevation product useful for applications such as modeling sea level rise and storm surge. The initial dataset is centered over Mobile Bay, Alabama and was constructed using a combination of 71 disparate topographic and bathymetric datasets from the USGS, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; ranging in temporal variation from 1917 to 2011. It was developed in collaboration between the USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program (CMGP) and the USGS National Geospatial Program. In the next five years, the CMGP has plans to expand its research and modeling along the northern Gulf of Mexico coastline, and San Francisco and Chesapeake Bays. Release notes: http://bit.ly/K5RCEE

US Topo

Ocean State Maps: The full set of US Topo maps for Rhode Island has been released. The 27 revised quadrangles have been added to the more 48,900 US digital topographic maps available for free download from the USGS Store. http://1.usa.gov/82461k

US Topo

Hawaii Historical Maps Available: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Hawaii has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. The addition of these quadrangles brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to nearly 167,000, with only one more state left to completing coverage for the entire US and territories. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

US Topo

Constitution State Maps: The full set of US Topo maps for Connecticut has been released. The 94 revised quadrangles have been added to the more 48,900 US digital topographic maps available for free download from the USGS Store. http://1.usa.gov/82461k

CA Half Dome 2012

California Quads Featured: The US Topo and Historical Topographic Map Collection websites have added an interactive map application to their home pages. The flash thumbnails of original scanned maps display all available versions of the featured state quadrangles in an animated format. The display allows the user to view the maps in chronological order, access larger versions and the map and go directly to the download services. The new series is six topographic maps of the Yosemite/Half Dome maps in California - ranging from 1897 to the present. http://1.usa.gov/82461k, http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

CA Half Dome 2012

New Maps for CA, LA and MS Rolled Out: Complete sets of US Topo maps for California, Louisiana and Mississippi have been released. They join the growing list of other states. The 4,300 new maps have been added to the more than 48,580 digital topographic quadrangles now available for free download from the USGS Store. News Release with quotes from the USGS Director: http://on.doi.gov/LmdbjB

US Topo

Arizona quads complete: After a short delay, the finished set of US Topo maps numbering more than 1,880 updated digital topographic quadrangles for Arizona have been loaded to the USGS Store for free download. http://1.usa.gov/lvbSol

US Topo

More New England States Started: US Topo maps for the states of Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, Massachusetts and New Hampshire are starting to be posted to the US Topo quadrangle collection. Currently, more than 275 digital topographic maps from those New England states are available for free download from the USGS Store. http://1.usa.gov/lvbSol

Elevation study results

Elevation Study Results: The USGS completed a National Enhanced Elevation Assessment (NEEA) in December 2011. The assessment was the most comprehensive investigation of options for improving the availability and quality of national elevation data. Research participants included 34 federal agencies, 50 states, and selected local governments and tribes, as well as private and not-for-profit organizations. The study and other resources will be available through a NEEA website (coming soon!). In the interim, the full report from Dewberry can be found at: http://bit.ly/JNlGcj

CA Half Dome 2012

Golden State Coverage: The state of California is now completely covered with new US Topo maps. More than 2,800 California digital topographic quadrangles are now available for free download from the USGS Store. The improved maps feature contours, updated hydrography, woodland tint, additional critical structures, enhanced boundaries, commercial roads and new Forest Service data. Also, the US Topo allows for the addition of a high resolution aerial photography map layer, which is not available on older paper-based topographic maps. Download instructions: http://nationalmap.gov/ustopo/

US Topo

Release of CA, LA and MS US Topo’s Soon: The release of US Topo maps for both California and Louisiana is currently at 98% complete, and Mississippi is close behind at 97%. All three should be finished soon! More than 40 states containing more than 47,754 quadrangles are now partially or almost totally covered by the new USGS digital electronic topographic map, the US Topo. The program is now replacing the former "Digital Map-Beta" maps with revised US Topo maps. Free download from the USGS Store. Complete listing. Is your state covered? http://1.usa.gov/lvbSol

TNM-Twitter

Tweet us! The National Map Twitter site has steadily increased to more than 970 followers in just over a year. Let’s make it to 1,000 @USGSTNM. Sign up today and join in the conversation!

US Topo

Records Set: USGS legacy topographic maps from the Historical Topographic Map Collection have set a record of more than 427,700 downloads during the month of April. This follows the completion of historical map coverage for the lower 48 states in a few weeks ago. The newest USGS topographic map, the US Topo, also set a personal best of nearly 174,000 downloads for the same period. Check out the mapping websites and see why they are becoming so popular. http://1.usa.gov/82461k, http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Geospatial Technology Workshop

Geospatial Technology Workshop: The USGS will be offering a workshop titled "Introduction to Geospatial Semantics and Technology" preceding the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science Symposium on May 29, 2012 in Washington D.C. The Workshop is an introductory tutorial on geospatial semantics with hands-on exercises using standard Web browsers. The workshop is divided into two major sections: general semantics on the Web, and specific examples of geospatial semantics using data from The National Map of the USGS. The general section will include information and access to publicly available semantic archives. The specific session will include information on geospatial semantics with access to semantically enhanced data for hydrography, transportation, boundaries, names, and land cover. Details: http://www.ucgis.org/Events/moreinfo.asp?ID=304

Yukon River, Alaska

Alaska Mapping Interview: Mark DeMulder, Director of the USGS National Geospatial Program (NGP) was interviewed by KNTA Radio out of Talkeetna, Alaska about the new and ambitious USGS initiative to update and upgrade the topographic maps of the Alaskan region. The interactive discussion covers the history of mapping Alaska, the new US Topo digital map project, new cartographic technologies and proposed plans for the Alaskan Mapping Initiative. Interview and sound bites: http://bit.ly/HVcy4R

National Elevation Dataset

Border Elevation Improved: Updated elevation data along the U.S. and Canadian border have been added to the National Elevation Dataset (NED) layer as result of collaboration between U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Natural Resources Canada (NRCAN). Scientist from NRCAN Centre for Topographic Information and the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center improved the topographic information along the international border by making the U.S. and Canada elevation data seamless in the 1-arc-second NED. These data will complete the watersheds originating in the U.S. and fill a small void that existed between the two elevation datasets. The new Canada elevation data, as well as the latest elevation data for the contiguous U.S. added to the NED can be viewed at NED Release Notes for April. The next release of the NED, due in June, 2012, will include Canada elevation along the border of Alaska

US Topo

CONUS Complete: The USGS Historical Topographic Map Collection is celebrating a major milestone, as the lower 48 states, spanning in excess of 130 years, are now available for free download from the Collection website. This Collection features well over 161,000 USGS legacy topographic maps in a digital format. Since September, more than 1.2 million maps have been downloaded from the Map Locator – an average of more than 5,700 maps per day! News Release

AWRA

USGS Scientist Receives "High" Water Award: USGS cartographer Jeff Simley, the product lead for the National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) received the Maidment Award at this year’s American Water Resources Association (AWRA) GIS specialty conference for water resources in New Orleans. The prestigious award acknowledges his contributions to the water resources field as a key player in establishing a Stewardship program that partners many federal, state, and local agencies all with a common goal to improve and maintain a hydrography GIS layer for the nation. http://nhd.usgs.gov/

US Topo

The Last Piece of the Puzzle - USGS Historical Maps: A summary of the USGS Historical Topographic Map Collection, its status and relevance to many diverse audiences has been published as a "Top Story" on the USGS main website. The article outlines the goals of the Historical Collection program and a short history of The National Program for Topographic Mapping, which was established in 1884. Also, it reviews map changes over time, including scales and symbology. Article link.

US Topo

Florida Historical Maps added, one state left: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Florida has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. The addition of these quadrangles brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to nearly 164,000, with only one more state left to completing coverage for the lower 48 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

AWRA

NHD/WBD in the Big Easy: The USGS will be hosting the 4th bi-annual National Hydrography Dataset (NHD)/ Watershed Boundary Dataset (WBD) Stewardship Conference in New Orleans, March 29-30, 2012. The conference is in conjunction with the American Water Resources Association's 2012 Spring Specialty Conference on Geographic Information Systems and Water Resources. The NHD is the surface water component of The National Map to be used in general mapping and in the analysis of surface-water systems by geographic information systems (GIS). Conference agenda: http://bit.ly/zNXixX

Historical US Topo

Wyoming Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Wyoming has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. The addition of these quadrangles brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to more than 154,000, covering 48 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Alton 1927

Missouri/Illinois Quads Featured: The US Topo and Historical Topographic Map Collection websites have added an interactive map application to their home pages. The flash thumbnails of original maps display all available versions of the featured state quadrangles in an animated format. The display allows the user to view the maps in chronological order, access larger versions and the map and go directly to the download services. The third showcased series is six topographic maps of the Columbia Bottoms area, straddling Missouri and Illinois - ranging from 1927 to the present. http://1.usa.gov/82461k, http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Historical US Topo

Rhode Island and South Dakota Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Rhode Island and South Dakota have been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. The addition of these quadrangles brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to more than 149,800, covering 47 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Kari Craun

ASPRS Fellow Award: Kari Craun, Director of the USGS National Geospatial Technical Operations Center (NGTOC) has been named as one of two 2012 American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) Fellow Award winners. The ASPRS hilghly selective designation of Fellow is awarded to active Society members who have performed exceptional service in advancing geospatial science and use of the mapping sciences. News release: http://bit.ly/zW7xXg

Esri FedUC

USGS at Esri FedUC: The USGS played a prominent role at the 2012 Esri Federal Users Conference in Washington, DC this past week. The USGS sponsored two exhibits featuring new and improved geospatial products and services from the National Geospatial Program and the National Atlas ®. Also, the USGS was involved in several presentations and technical sessions throughout the Conference. http://bit.ly/qgNZJs

US Topo

Arizona Quad Featured: The US Topo and Historical Topographic Map Collection websites are now displaying the Phantom Ranch topographic quadrangle on their flash application. The maps cover the a series to quadrangles from 1967 to the present. ? http://1.usa.gov/lvbSol, http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Kristina Yamamoto

CEGIS Researcher Honored: Kristina Yamamoto, a student geographer with the USGS Center of Excellence for Geospatial Information Science (CEGIS) is featured this month in the "Students at USGS" on the USGS main website. As part of her experience with the National Geospatial Program (NGP), she is conducting remote sensing research, including soil moisture and LiDAR projects. She is also PhD candidate at the University of Denver in the geography department, with her dissertation topic covering sea turtle nesting beach characteristics in southern Florida.

Historical US Topo

Vermont Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Vermont has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. That brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to more than 147,300, covering 45 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Historical US Topo

Mississippi Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Mississippi has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. That brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to more than 147,300, covering 45 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Historical US Topo

Louisiana Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Louisiana has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. That brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to more than 147,300, covering 40 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Geospatial Websites Upgraded

Geospatial Websites Upgraded: The US Topo and Historical Topographic Map Collection websites have added an interactive map application to their home pages. The flash thumbnails of original maps display all available versions of the featured series in an animated format. The display allows the user to view the maps in chronological order, access larger versions of the map and go directly to the download services. The second showcased series is six topographic maps of the Phantom Range, Arizona quadrangle (part of the Grand Canyon) - ranging from 1962 to the present. http://1.usa.gov/82461k, http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

New NHD Tools

New NHD Tools: The National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) contains detailed geospatial information about the Nation's surface water. Ensuring the accuracy of these data is an ongoing task as the landscape changes and users demand greater accuracy. To better support and grow the NHD stewardship program, the USGS has reinvented both the process and tools involved in maintaining the NHD. More information: http://bit.ly/dZZZ33

Historical US Topo

Missouri and New Hampshire Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Missouri and New Hampshire have been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. The addition of these quadrangles brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to more than 141,000 , covering 41 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Historical US Topo

Connecticut Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Connecticut has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. That brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to more than 149,190, covering 39 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Photo by Graham Gainty - Kepler Challenge

Trail Running, Kiwi-Style: NGTOC employee Paul Jurasin recently celebrated his 50th birthday in a rather unique fashion. His story can be found at: http://www.runningtimes.com/Article.aspx?ArticleID=24699

Historical US Topo

Nebraska Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Nebraska has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. That brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to more than 132,200, covering 38 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

US Topo 1893 Boothbay topo

Geospatial Websites Upgraded: The US Topo and Historical Topographic Map Collection websites have added an interactive map application to their home pages. Thumbnail images of actual maps display all available versions of the featured series in an animated format. The display allows the user to view the maps in chronological order, view larger versions of each map, and an option to download the full-resolution version directly. This first showcase features six topographic maps from the Boothbay, Maine area - ranging from 1893 to the present.

Historical Topographic Map Collection-Distribution of USGS Maps- Old and New video presentation

Historical Map Video: The USGS has released the "Historical Topographic Map Collection-Distribution of USGS Maps- Old and New" video presentation. It features team lead Greg Allord at the recent International Map Trade Association (IMTA) Conference. The video covers the project history, goals, updates and examples.

US Topo

US Topo Moving Forward: Nevada has started and Missouri is continuing! More than 36 states containing more than 41,000 quadrangles are now partially or almost totally covered by the new USGS digital electronic topographic map, the US Topo. The program is now replacing the former "Digital Map-Beta" maps with US Topo maps. Free download from the USGS Store. Complete listing. Is your state covered? http://1.usa.gov/lvbSol

SOCoP

New Heights of Accuracy for World Topography: The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) have collaborated in the development of a much improved global elevation model, the Global Multi-resolution Terrain Elevation Data 2010 (GMTED2010). GMTED2010 replaces the widely used, 15-year-old GTOPO30 terrain model as the best available global digital elevation model. All of the GMTED2010 data products are publicly available online with no redistribution restrictions. http://on.doi.gov/v0sreR

Historical US Topo

Arizona Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Arizona has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. That brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to nearly 130,000, covering 37 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Geospatial Data Contracts

USGS Geospatial Data Contract Website: The National Geospatial Technical Operations Center (NGTOC) has linked a new Geospatial Data Contract website to The National Map website. The Geospatial Product and Service Contracts (GPSC) is a suite of contracts, broad in scope, that can accommodate activities related to standard, nonstandard, graphic, and digital cartographic products. Services provided may include: photogrammetric mapping and aerotriangulation; orthophotography; thematic mapping (for example, land characterization); digital imagery applications; IFSAR and LiDAR; geographic information systems development; surveying and control acquisition, including ground-based and airborne GPS; and much more.

Historical US Topo

Historical Maps Now Covering 36 States: The release of more than 13,688 historical topographic maps covering California highlights the rapid pace of the USGS Historical Topographic Map Collection. Nearly 124,000 high resolution scans of historical USGS maps, some dating as far back as 1884, are now available online for free from the USGS Store. The electronic maps are georeferenced and can be used in conjunction with the new USGS digital topographic map, the US Topo.

FGDC globe

FGDC Launches New Geospatial Website: The Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC), in conjunction with several geospatial partners has released a prototype Geospatial Platform website providing an initial view of the future of user-friendly, integrated, federal data collections on common geographic maps. Through the website, users can create their own maps by combining their data with public domain data and can collaborate in public and private groups with others who share their interests. Maps assembled through the Geospatial Platform can be shared with others through web browsers and mobile technologies. All of this is possible without requiring users to install software on their own computers. News Release.

Volunteer Geographic Information

Volunteer Geographic Information: Since 1994, citizen volunteers have helped the USGS improve its topographic maps. A new fact sheet has been released to explain the current status of volunteer map data collection, pilot projects and the possible future of The National Map Corps.

US Topo

Historical Topographic Map Collection Update – over half way: More than 102,300high resolution scans of the more than 200,000 historical USGS topographic maps, some dating as far back as 1884, are now available online. The Historical Topographic Map Collection includes published U.S. maps of all scales and editions, and are offered as a georeferenced digital download or as a scanned print from the USGS Store.

Mapping iPhone App

There's A (M)app For That: Topographic maps from the USGS are now available as an app for Apple iOS devices including the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. The new app, called PDF Maps, has been released though the iTunes App Store and allows free download of any available US Topo or USGS Historical maps from the USGS Store or Map Locator tool.

US Topo

US Topo – Exceeding Goals: The US Topo crested an important milestone as the staff exceeded the ambitions goal of producing 18,500 digital quadrangles in one year. This brings the total of US Topos available for no-cost download to more than 36,200 maps covering 33 states. Recently, the program has started to replace the former "Digital Map Beta" prototypes with US Topo maps and have included a land cover layer. Also, the US Topo website has been updated to reflect significant product additions.

Mark DeMulder

Geospatial Summit and Radio Interview: Mark DeMulder, the Director of the National Geospatial Program gave a keynote presentation on "Mapping the Future" at the inaugural Geospatial Summit, September13 in Herndon, VA. Prior to the Summit, he was featured in a radio interview on Federal News Radio. Articles: http://bit.ly/nDP4WR http://bit.ly/pi7Qhq

The National Map

NGP Standards: Standards and specifications are essential to facilitate the development and sharing of geospatial data and products. The USGS standards and specifications that 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 can now be found on The National Map website.

US Topo

Bridging the Gap – The National Map Now Serving Complete Data for the US-Canadian Border: Since 2007 the USGS has partnered with the International Joint Commission of Canada and the U.S. (IJC) to extend National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) and WBD interpretations into Canada. This effort involves complex negotiations between State, Provincial and Federal agencies, resulting in the ability for users of the National Map to view, download and use Hydrologic Units and Hydrographic layers that were previously limited to the International Boundary. Identical interpretations are currently available on Natural Resources Canada's data portal GeoBase.

The National Map Corps

The National Map Corps Update: The USGS National Geospatial Program (NGP) sponsored volunteer map data collection projects for 20+ years. Citizen mappers revised many maps, but the program was suspended in 2008 due to funding. New technologies and social media have made volunteered geographic information (VGI) a possibility. As a result, the USGS has launched a pilot project to explore the future citizen participation. http://1.usa.gov/pkNgfi

Emergency Response Fact Sheet

Emergency Response Fact Sheet: The USGS National Geospatial Program (NGP) has released a new fact sheet listing the most popular web based resources for emergency responders and others to get timely and relevant information concerning earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, landslides, tsunamis, volcanoes, wildfires, terrorist attacks and accidental oil spills. http://on.doi.gov/iEmVfo

Conference PostersConference Posters: Pictures of winning and other selected posters from the 2011 USGS GIS Workshop and The National Map User Conference Poster Session released on the Conference website: http://bit.ly/pFwucn

The National Map User Conference photos Conference Pictures Posted! Hundreds of pictures from The National Map Users Conference (TNM UC) and the 2011 GIS Workshop have been posted to the Conference website. The pictures are arranged by day or major event and can be viewed as a slide show or thumb-nail set through Flickr.

Safest City Safest City: What is the "Safest City, USA"? Recently, a reporter from MSNBC posed that question to the USGS, looking for a map that depicts all the potential natural hazards and climatic impacts. Although the USGS has several data sets, there is currently no map that combines all of the various scenarios. Given the list of probable calamities, could your city or state be the "safest"?

The National Map User Conference Videos Released: Selected videos from The National Map Users Conference (TNM UC) have been posted to the Conference website. The recently released presentations include the plenary sessions for Day 1 and Day2, the Gannett Awards Ceremony, the Closing session and a montage of attendee feedback called TNM UC Experience. Photos, presentations and more from the Conference will be posted soon.

What is a Map? What is a Map? Renowned author Frederick Reuss advances, "The Question, What is a Map? Is More Relevant than Ever" in a new video from The National Map Users Conference.

The National Map User Conference SUCCESS! The National Map Users Conference (TNM UC) for 2011 is now in the books. The inaugural event took place May 12-13 in Denver with more than 425 participants. The over-capacity crowd included 16 Federal agencies, state and local government, academic institutions, vendors and international representatives. The fast-paced program included 66 concurrent sessions, panel discussions, three listening sessions, product review opportunities, the Gannett Award ceremony and plenty of networking. The Conference was preceded by the two-day, technology-focused GIS Workshop held at the nearby Denver Federal Center. Videos, pictures, presentation slides, Conference proceedings and other information products will be posted to the Conference website as they become available.

Gannett Award Winners Gannett Award winners: Tommy Dewald of the EPA and Keven Roth "semi-retired" USGS are the co-recipients of this year's Henry Gannett Award, presented at The National Map Users Conference. Roth and Dewald were cited for their development of the National Hydrography Dataset (NHD). More updated post Conference info at http://nationalmap.gov/uc/.

The National Map

New Website Face: An updated version of The National Map website (nationalmap.gov) was rolled out in conjunction with The National Map Users Conference. The new home page includes an user-specified map selection menu, easier to read navigation tabs, a search box, refined news section and a real-time Twitter feed. Check it out – comments welcome!

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August 6, 2012

Puerto Rico 1950

PR Historical Maps: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Puerto Rico has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. The addition of these 611 quadrangles brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to nearly 164,000, covering the lower 48 states and Hawaii. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

US Topo

MI and SD State Maps: The full sets of US Topo maps for Michigan and South Dakota have been released and are available for free download from the USGS Store. The 1,319 revised quadrangles from the Great Lakes State and the1,445 topo maps from the Mount Rushmore have been added to the more than 51,600 US digital topographic maps. http://1.usa.gov/82461k

Logo and link to The National Atlas of the USnited States of America

Find 1, Get 1, Use 1: The National Atlas has released new sets of digital cartographic frameworks at the one million-scale, which is twice the detail of previous versions. Users can now easily find "one" using popular search engines; get it as documented data or Web map services; and use "one" in their geospatial analyses, maps, or map mashups. News Release: http://on.doi.gov/MDT0BJ

Connecticut Quad

New Maps for New England: Nearly 690 revised digital maps covering Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont have been added to approximately 51,000 maps currently covering the lower 48 states and are available for free download from the website.

graphic representation of a newspaper

Legacy Maps in the News: The Historical Topographic Map Collection, with more than 167,335 scanned and referenced USGS topo quadrangles available for free download, has recently been featured in several publications, including the Smithsonian "Constant Traveler", PC World, the Verge and the IMTA update.
Traveler link: http://bit.ly/O0AmFt

small map of Alaska

USGS Mapping Alaska: In conjunction with nearly 20 Federal Agencies and representatives from the state of Alaska, the USGS sponsored an Alaska Mapping Roundtable to discuss collaborative funding strategies for Alaska's Statewide Digital Mapping Initiative. The meeting, convened by Lt. Gov Mead Treadwell and DOI Assistant Secretary for Water and Science, Anne Castle, was also featured in the July 5 edition of The Seward Phoenix Log.

TNM-Twitter

Passed 1,000! The National Map Twitter site recently surpassed 1,160 followers in just over a year. Let's make it to 2,000 @USGSTNM. Sign up today and join in the conversation!

US Topo Update: Production and release of the US Topo started in October 2009. The US Topo is an enhancement of the previous "Digital Map–Beta" product, with the addition on the hydrography and contour layers. The new mapping product was formally introduced at the "125th Anniversary of Topographic Mapping" Celebration on December 3, 2009. The National Geospatial Technical Operations Center reports the following:
  • More than 52,159 US Topo maps are loaded to the Map Locator of the USGS Store (as of 08-06-12)
    • Kansas was the first US Topo state, and is 100% complete (1,417 quadrangles) followed by:
    • Oklahoma: 100% complete (1,087 quadrangles)
    • New York: 100% complete (973 quadrangles)
    • Texas: 100% complete (4,364 quadrangles)
    • Kentucky: 100% complete (615 quadrangles)
    • Iowa: 100% complete (1,056 quadrangles)
    • Tennessee: 100% complete (719 quadrangles)
    • Indiana: 100% complete (672 quadrangles)
    • Pennsylvania: 100% complete (794 quadrangles)
    • Wisconsin: 100% complete (1,062 quadrangles)
    • Virginia: 100% complete (707 quadrangles)
    • Ohio: 100% complete (737 quadrangles)
    • Colorado: 100% complete (1,832 quadrangles)
    • Minnesota: 100% complete (1,709 quadrangles)
    • North Carolina: 100% complete (848 quadrangles)
    • New Mexico: 100% complete (2,029 quadrangles)
    • Idaho: 100% complete (1,479 quadrangles)
    • Washington: 100% complete (1,373 quadrangles)
    • Utah: 100% complete (1,549 quadrangles)
    • West Virginia: 100% complete (468 quadrangles)
    • Georgia: 100% complete (963 quadrangles)
    • North Dakota: 100% complete (1,432 quadrangles)
    • New Jersey: 100% complete (176 quadrangles)
    • Delaware: 100% complete (31 quadrangles)
    • Montana: 100% complete (2,991) quadrangles)
    • Maryland: (Incl DC): 100% complete (254 quadrangles)
    • Oregon: 100% complete (1,882 quadrangles)
    • Arkansas: 100% complete (911 quadrangles)
    • South Carolina: 100% complete (569 quadrangles)
    • Michigan: 100% complete (1,319 quadrangles)
    • Maine: 100% complete (708 quadrangles)*
    • Alabama: 100% complete (843 quadrangles)*
    • Arizona: 100% complete (1,883 quadrangles)*
    • Nebraska: 100% complete (1,372 quadrangles)*
    • Missouri: 100% complete (1,201 quadrangles)*
    • Nevada: 100% complete (1,788 quadrangles)*
    • California: 100% complete (2,800 quadrangles)*
    • Louisiana: 100% complete (801 quadrangles)*
    • Mississippi: 100% complete (770 quadrangles)*
    • Vermont: 100% complete (201 quadrangles)*
    • New Hampshire: 100% complete (174 quadrangles)*
    • Connecticut: 100% complete (76 quadrangles)*
    • Massachusetts: 100% complete (196 quadrangles)*
    • Rhode Island: 100% complete (27 quadrangles)*
    • Wyoming: 92% complete (1,641 quadrangles)*
    • South Dakota: 99% complete (1,145 quadrangles)*
    • Florida: 56% complete (578 quadrangles)*
    • Pending: Illinois
    • Pending: Hawaii

*Current "Digital Map - Beta" maps that are being updated to US Topo specifications

Note: As of October 25, 2010, the percentage of US Topos complete and total quadrangles loaded will include U.S. Forest Service lands.

Digital Map–Beta Update: In a little more than 4 years since the release of the "Digital Map–Beta" web site, the National Geospatial Technical Operations Center can report the following:
  • More than 1,399 "Digital Maps–Beta" are loaded to the Map Locator of the USGS Store
  • State quad status, in order of loading to the Map Locator: (as of 08-06-12)
    • Wyoming: 100% complete
    • Illinois: 100% complete
    • Florida: 100% complete

Note: Forest Service quads in the above states are currently not included, which often gives a "missing quad" look. The USGS is working with the Forest Service so that maps made in 2010 and beyond will include lands administered by USFS.

The "Digital Map–Beta" is the initial electronic digital map. With the integration of the hydrography and contour layers, the maps produced after October 2009, and starting with Kansas, will be classified as US Topo.

2012 Fact Sheet

New NHD Publication: The analysis of surface-water systems optimized by using the National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) as the common national framework has provided improved data maintenance, better tools and reduced costs. To portray the complex water data, often from many agencies, the NHD has developed and refined a linear referencing system. Fact Sheet: http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2012/3068/

Work Plan

Passed 50,000: The US Topo map project has produced more than 50,000 revised digital topographic maps since late-2009, keeping pace with the complete coverage goal of the continental US by the end 2012. Users from almost every state can now access and download new US Topo maps for free from the USGS Store map locator. To see if your desired map is available, go to: http://on.doi.gov/ctQcJG

Connecticut Quad

Connecticut Quads Featured: The US Topo and Historical Topographic Map Collection websites have added an interactive map application to their home pages. The flash thumbnails of original scanned maps display all available versions of the featured state quadrangles in an animated format. The display allows the user to view the maps in chronological order, access larger versions and the map and go directly to the download services. The new series is six topographic maps of the Old Lyme maps in Connecticut - ranging from 1893 to the present. http://1.usa.gov/82461k, http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

US Topo

US Topo Update: New maps for Wyoming and South Dakota are nearly half way complete. More than 36 states containing more than 40,700 quadrangles are now partially or almost totally covered by the new USGS digital electronic topographic map, the US Topo. Free download from the USGS Store. Complete listing. Is your state covered? http://1.usa.gov/82461k

Massachusetts US Topo

Bay State Maps: The full set of US Topo maps for Massachusetts has been released. The 196 revised quadrangles have been added to the more 49,800 US digital topographic maps available for free download from the USGS Store. http://1.usa.gov/82461k

TopoBathy image

TopoBathy added to the NED: The first set of topobathymetric data has been added to the National Elevation Dataset (NED). Topobathymetric data are created by merging topography (land elevation) and bathymetry (water depth) into a seamless elevation product useful for applications such as modeling sea level rise and storm surge. The initial dataset is centered over Mobile Bay, Alabama and was constructed using a combination of 71 disparate topographic and bathymetric datasets from the USGS, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; ranging in temporal variation from 1917 to 2011. It was developed in collaboration between the USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program (CMGP) and the USGS National Geospatial Program. In the next five years, the CMGP has plans to expand its research and modeling along the northern Gulf of Mexico coastline, and San Francisco and Chesapeake Bays. Release notes: http://bit.ly/K5RCEE

US Topo

Ocean State Maps: The full set of US Topo maps for Rhode Island has been released. The 27 revised quadrangles have been added to the more 48,900 US digital topographic maps available for free download from the USGS Store. http://1.usa.gov/82461k

US Topo

Hawaii Historical Maps Available: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Hawaii has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. The addition of these quadrangles brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to nearly 167,000, with only one more state left to completing coverage for the entire US and territories. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

US Topo

Constitution State Maps: The full set of US Topo maps for Connecticut has been released. The 94 revised quadrangles have been added to the more 48,900 US digital topographic maps available for free download from the USGS Store. http://1.usa.gov/82461k

CA Half Dome 2012

California Quads Featured: The US Topo and Historical Topographic Map Collection websites have added an interactive map application to their home pages. The flash thumbnails of original scanned maps display all available versions of the featured state quadrangles in an animated format. The display allows the user to view the maps in chronological order, access larger versions and the map and go directly to the download services. The new series is six topographic maps of the Yosemite/Half Dome maps in California - ranging from 1897 to the present. http://1.usa.gov/82461k, http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

CA Half Dome 2012

New Maps for CA, LA and MS Rolled Out: Complete sets of US Topo maps for California, Louisiana and Mississippi have been released. They join the growing list of other states. The 4,300 new maps have been added to the more than 48,580 digital topographic quadrangles now available for free download from the USGS Store. News Release with quotes from the USGS Director: http://on.doi.gov/LmdbjB

US Topo

Arizona quads complete: After a short delay, the finished set of US Topo maps numbering more than 1,880 updated digital topographic quadrangles for Arizona have been loaded to the USGS Store for free download. http://1.usa.gov/lvbSol

US Topo

More New England States Started: US Topo maps for the states of Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, Massachusetts and New Hampshire are starting to be posted to the US Topo quadrangle collection. Currently, more than 275 digital topographic maps from those New England states are available for free download from the USGS Store. http://1.usa.gov/lvbSol

Elevation study results

Elevation Study Results: The USGS completed a National Enhanced Elevation Assessment (NEEA) in December 2011. The assessment was the most comprehensive investigation of options for improving the availability and quality of national elevation data. Research participants included 34 federal agencies, 50 states, and selected local governments and tribes, as well as private and not-for-profit organizations. The study and other resources will be available through a NEEA website (coming soon!). In the interim, the full report from Dewberry can be found at: http://bit.ly/JNlGcj

CA Half Dome 2012

Golden State Coverage: The state of California is now completely covered with new US Topo maps. More than 2,800 California digital topographic quadrangles are now available for free download from the USGS Store. The improved maps feature contours, updated hydrography, woodland tint, additional critical structures, enhanced boundaries, commercial roads and new Forest Service data. Also, the US Topo allows for the addition of a high resolution aerial photography map layer, which is not available on older paper-based topographic maps. Download instructions: http://nationalmap.gov/ustopo/

US Topo

Release of CA, LA and MS US Topo’s Soon: The release of US Topo maps for both California and Louisiana is currently at 98% complete, and Mississippi is close behind at 97%. All three should be finished soon! More than 40 states containing more than 47,754 quadrangles are now partially or almost totally covered by the new USGS digital electronic topographic map, the US Topo. The program is now replacing the former "Digital Map-Beta" maps with revised US Topo maps. Free download from the USGS Store. Complete listing. Is your state covered? http://1.usa.gov/lvbSol

TNM-Twitter

Tweet us! The National Map Twitter site has steadily increased to more than 970 followers in just over a year. Let’s make it to 1,000 @USGSTNM. Sign up today and join in the conversation!

US Topo

Records Set: USGS legacy topographic maps from the Historical Topographic Map Collection have set a record of more than 427,700 downloads during the month of April. This follows the completion of historical map coverage for the lower 48 states in a few weeks ago. The newest USGS topographic map, the US Topo, also set a personal best of nearly 174,000 downloads for the same period. Check out the mapping websites and see why they are becoming so popular. http://1.usa.gov/82461k, http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Geospatial Technology Workshop

Geospatial Technology Workshop: The USGS will be offering a workshop titled "Introduction to Geospatial Semantics and Technology" preceding the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science Symposium on May 29, 2012 in Washington D.C. The Workshop is an introductory tutorial on geospatial semantics with hands-on exercises using standard Web browsers. The workshop is divided into two major sections: general semantics on the Web, and specific examples of geospatial semantics using data from The National Map of the USGS. The general section will include information and access to publicly available semantic archives. The specific session will include information on geospatial semantics with access to semantically enhanced data for hydrography, transportation, boundaries, names, and land cover. Details: http://www.ucgis.org/Events/moreinfo.asp?ID=304

Yukon River, Alaska

Alaska Mapping Interview: Mark DeMulder, Director of the USGS National Geospatial Program (NGP) was interviewed by KNTA Radio out of Talkeetna, Alaska about the new and ambitious USGS initiative to update and upgrade the topographic maps of the Alaskan region. The interactive discussion covers the history of mapping Alaska, the new US Topo digital map project, new cartographic technologies and proposed plans for the Alaskan Mapping Initiative. Interview and sound bites: http://bit.ly/HVcy4R

National Elevation Dataset

Border Elevation Improved: Updated elevation data along the U.S. and Canadian border have been added to the National Elevation Dataset (NED) layer as result of collaboration between U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Natural Resources Canada (NRCAN). Scientist from NRCAN Centre for Topographic Information and the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center improved the topographic information along the international border by making the U.S. and Canada elevation data seamless in the 1-arc-second NED. These data will complete the watersheds originating in the U.S. and fill a small void that existed between the two elevation datasets. The new Canada elevation data, as well as the latest elevation data for the contiguous U.S. added to the NED can be viewed at NED Release Notes for April. The next release of the NED, due in June, 2012, will include Canada elevation along the border of Alaska

US Topo

CONUS Complete: The USGS Historical Topographic Map Collection is celebrating a major milestone, as the lower 48 states, spanning in excess of 130 years, are now available for free download from the Collection website. This Collection features well over 161,000 USGS legacy topographic maps in a digital format. Since September, more than 1.2 million maps have been downloaded from the Map Locator – an average of more than 5,700 maps per day! News Release

AWRA

USGS Scientist Receives "High" Water Award: USGS cartographer Jeff Simley, the product lead for the National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) received the Maidment Award at this year’s American Water Resources Association (AWRA) GIS specialty conference for water resources in New Orleans. The prestigious award acknowledges his contributions to the water resources field as a key player in establishing a Stewardship program that partners many federal, state, and local agencies all with a common goal to improve and maintain a hydrography GIS layer for the nation. http://nhd.usgs.gov/

US Topo

The Last Piece of the Puzzle - USGS Historical Maps: A summary of the USGS Historical Topographic Map Collection, its status and relevance to many diverse audiences has been published as a "Top Story" on the USGS main website. The article outlines the goals of the Historical Collection program and a short history of The National Program for Topographic Mapping, which was established in 1884. Also, it reviews map changes over time, including scales and symbology. Article link.

US Topo

Florida Historical Maps added, one state left: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Florida has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. The addition of these quadrangles brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to nearly 164,000, with only one more state left to completing coverage for the lower 48 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

AWRA

NHD/WBD in the Big Easy: The USGS will be hosting the 4th bi-annual National Hydrography Dataset (NHD)/ Watershed Boundary Dataset (WBD) Stewardship Conference in New Orleans, March 29-30, 2012. The conference is in conjunction with the American Water Resources Association's 2012 Spring Specialty Conference on Geographic Information Systems and Water Resources. The NHD is the surface water component of The National Map to be used in general mapping and in the analysis of surface-water systems by geographic information systems (GIS). Conference agenda: http://bit.ly/zNXixX

Historical US Topo

Wyoming Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Wyoming has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. The addition of these quadrangles brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to more than 154,000, covering 48 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Alton 1927

Missouri/Illinois Quads Featured: The US Topo and Historical Topographic Map Collection websites have added an interactive map application to their home pages. The flash thumbnails of original maps display all available versions of the featured state quadrangles in an animated format. The display allows the user to view the maps in chronological order, access larger versions and the map and go directly to the download services. The third showcased series is six topographic maps of the Columbia Bottoms area, straddling Missouri and Illinois - ranging from 1927 to the present. http://1.usa.gov/82461k, http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Historical US Topo

Rhode Island and South Dakota Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Rhode Island and South Dakota have been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. The addition of these quadrangles brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to more than 149,800, covering 47 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Kari Craun

ASPRS Fellow Award: Kari Craun, Director of the USGS National Geospatial Technical Operations Center (NGTOC) has been named as one of two 2012 American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) Fellow Award winners. The ASPRS hilghly selective designation of Fellow is awarded to active Society members who have performed exceptional service in advancing geospatial science and use of the mapping sciences. News release: http://bit.ly/zW7xXg

Esri FedUC

USGS at Esri FedUC: The USGS played a prominent role at the 2012 Esri Federal Users Conference in Washington, DC this past week. The USGS sponsored two exhibits featuring new and improved geospatial products and services from the National Geospatial Program and the National Atlas ®. Also, the USGS was involved in several presentations and technical sessions throughout the Conference. http://bit.ly/qgNZJs

US Topo

Arizona Quad Featured: The US Topo and Historical Topographic Map Collection websites are now displaying the Phantom Ranch topographic quadrangle on their flash application. The maps cover the a series to quadrangles from 1967 to the present. ? http://1.usa.gov/lvbSol, http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Kristina Yamamoto

CEGIS Researcher Honored: Kristina Yamamoto, a student geographer with the USGS Center of Excellence for Geospatial Information Science (CEGIS) is featured this month in the "Students at USGS" on the USGS main website. As part of her experience with the National Geospatial Program (NGP), she is conducting remote sensing research, including soil moisture and LiDAR projects. She is also PhD candidate at the University of Denver in the geography department, with her dissertation topic covering sea turtle nesting beach characteristics in southern Florida.

Historical US Topo

Vermont Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Vermont has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. That brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to more than 147,300, covering 45 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Historical US Topo

Mississippi Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Mississippi has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. That brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to more than 147,300, covering 45 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Historical US Topo

Louisiana Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Louisiana has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. That brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to more than 147,300, covering 40 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Geospatial Websites Upgraded

Geospatial Websites Upgraded: The US Topo and Historical Topographic Map Collection websites have added an interactive map application to their home pages. The flash thumbnails of original maps display all available versions of the featured series in an animated format. The display allows the user to view the maps in chronological order, access larger versions of the map and go directly to the download services. The second showcased series is six topographic maps of the Phantom Range, Arizona quadrangle (part of the Grand Canyon) - ranging from 1962 to the present. http://1.usa.gov/82461k, http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

New NHD Tools

New NHD Tools: The National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) contains detailed geospatial information about the Nation's surface water. Ensuring the accuracy of these data is an ongoing task as the landscape changes and users demand greater accuracy. To better support and grow the NHD stewardship program, the USGS has reinvented both the process and tools involved in maintaining the NHD. More information: http://bit.ly/dZZZ33

Historical US Topo

Missouri and New Hampshire Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Missouri and New Hampshire have been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. The addition of these quadrangles brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to more than 141,000 , covering 41 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Historical US Topo

Connecticut Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Connecticut has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. That brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to more than 149,190, covering 39 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Photo by Graham Gainty - Kepler Challenge

Trail Running, Kiwi-Style: NGTOC employee Paul Jurasin recently celebrated his 50th birthday in a rather unique fashion. His story can be found at: http://www.runningtimes.com/Article.aspx?ArticleID=24699

Historical US Topo

Nebraska Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Nebraska has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. That brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to more than 132,200, covering 38 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

US Topo 1893 Boothbay topo

Geospatial Websites Upgraded: The US Topo and Historical Topographic Map Collection websites have added an interactive map application to their home pages. Thumbnail images of actual maps display all available versions of the featured series in an animated format. The display allows the user to view the maps in chronological order, view larger versions of each map, and an option to download the full-resolution version directly. This first showcase features six topographic maps from the Boothbay, Maine area - ranging from 1893 to the present.

Historical Topographic Map Collection-Distribution of USGS Maps- Old and New video presentation

Historical Map Video: The USGS has released the "Historical Topographic Map Collection-Distribution of USGS Maps- Old and New" video presentation. It features team lead Greg Allord at the recent International Map Trade Association (IMTA) Conference. The video covers the project history, goals, updates and examples.

US Topo

US Topo Moving Forward: Nevada has started and Missouri is continuing! More than 36 states containing more than 41,000 quadrangles are now partially or almost totally covered by the new USGS digital electronic topographic map, the US Topo. The program is now replacing the former "Digital Map-Beta" maps with US Topo maps. Free download from the USGS Store. Complete listing. Is your state covered? http://1.usa.gov/lvbSol

SOCoP

New Heights of Accuracy for World Topography: The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) have collaborated in the development of a much improved global elevation model, the Global Multi-resolution Terrain Elevation Data 2010 (GMTED2010). GMTED2010 replaces the widely used, 15-year-old GTOPO30 terrain model as the best available global digital elevation model. All of the GMTED2010 data products are publicly available online with no redistribution restrictions. http://on.doi.gov/v0sreR

Historical US Topo

Arizona Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Arizona has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. That brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to nearly 130,000, covering 37 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Geospatial Data Contracts

USGS Geospatial Data Contract Website: The National Geospatial Technical Operations Center (NGTOC) has linked a new Geospatial Data Contract website to The National Map website. The Geospatial Product and Service Contracts (GPSC) is a suite of contracts, broad in scope, that can accommodate activities related to standard, nonstandard, graphic, and digital cartographic products. Services provided may include: photogrammetric mapping and aerotriangulation; orthophotography; thematic mapping (for example, land characterization); digital imagery applications; IFSAR and LiDAR; geographic information systems development; surveying and control acquisition, including ground-based and airborne GPS; and much more.

Historical US Topo

Historical Maps Now Covering 36 States: The release of more than 13,688 historical topographic maps covering California highlights the rapid pace of the USGS Historical Topographic Map Collection. Nearly 124,000 high resolution scans of historical USGS maps, some dating as far back as 1884, are now available online for free from the USGS Store. The electronic maps are georeferenced and can be used in conjunction with the new USGS digital topographic map, the US Topo.

FGDC globe

FGDC Launches New Geospatial Website: The Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC), in conjunction with several geospatial partners has released a prototype Geospatial Platform website providing an initial view of the future of user-friendly, integrated, federal data collections on common geographic maps. Through the website, users can create their own maps by combining their data with public domain data and can collaborate in public and private groups with others who share their interests. Maps assembled through the Geospatial Platform can be shared with others through web browsers and mobile technologies. All of this is possible without requiring users to install software on their own computers. News Release.

Volunteer Geographic Information

Volunteer Geographic Information: Since 1994, citizen volunteers have helped the USGS improve its topographic maps. A new fact sheet has been released to explain the current status of volunteer map data collection, pilot projects and the possible future of The National Map Corps.

US Topo

Historical Topographic Map Collection Update – over half way: More than 102,300high resolution scans of the more than 200,000 historical USGS topographic maps, some dating as far back as 1884, are now available online. The Historical Topographic Map Collection includes published U.S. maps of all scales and editions, and are offered as a georeferenced digital download or as a scanned print from the USGS Store.

Mapping iPhone App

There's A (M)app For That: Topographic maps from the USGS are now available as an app for Apple iOS devices including the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. The new app, called PDF Maps, has been released though the iTunes App Store and allows free download of any available US Topo or USGS Historical maps from the USGS Store or Map Locator tool.

US Topo

US Topo – Exceeding Goals: The US Topo crested an important milestone as the staff exceeded the ambitions goal of producing 18,500 digital quadrangles in one year. This brings the total of US Topos available for no-cost download to more than 36,200 maps covering 33 states. Recently, the program has started to replace the former "Digital Map Beta" prototypes with US Topo maps and have included a land cover layer. Also, the US Topo website has been updated to reflect significant product additions.

Mark DeMulder

Geospatial Summit and Radio Interview: Mark DeMulder, the Director of the National Geospatial Program gave a keynote presentation on "Mapping the Future" at the inaugural Geospatial Summit, September13 in Herndon, VA. Prior to the Summit, he was featured in a radio interview on Federal News Radio. Articles: http://bit.ly/nDP4WR http://bit.ly/pi7Qhq

The National Map

NGP Standards: Standards and specifications are essential to facilitate the development and sharing of geospatial data and products. The USGS standards and specifications that 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 can now be found on The National Map website.

US Topo

Bridging the Gap – The National Map Now Serving Complete Data for the US-Canadian Border: Since 2007 the USGS has partnered with the International Joint Commission of Canada and the U.S. (IJC) to extend National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) and WBD interpretations into Canada. This effort involves complex negotiations between State, Provincial and Federal agencies, resulting in the ability for users of the National Map to view, download and use Hydrologic Units and Hydrographic layers that were previously limited to the International Boundary. Identical interpretations are currently available on Natural Resources Canada's data portal GeoBase.

The National Map Corps

The National Map Corps Update: The USGS National Geospatial Program (NGP) sponsored volunteer map data collection projects for 20+ years. Citizen mappers revised many maps, but the program was suspended in 2008 due to funding. New technologies and social media have made volunteered geographic information (VGI) a possibility. As a result, the USGS has launched a pilot project to explore the future citizen participation. http://1.usa.gov/pkNgfi

Emergency Response Fact Sheet

Emergency Response Fact Sheet: The USGS National Geospatial Program (NGP) has released a new fact sheet listing the most popular web based resources for emergency responders and others to get timely and relevant information concerning earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, landslides, tsunamis, volcanoes, wildfires, terrorist attacks and accidental oil spills. http://on.doi.gov/iEmVfo

Conference PostersConference Posters: Pictures of winning and other selected posters from the 2011 USGS GIS Workshop and The National Map User Conference Poster Session released on the Conference website: http://bit.ly/pFwucn

The National Map User Conference photos Conference Pictures Posted! Hundreds of pictures from The National Map Users Conference (TNM UC) and the 2011 GIS Workshop have been posted to the Conference website. The pictures are arranged by day or major event and can be viewed as a slide show or thumb-nail set through Flickr.

Safest City Safest City: What is the "Safest City, USA"? Recently, a reporter from MSNBC posed that question to the USGS, looking for a map that depicts all the potential natural hazards and climatic impacts. Although the USGS has several data sets, there is currently no map that combines all of the various scenarios. Given the list of probable calamities, could your city or state be the "safest"?

The National Map User Conference Videos Released: Selected videos from The National Map Users Conference (TNM UC) have been posted to the Conference website. The recently released presentations include the plenary sessions for Day 1 and Day2, the Gannett Awards Ceremony, the Closing session and a montage of attendee feedback called TNM UC Experience. Photos, presentations and more from the Conference will be posted soon.

What is a Map? What is a Map? Renowned author Frederick Reuss advances, "The Question, What is a Map? Is More Relevant than Ever" in a new video from The National Map Users Conference.

The National Map User Conference SUCCESS! The National Map Users Conference (TNM UC) for 2011 is now in the books. The inaugural event took place May 12-13 in Denver with more than 425 participants. The over-capacity crowd included 16 Federal agencies, state and local government, academic institutions, vendors and international representatives. The fast-paced program included 66 concurrent sessions, panel discussions, three listening sessions, product review opportunities, the Gannett Award ceremony and plenty of networking. The Conference was preceded by the two-day, technology-focused GIS Workshop held at the nearby Denver Federal Center. Videos, pictures, presentation slides, Conference proceedings and other information products will be posted to the Conference website as they become available.

Gannett Award Winners Gannett Award winners: Tommy Dewald of the EPA and Keven Roth "semi-retired" USGS are the co-recipients of this year's Henry Gannett Award, presented at The National Map Users Conference. Roth and Dewald were cited for their development of the National Hydrography Dataset (NHD). More updated post Conference info at http://nationalmap.gov/uc/.

The National Map

New Website Face: An updated version of The National Map website (nationalmap.gov) was rolled out in conjunction with The National Map Users Conference. The new home page includes an user-specified map selection menu, easier to read navigation tabs, a search box, refined news section and a real-time Twitter feed. Check it out – comments welcome!

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July 30, 2012

US Topo

MI and SD State Maps: The full sets of US Topo maps for Michigan and South Dakota have been released and are available for free download from the USGS Store. The 1,319 revised quadrangles from the Great Lakes State and the1,445 topo maps from the Mount Rushmore have been added to the more than 51,600 US digital topographic maps. http://1.usa.gov/82461k

Logo and link to The National Atlas of the USnited States of America

Find 1, Get 1, Use 1: The National Atlas has released new sets of digital cartographic frameworks at the one million-scale, which is twice the detail of previous versions. Users can now easily find "one" using popular search engines; get it as documented data or Web map services; and use "one" in their geospatial analyses, maps, or map mashups. News Release: http://on.doi.gov/MDT0BJ

Connecticut Quad

New Maps for New England: Nearly 690 revised digital maps covering Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont have been added to approximately 51,000 maps currently covering the lower 48 states and are available for free download from the website.

graphic representation of a newspaper

Legacy Maps in the News: The Historical Topographic Map Collection, with more than 167,335 scanned and referenced USGS topo quadrangles available for free download, has recently been featured in several publications, including the Smithsonian "Constant Traveler", PC World, the Verge and the IMTA update.
Traveler link: http://bit.ly/O0AmFt

small map of Alaska

USGS Mapping Alaska: In conjunction with nearly 20 Federal Agencies and representatives from the state of Alaska, the USGS sponsored an Alaska Mapping Roundtable to discuss collaborative funding strategies for Alaska's Statewide Digital Mapping Initiative. The meeting, convened by Lt. Gov Mead Treadwell and DOI Assistant Secretary for Water and Science, Anne Castle, was also featured in the July 5 edition of The Seward Phoenix Log.

2012 Fact Sheet

New NHD Publication: The analysis of surface-water systems optimized by using the National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) as the common national framework has provided improved data maintenance, better tools and reduced costs. To portray the complex water data, often from many agencies, the NHD has developed and refined a linear referencing system. Fact Sheet: http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2012/3068/

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US Topo Update: Production and release of the US Topo started in October 2009. The US Topo is an enhancement of the previous "Digital Map–Beta" product, with the addition on the hydrography and contour layers. The new mapping product was formally introduced at the "125th Anniversary of Topographic Mapping" Celebration on December 3, 2009. The National Geospatial Technical Operations Center reports the following:
  • More than 51,683 US Topo maps are loaded to the Map Locator of the USGS Store (as of 07-30-12)
    • Kansas was the first US Topo state, and is 100% complete (1,417 quadrangles) followed by:
    • Oklahoma: 100% complete (1,087 quadrangles)
    • New York: 100% complete (973 quadrangles)
    • Texas: 100% complete (4,364 quadrangles)
    • Kentucky: 100% complete (615 quadrangles)
    • Iowa: 100% complete (1,056 quadrangles)
    • Tennessee: 100% complete (719 quadrangles)
    • Indiana: 100% complete (672 quadrangles)
    • Pennsylvania: 100% complete (794 quadrangles)
    • Wisconsin: 100% complete (1,062 quadrangles)
    • Virginia: 100% complete (707 quadrangles)
    • Ohio: 100% complete (737 quadrangles)
    • Colorado: 100% complete (1,832 quadrangles)
    • Minnesota: 100% complete (1,709 quadrangles)
    • North Carolina: 100% complete (848 quadrangles)
    • New Mexico: 100% complete (2,029 quadrangles)
    • Idaho: 100% complete (1,479 quadrangles)
    • Washington: 100% complete (1,373 quadrangles)
    • Utah: 100% complete (1,549 quadrangles)
    • West Virginia: 100% complete (468 quadrangles)
    • Georgia: 100% complete (963 quadrangles)
    • North Dakota: 100% complete (1,432 quadrangles)
    • New Jersey: 100% complete (176 quadrangles)
    • Delaware: 100% complete (31 quadrangles)
    • Montana: 100% complete (2,991) quadrangles)
    • Maryland: (Incl DC): 100% complete (254 quadrangles)
    • Oregon: 100% complete (1,882 quadrangles)
    • Arkansas: 100% complete (911 quadrangles)
    • South Carolina: 100% complete (569 quadrangles)
    • Michigan: 100% complete (1,319 quadrangles)
    • Maine: 100% complete (708 quadrangles)*
    • Alabama: 100% complete (843 quadrangles)*
    • Arizona: 100% complete (1,883 quadrangles)*
    • Nebraska: 100% complete (1,372 quadrangles)*
    • Missouri: 100% complete (1,201 quadrangles)*
    • Nevada: 100% complete (1,788 quadrangles)*
    • California: 100% complete (2,800 quadrangles)*
    • Louisiana: 100% complete (801 quadrangles)*
    • Mississippi: 100% complete (770 quadrangles)*
    • Vermont: 100% complete (201 quadrangles)*
    • New Hampshire: 100% complete (174 quadrangles)*
    • Connecticut: 100% complete (76 quadrangles)*
    • Massachusetts: 100% complete (196 quadrangles)*
    • Rhode Island: 100% complete (27 quadrangles)*
    • Wyoming: 76% complete (1,367 quadrangles)*
    • South Dakota: 99% complete (1,145 quadrangles)*
    • Florida: 35% complete (367 quadrangles)
    • Pending: Illinois
    • Pending: Hawaii

*Current "Digital Map - Beta" maps that are being updated to US Topo specifications

Note: As of October 25, 2010, the percentage of US Topos complete and total quadrangles loaded will include U.S. Forest Service lands.

Digital Map–Beta Update: In a little more than 4 years since the release of the "Digital Map–Beta" web site, the National Geospatial Technical Operations Center can report the following:
  • More than 1,770 "Digital Maps–Beta" are loaded to the Map Locator of the USGS Store
  • State quad status, in order of loading to the Map Locator: (as of 07-30-12)
    • Wyoming: 100% complete
    • Illinois: 100% complete
    • Florida: 100% complete

Note: Forest Service quads in the above states are currently not included, which often gives a "missing quad" look. The USGS is working with the Forest Service so that maps made in 2010 and beyond will include lands administered by USFS.

The "Digital Map–Beta" is the initial electronic digital map. With the integration of the hydrography and contour layers, the maps produced after October 2009, and starting with Kansas, will be classified as US Topo.

Work Plan

Passed 50,000: The US Topo map project has produced more than 50,000 revised digital topographic maps since late-2009, keeping pace with the complete coverage goal of the continental US by the end 2012. Users from almost every state can now access and download new US Topo maps for free from the USGS Store map locator. To see if your desired map is available, go to: http://on.doi.gov/ctQcJG

Connecticut Quad

Connecticut Quads Featured: The US Topo and Historical Topographic Map Collection websites have added an interactive map application to their home pages. The flash thumbnails of original scanned maps display all available versions of the featured state quadrangles in an animated format. The display allows the user to view the maps in chronological order, access larger versions and the map and go directly to the download services. The new series is six topographic maps of the Old Lyme maps in Connecticut - ranging from 1893 to the present. http://1.usa.gov/82461k, http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

US Topo

US Topo Update: New maps for Wyoming and South Dakota are nearly half way complete. More than 36 states containing more than 40,700 quadrangles are now partially or almost totally covered by the new USGS digital electronic topographic map, the US Topo. Free download from the USGS Store. Complete listing. Is your state covered? http://1.usa.gov/82461k

Massachusetts US Topo

Bay State Maps: The full set of US Topo maps for Massachusetts has been released. The 196 revised quadrangles have been added to the more 49,800 US digital topographic maps available for free download from the USGS Store. http://1.usa.gov/82461k

TopoBathy image

TopoBathy added to the NED: The first set of topobathymetric data has been added to the National Elevation Dataset (NED). Topobathymetric data are created by merging topography (land elevation) and bathymetry (water depth) into a seamless elevation product useful for applications such as modeling sea level rise and storm surge. The initial dataset is centered over Mobile Bay, Alabama and was constructed using a combination of 71 disparate topographic and bathymetric datasets from the USGS, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; ranging in temporal variation from 1917 to 2011. It was developed in collaboration between the USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program (CMGP) and the USGS National Geospatial Program. In the next five years, the CMGP has plans to expand its research and modeling along the northern Gulf of Mexico coastline, and San Francisco and Chesapeake Bays. Release notes: http://bit.ly/K5RCEE

US Topo

Ocean State Maps: The full set of US Topo maps for Rhode Island has been released. The 27 revised quadrangles have been added to the more 48,900 US digital topographic maps available for free download from the USGS Store. http://1.usa.gov/82461k

US Topo

Hawaii Historical Maps Available: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Hawaii has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. The addition of these quadrangles brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to nearly 167,000, with only one more state left to completing coverage for the entire US and territories. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

US Topo

Constitution State Maps: The full set of US Topo maps for Connecticut has been released. The 94 revised quadrangles have been added to the more 48,900 US digital topographic maps available for free download from the USGS Store. http://1.usa.gov/82461k

CA Half Dome 2012

California Quads Featured: The US Topo and Historical Topographic Map Collection websites have added an interactive map application to their home pages. The flash thumbnails of original scanned maps display all available versions of the featured state quadrangles in an animated format. The display allows the user to view the maps in chronological order, access larger versions and the map and go directly to the download services. The new series is six topographic maps of the Yosemite/Half Dome maps in California - ranging from 1897 to the present. http://1.usa.gov/82461k, http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

CA Half Dome 2012

New Maps for CA, LA and MS Rolled Out: Complete sets of US Topo maps for California, Louisiana and Mississippi have been released. They join the growing list of other states. The 4,300 new maps have been added to the more than 48,580 digital topographic quadrangles now available for free download from the USGS Store. News Release with quotes from the USGS Director: http://on.doi.gov/LmdbjB

US Topo

Arizona quads complete: After a short delay, the finished set of US Topo maps numbering more than 1,880 updated digital topographic quadrangles for Arizona have been loaded to the USGS Store for free download. http://1.usa.gov/lvbSol

US Topo

More New England States Started: US Topo maps for the states of Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, Massachusetts and New Hampshire are starting to be posted to the US Topo quadrangle collection. Currently, more than 275 digital topographic maps from those New England states are available for free download from the USGS Store. http://1.usa.gov/lvbSol

Elevation study results

Elevation Study Results: The USGS completed a National Enhanced Elevation Assessment (NEEA) in December 2011. The assessment was the most comprehensive investigation of options for improving the availability and quality of national elevation data. Research participants included 34 federal agencies, 50 states, and selected local governments and tribes, as well as private and not-for-profit organizations. The study and other resources will be available through a NEEA website (coming soon!). In the interim, the full report from Dewberry can be found at: http://bit.ly/JNlGcj

CA Half Dome 2012

Golden State Coverage: The state of California is now completely covered with new US Topo maps. More than 2,800 California digital topographic quadrangles are now available for free download from the USGS Store. The improved maps feature contours, updated hydrography, woodland tint, additional critical structures, enhanced boundaries, commercial roads and new Forest Service data. Also, the US Topo allows for the addition of a high resolution aerial photography map layer, which is not available on older paper-based topographic maps. Download instructions: http://nationalmap.gov/ustopo/

US Topo

Release of CA, LA and MS US Topo’s Soon: The release of US Topo maps for both California and Louisiana is currently at 98% complete, and Mississippi is close behind at 97%. All three should be finished soon! More than 40 states containing more than 47,754 quadrangles are now partially or almost totally covered by the new USGS digital electronic topographic map, the US Topo. The program is now replacing the former "Digital Map-Beta" maps with revised US Topo maps. Free download from the USGS Store. Complete listing. Is your state covered? http://1.usa.gov/lvbSol

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US Topo

Records Set: USGS legacy topographic maps from the Historical Topographic Map Collection have set a record of more than 427,700 downloads during the month of April. This follows the completion of historical map coverage for the lower 48 states in a few weeks ago. The newest USGS topographic map, the US Topo, also set a personal best of nearly 174,000 downloads for the same period. Check out the mapping websites and see why they are becoming so popular. http://1.usa.gov/82461k, http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Geospatial Technology Workshop

Geospatial Technology Workshop: The USGS will be offering a workshop titled "Introduction to Geospatial Semantics and Technology" preceding the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science Symposium on May 29, 2012 in Washington D.C. The Workshop is an introductory tutorial on geospatial semantics with hands-on exercises using standard Web browsers. The workshop is divided into two major sections: general semantics on the Web, and specific examples of geospatial semantics using data from The National Map of the USGS. The general section will include information and access to publicly available semantic archives. The specific session will include information on geospatial semantics with access to semantically enhanced data for hydrography, transportation, boundaries, names, and land cover. Details: http://www.ucgis.org/Events/moreinfo.asp?ID=304

Yukon River, Alaska

Alaska Mapping Interview: Mark DeMulder, Director of the USGS National Geospatial Program (NGP) was interviewed by KNTA Radio out of Talkeetna, Alaska about the new and ambitious USGS initiative to update and upgrade the topographic maps of the Alaskan region. The interactive discussion covers the history of mapping Alaska, the new US Topo digital map project, new cartographic technologies and proposed plans for the Alaskan Mapping Initiative. Interview and sound bites: http://bit.ly/HVcy4R

National Elevation Dataset

Border Elevation Improved: Updated elevation data along the U.S. and Canadian border have been added to the National Elevation Dataset (NED) layer as result of collaboration between U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Natural Resources Canada (NRCAN). Scientist from NRCAN Centre for Topographic Information and the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center improved the topographic information along the international border by making the U.S. and Canada elevation data seamless in the 1-arc-second NED. These data will complete the watersheds originating in the U.S. and fill a small void that existed between the two elevation datasets. The new Canada elevation data, as well as the latest elevation data for the contiguous U.S. added to the NED can be viewed at NED Release Notes for April. The next release of the NED, due in June, 2012, will include Canada elevation along the border of Alaska

US Topo

CONUS Complete: The USGS Historical Topographic Map Collection is celebrating a major milestone, as the lower 48 states, spanning in excess of 130 years, are now available for free download from the Collection website. This Collection features well over 161,000 USGS legacy topographic maps in a digital format. Since September, more than 1.2 million maps have been downloaded from the Map Locator – an average of more than 5,700 maps per day! News Release

AWRA

USGS Scientist Receives "High" Water Award: USGS cartographer Jeff Simley, the product lead for the National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) received the Maidment Award at this year’s American Water Resources Association (AWRA) GIS specialty conference for water resources in New Orleans. The prestigious award acknowledges his contributions to the water resources field as a key player in establishing a Stewardship program that partners many federal, state, and local agencies all with a common goal to improve and maintain a hydrography GIS layer for the nation. http://nhd.usgs.gov/

US Topo

The Last Piece of the Puzzle - USGS Historical Maps: A summary of the USGS Historical Topographic Map Collection, its status and relevance to many diverse audiences has been published as a "Top Story" on the USGS main website. The article outlines the goals of the Historical Collection program and a short history of The National Program for Topographic Mapping, which was established in 1884. Also, it reviews map changes over time, including scales and symbology. Article link.

US Topo

Florida Historical Maps added, one state left: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Florida has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. The addition of these quadrangles brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to nearly 164,000, with only one more state left to completing coverage for the lower 48 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

AWRA

NHD/WBD in the Big Easy: The USGS will be hosting the 4th bi-annual National Hydrography Dataset (NHD)/ Watershed Boundary Dataset (WBD) Stewardship Conference in New Orleans, March 29-30, 2012. The conference is in conjunction with the American Water Resources Association's 2012 Spring Specialty Conference on Geographic Information Systems and Water Resources. The NHD is the surface water component of The National Map to be used in general mapping and in the analysis of surface-water systems by geographic information systems (GIS). Conference agenda: http://bit.ly/zNXixX

Historical US Topo

Wyoming Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Wyoming has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. The addition of these quadrangles brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to more than 154,000, covering 48 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Alton 1927

Missouri/Illinois Quads Featured: The US Topo and Historical Topographic Map Collection websites have added an interactive map application to their home pages. The flash thumbnails of original maps display all available versions of the featured state quadrangles in an animated format. The display allows the user to view the maps in chronological order, access larger versions and the map and go directly to the download services. The third showcased series is six topographic maps of the Columbia Bottoms area, straddling Missouri and Illinois - ranging from 1927 to the present. http://1.usa.gov/82461k, http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Historical US Topo

Rhode Island and South Dakota Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Rhode Island and South Dakota have been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. The addition of these quadrangles brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to more than 149,800, covering 47 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Kari Craun

ASPRS Fellow Award: Kari Craun, Director of the USGS National Geospatial Technical Operations Center (NGTOC) has been named as one of two 2012 American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) Fellow Award winners. The ASPRS hilghly selective designation of Fellow is awarded to active Society members who have performed exceptional service in advancing geospatial science and use of the mapping sciences. News release: http://bit.ly/zW7xXg

Esri FedUC

USGS at Esri FedUC: The USGS played a prominent role at the 2012 Esri Federal Users Conference in Washington, DC this past week. The USGS sponsored two exhibits featuring new and improved geospatial products and services from the National Geospatial Program and the National Atlas ®. Also, the USGS was involved in several presentations and technical sessions throughout the Conference. http://bit.ly/qgNZJs

US Topo

Arizona Quad Featured: The US Topo and Historical Topographic Map Collection websites are now displaying the Phantom Ranch topographic quadrangle on their flash application. The maps cover the a series to quadrangles from 1967 to the present. ? http://1.usa.gov/lvbSol, http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Kristina Yamamoto

CEGIS Researcher Honored: Kristina Yamamoto, a student geographer with the USGS Center of Excellence for Geospatial Information Science (CEGIS) is featured this month in the "Students at USGS" on the USGS main website. As part of her experience with the National Geospatial Program (NGP), she is conducting remote sensing research, including soil moisture and LiDAR projects. She is also PhD candidate at the University of Denver in the geography department, with her dissertation topic covering sea turtle nesting beach characteristics in southern Florida.

Historical US Topo

Vermont Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Vermont has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. That brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to more than 147,300, covering 45 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Historical US Topo

Mississippi Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Mississippi has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. That brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to more than 147,300, covering 45 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Historical US Topo

Louisiana Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Louisiana has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. That brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to more than 147,300, covering 40 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Geospatial Websites Upgraded

Geospatial Websites Upgraded: The US Topo and Historical Topographic Map Collection websites have added an interactive map application to their home pages. The flash thumbnails of original maps display all available versions of the featured series in an animated format. The display allows the user to view the maps in chronological order, access larger versions of the map and go directly to the download services. The second showcased series is six topographic maps of the Phantom Range, Arizona quadrangle (part of the Grand Canyon) - ranging from 1962 to the present. http://1.usa.gov/82461k, http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

New NHD Tools

New NHD Tools: The National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) contains detailed geospatial information about the Nation's surface water. Ensuring the accuracy of these data is an ongoing task as the landscape changes and users demand greater accuracy. To better support and grow the NHD stewardship program, the USGS has reinvented both the process and tools involved in maintaining the NHD. More information: http://bit.ly/dZZZ33

Historical US Topo

Missouri and New Hampshire Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Missouri and New Hampshire have been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. The addition of these quadrangles brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to more than 141,000 , covering 41 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Historical US Topo

Connecticut Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Connecticut has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. That brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to more than 149,190, covering 39 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Photo by Graham Gainty - Kepler Challenge

Trail Running, Kiwi-Style: NGTOC employee Paul Jurasin recently celebrated his 50th birthday in a rather unique fashion. His story can be found at: http://www.runningtimes.com/Article.aspx?ArticleID=24699

Historical US Topo

Nebraska Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Nebraska has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. That brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to more than 132,200, covering 38 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

US Topo 1893 Boothbay topo

Geospatial Websites Upgraded: The US Topo and Historical Topographic Map Collection websites have added an interactive map application to their home pages. Thumbnail images of actual maps display all available versions of the featured series in an animated format. The display allows the user to view the maps in chronological order, view larger versions of each map, and an option to download the full-resolution version directly. This first showcase features six topographic maps from the Boothbay, Maine area - ranging from 1893 to the present.

Historical Topographic Map Collection-Distribution of USGS Maps- Old and New video presentation

Historical Map Video: The USGS has released the "Historical Topographic Map Collection-Distribution of USGS Maps- Old and New" video presentation. It features team lead Greg Allord at the recent International Map Trade Association (IMTA) Conference. The video covers the project history, goals, updates and examples.

US Topo

US Topo Moving Forward: Nevada has started and Missouri is continuing! More than 36 states containing more than 41,000 quadrangles are now partially or almost totally covered by the new USGS digital electronic topographic map, the US Topo. The program is now replacing the former "Digital Map-Beta" maps with US Topo maps. Free download from the USGS Store. Complete listing. Is your state covered? http://1.usa.gov/lvbSol

SOCoP

New Heights of Accuracy for World Topography: The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) have collaborated in the development of a much improved global elevation model, the Global Multi-resolution Terrain Elevation Data 2010 (GMTED2010). GMTED2010 replaces the widely used, 15-year-old GTOPO30 terrain model as the best available global digital elevation model. All of the GMTED2010 data products are publicly available online with no redistribution restrictions. http://on.doi.gov/v0sreR

Historical US Topo

Arizona Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Arizona has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. That brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to nearly 130,000, covering 37 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Geospatial Data Contracts

USGS Geospatial Data Contract Website: The National Geospatial Technical Operations Center (NGTOC) has linked a new Geospatial Data Contract website to The National Map website. The Geospatial Product and Service Contracts (GPSC) is a suite of contracts, broad in scope, that can accommodate activities related to standard, nonstandard, graphic, and digital cartographic products. Services provided may include: photogrammetric mapping and aerotriangulation; orthophotography; thematic mapping (for example, land characterization); digital imagery applications; IFSAR and LiDAR; geographic information systems development; surveying and control acquisition, including ground-based and airborne GPS; and much more.

Historical US Topo

Historical Maps Now Covering 36 States: The release of more than 13,688 historical topographic maps covering California highlights the rapid pace of the USGS Historical Topographic Map Collection. Nearly 124,000 high resolution scans of historical USGS maps, some dating as far back as 1884, are now available online for free from the USGS Store. The electronic maps are georeferenced and can be used in conjunction with the new USGS digital topographic map, the US Topo.

FGDC globe

FGDC Launches New Geospatial Website: The Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC), in conjunction with several geospatial partners has released a prototype Geospatial Platform website providing an initial view of the future of user-friendly, integrated, federal data collections on common geographic maps. Through the website, users can create their own maps by combining their data with public domain data and can collaborate in public and private groups with others who share their interests. Maps assembled through the Geospatial Platform can be shared with others through web browsers and mobile technologies. All of this is possible without requiring users to install software on their own computers. News Release.

Volunteer Geographic Information

Volunteer Geographic Information: Since 1994, citizen volunteers have helped the USGS improve its topographic maps. A new fact sheet has been released to explain the current status of volunteer map data collection, pilot projects and the possible future of The National Map Corps.

US Topo

Historical Topographic Map Collection Update – over half way: More than 102,300high resolution scans of the more than 200,000 historical USGS topographic maps, some dating as far back as 1884, are now available online. The Historical Topographic Map Collection includes published U.S. maps of all scales and editions, and are offered as a georeferenced digital download or as a scanned print from the USGS Store.

Mapping iPhone App

There's A (M)app For That: Topographic maps from the USGS are now available as an app for Apple iOS devices including the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. The new app, called PDF Maps, has been released though the iTunes App Store and allows free download of any available US Topo or USGS Historical maps from the USGS Store or Map Locator tool.

US Topo

US Topo – Exceeding Goals: The US Topo crested an important milestone as the staff exceeded the ambitions goal of producing 18,500 digital quadrangles in one year. This brings the total of US Topos available for no-cost download to more than 36,200 maps covering 33 states. Recently, the program has started to replace the former "Digital Map Beta" prototypes with US Topo maps and have included a land cover layer. Also, the US Topo website has been updated to reflect significant product additions.

Mark DeMulder

Geospatial Summit and Radio Interview: Mark DeMulder, the Director of the National Geospatial Program gave a keynote presentation on "Mapping the Future" at the inaugural Geospatial Summit, September13 in Herndon, VA. Prior to the Summit, he was featured in a radio interview on Federal News Radio. Articles: http://bit.ly/nDP4WR http://bit.ly/pi7Qhq

The National Map

NGP Standards: Standards and specifications are essential to facilitate the development and sharing of geospatial data and products. The USGS standards and specifications that 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 can now be found on The National Map website.

US Topo

Bridging the Gap – The National Map Now Serving Complete Data for the US-Canadian Border: Since 2007 the USGS has partnered with the International Joint Commission of Canada and the U.S. (IJC) to extend National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) and WBD interpretations into Canada. This effort involves complex negotiations between State, Provincial and Federal agencies, resulting in the ability for users of the National Map to view, download and use Hydrologic Units and Hydrographic layers that were previously limited to the International Boundary. Identical interpretations are currently available on Natural Resources Canada's data portal GeoBase.

The National Map Corps

The National Map Corps Update: The USGS National Geospatial Program (NGP) sponsored volunteer map data collection projects for 20+ years. Citizen mappers revised many maps, but the program was suspended in 2008 due to funding. New technologies and social media have made volunteered geographic information (VGI) a possibility. As a result, the USGS has launched a pilot project to explore the future citizen participation. http://1.usa.gov/pkNgfi

Emergency Response Fact Sheet

Emergency Response Fact Sheet: The USGS National Geospatial Program (NGP) has released a new fact sheet listing the most popular web based resources for emergency responders and others to get timely and relevant information concerning earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, landslides, tsunamis, volcanoes, wildfires, terrorist attacks and accidental oil spills. http://on.doi.gov/iEmVfo

Conference PostersConference Posters: Pictures of winning and other selected posters from the 2011 USGS GIS Workshop and The National Map User Conference Poster Session released on the Conference website: http://bit.ly/pFwucn

The National Map User Conference photos Conference Pictures Posted! Hundreds of pictures from The National Map Users Conference (TNM UC) and the 2011 GIS Workshop have been posted to the Conference website. The pictures are arranged by day or major event and can be viewed as a slide show or thumb-nail set through Flickr.

Safest City Safest City: What is the "Safest City, USA"? Recently, a reporter from MSNBC posed that question to the USGS, looking for a map that depicts all the potential natural hazards and climatic impacts. Although the USGS has several data sets, there is currently no map that combines all of the various scenarios. Given the list of probable calamities, could your city or state be the "safest"?

The National Map User Conference Videos Released: Selected videos from The National Map Users Conference (TNM UC) have been posted to the Conference website. The recently released presentations include the plenary sessions for Day 1 and Day2, the Gannett Awards Ceremony, the Closing session and a montage of attendee feedback called TNM UC Experience. Photos, presentations and more from the Conference will be posted soon.

What is a Map? What is a Map? Renowned author Frederick Reuss advances, "The Question, What is a Map? Is More Relevant than Ever" in a new video from The National Map Users Conference.

The National Map User Conference SUCCESS! The National Map Users Conference (TNM UC) for 2011 is now in the books. The inaugural event took place May 12-13 in Denver with more than 425 participants. The over-capacity crowd included 16 Federal agencies, state and local government, academic institutions, vendors and international representatives. The fast-paced program included 66 concurrent sessions, panel discussions, three listening sessions, product review opportunities, the Gannett Award ceremony and plenty of networking. The Conference was preceded by the two-day, technology-focused GIS Workshop held at the nearby Denver Federal Center. Videos, pictures, presentation slides, Conference proceedings and other information products will be posted to the Conference website as they become available.

Gannett Award Winners Gannett Award winners: Tommy Dewald of the EPA and Keven Roth "semi-retired" USGS are the co-recipients of this year's Henry Gannett Award, presented at The National Map Users Conference. Roth and Dewald were cited for their development of the National Hydrography Dataset (NHD). More updated post Conference info at http://nationalmap.gov/uc/.

The National Map

New Website Face: An updated version of The National Map website (nationalmap.gov) was rolled out in conjunction with The National Map Users Conference. The new home page includes an user-specified map selection menu, easier to read navigation tabs, a search box, refined news section and a real-time Twitter feed. Check it out – comments welcome!

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July 24, 2012

Logo and link to The National Atlas of the USnited States of America

Find 1, Get 1, Use 1: The National Atlas has released new sets of digital cartographic frameworks at the one million-scale, which is twice the detail of previous versions. Users can now easily find "one" using popular search engines; get it as documented data or Web map services; and use "one" in their geospatial analyses, maps, or map mashups.
News Release: http://on.doi.gov/MDT0BJ

Connecticut Quad

New Maps for New England: Nearly 690 revised digital maps covering Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont have been added to approximately 51,000 maps currently covering the lower 48 states and are available for free download from the website.

graphic representation of a newspaper

Legacy Maps in the News: The Historical Topographic Map Collection, with more than 167,335 scanned and referenced USGS topo quadrangles available for free download, has recently been featured in several publications, including the Smithsonian "Constant Traveler", PC World, the Verge and the IMTA update.
Traveler link: http://bit.ly/O0AmFt

small map of Alaska

USGS Mapping Alaska: In conjunction with nearly 20 Federal Agencies and representatives from the state of Alaska, the USGS sponsored an Alaska Roundtable to discuss collaborative funding strategies for Alaska's Statewide Digital Mapping Initiative. The meeting convened by Lt. Gov Mead Treadwell and DOI Assistant Secretary for Water and Science, Anne Castle, along with preliminary results were reported in the July 5 edition of The Seward Phoenix Log.

2012 Fact Sheet

New NHD Publication: The analysis of surface-water systems optimized by using the National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) as the common national framework has provided improved data maintenance, better tools and reduced costs. To portray the complex water data, often from many agencies, the NHD has developed and refined a linear referencing system. Fact Sheet: http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2012/3068/

TNM-Twitter

Passed 1,000! The National Map Twitter site recent surpassed 1,140 followers just over a year. Let's make it to 2,000 @USGSTNM. Sign up today and join in the conversation!

US Topo Update: Production and release of the US Topo started in October 2009. The US Topo is an enhancement of the previous "Digital Map–Beta" product, with the addition on the hydrography and contour layers. The new mapping product was formally introduced at the "125th Anniversary of Topographic Mapping" Celebration on December 3, 2009. The National Geospatial Technical Operations Center reports the following:
  • More than 51,388 US Topo maps are loaded to the Map Locator of the USGS Store (as of 07-24-12)
    • Kansas was the first US Topo state, and is 100% complete (1,417 quadrangles) followed by:
      • Oklahoma: 100% complete (1,087 quadrangles)
      • New York: 100% complete (973 quadrangles)
      • Texas: 100% complete (4,364 quadrangles)
      • Kentucky: 100% complete (615 quadrangles)
      • Iowa: 100% complete (1,056 quadrangles)
      • Tennessee: 100% complete (719 quadrangles)
      • Indiana: 100% complete (672 quadrangles)
      • Pennsylvania: 100% complete (794 quadrangles)
      • Wisconsin: 100% complete (1,062 quadrangles)
      • Virginia: 100% complete (707 quadrangles)
      • Ohio: 100% complete (737 quadrangles)
      • Colorado: 100% complete (1,832 quadrangles)
      • Minnesota: 100% complete (1,709 quadrangles)
      • North Carolina: 100% complete (848 quadrangles)
      • New Mexico: 100% complete (2,029 quadrangles)
      • Idaho: 100% complete (1,479 quadrangles)
      • Washington: 100% complete (1,373 quadrangles)
      • Utah: 100% complete (1,549 quadrangles)
      • West Virginia: 100% complete (468 quadrangles)
      • Georgia: 100% complete (963 quadrangles)
      • North Dakota: 100% complete (1,432 quadrangles)
      • New Jersey: 100% complete (176 quadrangles)
      • Delaware: 100% complete (31 quadrangles)
      • Montana: 100% complete (2,991) quadrangles)
      • Maryland: (Incl DC): 100% complete (254 quadrangles)
      • Oregon: 100% complete (1,882 quadrangles)
      • Arkansas: 100% complete (911 quadrangles)
      • South Carolina: 100% complete (569 quadrangles)
      • Michigan: 92% complete (1,214 quadrangles)
      • Maine: 100% complete (708 quadrangles)*
      • Alabama: 100% complete (843 quadrangles)*
      • Arizona: 100% complete (1,883 quadrangles)*
      • Nebraska: 100% complete (1,372 quadrangles)*
      • Missouri: 100% complete (1,201 quadrangles)*
      • Nevada: 100% complete (1,788 quadrangles)*
      • California: 100% complete (2,800 quadrangles)*
      • Louisiana: 99% complete (796 quadrangles)*
      • Mississippi: 99% complete (770 quadrangles)*
      • Vermont: 99% complete (199 quadrangles)*
      • New Hampshire: 97% complete (169 quadrangles)*
      • Connecticut: 100% complete (76 quadrangles)*
      • Massachusetts: 100% complete (196 quadrangles)*
      • Rhode Island: 100% complete (27 quadrangles)*
      • Wyoming: 71% complete (1,275 quadrangles)*
      • South Dakota: 99% complete (1,145 quadrangles)*
      • Florida: 22% complete (229 quadrangles)
      • Pending: Illinois
      • Pending: Hawaii

    *Current "Digital Map - Beta" maps that are being updated to US Topo specifications

    Note: As of October 25, 2010, the percentage of US Topos complete and total quadrangles loaded will include U.S. Forest Service lands.

Digital Map–Beta Update: In a little more than 4 years since the release of the "Digital Map–Beta" web site, the National Geospatial Technical Operations Center can report the following:
  • More than 1,899 "Digital Maps–Beta" are loaded to the Map Locator of the USGS Store
  • State quad status, in order of loading to the Map Locator: (as of 07-24-12)
    • Wyoming: 100% complete
    • Illinois: 100% complete
    • Florida: 100% complete

Note: Forest Service quads in the above states are currently not included, which often gives a "missing quad" look. The USGS is working with the Forest Service so that maps made in 2010 and beyond will include lands administered by USFS.

The "Digital Map–Beta" is the initial electronic digital map. With the integration of the hydrography and contour layers, the maps produced after October 2009, and starting with Kansas, will be classified as US Topo.

Work Plan

Passed 50,000: The US Topo map project has produced more than 50,000 revised digital topographic maps since late-2009, keeping pace with the complete coverage goal of the continental US by the end 2012. Users from almost every state can now access and download new US Topo maps for free from the USGS Store map locator. To see if your desired map is available, go to: http://on.doi.gov/ctQcJG

Connecticut Quad

Connecticut Quads Featured: The US Topo and Historical Topographic Map Collection websites have added an interactive map application to their home pages. The flash thumbnails of original scanned maps display all available versions of the featured state quadrangles in an animated format. The display allows the user to view the maps in chronological order, access larger versions and the map and go directly to the download services. The new series is six topographic maps of the Old Lyme maps in Connecticut - ranging from 1893 to the present. http://1.usa.gov/82461k, http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

US Topo

US Topo Update: New maps for Wyoming and South Dakota are nearly half way complete. More than 36 states containing more than 40,700 quadrangles are now partially or almost totally covered by the new USGS digital electronic topographic map, the US Topo. Free download from the USGS Store. Complete listing. Is your state covered? http://1.usa.gov/82461k

Massachusetts US Topo

Bay State Maps: The full set of US Topo maps for Massachusetts has been released. The 196 revised quadrangles have been added to the more 49,800 US digital topographic maps available for free download from the USGS Store. http://1.usa.gov/82461k

TopoBathy image

TopoBathy added to the NED: The first set of topobathymetric data has been added to the National Elevation Dataset (NED). Topobathymetric data are created by merging topography (land elevation) and bathymetry (water depth) into a seamless elevation product useful for applications such as modeling sea level rise and storm surge. The initial dataset is centered over Mobile Bay, Alabama and was constructed using a combination of 71 disparate topographic and bathymetric datasets from the USGS, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; ranging in temporal variation from 1917 to 2011. It was developed in collaboration between the USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program (CMGP) and the USGS National Geospatial Program. In the next five years, the CMGP has plans to expand its research and modeling along the northern Gulf of Mexico coastline, and San Francisco and Chesapeake Bays. Release notes: http://bit.ly/K5RCEE

US Topo

Ocean State Maps: The full set of US Topo maps for Rhode Island has been released. The 27 revised quadrangles have been added to the more 48,900 US digital topographic maps available for free download from the USGS Store. http://1.usa.gov/82461k

US Topo

Hawaii Historical Maps Available: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Hawaii has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. The addition of these quadrangles brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to nearly 167,000, with only one more state left to completing coverage for the entire US and territories. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

US Topo

Constitution State Maps: The full set of US Topo maps for Connecticut has been released. The 94 revised quadrangles have been added to the more 48,900 US digital topographic maps available for free download from the USGS Store. http://1.usa.gov/82461k

CA Half Dome 2012

California Quads Featured: The US Topo and Historical Topographic Map Collection websites have added an interactive map application to their home pages. The flash thumbnails of original scanned maps display all available versions of the featured state quadrangles in an animated format. The display allows the user to view the maps in chronological order, access larger versions and the map and go directly to the download services. The new series is six topographic maps of the Yosemite/Half Dome maps in California - ranging from 1897 to the present. http://1.usa.gov/82461k, http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

CA Half Dome 2012

New Maps for CA, LA and MS Rolled Out: Complete sets of US Topo maps for California, Louisiana and Mississippi have been released. They join the growing list of other states. The 4,300 new maps have been added to the more than 48,580 digital topographic quadrangles now available for free download from the USGS Store. News Release with quotes from the USGS Director: http://on.doi.gov/LmdbjB

US Topo

Arizona quads complete: After a short delay, the finished set of US Topo maps numbering more than 1,880 updated digital topographic quadrangles for Arizona have been loaded to the USGS Store for free download. http://1.usa.gov/lvbSol

US Topo

More New England States Started: US Topo maps for the states of Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, Massachusetts and New Hampshire are starting to be posted to the US Topo quadrangle collection. Currently, more than 275 digital topographic maps from those New England states are available for free download from the USGS Store. http://1.usa.gov/lvbSol

Elevation study results

Elevation Study Results: The USGS completed a National Enhanced Elevation Assessment (NEEA) in December 2011. The assessment was the most comprehensive investigation of options for improving the availability and quality of national elevation data. Research participants included 34 federal agencies, 50 states, and selected local governments and tribes, as well as private and not-for-profit organizations. The study and other resources will be available through a NEEA website (coming soon!). In the interim, the full report from Dewberry can be found at: http://bit.ly/JNlGcj

CA Half Dome 2012

Golden State Coverage: The state of California is now completely covered with new US Topo maps. More than 2,800 California digital topographic quadrangles are now available for free download from the USGS Store. The improved maps feature contours, updated hydrography, woodland tint, additional critical structures, enhanced boundaries, commercial roads and new Forest Service data. Also, the US Topo allows for the addition of a high resolution aerial photography map layer, which is not available on older paper-based topographic maps. Download instructions: http://nationalmap.gov/ustopo/

US Topo

Release of CA, LA and MS US Topo’s Soon: The release of US Topo maps for both California and Louisiana is currently at 98% complete, and Mississippi is close behind at 97%. All three should be finished soon! More than 40 states containing more than 47,754 quadrangles are now partially or almost totally covered by the new USGS digital electronic topographic map, the US Topo. The program is now replacing the former "Digital Map-Beta" maps with revised US Topo maps. Free download from the USGS Store. Complete listing. Is your state covered? http://1.usa.gov/lvbSol

TNM-Twitter

Tweet us! The National Map Twitter site has steadily increased to more than 970 followers in just over a year. Let’s make it to 1,000 @USGSTNM. Sign up today and join in the conversation!

US Topo

Records Set: USGS legacy topographic maps from the Historical Topographic Map Collection have set a record of more than 427,700 downloads during the month of April. This follows the completion of historical map coverage for the lower 48 states in a few weeks ago. The newest USGS topographic map, the US Topo, also set a personal best of nearly 174,000 downloads for the same period. Check out the mapping websites and see why they are becoming so popular. http://1.usa.gov/82461k, http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Geospatial Technology Workshop

Geospatial Technology Workshop: The USGS will be offering a workshop titled "Introduction to Geospatial Semantics and Technology" preceding the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science Symposium on May 29, 2012 in Washington D.C. The Workshop is an introductory tutorial on geospatial semantics with hands-on exercises using standard Web browsers. The workshop is divided into two major sections: general semantics on the Web, and specific examples of geospatial semantics using data from The National Map of the USGS. The general section will include information and access to publicly available semantic archives. The specific session will include information on geospatial semantics with access to semantically enhanced data for hydrography, transportation, boundaries, names, and land cover. Details: http://www.ucgis.org/Events/moreinfo.asp?ID=304

Yukon River, Alaska

Alaska Mapping Interview: Mark DeMulder, Director of the USGS National Geospatial Program (NGP) was interviewed by KNTA Radio out of Talkeetna, Alaska about the new and ambitious USGS initiative to update and upgrade the topographic maps of the Alaskan region. The interactive discussion covers the history of mapping Alaska, the new US Topo digital map project, new cartographic technologies and proposed plans for the Alaskan Mapping Initiative. Interview and sound bites: http://bit.ly/HVcy4R

National Elevation Dataset

Border Elevation Improved: Updated elevation data along the U.S. and Canadian border have been added to the National Elevation Dataset (NED) layer as result of collaboration between U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Natural Resources Canada (NRCAN). Scientist from NRCAN Centre for Topographic Information and the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center improved the topographic information along the international border by making the U.S. and Canada elevation data seamless in the 1-arc-second NED. These data will complete the watersheds originating in the U.S. and fill a small void that existed between the two elevation datasets. The new Canada elevation data, as well as the latest elevation data for the contiguous U.S. added to the NED can be viewed at NED Release Notes for April. The next release of the NED, due in June, 2012, will include Canada elevation along the border of Alaska

US Topo

CONUS Complete: The USGS Historical Topographic Map Collection is celebrating a major milestone, as the lower 48 states, spanning in excess of 130 years, are now available for free download from the Collection website. This Collection features well over 161,000 USGS legacy topographic maps in a digital format. Since September, more than 1.2 million maps have been downloaded from the Map Locator – an average of more than 5,700 maps per day! News Release

AWRA

USGS Scientist Receives "High" Water Award: USGS cartographer Jeff Simley, the product lead for the National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) received the Maidment Award at this year’s American Water Resources Association (AWRA) GIS specialty conference for water resources in New Orleans. The prestigious award acknowledges his contributions to the water resources field as a key player in establishing a Stewardship program that partners many federal, state, and local agencies all with a common goal to improve and maintain a hydrography GIS layer for the nation. http://nhd.usgs.gov/

US Topo

The Last Piece of the Puzzle - USGS Historical Maps: A summary of the USGS Historical Topographic Map Collection, its status and relevance to many diverse audiences has been published as a "Top Story" on the USGS main website. The article outlines the goals of the Historical Collection program and a short history of The National Program for Topographic Mapping, which was established in 1884. Also, it reviews map changes over time, including scales and symbology. Article link.

US Topo

Florida Historical Maps added, one state left: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Florida has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. The addition of these quadrangles brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to nearly 164,000, with only one more state left to completing coverage for the lower 48 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

AWRA

NHD/WBD in the Big Easy: The USGS will be hosting the 4th bi-annual National Hydrography Dataset (NHD)/ Watershed Boundary Dataset (WBD) Stewardship Conference in New Orleans, March 29-30, 2012. The conference is in conjunction with the American Water Resources Association's 2012 Spring Specialty Conference on Geographic Information Systems and Water Resources. The NHD is the surface water component of The National Map to be used in general mapping and in the analysis of surface-water systems by geographic information systems (GIS). Conference agenda: http://bit.ly/zNXixX

Historical US Topo

Wyoming Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Wyoming has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. The addition of these quadrangles brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to more than 154,000, covering 48 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Alton 1927

Missouri/Illinois Quads Featured: The US Topo and Historical Topographic Map Collection websites have added an interactive map application to their home pages. The flash thumbnails of original maps display all available versions of the featured state quadrangles in an animated format. The display allows the user to view the maps in chronological order, access larger versions and the map and go directly to the download services. The third showcased series is six topographic maps of the Columbia Bottoms area, straddling Missouri and Illinois - ranging from 1927 to the present. http://1.usa.gov/82461k, http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Historical US Topo

Rhode Island and South Dakota Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Rhode Island and South Dakota have been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. The addition of these quadrangles brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to more than 149,800, covering 47 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Kari Craun

ASPRS Fellow Award: Kari Craun, Director of the USGS National Geospatial Technical Operations Center (NGTOC) has been named as one of two 2012 American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) Fellow Award winners. The ASPRS hilghly selective designation of Fellow is awarded to active Society members who have performed exceptional service in advancing geospatial science and use of the mapping sciences. News release: http://bit.ly/zW7xXg

Esri FedUC

USGS at Esri FedUC: The USGS played a prominent role at the 2012 Esri Federal Users Conference in Washington, DC this past week. The USGS sponsored two exhibits featuring new and improved geospatial products and services from the National Geospatial Program and the National Atlas ®. Also, the USGS was involved in several presentations and technical sessions throughout the Conference. http://bit.ly/qgNZJs

US Topo

Arizona Quad Featured: The US Topo and Historical Topographic Map Collection websites are now displaying the Phantom Ranch topographic quadrangle on their flash application. The maps cover the a series to quadrangles from 1967 to the present. ? http://1.usa.gov/lvbSol, http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Kristina Yamamoto

CEGIS Researcher Honored: Kristina Yamamoto, a student geographer with the USGS Center of Excellence for Geospatial Information Science (CEGIS) is featured this month in the "Students at USGS" on the USGS main website. As part of her experience with the National Geospatial Program (NGP), she is conducting remote sensing research, including soil moisture and LiDAR projects. She is also PhD candidate at the University of Denver in the geography department, with her dissertation topic covering sea turtle nesting beach characteristics in southern Florida.

Historical US Topo

Vermont Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Vermont has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. That brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to more than 147,300, covering 45 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Historical US Topo

Mississippi Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Mississippi has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. That brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to more than 147,300, covering 45 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Historical US Topo

Louisiana Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Louisiana has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. That brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to more than 147,300, covering 40 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Geospatial Websites Upgraded

Geospatial Websites Upgraded: The US Topo and Historical Topographic Map Collection websites have added an interactive map application to their home pages. The flash thumbnails of original maps display all available versions of the featured series in an animated format. The display allows the user to view the maps in chronological order, access larger versions of the map and go directly to the download services. The second showcased series is six topographic maps of the Phantom Range, Arizona quadrangle (part of the Grand Canyon) - ranging from 1962 to the present. http://1.usa.gov/82461k, http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

New NHD Tools

New NHD Tools: The National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) contains detailed geospatial information about the Nation's surface water. Ensuring the accuracy of these data is an ongoing task as the landscape changes and users demand greater accuracy. To better support and grow the NHD stewardship program, the USGS has reinvented both the process and tools involved in maintaining the NHD. More information: http://bit.ly/dZZZ33

Historical US Topo

Missouri and New Hampshire Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Missouri and New Hampshire have been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. The addition of these quadrangles brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to more than 141,000 , covering 41 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Historical US Topo

Connecticut Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Connecticut has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. That brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to more than 149,190, covering 39 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Photo by Graham Gainty - Kepler Challenge

Trail Running, Kiwi-Style: NGTOC employee Paul Jurasin recently celebrated his 50th birthday in a rather unique fashion. His story can be found at: http://www.runningtimes.com/Article.aspx?ArticleID=24699

Historical US Topo

Nebraska Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Nebraska has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. That brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to more than 132,200, covering 38 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

US Topo 1893 Boothbay topo

Geospatial Websites Upgraded: The US Topo and Historical Topographic Map Collection websites have added an interactive map application to their home pages. Thumbnail images of actual maps display all available versions of the featured series in an animated format. The display allows the user to view the maps in chronological order, view larger versions of each map, and an option to download the full-resolution version directly. This first showcase features six topographic maps from the Boothbay, Maine area - ranging from 1893 to the present.

Historical Topographic Map Collection-Distribution of USGS Maps- Old and New video presentation

Historical Map Video: The USGS has released the "Historical Topographic Map Collection-Distribution of USGS Maps- Old and New" video presentation. It features team lead Greg Allord at the recent International Map Trade Association (IMTA) Conference. The video covers the project history, goals, updates and examples.

US Topo

US Topo Moving Forward: Nevada has started and Missouri is continuing! More than 36 states containing more than 41,000 quadrangles are now partially or almost totally covered by the new USGS digital electronic topographic map, the US Topo. The program is now replacing the former "Digital Map-Beta" maps with US Topo maps. Free download from the USGS Store. Complete listing. Is your state covered? http://1.usa.gov/lvbSol

SOCoP

New Heights of Accuracy for World Topography: The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) have collaborated in the development of a much improved global elevation model, the Global Multi-resolution Terrain Elevation Data 2010 (GMTED2010). GMTED2010 replaces the widely used, 15-year-old GTOPO30 terrain model as the best available global digital elevation model. All of the GMTED2010 data products are publicly available online with no redistribution restrictions. http://on.doi.gov/v0sreR

Historical US Topo

Arizona Historical Maps added: The complete series of USGS Historical Topographic Maps for Arizona has been loaded for free download from the USGS Store Map Locator. That brings the total number of historical, legacy topographic maps to nearly 130,000, covering 37 states. The historical maps are available in a GeoPDF format and can be searched by state name, scale or map name. The goal of the Historical Topographic Map Collection is to scan all scales and all editions of the more than 200,000 topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. http://1.usa.gov/oSPTDv

Geospatial Data Contracts

USGS Geospatial Data Contract Website: The National Geospatial Technical Operations Center (NGTOC) has linked a new Geospatial Data Contract website to The National Map website. The Geospatial Product and Service Contracts (GPSC) is a suite of contracts, broad in scope, that can accommodate activities related to standard, nonstandard, graphic, and digital cartographic products. Services provided may include: photogrammetric mapping and aerotriangulation; orthophotography; thematic mapping (for example, land characterization); digital imagery applications; IFSAR and LiDAR; geographic information systems development; surveying and control acquisition, including ground-based and airborne GPS; and much more.

Historical US Topo

Historical Maps Now Covering 36 States: The release of more than 13,688 historical topographic maps covering California highlights the rapid pace of the USGS Historical Topographic Map Collection. Nearly 124,000 high resolution scans of historical USGS maps, some dating as far back as 1884, are now available online for free from the USGS Store. The electronic maps are georeferenced and can be used in conjunction with the new USGS digital topographic map, the US Topo.

FGDC globe

FGDC Launches New Geospatial Website: The Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC), in conjunction with several geospatial partners has released a prototype Geospatial Platform website providing an initial view of the future of user-friendly, integrated, federal data collections on common geographic maps. Through the website, users can create their own maps by combining their data with public domain data and can collaborate in public and private groups with others who share their interests. Maps assembled through the Geospatial Platform can be shared with others through web browsers and mobile technologies. All of this is possible without requiring users to install software on their own computers. News Release.

Volunteer Geographic Information

Volunteer Geographic Information: Since 1994, citizen volunteers have helped the USGS improve its topographic maps. A new fact sheet has been released to explain the current status of volunteer map data collection, pilot projects and the possible future of The National Map Corps.

US Topo

Historical Topographic Map Collection Update – over half way: More than 102,300high resolution scans of the more than 200,000 historical USGS topographic maps, some dating as far back as 1884, are now available online. The Historical Topographic Map Collection includes published U.S. maps of all scales and editions, and are offered as a georeferenced digital download or as a scanned print from the USGS Store.

Mapping iPhone App

There's A (M)app For That: Topographic maps from the USGS are now available as an app for Apple iOS devices including the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. The new app, called PDF Maps, has been released though the iTunes App Store and allows free download of any available US Topo or USGS Historical maps from the USGS Store or Map Locator tool.

US Topo

US Topo – Exceeding Goals: The US Topo crested an important milestone as the staff exceeded the ambitions goal of producing 18,500 digital quadrangles in one year. This brings the total of US Topos available for no-cost download to more than 36,200 maps covering 33 states. Recently, the program has started to replace the former "Digital Map Beta" prototypes with US Topo maps and have included a land cover layer. Also, the US Topo website has been updated to reflect significant product additions.

Mark DeMulder

Geospatial Summit and Radio Interview: Mark DeMulder, the Director of the National Geospatial Program gave a keynote presentation on "Mapping the Future" at the inaugural Geospatial Summit, September13 in Herndon, VA. Prior to the Summit, he was featured in a radio interview on Federal News Radio. Articles: http://bit.ly/nDP4WR http://bit.ly/pi7Qhq

The National Map

NGP Standards: Standards and specifications are essential to facilitate the development and sharing of geospatial data and products. The USGS standards and specifications that 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 can now be found on The National Map website.

US Topo

Bridging the Gap – The National Map Now Serving Complete Data for the US-Canadian Border: Since 2007 the USGS has partnered with the International Joint Commission of Canada and the U.S. (IJC) to extend National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) and WBD interpretations into Canada. This effort involves complex negotiations between State, Provincial and Federal agencies, resulting in the ability for users of the National Map to view, download and use Hydrologic Units and Hydrographic layers that were previously limited to the International Boundary. Identical interpretations are currently available on Natural Resources Canada's data portal GeoBase.

The National Map Corps

The National Map Corps Update: The USGS National Geospatial Program (NGP) sponsored volunteer map data collection projects for 20+ years. Citizen mappers revised many maps, but the program was suspended in 2008 due to funding. New technologies and social media have made volunteered geographic information (VGI) a possibility. As a result, the USGS has launched a pilot project to explore the future citizen participation. http://1.usa.gov/pkNgfi

Emergency Response Fact Sheet

Emergency Response Fact Sheet: The USGS National Geospatial Program (NGP) has released a new fact sheet listing the most popular web based resources for emergency responders and others to get timely and relevant information concerning earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, landslides, tsunamis, volcanoes, wildfires, terrorist attacks and accidental oil spills. http://on.doi.gov/iEmVfo

Conference PostersConference Posters: Pictures of winning and other selected posters from the 2011 USGS GIS Workshop and The National Map User Conference Poster Session released on the Conference website: http://bit.ly/pFwucn

The National Map User Conference photos Conference Pictures Posted! Hundreds of pictures from The National Map Users Conference (TNM UC) and the 2011 GIS Workshop have been posted to the Conference website. The pictures are arranged by day or major event and can be viewed as a slide show or thumb-nail set through Flickr.

Safest City Safest City: What is the "Safest City, USA"? Recently, a reporter from MSNBC posed that question to the USGS, looking for a map that depicts all the potential natural hazards and climatic impacts. Although the USGS has several data sets, there is currently no map that combines all of the various scenarios. Given the list of probable calamities, could your city or state be the "safest"?

The National Map User Conference Videos Released: Selected videos from The National Map Users Conference (TNM UC) have been posted to the Conference website. The recently released presentations include the plenary sessions for Day 1 and Day2, the Gannett Awards Ceremony, the Closing session and a montage of attendee feedback called TNM UC Experience. Photos, presentations and more from the Conference will be posted soon.

What is a Map? What is a Map? Renowned author Frederick Reuss advances, "The Question, What is a Map? Is More Relevant than Ever" in a new video from The National Map Users Conference.

The National Map User Conference SUCCESS! The National Map Users Conference (TNM UC) for 2011 is now in the books. The inaugural event took place May 12-13 in Denver with more than 425 participants. The over-capacity crowd included 16 Federal agencies, state and local government, academic institutions, vendors and international representatives. The fast-paced program included 66 concurrent sessions, panel discussions, three listening sessions, product review opportunities, the Gannett Award ceremony and plenty of networking. The Conference was preceded by the two-day, technology-focused GIS Workshop held at the nearby Denver Federal Center. Videos, pictures, presentation slides, Conference proceedings and other information products will be posted to the Conference website as they become available.

Gannett Award Winners Gannett Award winners: Tommy Dewald of the EPA and Keven Roth "semi-retired" USGS are the co-recipients of this year's Henry Gannett Award, presented at The National Map Users Conference. Roth and Dewald were cited for their development of the National Hydrography Dataset (NHD). More updated post Conference info at http://nationalmap.gov/uc/.

The National Map

New Website Face: An updated version of The National Map website (nationalmap.gov) was rolled out in conjunction with The National Map Users Conference. The new home page includes an user-specified map selection menu, easier to read navigation tabs, a search box, refined news section and a real-time Twitter feed. Check it out – comments welcome!

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July 13, 2012

2012 Fact Sheet

New NHD Publication: The analysis of surface-water systems optimized by using the National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) as the common national framework has provided improved data maintenance, better tools and reduced costs. To portray the complex water data, often from many agencies, the NHD has developed and refined a linear referencing system. Fact Sheet: http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2012/3068/