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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.

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/

Usery Pic

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/

Elevation OFR Cover

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).

TNM-Twitter

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!

Newspaper Icon

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


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.

TNM UC website thumb

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.

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

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).

TNM UC website thumb

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

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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/

Usery Pic

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/

Elevation OFR Cover

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).

TNM-Twitter

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!

Newspaper Icon

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


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.

TNM UC website thumb

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.

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

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).

TNM UC website thumb

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

Back to top

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.

TNM UC website thumb

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 04-03-14):
  • 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: 61% complete - 92 quadrangles
  • Georgia: 78% complete - 746 quadrangles
  • North Dakota: 44% complete - 621 quadrangles

Newspaper Icon

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

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).

TNM UC website thumb

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 04-03-14):
  • 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: 61% complete - 92 quadrangles
  • Georgia: 78% complete - 746 quadrangles
  • North Dakota: 44% complete - 621 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.

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.

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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.
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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

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.

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.

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.

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

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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:
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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.

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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.

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

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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.
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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).

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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 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.

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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.
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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:
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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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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/

TNM-Twitter

Passed 1,000! The National Map Twitter site recently surpassed 1,150 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 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

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 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/

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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 51,388 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

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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:
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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/

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

TNM-Twitter

Passed 1,000! The National Map Twitter site recent surpassed 1,000 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 50,067 US Topo maps are loaded to the Map Locator of the USGS Store (as of 07-13-12)
    • 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 (768 quadrangles)*
    • Vermont: 81% complete (164 quadrangles)*
    • New Hampshire: 91% complete (159 quadrangles)*
    • Connecticut: 100% complete (76 quadrangles)*
    • Massachusetts: 100% complete (196 quadrangles)*
    • Rhode Island: 100% complete (27 quadrangles)*
    • Wyoming: 48% complete (862 quadrangles)*
    • South Dakota: 54% complete (792 quadrangles)*
    • Starting: Florida
    • Starting: Illinois

*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 3,029 "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 07-13-12)
    • Wyoming: 100% complete
    • South Dakota: 100% complete
    • Illinois: 100% complete
    • New Hampshire: 100% complete
    • Vermont: 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.

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.
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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 2, 2012



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

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

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

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

TNM-Twitter

Passed 1,000! The National Map Twitter site recent surpassed 1,000 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 49,773 US Topo maps are loaded to the Map Locator of the USGS Store (as of 07-02-12)
    • 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 (763 quadrangles)*
    • Vermont: 70% complete (144 quadrangles)*
    • New Hampshire: 90% complete (157 quadrangles)*
    • Connecticut: 100% complete (76 quadrangles)*
    • Massachusetts: 100% complete (196 quadrangles)*
    • Rhode Island: 100% complete (27 quadrangles)*
    • Wyoming: 45% complete (817 quadrangles)*
    • South Dakota: 41% complete (601 quadrangles)*

*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 3,282 "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 07-02-12)
    • Wyoming: 100% complete
    • South Dakota: 100% complete
    • Illinois: 100% complete
    • New Hampshire: 100% complete
    • Vermont: 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.

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