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Dani Henry: GIS & Data Instructional Technologist
Some Spatial Data Options for Exploration
Now that you've watched that video - here is a list of places you could find spatial data. This is NOT exhaustive or comprehensive. It is meant to give you ideas of what is out there. Please reach out to any of us (contact info to the left) if you have an idea but don't know where to find data!
EDDMapS is a web-based mapping system for documenting invasive species and pest distribution. It is fast, easy to use, and doesn't require Geographic Information Systems experience. Launched in 2005 by the Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health at the University of Georgia, it was originally designed as a tool for state Exotic Pest Plant Councils to develop more complete distribution data of invasive species. Since then, the program has expanded to include the entire US and Canada as well as to document certain native pest species.
National Snow & Ice Data Center
Includes datasets on ice sheets, sea ice, etc.
USGS Mineral Resources Online Spatial Data
Interactive maps and downloadable data for regional and global analysis.
Climate Data (US focused)
NOAA Climate.gov is a source of timely and authoritative scientific data and information about climate. Our goals are to promote public understanding of climate science and climate-related events, to make our data products and services easy to access and use, to provide climate-related support to the private sector and the Nation’s economy, and to serve people making climate-related decisions with tools and resources that help them answer specific questions. Maps & Data is a gateway to reusable climate maps and datasets that document various climate conditions. The section aims to serve officials and professionals who need climate data to inform their decisions or compile a climate adaptation report.
eBird Spatial Data
eBird is among the world’s largest biodiversity-related science projects, with more than 100 million bird sightings contributed annually by eBirders around the world and an average participation growth rate of approximately 20% year over year. A collaborative enterprise with hundreds of partner organizations, thousands of regional experts, and hundreds of thousands of users, eBird is managed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. The EBD is the core dataset for accessing all raw eBird observations and associated metadata. The EBD is updated monthly (15th of each month), and is available by direct download through eBird to any logged-in user after completion of a data request form.
COVID-19 Spatial Data
Variety of COVID-19 spatial data
"The National Historical Geographic Information System (NHGIS) provides easy access to summary tables and time series of population, housing, agriculture, and economic data, along with GIS-compatible boundary files, for years from 1790 through the present and for all levels of U.S. census geography, including states, counties, tracts, and blocks."
"The International Historical Geographic Information System (IHGIS) provides data tables from population and housing censuses as well as agricultural censuses from around the world, along with corresponding GIS boundary files. Data from diverse published documents are provided in a standardized, ready-to-use structure with thorough, consistently formatted metadata."
"IPUMS Terra integrates population and environmental data across disciplinary scientific domains, enabling research into dramatic transformations of human populations, the environment, and their interactions."
"The Paleobiology Database is a public database of paleontological data that anyone can use, maintained by an international non-governmental group of paleontologists. You can explore the data online in the Navigator, which lets you filter fossil occurrences by time, space, and taxonomy, and displays their modern and paleogeographic locations; or you can download the data to your own computer to do your own analyses."
New Hampshire's statewide GIS data clearinghouse. Search and download data by category
Land Information New Zealand Data Service
GIS data for New Zealand (Aerial photos, Crown Propoerty, Elevation and DEMs, Full Landonline Data, Gazeteer, Geodetic, Hydrographic and Maritime, Property Ownership, Roads and Addresses, Suburbs and Localities, Topographic).
Natural Earth Data
Natural Earth is a public domain map dataset available at 1:10m, 1:50m, and 1:110 million scales. Featuring tightly integrated vector and raster data, with Natural Earth you can make a variety of visually pleasing, well-crafted maps with cartography or GIS software. (physical, cultural, raster data)
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission GIS and Mapping
Maps and data for Florida from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (GIS, marine, terrestrial, freshwater, oil spill planning and response, Marine Biodiversity Observation Network, Florida's Unified Reef Map, Cooperative Land Cover, Florida Fire Occurance Dataset, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Water Quality Protection Program, South Atlantic Fisheries Management Council, Living Shoreline Suitibility Model for Tampa Bay, Coral Resue and Monitoring Dashboard)