List of GIS Data Sources
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Here you will find a list of sources to get GIS data. The list categorizes the sources by location of interest.
|Public domain vector and raster dataset. Supported by the North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS)
|Provides consistent coverage of all the Earth's land cover area. Includes different thematic maps such as: Transportation, Elevation, Drainage, Vegetation, Administrative Boundaries, Land Cover, Population Centres, and Land Use. Registration Required
|Provided by the United Nations Environment Programme. Includes: Global Forest Cover, Global Potential Evapotranspiration, Global Average Monthly Temperatures, Dams, Watershed Boundaries, and much more. Use the advanced search to select "Geospatial Data Sets"
|"A Global Self-consistent, Hierarchical, High-resolution Shoreline Databse" High quality, and consistent data.
|30m resolution global elevation data derived from ASTER satellite images.
|"High-resolution, Earth science-based, topography data, and related tools and resources" Available as dense point clouds, and DEMs.
|NCAR GIS Climate Change Scenarios
|Includes data used by the IPCC in their reports. Registration Required
|IRI/LDEO Climate Data Library
|Collection of more than 300 datasets from various climate models and datasets.
|Global hydrological based on the STRM elevation data. Includes river networks, watershed boundaries, drainage directions, and flow accumulations.
|USGS Land Cover Institute
|Set of links for numerous land cover datasets. Although primarily US data, further down the list there is data for other continents
|Global Lakes and Wetlands Database
|Vector data outlining global wetlands, swamps, bogs, reservoirs, etc.
|Data includes: percentage tree-cover, population density and tree cover, share of wood in fuel consumption, etc.
|Harmonized World Soil Database
|Combines regional and national soil databases and maps under the Land Use Change programme of the UN FAO. Includes pH, depth, and texture parameters. 30 arc-second resolution.
|Datasets from the United Nations Environment Programme
|Includes global wetlands, distribution of coral reefs, mangroves, and more.
|Mineral Resource Data System
|"A collection of reports describing metallic and nonmetallic mineral resources throughout the world." Includes names, location, commodity, description, geologic characteristics, production, reserves, and more.
|World Bank Geodata
|A wide range of World Bank datasets (schooling and financial data, etc.)
|Global Administrative Areas
|Administrative areas in this database are countries and lower level subdivisions such as provinces, departments, bibhag, bundeslander, daerah istimewa, fivondronana, krong, landsvæðun, opština, sous-préfectures, counties, and thana.
|Global Agriculture Lands
|Dataset representing extent and intensity of use of agricultural lands in 2000.
|Global Irrigated and Rainfed Crop Areas
|Vector mapping of global irrigated and rainfed cropland.
|Past and Present Agricultural Land Use
|Multiple datasets showing agricultural land use dating from 1700 to 2007 for 175 crops.
|Global Water Systems Project - Dams and Reservoirs
|Vector data on all reservoirs with a storage capacity >0.1 cubic km.
|Armed Conflict Location and Event Dataset
|Contains all reported conflict events in 50 countries in developing world, from 1997 to present.
|Gridded Population of the World
|Includes raw population, population density, historic, current and predicted.
|Global Rural-Urban Mapping Project
|Based on the above data, but includes information on rural and urban population balances.
|Population and County Statistics.
|US National Atlas
|All raw data from the National Atlas. Everything from agricultural census data, election results, airports, railways, glaciers, arsenic content in groundwater, etc.
|National Geophysical Data Center
|All free data from the NGSC. Includes elevation models, land cover, seismology, etc.
|Seasonal changes in vegetation across the US. Includes start of season, time of maximum, ampliture, etc.
|Terrestrial Ecosystems of the United States
|A mid-scale ecological classification of over 800 ecosystems in North America.
|Ecological Land Cover Map
|The most complete map ever produced of vegetative associations for the US. Classified into 551 ecological systems, and 32 modified ecological systems (where human impacts have had an effect).
|National Hydrology Dataset
|Hydrological information for the US. Includes lakes, ponds, streams, rivers, dams, streamguages, and flow modelling.
|National Water Quality Assessment Data Warehouse
|Large amounts of georeferenced data about water quality. Includes ground and surfacewater sampling data, discharges and health information.
|US National Power Grid
|Data from the Federal Emergency management Agency showing locations of transmission lines and connectivities. Has not been updated since 1993.
|NOAA Coastal Service Center
|Coastal related datasets such as: Benthic cover, LIDAR, high resolution ortho, marine jurisdictions, coastal ifSAR, etc.
|US Census Bureau US basemaps and US demographic data
|U.S. Gazetteer, TIGER/Line Shapefiles, census data.
|The National Historical Geographic Information System (NHGIS)
|provides, free of charge, aggregate census data and GIS-compatible boundary files for the United States between 1790 and 2012.
United States Regional
|Northwest Forest Plan GIS Data
|DEM, DRG, land use, watersheds, old growth, habitat, bounderies, etc.
|Pacific Coast Land Cover
|Land cover from 1996, 2001, and 2006 derived from Landsat images for the US Pacific Coast. 30m resolution.
|Washington State Geospatial Clearinghouse
| Metadata catalog portal
|Office of Financial Managment
|Census data; economy; county government finance; human services; etc.
|Washington State GIS Data
|University of Washington Libraries
|Geomorphological Research Group
|University of Washington
|Puget Sound (University of Washington)
|Washington State Department of Transportation
|Department of Ecology
|Large repository of datasets for the State.
|Washington State Department of Agriculture
|Agricultural datasets; complete map of land use.
|Puget Sound River History Project
|Historical GIS data for Puget Sound.
|Puget sound LIDAR Consortium
|public-domain high-resolution topography for the Pacific Northwest.