Mapping, Remote Sensing, and Geospatial Data

Learn more about software for mapping, remote sensing, which is the detection and analysis of the physical characteristics of an area by measuring its reflected and emitted radiation at a distance from a targeted area, and geospatial data, which is information such as measurements, counts, and computations as a function of geographical location, and more.

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Date published: September 3, 2020

Flow-Conditioned Parameter Grid Tools

The Flow-Conditioned Parameter Grid (FCPG) Tools are a Python 3 library to make FCPGs for either two-digit Hydrologic Unit Code (HUC2) regions, four-digit Hydrologic Unit Code (HUC4) regions, or other geospatial tiling schemes. These tools can be used in a Linux-based high performance computing (HPC) environment or locally on your system.

Date published: August 19, 2020

Cliff Feature Delineation Tool and Baseline Builder

The Cliff Feature Delineation Tool scans digital elevation models (DEM) to delineate features on seacliffs like the cliff top, midline, toe, and convexities/concavities on the cliff face, outputting linear features as polylines and point shapefiles. 

Date published: June 4, 2020

StreamStats Data Preparation Tools, version 4

A Python package to pre-process and hydro-enforce digital elevation models using hydrography features for use in the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) StreamStats project.

Date published: January 25, 2018

SPARROW modeling: Estimating contaminant transport


What’s New: A new version of the SPARROW code is being developed in the R programming language. The advantage of R is that it is non-proprietary and does not require a license or software cost. The R – SPARROW code is now being completed and should be available early in CY18. Stay Tuned.

Date published: April 13, 2017

Pedestrian Evacuation Analyst Tool

The Pedestrian Evacuation Analyst is an ArcGIS extension that estimates how long it would take for someone to travel on foot out of a hazardous area that was threatened by a sudden event such as a tsunami, flash flood, or volcanic lahar. It takes into account the elevation changes and the different types of landcover that a person would encounter along the way.

Date published: March 8, 2017

Random Landscape Tool 10.5

Random Landscape Tool uses a raster data source and a table of classifications to create a random landscape. The classification table allows the user to weight the probability of occurrence to certain classes and to spatially restrict the distribution of classes to certain areas (zones).  

Date published: June 1, 2016

Dam Removal Information Portal (DRIP)

The Dam Removal Information Portal (DRIP) is an online representation and visualization tool for the USGS Dam Removal Science Database, and provides a map-based visualization of information of dam removals and associated scientific studies.

Date published: April 26, 2016

ISIS (Integrated Software for Imagers and Spectrometers)

ISIS an image processing software package. The focus of the software is to manipulate imagery collected by current and past NASA planetary missions sent to Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and other solar system bodies.

Date published: April 26, 2016

The National Map

The National Map, a collaborative effort between the USGS and other agencies and partners, includes ortho imagery (aerial photographs), elevation, geographic names, hydrography, boundaries, transportation, structures, and land cover.

Date published: April 26, 2016

USGS Global Visualization Viewer (GloVis)

All Landsat 7 ETM+, Landsat 4/5 TM, Landsat 1-5 MSS, EO-1 ALI, EO-1 Hyperion, MRLC, and Tri-Decadal data sets available; LP DAAC ASTER and selected MODIS data holdings also available. Browse-based for enhanced visualization.

Date published: April 26, 2016

FGDC Geospatial Metadata Tools

There are a variety of freeware and shareware tools as well as other commercial software tools available to support metadata development. These tools offer a range of features and capabilities. FGDC provides a short list of questions to help you evaluate which tool to consider.