GIS Online Resource List
Key GIS ResourcesWatersheds, Ecosystem Health, and Mapping
K-12 GIS in Education ProjectsFree Maps and Map Query Sites
Other Interesting GIS-Related Sites
Key GIS Resources
Environmental Systems Research, Inc. is the developer of ArcView GIS software. The link above is their home page for learning and sharing information about the use of GIS in K-12 schools and in non-formal education sites.
The National Atlas is being designed to serve the interests and needs of a diverse populace in many ways: as an essential reference, as a framework for information discovery, as an instrument of education, as an aid in research, and as an accurate and reliable source for scientific information. Design and explore your own map or view interactive multimedia maps.
A UW research, instruction, and outreach facility for geographic and land information systems (GIS/LIS), LICGF helps develop solutions to technical and institutional problems in managing land information. Involved with several research projects, including: modeling land use impacts, interfacing GIS/LIS with other technologies, evaluating the benefits and rate of adoption of GIS/LIS, and implementation of land records modernization. Includes links to online data sources, and information on projects such as "How to Create a Forest/Tree Geographic Information System."
Watersheds, Ecosystem Health,
A group of Madison-area teachers working together on developing teaching strategies that incorporate student inquiry. Explore their site and see how they are using technology to promote innovative education and to help connect students to "place."
Great Lakes Atlas
(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Environment Canada)
This Environmental Atlas and Resource Book is an excellent resource on the Great Lakes, including physical characteristics, natural processes, people, concerns, joint management and new directions. Includes an impressive collection of full-color maps on a range of topics.
Information on many aspects of water, along with pictures, data, maps, and an interactive center where you can give opinions and test your water knowledge.
This site serves as a node of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) for finding and accessing USGS spatial data related to water resources. Includes: hydrologic unit maps, national hydrographic data set (use site), thematic data sets for water, background data sets for water, and list of water GIS data sets
This USDA site provides data on land use and change, soil erosion and soil quality, water quality, wetlands, and other issues regarding the conservation and use of natural resources on non-Federal land in the United States.
K-12 GIS in Education Projects
Includes activities, data-collection protocols, and information-sharing on seasonal changes, phenology, animal migrations.
Piney Woods Students Growing Roots in GIS Through the Urban Forestry Tree Inventory and Management Program
High school students at Piney Woods Country Life School, Piney Woods, Mississippi, are learning the importance of trees in an urban environment through an urban forestry program. The project involves a partnership of students, educators, businesses, and government scientists in a cooperative grant effort to implement the urban forestry curriculum. Along with urban forestry, GIS and GPS skills are taught to enhance learning with maps, databases, and querying capabilities. Students conduct field inventories to learn about trees, management of their urban forest, and the environment.
Institute of Higher Learning
3825 Ridgewood Road
Jackson, MS 39211-6453
The Bald Eagle Nesting Project: ArcView GIS, Voyageurs National Park,
and the World Wide Web
The Bald Eagle Nesting Project was designed for middle school biology students to use real-world GIS wildlife management files (supplied by Voyageurs National Park), ArcView GIS, and the World Wide Web to learn about the nesting habits of bald eagles. This presentation will discuss teacher training, repurposing of national park GIS files for classroom use, curriculum design, and use of the Internet for student research and listserve based communication.
1925 West County Road B-2
Roseville, MN 55113
Telephone: (612) 638-2357
Fax: (612) 631-7519
The Ligon GT Magnet Middle School Satellites, Computers, and Mapping Course
Satellites, Computers, and Mapping is an interdisciplinary course that is designed to show students how satellites and remote-sensing are used to solve problems. A variety of tools, including the Internet, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and Global Positioning System (GPS), will be explored as students analyze, interpret, and generate their own hypothesis and use critical thinking skills to solve their problems.
Rita Hagevik or Ann Thompson
Ligon GT Magnet Middle School
706 E. Lenoir Street
Raleigh, North Carolina 27601
Mapping Our City
Mapping Our City is a two-year project in which middle school teachers and students in Boston explore the uses of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in project-based science, environmental education, and geography. The project is funded by the National Science Foundation and developed by TERC. The purpose of the project is to explore how computer-based GIS systems, originally developed for use in industry and government, can enhance middle school science education, particularly in urban school systems. A major part of our work has been to modify the interface of ArcView, a commercial GIS program developed by Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) and to assemble a library of local data into an ArcView project we call Explore Boston.
Harold McWilliams: firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul Rooney: email@example.com
NCGIA Home Page
The National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis has several projects that encourage the development of appropriate GIS instructional materials in schools.
NCGIA CORE Curriculum for GIS
A text based, comprehensive guide to GIS from The National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA). The lesson is divided in to 75 short sections.
NCGIA Secondary Education Projects
Teacher Resources on GIS.
Bringing GIS into the K-12 Education Environment: Collaboration with Community Organizations as a Key to Success—The Chagrin Watershed Institute
University School is an independent preparatory school in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. It was one of the first high schools to attempt to bring GIS into its curriculum seven years ago. Bridges have been built with various agencies and organizations that now look to the school as a credible collaborator in GIS-based projects. Examples of these collaborative projects include a project to digitize and build coverages of all the zoning maps of the sixteen townships and villages in Geauga County, Ohio, for the County's Auditor's Office and Planning Commission.
Reinhold Friebertshauser, University School
2785 SOM Center Road
Hunting Valley, OH 44022
Telephone: 216-831-2200 ext. 329 or 308
Bringing GIS to School: The Other Issues
Having a teacher or an administrator to champion the use of GIS in a K-12 school means more than just having the software. Other issues abound. Teachers need to explore money issues, partnering, hardware (networks, data storage, high vs. low-powered machines), careers, teacher training, and student projects.
Kate Dailey, Bishop Dunne High School
3900 Rugged Drive,
Dallas, TX 75224
Telephone: 214 339 6561 ext. 222
Fax: 214 339 1438
The Development of a Prototype Municipal Government Information System by High School Students Using GIS Technology
The Southern York County (Pennsylvania) School District, in cooperation with the Southern York County Regional Planning Commission, is developing a prototype information system for local government officials and private citizens. Using ArcView GIS and other software components, high school students, under the direction of a faculty member and a volunteer technical advisor, are designing a GIS-based system that will aid local officials within the region to deal with problems and issues related to planning, zoning, infrastructure management, and so forth. The system will also include provisions for public access to data by private citizens. World Wide Web access is also being considered.
Steve Beck, KCI Technologies
10 North Park Drive, Hunt Valley, MD 21030
Fits, Starts, and Headway: The Implementation of ArcView GIS in Beginning and Advanced High School Geography Courses
The incorporation of GIS technology and methods has been an intensive but valuable component to new and preexisting lessons in the geography program at Boulder High School, Boulder, Colorado. Enhanced learning in local and international lessons resulted from making more variables available and from increased inquiry. Important ingredients of success included the integration of local and real-time data sets, networking with the USGS and the City of Boulder, and applying GIS to lessons that had previously been tested. Other key success elements included the participation and interest of the computer laboratory manager and the tenacity of the content teacher.
Steve Wanner, Boulder High School
1604 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302
The Florida Geographic Data Library
The Florida Geographic Data Library (FGDL) is a data distribution site for GIS data within the State of Florida. The library distributes data, metadata, projects, viewers, and tutorials on CD-ROM for 100 GIS geodata sets in Florida. The FGDL has also developed middle and high school lesson plans for the data.
Paul Zwick, UF GeoPlan Center
Room 431 Bldg. Arch.
Gainesville, FL 32611
GEOTEKS: Using GIS and Multimedia Tools for Middle School Social Studies
Combining the strengths of GIS analysis and multimedia simulation, a project called GEOTEKS represents a realistic method for student-centered, problem-solving learning in social studies at the middle school. The simulated space observation platform is aimed at assisting implementation of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills in social studies for the seventh grade. The GIS technology investigated included ArcView GIS Version 3, MapObjects, and ArcExplorer. The multimedia authoring package was Macromedia Director 5.
Raymond L. Sanders, Jr., Sanders Instructional
2437 Bay Area Boulevard, Suite 211
GIS—A Keystone Technology for Earth Science
Demonstrations show the linking of point data to ArcView GIS software. Earthquakes, volcanoes, and EPA data will be obtained from the Web, brought into ArcView GIS, and analyzed. In addition to data found on the Web, students can create their own databases and incorporate them in local GIS data sets. This technology is a keystone technology in Fairfax County, Virginia's new geosystems class taught at the junior/senior level.
Kathryn Keranen, FCPS
9100 Weant Drive
Great Falls, VA 22066
GIS Implementation Issues and Strategies in K-12 Education
Following a teacher's initial decision to integrate GIS into the curriculum as a spatial learning tool, three important issues immediately arise. Educators must first address several factors that significantly affect the successful implementation of GIS technology. A second consideration is the development of appropriate learning contexts for applying GIS in the classroom. Lastly, effective instructional approaches must be adopted. We have reviewed the findings of an educational research project supported by the National Science Foundation that explored each of the above issues. A second project that examined the applications of GIS in teacher preparation programs will be discussed.
Richard H. Audet, Roger Williams University
One Old Ferry Road
Bristol, RI 02809
GIS Support for Project-Based Learning
The Learning Systems and Technologies Group at BBN/GTE Internetworking has been working to integrate GIS tools and methods into secondary school project-based learning activities in Department of Defense Dependent Schools overseas, and then into its National School Network of 500 educational institutions.
Beverly Hunter, BBN/GTE Internetworking
70 Fawcett Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Telephone: 617 873-3468
Fax: 617 873-3783
GIS in the K-12 Classroom: Staff Development and Instructional Materials for Inquiry-Based Learning
ArcView GIS is a powerful tool that can offer students many opportunities for engaging in critical thinking and inquiry. GIS, by its very nature, has the ability to support educational reform of the kind advocated by leading systemic change researchers (Means, 1994). Because ArcView GIS is a tool, as opposed to a multimedia package, there is a need for instructional materials and professional development to help teachers incorporate this technology into their classrooms. Using its experiences developing instructional materials for a similar visualization tool, NIH Image, CIPE is developing guided discovery lessons and professional development to help students and teachers discover GIS.
Carla McAuliffe, Center for Image Processing in Education (CIPE)
P.O. Box 13750
Tucson, AZ 85732-3750
Telephone: (520) 322-0118
Fax: (520) 327-0175
Instructional Strategies for Environmental Education: The GIS Way
Meeting the challenge of teaching K-12 environmental science requires that students develop a "sense of place." Without a sense of place children and young adults cannot realistically see how their personal actions have relevance on a global scale. Using a GIS approach is an effective means of developing a sense of place. Discussion will cover use of GIS/ArcView GIS in the K-12 setting, challenges, obstacles, and solutions. The development of teacher training programs and examples of classroom projects emphasizing the themes of water and earthquakes and their implications for human activities will be highlighted.
MapObjects, ArcView GIS, and Visual Basic:
Presenting Spatial Data to Nontechnical Users
The University of Arizona Library instituted a GIS service as part of the Association of Research Libraries GIS Literacy Project. Teaching and learning ArcView GIS made it difficult for nontechnical users to utilize spatial data without one-on-one assistance. To remedy this situation, we partnered with GIS campus experts to create a user-friendly GIS graphical user interface. This interface integrates various geoprocessing functions such as data capture, data management, and analytical techniques.
Christine Kollen, University of Arizona
P.O. Box 210055
Tucson, AZ 85720-0055
Telephone: (520) 621-4869
Fax: (520) 621-9733
A Project-Based K-12 GIS Dialog
BGRG is collaborating with the Aquatic Outreach Institute's Kids in Creeks Curriculum Program, the AEGIS Laboratory at University of California Berkeley, and Half Moon Bay High School under the USGS's Federal Geographic Data Committee CCAP to further develop a project-based GIS module for students and teachers to follow an environmental education curriculum to study real-world issues and problems. The forms-based interface will take users through a series of interactive dialog screens to create, load, and display data collected in the local community and to build metadata of their data sets. These data can then be viewed and studied along with data already studied, as well as with data gathered from outside sources via the Internet through the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) Clearinghouse. In addition, a metadata node will be established on the NSDI Clearinghouse to pool geospatial data generated by students working on similar environmental monitoring projects worldwide.
Susan Radke, Berkeley Geo-Research Group
51 Crest View Drive, Orinda, CA 94563
A Proposed National Prototype for GIS Integration into the Secondary School
The Chelsea Public High School (CHS) has developed a national model for GIS integration into secondary schools by building upon a partnership with the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), City personnel, and Salem State College, Salem, Massachusetts. The model employs federally developed GIS software and ArcView GIS coupled with right-to-know legislation to enable the integration of a School-wide GIS curriculum. Over 200 students are currently enrolled in the program at CHS and the curriculum is now integrated into seven school systems.
William L. Hamilton, Salem State College
Salem, MA 01970
Telephone: (508) 741-6228
Fax: (508) 740-7113
School Planner Provides Student Enrollment and Redistricting Custom Reports and Maps: Examples from the Field
The Omega Group, an ESRI business partner, has developed School Planner, a new geographic analysis product tailored specifically for school district GIS applications. School Planner facilitates the accomplishment of both simple and complex enrollment analyses, facility planning tasks, and redistricting within the ArcView GIS environment. Automated tasks include student reporting by various standard and user-defined geographies and custom report and map creation. School Planner provides solutions to complex resource allocation problems. Enrollment projections are performed in the module Enrollment Forecaster, which produces residing and attending enrollment projections with various report formats. Potential users include school districts, planners, and demographers.
Bruce Silva, The Omega Group
12707 High Bluff Drive
San Diego, CA 92130
Telephone: 619 4813119
Fax: 619 4819051
Spatial Access to Minnesota's Digital Orthophoto Quads
The University of Minnesota's John R. Borchert Map Library is undertaking a project to provide, over the World Wide Web, spatial access to Minnesota's DOQs using ArcView Internet Map Server, ArcView StreetMap extension, and MrSid image compression software.
Brent Allison, John R. Borchert Map Library
309 19th Street Avenue S., University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0414
State-wide Implementation of GIS in Fifth Through Twelfth Grade Schools in Wyoming: Teaching Teachers To Use GIS
In the State of Wyoming the University of Wyoming has been leading a State-wide effort to bring geographic information systems into fifth through twelfth grade classrooms. Educators and scientists have worked together to create a Wyoming spatial database CD-ROM with GIS data sets and a customized and simplified ArcView GIS Version 3.0 interface. The project was tested with the Earth System Science Internet Project and is continuing with a series of workshops targeted at teachers State-wide.
Holly Lerner, University of Wyoming
PO Box 3992, Laramie, WY 82071
Corvallis High School GIS: The Riparian Monitoring Project
The main focus of the stream monitoring program is a method of orchestration, on a meaningful level, of many disciplines of science. This orchestration includes monitoring a stream twice per year for a number of years, using many levels of High School students, and whenever possible other public agencies. To make the project scientifically meaningful one might choose an area with a sampling site above and below a site of human impact. A rancher's livestock grazing area along a stream is an example. The impacts can then be gauged and restoration or sampling a broader sense of environmental issues can be gained. ArcView GIS is used to compile and analyze data on chemical, biological and physical properties of the rivers.
The Harlem Environmental Access Project (HEAP)
HEAP is dedicated to using computers to raise the environmental awareness of schoolchildren in the five schools and a library in the Harlem section of New York City. HEAP seeks to empower them to take action and find solutions to local and global environmental issues. The primary goals of HEAP are four-fold:
- to engage students in learning about environmental issues that are relevant to their lives and their community;
- to encourage students to investigate their local environment and work for positive community change;
- to provide students with new technologies and new sources of information to assist them in addressing local environmental concerns; and
- to expose students to the possibilities of careers in environmental science, management, and law. The environment may be the single most important area of scientific and policy activity for the coming century, and among the students in Harlem's schools today are many of our future environmental scientists, engineers, managers, and political leaders.
For more info email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Homesteader Interdisciplinary Unit
The homesteader interdisciplinary unit is meant to be a culmination activity for the study of the Montana homestead era. The unit will require students to use skills in mapping and map-making, mathematical calculation of scale, measurement, plotting, research, creative writing, typing, and working cooperatively. The unit will also require students to utilize previously-learned facts from Montana's homestead era. Students will follow the Wild and Scenic portion of the Missouri River across the Highline of Northern Montana. The Wild and Scenic Missouri is an area rich in history. Lewis and Clark made their historic voyage through this area on their journey across the Louisiana Purchase. As westward expansion continued, numerous homesteads dotted the banks of the river. Their remains can still be found today throughout this region.
Free Maps & Map Query Sites
ESRI World Thematic Data
ArcData Online allows you to browse a wide variety of geographic data to create maps of your areas of interest. Here you can access thematic data to create atlas maps of information about the earth including its people, plants, and environment. Select the type of data and area of interest to create your custom map.
Newsweek World Thematic Data
This site contains a variety of recent demographic and socioeconomic data for 165 countries/areas, such as life expectancy, years in school, and human development. Information comes from the Newsweek Education Program. Select the type of data available to create your custom map.
ESRI USA Thematic Map Display
ArcData Online allows you to browse a wide variety of geographic data to create maps of your areas of interest. Here you can access thematic data to create atlas maps of information about the United States of America (USA) and its people. This database allows you to create thematic maps of selected U.S. Census demographic data and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) crime data at the state and county level.
Interrain Pacific's Bioregional Information System
Interrain Pacific's mission is to promote conservation-based development by enhancing understanding of social and ecological patterns of change. The organization focuses on the coastal temperate rain forest that stretches from Northern California to the Alaskan panhandle. Four basic categories of geographic information are available through this site: GIS data layers; Satellite imagery; On-line mapping; and Animated "flybys." The information is organized by geographic area and categorized as mentioned above.
The Kentucky Breeding Bird Atlas
The Kentucky Breeding Bird Atlas lets you view maps of abundance and breeding of individual bird species. You can also perform life-history analysis for a particular breeding bird species, as well as State-wide/quad analyses for State-wide survey maps and quad-level species lists.
The Wyoming Internet Map
The Wyoming Internet Map server is an experimental Web site that lets users query bibliographic and mineral databases, find a feature by typing in its name or attribute, look at a map of the entire State of Wyoming, and more. You can also query individual geothermal sites as well as oil shale wells by selecting either theme and clicking the query tool.
USGS Dynamic Hazard Maps
The faults displayed in the maps are the western states subset of faults that are used by the seismic hazards mapping project for computing seismic risk.
CARES Watershed Information Clearinghouse
Provides a host of maps pertaining to various watersheds across the state of Missouri.
IFREMER Sillage Group
This site shows how GIS, remote sensing, and image processing are being used to manage and control coastal zones. This site offers interactive ArcView GIS demos that give the user on-the-fly visualization of selected data.
Information Center for the Environment (ICE)
The Information Center for the Environment is a cooperative effort of environmental scientists at the University of California, Davis, and collaborators at more than 30 private, state, federal, and international organizations interested in environmental protection. This site offers a number of projects and tutorials dealing with ARC/INFO and ArcView GIS. Select the "ICE MAPS" option from the "Projects" list.
Site Investigation and Restoration Program in Delaware:
Contaminated Site Mapping System
This site provides information on a Geographical Information System of Contaminated Sites whereby users can view the sites in the Contaminated Sites Database on a map of Delaware. This is particularly useful for those performing Phase I or Phase II studies of properties and wish to determine if the property is on or near potential contaminated sites.
Montana State Library Natural Resource Information System
The Montana Natural Resource Information System (NRIS) Geographic Information System (GIS) acts as a clearinghouse for GIS databases and provides services to State, Federal, Private, Non-Profit, and Public groups or individuals needing access to GIS technology. This site, "Montana Maps Interactive," lets you create detailed and attractive thematic maps of the State of Montana based on user-selected criteria.
Sabine River (Texas) Basin WebMap
This site provides viewing, access to attribute tables, and downloading of the water quality and related data comprising the Sabine River Basin Data Clearinghouse for Watershed Inventory.
Tobyhanna Army Depot
The Environmental Management Division at Tobyhanna has put together several different maps of the site for topography and watersheds.
West Virginia Division of Environmental Protection
This service is designed to provide public access to street, road, stream, and other topographic feature maps and related environmental data for any part of West Virginia.
Superior National Forest—University of Minnesota
This site offers the Superior National Forest Map Server, which lets you create custom graphics based on GIS databases. You can specify criteria and where in the database you would like to browse. This site features a mapserver to aid in trip planning and information discovery. The mapserver is accessed in a number of places throughout the server such as the summaries for entry points and Forest campgrounds.
U.S. Geological Survey Map-It: A Form-Based Simple Map Generator
This form takes longitude/latitude pairs as input and plops them on a Mercator projection map along with land/sea and political boundaries. The map bounds will be about 10% larger than the bounds of the entered data points.
Mapping Technologies International ArcView IMS
Sample map of the Delaware Valley.
Nelson and Wallery, Ltd./Nursing Home INFO
Nelson and Wallery, Ltd., is a small firm that provides technology and information solutions to the nursing home industry. With the help of ESRI, the company has created this MapObjects IMS application that allows you to find a nursing home based on location, religious affiliation, medical specialization, language skills, operator, and other database navigational aids. You can create a map of your vicinity--then generate a list of nearby nursing homes. The site includes a comprehensive nationwide listing of more than 18,000 nursing home locations in the United States.
Cabarrus County, North Carolina
Cabarrus County GIS Public Access of Cabarrus County, North Carolina, was created using MapObjects Internet Map Server (IMS) technology to make GIS data available to governmental agencies and the public.
DVRPC Regional Information Network (DE)
The Regional Information Network contains features and data for the nine-county Philadelphia metropolitan area. With this system, you can interactively view geographic features, create your own custom map and access information about certain features.
Massachusetts Electronic Atlas
This prototype project provides Web-based display and query access to information about the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Metropolitan Dade County
Metropolitan Dade County, Florida, used MapObjects IMS to create this site, which lets users enter an address in the County and retrieve and map various types of community services information.
The San Diego Geographic Information Source (SanGIS)
Providing public access to over 30 map layers, SanGIS offers links to FEMA flood plain information and to elected officials based on the user's click on the map. Future plans include migration to use of SDE and a polling place locator for the November elections.
Village of Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Shown is a pilot project developed for the Village by Ramaker & Associates, Inc. Ultimately the data from this site will be made current and fully downloadable.
Geographical Information Systems Cooperative of Adelaide, Australia
This University of Adelaide-hosted site, "Ecotourism Interactive GIS," is designed for ecotourists and others interested in the forests, parks, and vegetation of South-East-Central Australia.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) USA
This site offers a linked interactive GIS based on ArcView GIS (scroll to the end of the page and follow the directions). There is also information on GIS and ArcView GIS, ARC/INFO, and related projects.
National Ocean Service’s MapFinder
The National Ocean Service's (NOS) MapFinder is a one-stop World Wide Web service that provides direct Internet access to primary NOS imagery and data holdings for coastal photography, nautical charts, coastal survey maps, environmental sensitivity index maps, hydrographic surveys, water level stations, and geodetic control points.
Environmental Protection Agency Envirofacts Warehouse
At this site, users can retrieve background information on both spatial and regulatory aspects of regulated facilities as well as other spatial data. Users can query regulated facilities, generate maps and reports, and search for more information on past and present activities.
Computer Research Lab at MIT—Examples in Planning Support Systems
This site contains information on a few experimental WWW projects including:
- Tools to Facilitate Networked Access to Digital Orthophotos
- National Spatial Data Infrastructure Clearinghouse effort
- Experimenting with Multimedia Representational Aids for
- Online Guide to Information Technologies and Tools for Planning
- Boston's Waterfront Development & The Central Artery
- Washington, DC Site Planning Aid
- Visions for the South Boston Seaport
- Transit Commuting to the South Boston Seaport
- Rapid Transit Trip Planning Application
City of Boulder Colorado, Open Space Interactive Mapper
The Open Space GIS Lab home page provides maps and descriptions of how they are applying geographic information technologies to the conservation and management of an open space system within a complex matrix of natural, agricultural, and urban lands.
The Weather Channel Interactive Weather Site
The Weather Channel's site provides users with exclusive current weather maps, for the nation and local regions. The maps are updated as frequently as every 30 minutes. There is also information on Doppler radar, satellite pictures, and the location and intensity of precipitation from the U.S. down to local cities. Time lapse loops show the movement of precipitation during the most recent few hours.
Maps On Us
This site will generate maps and plan travel routes based on user-entered address and/or destination information.
The New York State GIS Clearinghouse
A site to view aerial photographs and satellite images of a range of sites worldwide.
The Green Map System
The Green Map System is assisting local teams as they design and produce their own community's Green Map of environmentally significant places. Each of the resulting Maps introduces the city's "green sites" -- outstanding places of natural beauty, farmers markets and green businesses, ecologically-designed buildings, environmental centers, bike paths and solar sites, and more, even the infrastructure and the toxic hot spots.
Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center
SEDAC's mission is to develop and deliver information products and services that integrate social and natural science data in ways useful for decision making. You can make your own maps at by clicking on "Applications."
Other interesting GIS-related sites
The GIS Dictionary
This on-line dictionary of GIS terms is brought to you by the Association for Geographic Information and the University Of Edinburgh Department of Geography. The dictionary includes definitions for 980 terms compiled from a variety of sources which either relate directly to GIS or which GIS users may come across in the course of their work. The dictionary is also supplemented by 52 diagrams.
Geography Links for K-12 Education
A great jump station site with information on a range of geographic topics including, Environment and Society, Human Systems, GIS and Mapping Resources, Physical Systems, Oceanography, Weather/Climate, Soils/Vegetation, and Places and Regions.
Great GIS Sites Home Page
Another jump station with lots of links in a variety of categories, including: GIS Books, GIS Conferences, Breaking GIS News, Classic GIS Sites, The Best Web Resource Lists, Online GIS, GIS WWW Resources, GIS Data and Software Library, GIS Jobs, Worldwide Government Agencies, U.S. Federal Government Agencies, State / Provincial Government Agencies, Municipal / Local Government Agencies, GIS Software Companies, GIS / Mapping Companies, GIS Services, Non-Governmental Organizations, GPS / Remote Sensing / Space, GIS Related Sites, and Colleges, Universities and Research Institutes.
GIS Guide to Good Practice
This document is designed specifically to provide guidance for individuals and organizations involved in the creation, maintenance, use and long-term preservation of GIS-based digital resources. Although the overall emphasis is upon data, the information presented has much wider disciplinary implications.
Ecoregions of the United States—USFS
Ecological Subregions of the United States—USFS
The electronic (interactive) version of a 1994 publication by the US Forest Service (USFS), these companion sites are based on the National Hierarchical Framework of Ecological Units, designed to provide "a standardized method for classifying, mapping, and describing ecological units" in the US.
The first site, "Ecoregions of the United States," contains three simple color maps of the United States (including Alaska,Hawaii and Puerto Rico) showing generalized ecological boundaries.
At the coarsest spatial scale, the Ecosystem Domains map delineates Dry, Humid Temperate, and Humid Tropical Domains.
At the intermediate scale, an Ecosystem Divisions map delineates more than a dozen ecosystem types, ranging from tundra to rain forest.
At the finest scale, over 50 Ecosystem Provinces are delineated. By clicking on a color type for any map (i.e., an ecosystem type), users may access further information on the abiotic and biotic characteristics within that ecosystem.
A companion site, Ecological Subregions of the United States, contains the biophysical descriptions for the color-coded maps.
This is a solid resource for anyone seeking broad ecosystem classifications for the United States.