Mapping and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) : Finding Geospatial Data: International
International Data Resources
Arctic Ocean Sea Surface Temperatures
Moderate-Resolution Sea Surface Temperature Data and Seasonal Pattern Analysis for the Arctic Ocean Ecoregions
Antarctic Digital Database
The SCAR Antarctic Digital Database (ADD) is a seamless compilation of topographic data for the continent of Antarctica to 60°S. The SCAR ADD consists of geographic information layers including coastline, ice-shelf grounding line, rock outcrop, elevation data and human-presence features such as Research Station locations.
CARPE - Central African Regional Program for the Environment
An interactive web GIS for the Congo Basin and the CARPE Data Explorer lets you search and browse CARPE-related data and metadata. You can search by defining an area of interest, or by specifying a content type and an optional keyword.
China Historical GIS
The China Historical Geographic Information System, CHGIS, project was launched in January 2001 to establish a database of populated places and historical administrative units for the period of Chinese history between 222 BCE and 1911 CE.
CIESEN - Center for International Earth Science Information Network
CIESIN works at the intersection of the social, natural, and information sciences, and specializes in on-line data and information management, spatial data integration and training, and interdisciplinary research related to human interactions in the environment.
Commission for Environmental Cooperation
Includes access to resources like the North American: Environmental Atlas, Land Change Monitoring System, Portal on Climate Pollutants, and Pollutant Release and Transfer Register
EarthWorks - GIS data from Stanford University
Famine Early Warning System Network
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) is an information system designed to identify problems in the food supply system that potentially lead to famine or other food-insecure conditions in sub-Saharan Africa, Afghanistan, Central America, and Haiti.
Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO)
GIS gateway to geospatial resources within the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations.
Access the FAO GeoNetwork site to search and download spatial data.
France: Access to Open Government Data
Beta version as of December 2011. Open Access Portal to French Government information.
GeoCommons - Open Analysis, Data, and Maps.
GeoCommons is the public community of GeoIQ users who are building an open repository of data and maps for the world.
GeoGratis - GIS data for Canada
GeoGratis is a portal provided by the Earth Sciences Sector (ESS) of Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) which provides geospatial data at no cost via your Web browser.
Free GIS data downloads from the Australian government.
GeoSEER - The Spatial Data Search Engine
There are many thousands of public-facing web-services out there using the OGC (new window) standards (WMS, WFS, WCS, WMTS) to serve data, but they have only limited discoverability. We wanted to create a search engine that would bring all of these services into a single place, so we created GeoSeer.
Global Administrative Areas (GADM)
GADM provides maps and spatial data for all countries and their sub-divisions. You can browse our maps or download the data to make your own maps.
Global Land Cover Facility
The GLCF is a center for land cover science with a focus on research using remotely sensed satellite data and products to assess land cover change for local to global systems. Direct download global land cover data for use in a GIS.
Global Roads Open Access Dataset
A consortium of groups, led by International Council for Science's Committee on Data for Science and Technology (ICSU-CODATA) Global Roads Data Development Task Group, is developing a digital, public domain global road map under the name Global Roads Open Access Data Set (gROADS). The current version of the gROADS data set is available via the NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC).
Great Britain Ordnance Survey Data
Open GIS data from the Ordnance Survey of Great Britain.
Historic U.S. County Boundaries (and other GIS data)
Princeton University GIS data resources
MapLibrary.org - Detailed World Administrative Boundaries - From the Mapmaker Trust, Scotland.
Detailed second-level administrative boundary data for countries of the world. Check data sources for authenticity.
Marine Ecoregions of the World
Marine Ecoregions of the World (MEOW) is a biogeographic classification of the world's coasts and shelves. It is the first ever comprehensive marine classification system with clearly defined boundaries and definitions and was developed to closely link to existing regional systems. The ecoregions nest within the broader biogeographic tiers of Realms and Provinces.|
Natural Earth Cartographic Boundary Data
Natural Earth is a public domain map dataset available at 1:10m, 1:50m, and 1:110 million scales.
North American River Width Dataset
NARWidth is composed of planform morphometric measurements of North American rivers at approximately mean discharge. It was created using image processing algorithms on Landsat TM and ETM+ imagery. NARWidth is intended to be used in a wide variety of scientific and engineering applications including hydrologic, hydraulic, and biogeochemical models. Additional information can be found in the Data Set Development page and in this GRL article (pdf).
Oak Ridge National Labs data archive
Biogeochemical and ecological data useful for studying environmental processes. The extent of data ranges from site-specific to global, and durations range from days to years.)
OpenStreetMap Data (OSM)
International streets data and transportation networks from OpenStreetMap data.
Quick and easy download access to all shapefiles from OSM via GeoFabrik
Ordnance Survey Open Data (Great Britain)
Ordnance Survey OpenData can be downloaded for free (no registration required).
SAFARI - Southern Africa Regional Science Initiative
Direct access (via FTP) to soils, hydrology, climate, satellite imagery,vegetation and wetlands data for the southern Africa region.
SALB - Second Administrative Level Boundaries
The Second Administrative Level Boundaries (SALB) dataset is a dataset aiming at improving the availability of information about administrative boundaries down to the second subnational level.
SEDAC - Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center
SEDAC, the Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center, is one of the Distributed Active Archive Centers (DAACs) in the Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) of the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
WorldClim is a set of global climate layers (climate grids) with a spatial resolution of about 1 square kilometer.