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USGS Webinar: Using The National Map Services to Enable your Web and Mobile Mapping Efforts

USGS Webinar: Using The National Map Services to Enable your Web and Mobile Mapping Efforts

30 April 2014

Are you a developer, firm, or organization using mobile or web applications to enable your users? The USGS has publicly available geospatial services and data to help you!

The USGS’ National Geospatial Technical Operations Center (NGTOC) will be hosting a 30 minute Webinar on “Using The National Map services to enable your web and mobile mapping efforts” on the 30th of April at 9am Mountain Time.

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Record Flooding in Colorado – USGS

USGS Responds to Record Flooding in Colorado  

Colorado Flood quick facts:


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Library Director Vacancy (US Geological Survey, Reston, VA)

The U.S. Geological Survey Libraries Program is now recruiting for the position of Library Director (Supervisory Librarian GS-1410-14/15).   

Complete vacancy announcement information and application instructions are posted on the USGS vacancy announcement website at and on 

Job Announcement Number: ATL-2013-0555

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USGS mashing up data to create new views of country

 The U.S. Geological Survey isn’t walking the mountains and snowy terrain of Alaska to update its 50-year-old maps. 

Nope, USGS is taking advantage of new technology to paint a picture of the nation’s biggest state like never before. 

Kevin Gallagher, the associate director for core science systems at USGS, said over the last 18 months the Department of Interior bureau has been working with a dozen or so other agencies, states and non-profits to create a strategy to fly the state using Interferometrics synthetic aperture radar (InSAR) to get high resolution elevation pictures as well as updating hydrography data and to acquire transportation data. 

“We just now are starting to release digital topographic series for Alaska, so it’s really exciting. We’ve got about 40 percent of state covered with the critical data we need,” he said. “We’ve got it phased out to be a three-to-four year project depending on resources. Some of the maps that are coming out now are a resolution of data like Alaska has never seen, and it will make dramatic improvements to the way we look at the state, the way we manage the state and the decisions we make over the next few years.”

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USGS Release: Navigate America’s Major Rivers Without Getting Wet

Have you ever dropped a stick into a river and wondered where it might go if it floated all the way downstream? Now you can trace its journey using Streamer – a new on-line service from the National Atlas of the United States®.

Streamer is an online map service that lets anyone trace downstream along America’s major rivers and streams simply by picking a point on a stream.  Streamer will map the route the stream follows.

You can also trace upstream using Streamer. Imagine that you’re standing along the Mississippi River in New Orleans. You’re wondering not only where the river began but also which other streams drained into the Mississippi River before it made its way to your location.  With Streamer you can also:

  • locate your area of interest by specifying stream or place names; by entering latitude and longitude coordinates,
  • enter the identification number for a U.S. Geological Survey streamflow gaging station,
  • find out the names of streams and waterbodies by clicking on them,
  • print maps of your downstream and upstream traces,
  • create concise or detailed reports for your upstream and downstream traces,
  • learn about current or historic streamflow at thousands of locations along America’s streams, and
  • find out about the places your stream trace passes through with just a few mouse clicks.

Streamer is fueled by digital hydrographic data for America at one million-scale (an inch is approximately 15.8 miles on the land surface).  These streams and water bodies are generalized from the highly detailed National Hydrography Dataset from The National Map

Streamer lets you navigate rivers in the United States the way other interactive maps help you drive your vehicle from one place to another.  Unlike our nation’s road network, which provides many choices for traveling between two locations, America’s surface waters are somewhat like a network of one-way streets.  You can certainly navigate upstream, but all water flows one way:  downhill.  Use Streamer to trace downstream along that downhill path or use Streamer to trace upstream to highlight rivers at higher elevations that flow to your starting point.

You could stand by the Mississippi River and wonder, “Where did this water come from? Where is it flowing?”  Or with Streamer you can launch your sense of wonder and discovery up and down any of America’s major rivers with a Web connection from your favorite computer or tablet.

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The National Atlas of the United States of America® is a cooperative effort to make geographic information collected by the United States government easier to find, get, and use. Its development is led by the National Geospatial Program of the USGS.  “The National Atlas of the United States of America®” and “National Atlas of the United States®” are registered trademarks of the United States Department of the Interior.

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