University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota

Data Sources

HEGIS relies on a large array of data. This page offers links to spatial data gateways and collections. There are also links to GIS and human-environment research.

Quick links:

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GIS Sites


The Center for Urban and Regional Affairs is a good place to start
The MGIS program also has a number of good GIS links for the university
UMN is also home to a branch of the University Consortium of GIS
The UMN GIS Wiki has UMN-generated content and general information
The Environmental Resources Spatial Analysis Center
Minnesota Forest Resources Information Cooperative
Forest Resources ERSAC
UMN Libraries GIS data links

GIS in General

CU Resources for geographers has a lot of geographical information and lessons
About Geography offers a quite comprehensive list of links to various geography-related sites.
Colorado University ESS collection.
USGCRP: US Climate Change Science Program has a variety of information on GEC
AAG global change modules from the Association of American Geographers.
DLESE: Digital Library for Earth system education

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HEGIS topics

Land Use/Cover Change

U.S. Department of Energy Sustainable Development
Natural Resource Defense Council, Smart Growth/Sprawl
Farmland Protection Program, Farmland Information Library
USDA Natural Resources Conservation services Farmland Protection Program
Environmental Law and Policy Center, Smart energy, Sound transportation
Land Trust Alliance Research
NASA's Land Cover Land Use Change Program
Planners Web City and Regional Planning
Macaulay Institute land use research
USGS EROS data center
US Climate Change Program LUCC links
Smartgrowth resource library

Land Use Modeling

U of Sheffield Bayesian Methods in Archaeology
Environmental Spatial Analysis Laboratory (U of Michigan)
The CLAMS project ( Oregon State)
The Land Use History of North America project (USGS)
MN's 3-D mapping application

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Spatial Data Geoportals


Alexandria Digital Library: geospatial data
CAST: US geospatial and attribute data
Central Michigan Earth Sciences: large collection of links on geospatial topics
CIESIN: Center for International Earth Science Information Network
Federal Geographic Data Center: US federal data clearing house
Consultative Group for International Agriculture Research (CGIAR)
GCMD: NASA global change master directory
Global Environment Information Center: global environmental data
GeoData: US federal government clearing house
FAO Geonetwork: UN geoportal
Microsoft's Terraserver : USGS data in different formats
Sustainable Development: SD online
USGCRP: US Climate Change Science Program

Midwest/Great Lakes region

Minnesota Planning Land Management Information Center
Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium
MetroGIS Datafinder
MN Governor's Council on Geographic Information
Minnesota Geographic Data Clearinghouse and focus on land use
MN Dept of Administration Datanet
Minnesota's GeoGateway


Soil: USDA Soils Data
Crops: Crop Equivalent Ratings
High resolution imagery: Statewide Elevation and Imagery Inventory
MN Community Growth Institute
Sustainable Minnesota Sprawl Scenarios
Great Lakes-Northern Forest Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (GLNF CESU)
UMN CTS Transportation and Regional Growth Study

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Spatial Data Collections

CIESEN: Center for International Earth Science Information Network

CIESIN: Center for International Earth Science Information Network
Remotely sensed imagery

NOAA: US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

National Geophysical Data Center (NCGC)
National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC)
Marine Geology and Geophysics Databases
Ocean Drilling Databases
National Climate Data Center

Census (US)

USDC Census Statistics
TIGER data
American FactFinder gives information on states, counties, and cities
NHGIS and Social Explorer gives web-based access to census data

EPA: US Environmental Protection Agency

EPA: Environmental Protection Agency
EMAP: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program

NASA: US National Aeronautics and Space Administration

ESS: Earth System Science
Modis: ORNL's viewer
RESACS: Mid Atlantic (data), Mid West

NCAR: National Center for Atmospheric Research

GIS Climate Change Scenarios

UN: United Nations

UN: United Nations
UNEP: UN Environmental Program
FAO : Food and Agriculture Organization

USDA: US Dept of Agriculture

Forest Service Forest Inventory and Analysis Database
National Agricultural Summary Statistics
NRCS Snow Database
World Agricultural Outlook Board

USGS: US Geological Survey

USGS National Satellite Land Remote Sensing Data Archive
Geographic Names Information System Database
Earth Explorer
Elevation data and Digital Line Graphs
National Atlas