GIS and Geospatial Data
This guide provides information on GIS software and training/classes available at the University of Arizona, where to find geospatial data and interactive and static maps.
For assistance with GIS software or finding geospatial data, contact Chris Kollen
Refer to Spatial Data Sets page available through the University of Arizona Libraries
EarthExplorer -- you can download Satellite imagery (various Landsat missions and others), DRGs, DOQQs, and DEMs.
U.S. Dept of Agriculture Geospatial Data Gateway -- you can download NAIP imagery
Arizona Geospatial Data and Maps -- view metadata, preview and download Arizona geospatial data; view and print-out simple prepared maps.
Arizona Land Resource Information System (ALRIS) -- online maps services (Land Ownership maps) and GIS data.
Community Analyst -- UA has access to Community Analyst. Contact Andrew Honaman at email@example.com or Tawny Lochner at firstname.lastname@example.org for log-in information. If you've already logged into Business Analyst Online previously, go to http://communityanalyst.esri.com/ and login to your ESRI Global Account.
Bureau of Land Management (Arizona) -- provides access to geospatial data as ArcInfo coverages (.e00), survey plats and field notes, and GPS data.
Conservation Science (The Nature Conservancy) -- provides access to geospatial data and documents generated by the Nature Conservancy's Conservation Science Program.
Pima County Department of Transportation GIS -- provides access to Pima County GIS data and maps , such as parcel, street, wildland fire maps. Also contains links to other local GIS maps such as the Pima County Assessor maps, Floodplain maps, and Subdivision Plat maps.
Santa Rita Experimental Range (SRER) -- provides maps, photographs, charts, reports, and metadata pertaining to SRER studies on vegetation, precipitation, grazing, soil, water, and more.
Southern Arizona Data Services Program -- provides access to a wide range of geospatial data -- preview data as a .gif, view metadata, or download. Must be on campus to access.
Southwest Regional Gap Analysis Program -- provides access to landcover, stewardship data, animal habitat models, Landsat EMT+, geology, landform, and regional analysis,
EarthExplorer -- you can download satellite imagery (various Landsat missions and others), DRGs, DOQQs, and DEMs.
U.S. Dept of Agriculture Geospatial Data Gateway -- you can download NAIP imagery
NED Map Services -- -- you can download various National Elevation Datasets. For information about the National Elevation Datasets, see http://ned.usgs.gov/
EVGeoCloud Mexico 1:50,000 Scale Vector Data Viewer -- provides access to geospatial data for the Mexican states of Baja California Norte, Sonora, and Chihuahua. You can view and extract 85 map layers (as shapefiles) for Baja California Norte, Sonora, and Chihuahua.
Mexico Geospatial Data -- good source for free data of Mexico, includes geospatial data of census block boundaries; electoral boundaries (seccioines, distritos), geostatistical infrastructure data (such as elevation contours, rivers, archaeological sites etc.) provided by an individual.
ArcGIS Online -- share, find, and use GIS content across the Web; access free maps and reference layers; find, purchase and download imagery into ArcGIS. To get free access, go to http://www.esri.com/software/arcgis/arcgisonline/features/free-personal-account, you can link with your ESRI Global Account. We also have an institutional license, contact Chris Kollen at email@example.com
Basins (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) -- download data for performing watershed and water quality based studies.
Business Analyst Online and BA Desktop -- UA has a site license to BAO and BA Desktop. Contact Chris Kollen at firstname.lastname@example.org or Chris Lukinbeal at email@example.com for log-in information.
Cancer Mortality Maps and Graphs -- cancer death rates for the time period 1950-2004 for more than 40 cancers.
Census TIGER (U.S. Census Bureau) -- download the 1992-2011 TIGER/Line files in ArcGIS shapefiles. Also includes KML files and cartographic boundary files.
CensusCD Neighborhood Change Database: 1970-2000 tract data [Located in the UA Main Library Information Commons Reference CD-ROM cabinet]
Census CD - 1970 [Located in the UA Main Library Information Commons Reference CD-ROM cabinet]
Census CD - 1980 [Located in the UA Main Library Information Commons Reference CD-ROM cabinet]
Census CD + Maps - 1990 [Located in the UA Main Library HA201 1990 .C42]
Census CD Blocks - 1990 [Located in the UA Main Library HA201 1990 .C43]
Census CD 2000 Short Form [Located in the Main Library Information Commons Reference CD-ROM cabinet]
Census CD 2000 Redistricting Data [Located in the Main Library Information Commons Reference CD-ROM cabinet]
Census 2000 Blocks [Located in the Main Library Information Commons Reference CD-ROM cabinet]
Census 2000 Short Form Blocks [Located in the Main Library Information Commons Reference CD-ROM cabinet]
Community Analyst -- UA has access to Community Analyst. Contact Chris Kollen at firstname.lastname@example.org or Chris Lukinbeal at email@example.com for log-in information. If you've already logged into Business Analyst Online previously, go to to http://communityanalyst.esri.com/ and login to your ESRI Global Account.
GeoPlatform -- provides a gateway to an enormous amount of geospatial data at the federal, state, county, local, and tribal levels.
ESRI U.S. Street Database [UA Main Library on GIS Computer in the Information Commons]
GeoCommunicator (U.S. Bureau of Land Management) -- provides searching, accessing and dynamic mapping of data for federal land stewardship, land and mineral use records, and land survey information. GeoCommunicator provides spatial display for land and mineral cases from BLM's LR2000 system.
Land Survey Information (U.S. Bureau of Land Management) -- geographic information from the BLM's Geographic Coordinate Data Base (GCDB) representing the Public Land Survey System (PLSS) of the United States.
National Atlas (U.S. Geological Survey) -- provides comprehensive map-like views of data collected by the U.S. Government, focusing on natural and sociocultural landscapes. The data can be downloaded for use in GIS software in shapefile format.
National Historical GIS -- provides aggregate census data and GIS-compatible boundary files for the United States between 1790 and 2010.
National Map (U.S. Geological Survey) -- includes data on boundaries, elevation, ortho-imagery, land use, land cover, transportation, geographic names, hydrography, and structures. The maps created can be viewed and printed, and the data can be downloaded.
ProQuest Sanborn Maps Geo Edition -- Sanborn maps with GIS information where you can locate data by address or geographic coordinates and layer maps from different years and over modern street, satellite, and hybrid layers using an integrated map API or importing into GIS tools. Covers: Baltimore, Maryland; Boston, Massachusetts; Charlotte, North Carolina; Chicago, Illinois; Detroit, Michigan; Los Angeles, California; Miami, Florida; New York, New York; Newark, New Jersey; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Richmond, Virginia; Seattle, Washington.
National Hydrography Dataset (USGS and EPA)
National Oceanic & Atmospheric Admin (NOAA) Bathymetry, Topography & Relief -- download nautical charts, bathymetric maps, and a variety of ocean survey data.
NOAA Nautical Charts -- includes current nautical charts that you can download in a variety of GIS formats and historical charts available as image files to either view or download.
School Attendance Boundary Information Systems (SABINS) -- provides geospatial data for school attendance boundaries and census data for school attendance boundaries.
SocioEconomic Data and Application Center (SEDAC ) -- includes Gridded Population of the World (ver. 3), Global Distribution of Poverty, and Last of the Wild (ver. 2). Also includes websites, data, and maps from the following projects: Global Rural-Urban Mapping, Global Reservoir and Dam, Global Fertilizer and Manure, Natural Resource Management, Environmental Performance, Global Agricultural Lands, and Indicators of Coastal Water Quality.
EROS Center (U.S. Geological Survey) -- includes aerial photography, satellite imagery, elevation data, land cover data, digitized maps, and image gallery collections.
Delaware Environmental Monitoring and Analysis Center -- aerial photography
San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG)
ArcAtlas [Located at the UA Library Information Commons Reference CD-ROM cabinet]
Baltic Sea Region GIS, Maps and Statistical Database -- includes interactive map, metadata, and data in Idrisi, ArcInfo, ArcView, and MapInfo formats.
Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) -- Global Agricultural Lands, Anthropogenic Biomes, Central American vegeation data, China data, environmental data, Georeferenced population datasets of Mexico, world population data, distribution of species, and urban satellite imagery.
ConserveOnline -- one-stop online, public library, created and maintained by The Nature Conservancy in partnership with other conservation organizations. Their Library has images, documents, data available to download. There are also Workspaces where user communities can set up individual websites for environmental or conservation projects and members can post preliminary data, documents, maps etc.
ESRI Data and Maps [UA Main Library Information Commons Reference CD-ROM cabinet]
Land Processes Distributed Active Archive Center (LP DAAC) -- satellite data, some is available for download, other for purchase.
Geospatial Files and Tools (Directions Magazine)
Natural Earth -- public-domain map datasets available at 1:10m, 1:50m, and 1:110 million scales. Featuring tightly integrated vector and raster data, with Natural Earth you can make a variety of visually pleasing, well-crafted maps with cartography or GIS software.
Last modified: October 22, 2014