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Data Sources

Do you know of a current and useful online source of geospatial data?  If so, please complete this online form to help us improve the Kansas State University GIScience Virtual Collaboratory.

Web Services

Esri - http://server.arcgisonline.com/arcgis/rest/services
GISSAL-KSU - http://services.geog.ksu.edu/ArcGIS/rest/services

Web Portals

ArcGIS Online
FAO GeoNetwork
GEOSS Portal (Group on Earth Observations)
INSPIRE GeoPortal (Europe)
Kansas Data Access and Support Center
Kansas State University ArcGIS Online
US National Map Viewer
US National Map Downloader


Administrative Boundaries



USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)
USDA NASS Cropland Data Layer


Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) Data Portal

Climate and Weather

Hydrometeorological Design Studies Center Precipitation Frequency Data Server (PFDS) - NOAA Atlas 14 precipitation frequency estimates
PRISM Climate Data
- spatial climate datasets to reveal short- and long-term climate patterns,
WorldClim - global climate grids at spatial resolution of approximately 1 square kilometer,


Kansas Bureau of Investigation Crime Statistics - county level annual crime statistics dating back to 2003


USGS 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) - primary elevation data products from U.S. Geological Survey


EOSDIS - NASA Earth Observing System Data and Information System; source of global satellite imagery.
GLOVIS - USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science Center; source of satellite imagery for U.S.


Multi-Resolution Land Characteristics Consortium (MRLC) - obtain U.S. National Land Cover Databases for 2001, 2006, and 2011,


U.S. Census Geography Program - U.S. Census data and TIGER/Line shapefiles

WorldPop - high resolution, contemporary data on human population distributions,


Web Soil Survey - provides soil data and information produced by the National Cooperative Soil Survey.

Water Resources

National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) - source of surface water data on the U.S. National Map,