For almost ten years, The National Map viewer has served as one of the more prominent and visible products of the of the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) National Geospatial Program (NGP). It represents a significant collaborative effort between the USGS and other Federal, State, and local partners in disseminating nationwide geospatial data, and where available, content from state and local sources as well.
The National Map is easily accessible for display through a web viewer and boasts a rich catalog of map services which can be consumed by and augments a wide range of browser viewing clients. It now includes the “new” viewer (the original TNM viewer will be retired this year) which provides users with access to geospatial datasets, geographic names, the Historical Topographic Map Collection (HTMC), and the increasingly popular post-2009 US Topo quadrangle product – all for easy access and download. US Topo maps are modeled on the familiar 7.5-minute quadrangle maps of the period 1947-1992, but are mass-produced from national GIS databases on a three-year cycle.
Selected TNM viewer functions which can be used by the New York State geospatial community will be highlighted in the following sections including an update on two of NGP’s most current and visible projects – the 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) and National Hydrography Dataset (NHD). Both of which are made available in the TNM viewer. If you’re not familiar with the National Map viewer, an easy way to get started is by using newly released USGS TNM tutorials.
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