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Federal Mapping Programs Fact Sheets

The following Fact Sheets provide summary information on the primary national mapping programs that are tracking, developing, and/or sharing geospatial data. This information is available to support the Regions and the Regional Support Centers (RSCs) as they conduct regular planning and project management activities.

In addition, this coordination supports successful relationships that are needed between the Regions/RSCs and other State and Federal personnel. Programs identified here are not static. New data is being added to the national inventory every month. Future efforts and planned projects are constantly being updated. Therefore, it is appropriate to review national programs as well as local data sources in order to obtain the most current data available.

The programs detailed here include:

  • National Elevation Dataset (NED)
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    Text (7 kb)
  • Center for Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) Information Coordination and Knowledge
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    Text (3 kb)
  • National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)
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    Text (2 kb)
  • National Agriculture Imagery Program (NAIP)
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    Text (6 kb)
  • US Census Bureau TIGER Files
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    Text (3 kb)
  • Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) / US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Geospatial Data Gateway
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    Text (4 kb)

  • Each of the data development programs listed here focuses on the specific needs of their end users. However, they all contributed in a coordinated way to the development of the national base map.

    FEMA’s Risk MAP program serves critical roles in both the development of accurate data and the coordination of geospatial activities and progress of those activities. Understanding and participating in these programs will help achieve the goal of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI), which is to build a physical, organizational, and virtual network that is designed to enable the development and sharing of this nation's digital geographic information resources.