Access to Geoscience Data Sets
The following are sources of data sets. Some of the repositories may be potential sites for depositing your own data.
A Good Place to Start: Global Change Master Directory
AAPG GIS Open Files (Petroleum Geology) - " a GIS/spatial library comprised of peer-reviewed projects. Many files are available (free) to the public and can be downloaded from this GIS Open Files page, whereas other projects may be part of the subscription-based GIS-UDRIL program within AAPG Datapages." Divided into 3 groups: Global Framework, Geothematic, and Geographic.
Antarctic Environmental Data Centre - data held by the Polar Data Centre at the British Antarctic Survey British Antarctic Survey
Canada - Data
CISL Research Data Archive - Data for Atmospherica and Geoscience Research
Climate Change Data - See Quaternary and Climate Change Data
Digital Earth Project - The Digital Earth Project "is a global database created by the Institute for the Study of the Continents (INSTOC) at Cornell to make accessible geological information accumulated by Cornell researchers over the last eight years. The GIS includes over 100 different data sets..."
Earthquakes, Seismology, & Hazards:
Earthscope - EarthScope is a program of the National Science Foundation (NSF) that deploys thousands of seismic, GPS, and other geophysical instruments to study the structure and evolution of the North American continent.
EUR-OCEANS Southern Oceans Data Portal (ESODAP) -
circumpolar ecosystem data
GEON - 3 and 4 Dimensional Earth Science Data
Hydrology/Hydrography (see Water)
Integrated Earth Data Applications (IEDA) - Marine and Other
Pangaea: Network for Geological and Environmental Data
AQC Quaternary Research Geodatabase
Purpose: To link Quaternary research to field sites. Contains field locations and citation.
Australian Quaternary Data Archive (AQUADATA)
Bibliography of Canadian Geomorphology - "a searchable database dedicated to identifying publications and presentations describing the practice and application of geomorphology in Canada." The Canadian Geomorphology Research Group.
Biota Australis Terrestris: Subantarctic and Antarctic Biota, a searchable database for the biology of Antarctica and the Subantarctic Islands, North Dakota State University Geosciences Dept.
BUGS Coleopteran Ecology Package - a "database of habitat, distribution and fossil record data for beetles (Coleoptera). The package has a series of interfaces which help in the recording of species abundance data, looking up of species, and the compilation of beetle based environmental reconstructions"; data for over 5400 taxa, mainly European beetles; website by Paul and Phil Buckland.
Climate Data Library - IRI/LDEO
Data files from the Deep-Sea Drilling Project (DSDP), University of Arizona
Datasets for Soils and Controls on Soil Formation (available for download)
Deglaciation of North America; Dyke, A S; Moore, A; Robertson, L. Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 1574, 2003; 2 sheets (free download)
Dendrochronology Database - Bibliography of Dendrochronology, by Henri D. Grissino-Mayer; currently contains over 8200 references dating back to 1737.
Glacier Photograph Collection, NSIDC - matches photos of glaciers taken as early as the 1890s with recent photos taken at the same physical location.
Index Animalium - Charles Davies Sherborn - from Smithsonian Institution
Index to Organism Names - Thomson
Mountain Research Initiative Database - Global change in mountain regions
NCAR/UCAR Community Data Portal - Climate and Weather Data
NOAA National Weather Service: Jetstream - Online School for Weather
Nomenclator Zoologicus - Sheffield Airey Neave, ed. - The Zoological Society of London
North American Drought Variability Atlas - NOAA/NESDIS
Online Climate Data - NOAA
Real Time Data - USGS
Weatherbase - Weather records, averages and more for 16,439 cities worldwide
World Data Center for Paleoclimatology - NOAA Paleoclimatology Data
USA - Data.gov
USGS - Data
National Hydrography Dataset - USGS - "...the surface water component of The National Map. The NHD is a digital vector dataset used by geographic information systems (GIS). It contains features such as lakes, ponds, streams, rivers, canals, dams and streamgages. These data are designed to be used in general mapping and in the analysis of surface-water systems." The website is a portal for data, and also includes a number of very useful short video tutorials.
USGS Water Resources for the Nation- 100 years of archival and real-time streamflow data
Water Information System for Europe - Data
Water Survey of Canada; Data
AAPG GIS Open Files - " a GIS/spatial library comprised of peer-reviewed projects. Many files are available (free) to the public and can be downloaded from this GIS Open Files page, whereas other projects may be part of the subscription-based GIS-UDRIL program within AAPG Datapages." Divided into 3 groups: Global Framework, Geothematic, and Geographic.
Canadian Topographic Maps – Toporama
Digital State Geologic Maps – USGS
Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) - Satellite Land Remote Sensing Data
Geodata.gov - federal, state and local geographic data, USA
GeoFacets, from Elsevier (many from Lyell Collection & Elsevier publications; 75% georeferenced for integration with GIS)
GeoGratis - Canadian Geospatial Data
Geological Maps - Natural Resources Canada
GEON - 3 and 4 Dimensional Earth Science Data
Illinois Data (Complete List of Online Illinois Data) - Illinois Natural Resources Geospatical Data Clearinghouse
OneGeology.org - an international initiative of the geological surveys of the world, with links to national surveys
USGS Folio Maps - TAMU (search "usgs folio")
USGS Geospatial Data Clearinghouse
Global GIS (from AGI and USGS)
National Directory of Geoscience Data Repositories (physical data such as cores, samples, paper logs)
U.S. Geological Survey Field Records Library (Denver Federal Center)
U.S. Geological Survey Field Photograph Collection (Denver Federal Center)
Surfer Contouring and Surface Mapping Software
PetraSim (simulation capabilities for fluid flow and heat transfer in porous and fractured media)
Ohio State University - from Mary Scott