Information and Spatial Technology

NOAA National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) maintains many tools and assets for observing and analyzing hazards; conducts several programs for detecting, monitoring, responding to, and mitigating hazards; and offers numerous resources (primarily via the Web) to educate the general public about these risks. In addition, NESDIS manages extensive databases concerning historical and current disaster events.

Spatial Trends in Coastal Socioeconomics
The primary objective of this Web site from NOAA's National Ocean Service, Spatial Trends in Coastal Socioeconomics, is to increase awareness and improve access for the coastal stewardship community to socioeconomic information in a timely fashion. The site includes information for all 50 states and provides a set of Web-based data analysis and display tools to facilitate data retrieval, mapping, analysis, assessments, and comparative studies and also offers query tools to retrieve data by individual or multiple counties or watersheds.

NOAA-CIRES Climate Diagnostics Center Map Products
The mission of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) Climate Diagnostics Center (CDC) is to identify the nature and causes of climate variations on time scales ranging from a month to centuries and thus to predict climate variations on these time scales. The CDC provides several resources including its Map Room Weather Products, Map Room Climate Products, and Display and Analysis Web pages for CDC Climate Data.

Committee on Earth Observation Satellites
The Committee on Earth Observation Satellites "Disaster Management Support Project" was created to strengthen natural and technological disaster management on a worldwide basis by fostering improved use of existing and planned earth observation satellite data. Supporting the committee's work, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has launched this Web site to provide ongoing specific satellite data on volcanic ash, floods, tropical storms, wildfire, El Nino, earthquakes, drought, and oil spills. It also provides special coverage of emerging crises, as well as background information about the entire project.

International Charter Space and Major Disasters
The objective of the International Charter Space and Major Disasters is to provide a unified system of space data acquisition and delivery to those affected by natural or human-caused disasters through authorized users. Each member agency has committed resources to support the provisions of the charter and thus is helping to mitigate the effects of disasters on human life and property. Visit the Web site to find out more about the charter and its member agencies.

The GeoCommunity is a portal for geospatial technology professionals, a gathering place for geographic information systems, CAD, mapping, and location-based industry professionals, enthusiasts, and students. Visit the site for spatial news and up-to-date information about software, careers, events, and more.

LANDFIRE is a five-year, multipartner wildland fire, ecosystem, and fuel mapping project designed to generate consistent, comprehensive maps and data describing vegetation, fire, and fuel characteristics across the United States. The primary partners in the project are the Nature Conservancy, U.S. Geological Survey, and U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service Fire Lab.