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Big Data & Geovisualization

Learn more about big spatial temporal data and geovisualization. This guide is a gateway to graduate research in geospatial informatics, earth observing, remote sensing, and geoinformation science

Data Repositories and Discovery

  • Data.gov: a portal to find datasets published by the US governments covering geospatial data.
  • ArcGIS Open Data: discover and download data hosted by ArcGIS Open Data repository
  • EarthData (EOSDIS) by NASA: Interactive browser to view and download global base layers including real-time satellite imagery. See also Historical Earth Data Archive Site.  
  • Geobrain (Remote Sensing Data Products, GMU Online Repository): Landsat, MODIS, ASTER and NASA ECHO data.
  • Healthdata.gov: search the U.S. health care data  and download recently added big datasets with the API.
  • Land, Atmosphere Near real-time Capability (LANCE): NASA Real-time Data and Imagery
  • National Climatic Data Center: access to U.S. climate and weather datasets from satellite or land-based stations.
  • NCAR (National Center for Atmospheric Research):  Earth Science data portal for NCAR and UCAR (University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (sponsored by NSF) 
  • NOAA Science on a Sphere: a discovery took for NOAA repository for air, water, snow & ice, land and more.-check also National Ocean Archive System (NODC).
  • NGDC (National Geophysical Data Center of NOAA): access to bathymetry, global relief, national hazard,solar event, geomagnetic data, etc. 
  • NSIDC (National Snow and Ice Data Center): access to scientific data for glaciers, ice, snow, and more.  
  • SEDAC (SocioEconomic Data and Application Center): multi-disiplinary datasets including remote sensing (hosted by CIESIN  at Columbia University).
  • US Census Bureau: Access U.S. Census data and tools for visualizations
  • USGS Real-time Data: Earthquakes, Water, Floods, Geomagnetism, Remote Sensing and Landsat. Volcanoes, Droughts, & more.

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