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GIScience Program

Data Resources

Below is a list of some common locations to download spatial data.  This is a temporary list as we are creating an ESRI Geoportal Server site for visitors to use.  This will include a vast array of geospatial and non-geospatial data.

Federal Data Resources


US Geological Survey (USGS)

Elevation data, National Hydrography Dataset, Hydrologic Units (HUC-8), Watersheds, Water Quality, FEMA Flood Maps


United States Forest Service (USFS)

Forest Service Boundaries, USFS Surface Ownership, Forest System Trails, Geo-PDF Topo Maps, Ecological Regions


US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)

Wetlands (NWI), Wildlife Refuge Boundaries, Ecosystem Regions, USFWS Boundaries, Endangered Species, Critical Fish Habitats


US National Park Service (NPS)

Park Boundaries


Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Ecoregion Boundaries, Toxic Release Inventory, Brownfield Sites, CERCLIS Sites, RCRA Locations


US Department of Agriculture (USDA)

NAIP Imagery, Soils, NRCS Conservation Easements, National Elevation Data, Geographic Names Database, Hydrologic Units


National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Global Particulate Matter, Environmental Performance Index, Natural Disaster Hotspots, Global Human Footprint, Land Surface Temperature


National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Coastal LiDAR, Nautical Charts, Historical Hurricane Tracking, Sea Level Rise, Off-shore Artifical Reefs, Coastal Oblique Imagery, Bathymetry


National Weather Service (NWS)

Weather Warnings, Hurricane Tracks, Drought Monitoring, Historical Weather Data, Current Wildfires, Heat Index, Sea Surface Temperature


National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Biomass, Geothermal, Hydrogen, Solar and Wind Datasets.  Also has additional data visualization tools.


US Census Bureau

Demographic Data, Census Geometry, Roads, Congressional Districts, Census Geocoder, Summary Files, American FactFinder


South Carolina Data Resources


SC Aeronautics

FCC Tower Locations, Airfield Facility Data


SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC)

Air Monitoring Stations, Fish Advisories, Navigable Water Permits, State Permitted Dams, Health Facilities, TMDL Sites


SC Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR)

Digital Elevation Models, Contours, Hydrolines, Terrains, Oyster Bed Reefs, Gap Analysis, Species Habitat, LiDAR Products


SC Department of Transportation (SCDOT)

Coastal Evacuation Routes, Municipal Boundaries, State Maintained Bridges, State Maintained Roads, Traffic Counts, Railroads


South Carolina GIS (SCGIS)

School Districts, Prescribed Burns, Recycling Centers and datasets from other agencies.  Provides list of GIS contacts throughout South Carolina.