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Finding data for use with GIS for areas outside the U.S.
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Country codes and others

Boundaries and Locations

Elevation, Environmental


  • IUCN Red List Spatial Data
    Shapefiles of habitats of endangered species.
  • Data Basin
    Biological and physical spatial datadownloadable in shapefile or GRID format. U.S. emphasis, but some international data sets. Requires free Esri Global Account.
  • Large Marine Ecosystems of the World
    Ecosystem boundaries in shapefile and KML format.
  • Global Forest Watch Data Explorer
  • Global 200
    WWF’s Global 200 project analyzed global patterns of biodiversity to identify a set of the Earth's terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecoregions that harbor exceptional biodiversity and are representative of its ecosystems.
  • Global Forest Change, 2000-2012
    Time-series analysis of 654,178 Landsat 7 ETM+ images in characterizing global forest extent and change from 2000 through 2012

Society, Economy


  • HIV Spatial Data Repository
    Subnational demographic estimates as well as national and subnational HIV prevalence, in shapefile format. Requires free registration.
  • Measure DHS
    Georeferenced data from Demographic and Health Surveys..


  • GTFS Data Exchange
    The General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS) is a format for sharing public transportation schedules and associated locations. Consult this tutorial to convert to shapefile or KML.
  • Global Roads
    Combines the best available roads data by country into a global roads coverage, joined topologically at the borders.
  • World Port Index
    Location, characteristics of, and the facilities and services offered by major ports and terminals in tabular or shapefile format.
  • Old World Trade Routes
  • Travel Time to Major Cities
    In Esri GRID format.

Climate, Atmosphere



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