Finding data for use with GIS for areas outside the U.S.
USGS Elevation Products
USGS data covers not just the U.S., but the world. Includes the 1 km resolution
, the 30-, 15-, and 7.5-arc-second
, and 3-arc-second
UNEP Environmental Data Explorer
Over 200 geospatial data sets centering on climate change, disasters and conflicts, ecosystems, and hazardous waste. In GRID, shapefile, or TIF format, depending on data set.
World Geologic Maps
From the USGS, geologic spatial data by region.
World Resources Institute Data
Ecosystems, inland fisheries, reefs at risk, and mining impact in shapefile or Esri GRID format, depending on file.
Fire Information for Resource Management System
Global fire locations and burned area information in shapefile, KML, or WMS formats.
Data available as Google Earth KML, ESRI Arc Binary, ASCII and LAS ffile fromats.
History Database of the Global Environment
Gridded population and land use for the past 12,000 years.
Global Map of Human Impacts to Marine Ecosystems
Esri GRID or GeoTIFF.
Harmonized World Soil Database Global Soil Profile Data Terrain Ruggedness Index
30 arc-seconds grid.
Emissions Database for Global Atmospheric Research
Global past and present day anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases and air pollutants by country and on spatial grid.
Elevation contours derived from SRTM data, in shapefile format.
IUCN Red List Spatial Data
Shapefiles of habitats of endangered species.
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
HIV Spatial Data Repository
Subnational demographic estimates as well as national and subnational HIV prevalence, in shapefile format. Requires free registration.
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
to convert to shapefile or KML.
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.
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