Worldwide Geospatial Data

The following list outlines frequently-requested worldwide geospatial datasets by subject. If you are looking for nationwide or regional data for specific countries, please see the U.S. and Other Countries Section. Select one of the links below to get access to each dataset.

Boundaries

  • Global Administrative Areas: a database of the location of the world's administrative areas (boundaries), including countries, counties, departments etc.

Topography

  • North American Atlas Framework Data (NRCan): standardized geospatial data sets at 1:10,000,000 scale, covering Canada, the United States and Central America. A number of map layers are included: populated places, hydrology, transportation, administrative boundaries, bathymetry, glaciers and sea ice.
  • Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) (US Geological Survey): digital elevation models for most of the world.

Land Cover & Land Use

Environment & Natural Resources

Agriculture

Infrastructure

Satellite Imagery

  • Landsat GeoCover Mosaics (NASA): a global set of regional images mosaicked from the Landsat GeoCover data set: GeoCover circa 1990 and circa 2000. 
  • Reverb/ECHO (NASA): metadata and service discovery tool for remote sensing and Earth Science data.
  • Landsat Missions: free access to Global Orthorectified Landsat Datasets for three epochs: 1970's MSS, 1990's TM, and 2000's ETM+.