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GIS (Geographic Information Systems) & Remote Sensing: Data

This guide covers resources and tools helpful for people interested in GIS & remote sensing.

The Library collects GIS data for areas around the world, with an emphasis on the nine county San Francisco Bay Area and northern California. Data can be accessed via GeoData @ UC Berkeley (the Library's geoportal), various databases, and at the GIS workstations in the Earth Sciences & Map Library. The guides below also include links to frequently-requested public datasets and sources.

Where can I find GIS data for... ?

map of the United States marked with push pins

Basic GIS Data

A guide to sources for GIS data for basic mapping and analysis.

map of San Francisco Bay Delta

Natural Sciences

An overview of geospatial resources for Environmental Science research.

snapshot of choropleth map of SF Bay Area

Social Sciences

This guide gives you an overview of geospatial resources for Social Science research.

snapshot of Fall of Confederate Richmond project


This guide gives you an overview of geospatial resources for Humanities research.

map of California counties

Bay Area & California

A guide to GIS data sources for the Bay Area and California.

choropleth map of Middle East

U.S. & International

A guide to sources for GIS data covering the United States and international areas.

GeoData @ UC Berkeley

Check out the Library's geoportal for GIS data collected by the Library and partnering universities!

screenshot of geoportal home screen

Finding GIS data through UC Library Search

To search the library catalog for GIS data:

1) In UC Library Search search for "geospatial data" You can also add a place name or theme to your search.  Example: "geospatial data" Vietnam

UC Library Search for "geospatial data" Vietnam in main search box

2) Use the filters on the left side of the screen to limit the Resource Type to Maps

Filter to Resource Type "maps"