The Digital Scholar’s Lab is located on the third floor of Richter Library in Room 344 near the elevators. It houses 24 PC workstations with GIS, and Data Analysis/ Visualization software installed (ArcGIS Pro, ArcMap, R, RStudio, SAS, SPSS, NVivo, Tableau and others).
The lab is available for use during Library operations hours.
Larissa Montas, PhD
GIS Librarian for Instruction & Engagement
The premier human geography foundation population datasets - LandScan Global, LandScan High-Definition (HD), and LandScan USA - are now being offered to the public without restrictions.
These datasets are intended to aid in emergency preparedness, readiness, response, and recovery missions; risk assessments; site suitability studies; and a full range of other applications that depend on accurate population data.
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, in partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has released the latest version of global population distribution data, LandScan Global 2022. The LandScan Global dataset has approximately 1-kilometer resolution, representing a 24-hour ambient population
• Adjusted population totals and distributions to account for refugee and internallydisplaced persons for Burma, Bangladesh, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.
• Artificial intelligence-delineated building feature extents from high resolution imagery for Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Comoros, Indonesia, Laos, Madagascar, Maldives, Mauritius, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand.
• Global addition of thousands of smaller villages and populated places through the refinement of built-up areas.
In addition to the availability of the annual LandScan Global, NGA also offers LandScan HighDefinition (HD). LandScan HD provides a population distribution dataset over smaller geographic areas with approximately 90-meter resolution
July 5, 2022: Planet 15 TB imagery subscription acquired
PlanetScope 3 meter image of Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii 06/24/2022
Feb. 23, 2022: Data Axle US Consumer (Residential) Historical Dataset Acquired
ESRI Corona Virus GIS Dashboard to Track Prevalence
Corona Virus Impact Planning Reports from ESRI's Business Analyst Online
El Camino del Cimarron
See this new interactive map called El Camino del Cimarron on ArcGIS online chronicling a 12-day trek through central Cuba by FIU Prof. Guillermo Grenier to promote the story of runaway slave Esteban Montejo written about in Miguel Barnet's 1966 book The Biography of a Runaway Slave: http://arcg.is/1Q8km7v
Getting Starting with ArcGIS Pro , a five and a half hour self-paced online course, is a great place to start.
An Esri training specialist is available to discuss your training needs and make training recommendations. Call 800-447-9778, ext. 5757 or send an e-mail to GIStraining@esri.com.
GeoDa is a software package that conducts spatial data analysis, geovisualization, spatial autocorrelation, and spatial modeling.
GRASS GIS is software used for geospatial data management and analysis, image processing, graphics/maps production, spatial modeling, and visualization.
OpenGeo Suite powers web, mobile, and desktop applications across the enterprise. Built on leading open source software – including PostGIS, GeoServer, GeoWebCache, OpenLayers, and QGIS – OpenGeo Suite optimizes standards-based technology for organizations large and small.
OpenStreetMap is a collaborative project to create a free, editable map of the world.
Q GIS is an open source program that allows you to visualize, manage, edit, analyze data, and compose printable maps.
ArcGIS Pro is a comprehensive geographic information system used for creating and using maps; compiling geographic data; analyzing mapped information; sharing and discovering geographic information; using maps and geographic information in a range of applications; and managing geographic information in a database.
The University has entered into a site license for ArcGIS Pro. For faculty and staff to download ArcGIS, first request an ArcGIS Online account from the GIS Services Librarian. Once an account is obtained, ArcGIS Pro software can be downloaded from ArcGIS Online by clicking your username in the upper right corner then selecting My Settings>Licenses>ArcGIS Pro>Download.
For instructional assistance, contact Dr. Larissa Montas, GIS Librarian for Instruction & Engagement. These instructional documents accompany workshops introducing participants to ESRI mapping and spatial analysis suite of products. Participants will learn how to create interactive maps, how to add, manage, and share content, and how to perform basic spatial analysis procedures with their data. Participants will also learn how to create and share basic web apps—and how to access a wide variety of demographic, consumer spending, and business data aggregated at different geographic levels—to generate presentation-ready reports, infographics, and maps. If you are UM-affiliated and do not have the proper credentials for this software program, contact us for assistance.
- Introduction to ArcGIS Online (download link)
- Introduction to Business Analyst Online Web App (download link)
Additional training: short (2-page) training and instructional documents on GIS techniques using ArcGIS Pro.
- Mapping for Disaster Relief & Emergency Management (download link)
- Add (Calculate) Geometry Attributes in ArcGIS Pro (download link)
- ArcGIS Pro Count the number of points inside polygons using Spatial Join (download link)
- ArcGIS Pro: Join an excel or csv table to a feature layer (download link)
- Determining the predominant type of features when overlaying two polygon layers (download link)
- Clipping a raster in ArcGIS Pro (download link)
- Export an attribute table from ArcGIS Pro to Excel (download link)
- Deriving a slope surface in ArcGIS Pro (download link)
- Deriving an aspect surface in ArcGIS Pro (download link)
- Editing the style of a vector tile in ArcGIS (download link)
- Creating a profile graph from a surface in ArcGIS Pro (download link)
REGISTER TO ATTEND
GIS Day 2023
Wednesday, November 15, 2023 | 1:00 p.m.
Location: Otto G. Richter Library / 3rd Floor Conference Room (Hybrid)
1:00-1:15 p.m. Welcome Remarks
- Welcome from Senior Associate Dean Caleb Everett, College of Arts and Sciences
- Welcome from Dean Charles Eckman, University Libraries
- Welcome from José Maria Cardoso da Silva, Professor and Chair, Department of Geography and Sustainable Development
- Sophia Plancich, UM ‘24, BA in International Studies and Ecosystem Science and Policy, UM
- "Greening the Church: The Contribution of Faith-Owned Greenspace towards Urban Equity in Baltimore City"
- Lucas Britton, UM ’23, BA in Political Science and Geography and Sustainable Development
- Library Access Services Technician, UM
- Gladiz Velez, UM ’23, BA in Ecosystem Science and Policy
- Geospatial Analyst, Tribal Historic Preservation Office, Seminole Tribe of Florida
- "Seminole THPO GIS: Internal Development and Education"
- Dishane Hewavithana, UM ’23, PhD in Environmental Science and Policy
- Post-doctoral Researcher, FIU
- "Navigating the Linear Landscape"
Location: Foote Green
- David Kronman, UM ’25, BA in Marine Affairs and Geography and Sustainable Development
- David has been interested in drones as a tool to enhance science and started using drones professionally for commercial real estate development in 2020.
- Larissa Montas, GIS Specialist, UM
- "GIS Applications in Emergency Response Management"
- Sarbeswar Praharaj, Assistant Professor, UM
- "Exploring Poverty and Inequality through GIS Applications"
- Diego J. Cancel Montalvo, Sustainability and Resiliency Supervisor, City of Coral Gables
- "Building a More Sustainable & Resilient City Beautiful"
- Juan Cancel, Assistant Director, THPO, Seminole Tribe of Florida
- "Seminole Tribal Historic Preservation Office GIS: The Spatial Evolution of Cultural Resource Protection"
Join us outside the event room for a celebratory networking reception. Mix and mingle with UM students, our panelists, and event organizers.
Digital Exhibit Submissions
- Digital Exhibit Submissions: Call for Posters and Story Maps
Sandesh Lamsal, Kylee Rux, Abdullah Rahmatullah, Gustavo Aguilar
In October 2012, one of the most destructive hurricanes in U.S. history made landfall, referred to as Superstorm Sandy. Tottenville, NY was exposed storm surge levels of 14 feet. Following the hurricane, a national competition was launched for climate change adaptation projects. One of the selected projects was the Staten Island Living Breakwaters Project. GIS mapping was applied to pre-storm and post-storm data to assess the impacts of Hurricane Sandy and to evaluate the benefits of implementing a breakwater structure. GIS maps offered valuable insights. Tottenville’s southeast coast, consisting of high home values and concentrations of buildings, experienced significant damage. Results concerning the socio-economic landscape revealed disparities in median household income. Additional GIS maps depicted the effectiveness of breakwater structures, highlighting the potential of breakwaters for coastal protection and climate resilience. Ultimately, GIS offered visual representations and played an essential role in assessing the effect of Hurricane Sandy.
The study focuses on flood risk mapping for New York City using QGIS and historical flood event data. Flooding is a widespread issue in the United States, affecting both coastal and inland areas, with various causes such as heavy rain, structural failures, and natural disasters. New York has faced significant flood events in its history. The research aims to assess flood risk and potential expansion of floodplains, taking into account factors like urbanization and rising temperatures. Understanding these dynamics is essential for proactive measures to mitigate flood risk in the city.
Ana Bido and Annika Murray
Abstract: This research project delves into the prevalence and patterns of hate crimes in the United States. By examining data on criminal acts driven by prejudice based on factors such as race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or disability, the study aims to identify states with the highest incidence of such crimes. Through a comprehensive analysis, this research seeks to uncover geographical trends and underlying factors contributing to elevated hate crime rates. The findings promise to shed light on the dynamics of hatred within American society, offering valuable insights for policymakers, law enforcement, and community leaders. Ultimately, the project strives to contribute to a better understanding of the complex interplay of societal elements that fuel hate crimes, paving the way for more effective prevention and intervention strategies nationwide.
Abstract: Movement data and estimation of home-range sizes provide insight into the types and amount of habitat needed to support wildlife populations, which is critical for conservation planning. Gopher Tortoises, which are important ecosystem engineers and keystone species across the southeastern US, are experiencing ongoing population declines and warrant additional habitat protection and management throughout their range. We implemented a short-term study of immature Gopher Tortoise spatial ecology at Archbold Biological Station (ABS), Florida to determine home-range size and movement levels of 3–7-yr-old tortoises. We used GPS technology to obtain high-resolution temporal tracking data. Despite the relatively short duration of our study (40 d), immature Gopher Tortoises at ABS had home-range sizes 0.38 - 1.46 ha, which are approximately 6.6-fold larger than previously reported annual home-range estimates. Our results illustrate the importance of employing new technologies to track previously difficult-to-observe life stages and improve conservation efforts for imperiled species.
A spatial analysis of health facilities that accept Medicare and FQHCs relative to self-reported health status and marginalized populations.
Jason Houston, Julian Bastianello, Craig Nixon, Jacob Pultro
Flooding is a recurrent concern that has been affecting coastal cities for years, including Brickell - Miami, FL. The low-lying coastal location of Brickell with the constant increase of sea-level rising in past years has caused Brickell to be a main point of concern for flooding hazards and risks. To effectively prevent any flooding damage from occurring throughout the city, it is essential to see which locations are most susceptible to flooding and why. Utilizing tools such as ArcGIS to effectively view the area of concern through the lens of past data and geographical information, we can accurately assess how to map out the risk found in Brickell, Miami.
Abstract: Racial minorities are overrepresented in homeless populations within the United States
This research endeavors to comprehensively investigate the geospatial repercussions of the anticipated Cascade Fault earthquake on the islands within Coos Bay, Oregon. The study employs advanced mapping techniques, including satellite imagery analysis and geographic information systems (GIS), to assess the extent of physical changes to the landscape. Furthermore, the study focuses on evaluating the demographic vulnerabilities of communities residing on these islands in the aftermath of the earthquake. Utilizing demographic data, including population density, socio-economic indicators, and infrastructure mapping, the research seeks to identify and characterize the communities most susceptible to formation of islands. The outcomes of this research can be used to think about risk assessment for Coos Bay, providing valuable insights for emergency responders. Ultimately, this research aims to enhance the community's ability to prepare for, respond to, and recover from seismic events, ensuring a more resilient and adaptive future for the residents of Coos Bay, Oregon.
Due to Miami’s unsafe and inaccessible road infrastructure, bicyclists and pedestrians are extremely vulnerable to injuries from car accidents. According to Transit Alliance Miami, pedestrian and cyclist fatalities in Miami-Dade County are almost double the national average when adjusted for population. The built environment includes road design, land-use types, surrounding establishments, and infrastructure and it can be a determining factor for which areas turn into hotspots for accidents. I gathered data on crash incidences in the county as well as the 2021 mean household income using the Miami-Dade open GIS hub and ArcGIS pro. I focused on two high-risk areas, Little Havana and SW 67th Avenue, which had the highest number of pedestrian and bike accidents. Both are located in lower-income areas and have poor road environments. Lower-income areas experience an increased incidence of traffic crashes, injuries, and deaths than higher-income areas.
William Kalis, Chris Papa, Luke Bartholomew, Jonathan Tong
Presented is the existing topography of Gautier Plaza on the University of Miami Coral Gables campus, located between the Knight Physics and McArthur Engineering buildings. Gautier Plaza is very susceptible to flooding, caused in part by the shifting of pavers around a number of large oak trees in the area that have created a low spot in the center of the plaza. The purpose of this endeavor is to establish a catchment area for this flood location, using ArcGIS Pro to model collected point-elevation data. In Spring 2024, our team will go on to propose design solutions for flooding in Gautier Plaza. Two potential solutions include sizing and installing a new storm drain at a low point within the catchment area, and re-grade Gautier Plaza, addressing the roots of the surrounding oak trees.
Guna Medavarapu, Guang Liang, Ethan Khan
Improving Michigan City's risk management and resilience is critical in the face of changing circumstances. This effort aims to strengthen the city's resilience against both natural and man-made disasters as a preventive step. By means of cooperative endeavors, substantial infrastructure enhancements, and community involvement, our objective is to establish a sturdy structure that not only reduces hazards but also cultivates a more secure and safe atmosphere for the citizens of Michigan City.
Abstract: My storymap details how future Sea Level Rise will affect Septic Tank Systems in Miami-Dade County. I attempt to showcase risk assessment, what areas will be affected most, and possible solutions to the emerging problems.
The content of this story map is part of a research project that takes the neighborhood called "Akachmir" as a case study. The research project is about the use of Building Information
Modeling (BIM) and Geographic Information System (GIS) in urban regeneration projects. Thus, this story map is reflecting the step of the case study presentation, in which the use of GIS is very important for a good visualization and analysis of the neighborhood and its urban regeneration plan. This story map could be very useful to present and share the project with all the stakeholders for an effective collaboration and decision-making.
This project focuses on the impact of industry on the St. Lawrence River in Quebec. Using data from the Government of Canada’s website the location of industries that border the
river was mapped out and organized into 5 main sectors. Included also is an analysis of the spatial layout of these industries as well as the identity and quantity of their effluents. Water quality parameters (both average and on a parameter-by-parameter basis) were mapped on-top of that layout to determine how the industrial effluents have affected the region. The study found that throughout the river there were heightened levels of nutrients as well as the presence of many toxic man-made chemicals, though in relatively low concentrations. An overview of conservation efforts over the years is also given to provide context to the issue as well as recommendations for the future of the river.
Who Can Participate?
We are extending an invitation to all University of Miami students. Whether you're delving into GIS for the first time or you're an advanced user, this is your platform to shine. Showcase your academic or professional research that harnesses the power of GIS technology.
- Posters: Submit as a PDF. Ensure clarity, readability, and visual appeal.
- StoryMaps: Should be accessible via a shared link and offer interactive engagement.
- Abstract: Include a brief abstract (max 150 words) describing your project, its significance, methods, and main findings or insights.
- Deadline: All entries must be submitted by November 10th, 2023.
- Submission: [firstname.lastname@example.org]
- All entries will have the opportunity for further dissemination through the University of Miami’s GIS platform and affiliated channels.
- The top three entries will be honored with a Certificate of Achievement.
- Showcase your GIS-related work to a broad audience.
- Network with GIS professionals, faculty, and students.
- Gain feedback and insights on your project.
When you are starting on a spatial project located in Florida you should start with this portal. This will save you time and effort as most of the other Florida resources we have listed for you on this page can be searched through this site.
FGDL is a mechanism for distributing spatial (GIS) data throughout the state of Florida. The FGDL is warehoused and maintained at the University of Florida's GeoPlan Center.
It is a links list, and is constantly updating.
- LABINS Main Page (DOQQ, High-Resolution Imagery, DRG, etc)
- LABINS County Data
- Florida Geospatial Metadata Index
Florida International University (FIU) Since its establishment in 1998, the FIU Library Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing Center has been supporting research and teaching in many academic units, including Engineering, Computing and Information Sciences, Biological Sciences, Earth and Environment, Public Health, and Global & Sociocultural Studies. MIUS collections include printed and digital maps, imagery and other GIS data.
University of Florida Digital Collections (George A Smathers Libraries)
The University of Florida Map & Digital Imagery Library houses the largest and most complete collection of Florida aerial photographs (~160,000 photos) outside of the National Archives.
The links in this guide are for your convenience. All of this data is available through the FGDL link available on the top left of this page. This FGDL is the geoportal you should be using if your study falls within Florida. However, we know you may want to see the data in the context of the government entity that is providing the data and that is what this list is for. As these governments agencies are currently migrating their GIS data to FGDL the links on their own pages will go dead. We will update links as we find them or you may report them to email@example.com. Thank you for understanding this guide is currently dynamic. *UPDATED 12/15/13*
Florida Bureau of Economic and Business Research (BEBR) Collects, analyzes and generates economic and demographic data on Florida and its local areas. They conduct economic and demographic research that will inform public policy and business decision making.
- Florida Conservation Lands
- Florida Forever Board of Trustees Projects
- Florida Forever Acquisitions
- Critical Lands and Waters Identification Project
Florida Department of Community Affairs (FDCA)
- Division of Housing and Community Development - Areas of Critical State Concern
- Division of Community Planning - DRIs (Developments of Regional Impact)
- Status of Developments of Regional Impact Excel format PDF format
- Waterfronts Florida Program
- Waterfronts Community Case Studies 2009
Florida Department of Corrections (FDOC)
Florida Department of Education (FDOE)
Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM)
Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP)
- FDEP Geographic Information Systems
- Bureau of Beaches and Coastal Systems
- Watershed Management Basin Rotation Project (BASIN 411)
- Florida Geological Survey (FGS) - Data and Maps
- Basin Management Action Plans (BMAP)
- Water Data Center
- STORage and RETrieval database (STORET)
- Tank Facility - All Locations & LatLong Information (by County)
- Petroleum Contamination - Contaminated Facilities List
- Water Assurance Compliance System (WACS) - Solid Waste Solid Waste Facility Inventory Report
Florida Department of Health (FDOH)
- Division of Environmental Health
- Florida Agency for Health Care Administration
- Healthcare Practitioner License Search
Florida Department of Revenue (FDOR)
Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT)
- FDOT GIS Data / Maps Directory
- FDOT Survey and Mapping Geographic Mapping Section
- FDOT Unified Base Map Repository
- Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV)
- Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged
- Outdoor Advertising Data Download
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission FFWCC (FWC & FWRI)
- Marine Resources Geographic Information System (MRGIS)
- Terrestrial Resources Geographic Information System (TRGIS)
- Integrated Wildlife Habitat Ranking System (IWHRS)
- Strategic Habitat Conservation Areas (SHCA)
- 2003 Florida Vegetation And Land Cover
- Mapping Threats to Florida Freshwater Habitats
- Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Water Quality Protection Program
Florida Legislature Office of Economic & Demographic Research (EDR)
Florida Natural Areas Inventory (FNAI)
- FNAI GIS Data
- Florida Forever GIS Data
- Apalachicola Region Resources On the Web (ARROW)
- Critical Lands and Waters Identification Project (CLIP)
- iMap Invasives
Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority
Note that only datasets marked as "Federal" are subject to the U.S. Federal Government and Data.gov's Data Policy. Non-federal participants (e.g., universities, organizations, and tribal, state, and local governments) maintain their own data policies. It is important that users understand the data policies of participating entities in order to best utilize these datasets. A description of this catalog and information about the datasets presented and associated metrics is available here.
These maps are already identified by regional planners as necessary and usable. They are from data sets usable at the national level. Most are already in use for planning. The site is overwhelming for some so you may want to start with the Search bar. When you are having trouble finding data from other sources this may be the one place that data in some form may be found. We recommend using this link broken down by Department of the United States Government. Click on and search within the Department of the government.
National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD)
These data sets were not necessarily collected for the purpose of mapping or conducting spatial analysis; therefore users may have to do additional work to make these collections compatible with their particular GIS. Please note that this is a static list updated monthly by NACJD staff. Users should also check the Recent Updates and Additions link on the Download Data page to see the most recent data collections added to the archive.
In the National Atlas Map Maker, you can assemble, view, and print your own maps. You can choose from hundreds of layers of geographic information to make maps. Each map layer can be displayed individually or mixed with others as you tailor a map to your needs. For example, you can make a map showing America's streams and lakes. And you can add new map layers showing additional geographic information, such as state boundaries, county boundaries, roads, railroads, and towns and cities. This not currently a download site but will serve well for people not familiar with GIS technology.
National Library of Medicine TOXMAP
Chemical releases and hazardous waste sites from theEPA's Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) and the SuperfundNational Priorities List (NPL).Click on in the upper left to access data. The site is being upgraded so if you experience any difficulty while using assistive technology or accessing information while on the TOXMAP web site, please contact NLOM via email or call them at (301) 496-1131.
NESDIS at the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
The National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) is dedicated to providing timely access to global environmental data from satellites and other sources to promote, protect and enhance the Nation's economy, security, environment and quality of life. To fulfill its responsibilities, NESDIS—informally known as the NOAA Satellite and Information Service—acquires and manages the Nation's operational environmental satellites, operates the NOAA National Data Centers. The four main data sets are broken out below.
- NOAA Satellite and Information Service
- National Climate Data Center
- National Geophysical Data Center
- National Weather Service GIS Data Portal
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
The Dynamic Maps, Geographic Information System (GIS) Data and Analysis Tools website provides maps, data and tools for renewable energy resources that determine which energy technologies are viable solutions in domestic and international regions.
National Wetlands Inventory *COMING SOON 2014*
This national geospatial data product will contribute substantially to improved modeling of flow and water movement in surface water basins, channels, and wetlands. The old site has been removed, you can use the UN version under Global Data till the new site is up and running.
UPDATE 12/15/13 Some data is now available using through the left margin of the page.
USDA, FSA National Agriculture Imagery Program (NAIP)â€‹
The National Agriculture Imagery Program (NAIP) acquires aerial imagery during the agricultural growing seasons in the continental U.S. A primary goal of the NAIP program is to make digital ortho photography available to governmental agencies and the public within a year of acquisition.
USGS National Map
Use The National Map Viewer and Download Platform to visualize, inspect, and download our most current topographic base map data and products for free.
Census BoundariesTIGER products are spatial extracts from the Census Bureau's MAF/TIGER database, containing features such as roads, railroads, rivers, as well as legal and statistical geographic areas. The Census Bureau offers several file types and an online mapping application. Our products are:
Example of time-series study with Daytona Beach topo maps:
Daytona Beach 24K 1952
Daytona Beach 24K 1980
Daytona Beach 24K 1993
United States Geological Survey:
Over 100K modern and historic scanned topographic maps of the United States.
USGS Map Locator & Downloader
Yale University Beinecke Library Digital Maps: thousands of antique scanned maps.
Library of Congress:
Digital Collection with over 15,000 scanned maps.
Source for GIS data and scanned maps from a consortium of dozens of Universities & Organizations.
Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps:
Detailed scale maps mostly of United States towns & cities c. 1880-1930
Michigan State guide to Sanborns
NYPL Sanborns & similar type atlases
Historic Sanborn overlay on modern map example
Fairly comprehensive gazetteer of world place names and features excluding the USA.
United States Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System
Gazetteer of United States place names and features.
World gazetteer with descriptions of places in addition to coordinates.
Columbia Gazetteer of the World