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Finding and Using GIS Data

The AGS Library's Guide to Finding GIS data and working with it for your specific project needs

Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey


Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey


About: (From WGNHS site) The WGNHS, a part of the University of Wisconsin, is an interdisciplinary organization that conducts natural resources surveys and research to produce information used for decision making, problem solving, planning, management, development, and education. Survey is defined to include resource inventory and basic and applied research and analysis. The WGNHS has no specific regulatory or enforcement responsibilities.

Survey staff members conduct topical as well as local, regional, and statewide research projects; collect and store data and physical samples; analyze these data and samples; communicate results to the public via publications; and respond to numerous requests for technical advice and service. Some projects are conducted jointly with state, federal, and local agencies as well as with other units of the university.

Data Available: Maps, GIS data, and tabular data; limited to select counties and locations.

Topics include: Bedrock geology, groundwater resources, historical geology, and more.


How to get GIS data

1. From the "Maps/Data" tab, select "GIS DATA".

2. Click the "Get GIS data files" button.

3. You can browse the available datasets, or search using the search box.

4. Click on the dataset you wish to use.

5. Click the "Free Download" button, and choose to save the file to your computer.

The Contents of Finding and Using GIS Data may be reused with attribution for Non-Commercial purposes.

Finding and Using GIS Data by Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License