The National Geospatial Program (NGP; http://www.usgs.gov/ngpo/) satisfies the needs of customers by providing geospatial products and services that customers incorporate into their decisionmaking and operational activities. These products and services provide geospatial data that are organized and maintained in cost-effective ways and developed by working with partners and organizations whose activities align with those of the program. To accomplish its mission, the NGP—
- organizes, maintains, publishes, and disseminates the geospatial baseline of the Nation's topography, natural landscape, and manmade environment through The National Map
- fosters a general understanding of broad geographic patterns, trends, and conditions through The National Atlas of the United States of America
- increases the efficiency of the Nation's geospatial community by improving communications about geospatial data, products, services, projects, needs, standards, and best practices.
The NGP comprises seven major components (described below), that are managed as a unified set. For
example, The National Map
establishes data standards and identifies geographic areas where
specific types of geospatial data need to be incorporated into The National Map
Network Liaisons work with Federal, State, local, and tribal partners to help acquire the data.
Geospatial technical operations ensure the quality control, integration, and availability to the public
of the data acquired. The Emergency Operations Office provides the requirements to The National
and, during emergencies and natural disasters, provides rapid dissemination of information
and data targeted to the needs of emergency responders. The National Atlas uses data from The
and other sources to make small-scale maps and multimedia articles about the maps.
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