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Fact Sheet 2008–3069

U.S.-Mexico Border Geographic Information System

By Jean Parcher


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Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and the development of extensive geodatabases have become invaluable tools for addressing a variety of contemporary societal issues and for making predictions about the future. The United States-Mexico Geographic Information System (USMX-GIS) is based on fundamental datasets that are produced and/or approved by the national geography agencies of each country, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the Instituto Nacional de Estadística Y Geografía (INEGI) of Mexico, and the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC). The data are available at various scales to allow both regional and local analysis. The USGS and the INEGI have an extensive history of collaboration for transboundary mapping including exchanging digital technology and developing methods for harmonizing seamless national level geospatial datasets for binational environmental monitoring, urban growth analysis, and other scientific applications.

Version 1.0

Posted October 2008

For additional information contact:

Jean Parcher,
U.S. Geological Survey
8027 Exchange Drive
Austin, Texas 78754-4733

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Suggested citation:

Parcher, J.W., 2008, U.S.-Mexico Border Geographic Information System: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2008–3069, 4 p., also available in Spanish.


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