Digital Data & Atlases
These databases were located on the computer access workstation in the Map Collection (Room 316) of the Science & Engineering Library. The software that appeared on these has been retained and most still runs on newer systems. If you need access, please contact the Silverman Reference Desk, by calling 645-2945 or via e-mail askASL@buffalo.edu. Please note that ArcView and ESRI software is available at a workstation in the UGL/SEL Reference area of UGL. See a reference librarian for assistance.
For online access to New York topo quads, see also the New York State Gazetteer & GeoData Collection. This UB Libaries page provides a gazetteer, along with the digital collection of downloadable USGS topographic maps, such as georeferenced Digital Raster Graphics (DRG's). These maps are suitable for both general use and GIS applications.
Additional cartographic data discs are available in the Map Room Reference Collection and these are in the BISON catalog. Contact a reference librarian to access these items that are housed in the Map Room Office.
|Software||Databases & Atlases||Climatologic||Geologic||Other Databases||Additional Data Discs|
Arc View GIS software produced by the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI). Start with this link for UB GIS.
Hammond Atlas of the World
Hammond Incorporated, 1998.
Similar to print version (Map Rm Ref G1021 .H2665 1997); quick access by name, continent, coordinates, and many other methods. Allows for some customizing of maps, and can measure between two geographic points.
SAT 10 New York
"Using the Sat 10 data with XMap 3.5 or Topo USA 4.0, you can view 10-meter satellite data and find new roads and other map features that may not be seen in older, USGS map data. With the Sat 10 data, new roads are easy to find--displaying as bright white lines on the map. You can also use your DeLorme program's split-window functionality to view the satellite data along with 3-D TopoQuads or Topo USA 3.0/4.0 data"--Guide sheet.
Street Atlas USA 2004
Contains street level detail of U.S.
Topo USA (ver. 5)
Topo USA also allows you to make customized, three-dimensional (3-D) topographic maps using the USGS 1:24,000 scale topographic map series. Locate any place in the US quickly and easily; search by placename, ZIP code, area code, and exchange or latitude/longitude; profile backcountry travels for distance and elevation; fly around the country in a 3-D perspective. Topo USA also lets you add symbols and other elements, allowing you to further customize the map that you create.
Contents: V.1. Northeast --v.2. Southeast --v.3. Great Lakes and Plains --v.4. Southwest --v.5. Mountain states --v.6. Pacific West. Read more on this software. Also see the following title for detailed New York state maps.
3-D TopoQuads: New York
Includes USGS topographic map coverage and mapping software for New York State. Software features allow the user to locate places in New York State, search by placename, geographic feature, latitude/longitude or USGS quad, view a 3-D perspective to preview the lay of the land, customize maps, and print customized features. Includes installation instructions, tutorials and help documentation. Also includes support for GPS systems.
Published in 1994 by the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
Contains bibliographic citations for the original naming of stratigraphic units, and a history of any revisions.
US Geological Survey and National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) Databases:
Note: The below listed data sets are limited to the dates shown (or earlier). For later and current data, refer to website: Water Resources Data. Databases and data sets, plus news and current data on water (streamflow, precipitation, etc.) for each state. New York data. Additional water data links are provided on the ASL Geography/Cartography page under Government Resources (EPA and USGS).
USGS Daily Values
Published by Earth Info, Inc. in 1997. Contains flow data for streams in the northeast US, as well as actual observations on more than 50 parameters, including water and soil temperatures, wind, dissolved oxygen, reservoir storage, etc.
USGS Peak Values
Published by Earth Info, Inc. in 1997. Contains hydrological data for streams in the northeast US.
USGS Quality of Ground Water
Published by Earth Info, Inc. in 1998. Contains data on the quality of ground water in the northeast US.
USGS Quality of Surface Water
Published by Earth Info, Inc. in 1998. Contains data on the quality of surface water in the northeast U.S.
NCDC Summary of the Day
Published by Earth Info, Inc. Coverage generally includes 1948-1997. Contains daily climatological data, including temperature maximum, temperature minimum, precipitation, and snow fall for the northeast U.S.
NCDC Hourly Precipitation
Published by Earth Info, Inc. in 1997. Contains hourly climatological data for weather stations in the northeast US.
Published in 1994 by the United States Geologic Survey. Contains bibliographic citations for the original naming of stratigraphic units, and a history of any revisions.
Produced by the National Geophysical Data Center. Contains data on solar variability affecting earth.
Photographic Guide to Mineral Species
Produced by the Excalibur Mineral Company in 1999. Shows the localities of minerals, their classification, and color photographs.
National Geographic CD-ROM. Dedicated PC also in the Map Collection, contains issues of National Geographic from 1888-1996. Contact the Map Librarian to arrange for use.
SAE Technical Papers
Published in 1995 by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). Contains full-text technical papers of the SAE.
These CD-ROMs and DVDs are in BISON with the location "Map Room Reference" and are kept in the Map Room Office. please contact the UGL/SEL Reference Desk, by calling 645-2945 or via e-mail askASL@buffalo.edu to use these discs.
- Digital Environmental Atlas of Georgia. Georgia Geologic Survey Publication CD-1 (ver. 2). USGS data in ESRI format. Map Rm Ref Office G3921.G3 2001 .D3.
Guide Author: David J. Bertuca
Last Update: 24 January 2013