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  • Announcement: Small-Scale WMS and WFS in The National Map
  • On September 18, 2015, older National Atlas Web Map Services (WMS) and Web Feature Services (WFS) were shut down. The National Atlas services were made available beyond their originally scheduled shutdown date of September 30, 2014 to allow users access until new small-scale services became operational in the summer of 2015.

    As of January 2017 in an effort to stabilize dynamic services being served through The National Map, USGS has temporarily suspended small-scale services. The timeframe in which these services will be down is not yet determined, and some services may eventually be consolidated with others or no longer offered. We hope to have small-scale services back up sometime in March 2017.

    Small-Scale Web Services

    The National Map offers Web Map Services (WMS) that lets you connect to the small-scale data using your Web browser, geographic information system (GIS), or desktop mapping program to visualize and dynamically access and retrieve small-scale data.

    You can connect to nationalmap.gov to display or use our data in your own maps and applications. The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) provides open standards for a variety of web services.

    The new web services are now available through the ESRI REST services API and in the following open formats listed in the table below.

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    • OGC Web Map Services (WMS) lets you visualize the National Map Small-scale data using your Web browser, geographic information system (GIS), or desktop mapping program. This connection allows you to retrieve images of any of our geospatial data sets using ArcGIS, Geomedia, Google Earth, Quantum GIS, or The National Map Viewer.
    • OGC Web Feature Services (WFS) allow access and retrieval of feature information for the one million scale vector data. Using this WFS connection in Geomedia or ArcGIS, you can retrieve the features you select for just your area of interest. No downloading is necessary.
    • OGC Web Coverage Services (WCS) allow access and retrieval of raster information for the 100 meter raster data.

    Small-scale Web Services List

    Category ESRI OGC
    Global Map REST ArcGIS Online WMS WFS
    1 Million Boundaries REST ArcGIS Online WMS WFS
    1 Million Contours REST ArcGIS Online WMS WFS
    1 Million Hydrography REST ArcGIS Online WMS WFS
    1 Million Transportation REST ArcGIS Online WMS WFS
    100 Meter Color Shaded Relief REST ArcGIS Online WMS WCS
    100 Meter Color Sliced Elevation REST ArcGIS Online WMS WCS
    100 Meter Elevation REST ArcGIS Online WMS WCS
    100 Meter Gray Shaded Relief REST ArcGIS Online WMS WCS
    100 Meter Impervious Surface REST ArcGIS Online WMS WCS
    100 Meter Land Cover REST ArcGIS Online WMS WCS
    100 Meter Natural Earth REST ArcGIS Online WMS WCS
    100 Meter Satellite View Shaded Relief REST ArcGIS Online WMS WCS
    100 Meter Satellite View REST ArcGIS Online WMS WCS
    100 Meter Tree Canopy REST ArcGIS Online WMS WCS

    Plans for the Web Services from The National Map Small Scale

    • As new map layers are added or updated, they will automatically be added to the WMS.
    • We will add new data to the WFS as it is released.
    • Updates are reported by Twitter.
    • If you have quick and easy instructions for using the Small-Scale WMS or WFS in your map viewer or application, please share them with us.

    Reporting Problems with The National Map Small-Scale WMS or WFS
    To report problems with our services you may contact us here.

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