Geospatial Toolbox

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AUTHORS Greg Hellyer, US EPA New England Regional Lab, North Chelmsford, MA Peter Leinenbach, US EPA Region 10, Portland, OR Jeff Hollister, US EPA Office of Research and Development, Cincinnati, OH Naomi Detenbeck, US EPA Office of Research and Development, Narraganset, RI Susan Cormier, US EPA Office of Research and Development, Cincinnati, OH Jan Ciborowski, University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario Don Ebert, US EPA Office of Research and Development, Las Vegas, NV and Ann Lincoln, Tetra Tech Inc., Owings Mills, MD

SUMMARY The attached pdf file is an extensive compilation including over 200 resources for spatial data and analysis tools useful to enhance protection and restoration or rehabilitation of the nation’s waters. About half provide access to analytical tools; roughly a quarter provide point, grid, or vector data; while less than 10% point to geographic frameworks or to decision support systems. Information collected for each resource includes (when available) name, Web site, keywords, description, uses, ecosystems and stressors, related tools, examples, additional information, minimum software requirement, required expertise, technical support, developer, and contact information.



Alphabetical Tools List

3DEM - Terrain Visualization and Flyby Animation


AI - Geostats - A Web resource for Geostatistics and Spatial Statistics

Anthropogenic Ecotope Mapping (AEM)

Aqualand - Massachusetts Aquatic Landscape Characterization Tool


ArcHydro – GIS for Water Resources

Assessment of Hydrologic Alteration Software

Australian eWater Toolkit


Bentley - Water and Wastewater Network Analysis and Design Products


CAPS - A spatially explicit neutral model for community development

(CEH) Center for Ecology and Hydrology (UK)

Center for Geospatial Data Analysis - Indiana Geological Survey

(CLUZ) Conservation Land-Use Zoning software

Community Land Model 4.0


(CORMIX) - Cornell Mixing Zone Expert System

CrimeStat 3.3

CSDMS - Community Surface Dynamics Modeling System

CSIRO - CatchSIM (USA and Australia)




(DHRAM) - The Dundee Hydrological Regime Assessment Method

(DHSVM) - Distributed Hydrology Soil Vegetation Model 3.0

(DMIP 1 & 2) - Distributed Model Intercomparison Project



Environmental and Water Resource Software

EPA - Allocating Loads and Wasteloads


EPA - Exposure Assessment Models




EPA - Visual Plumes

EPA - Water Quality Models and Tools

EPA (AGWA) Automated Geospatial Watershed Assessment Tool

EPA (ATTAINS) - Assessment Total Maximum Daily Load Tracking and Implementation System

EPA (ATtILA) - Analytical Tools Interface for Landscape Assessments (ATtILA)

EPA (BASINS) - Better Assessment Science Integrating point and Nonpoint Sources

EPA (BASS) Bioaccumulation of Aquatic Systems Simulator

EPA (BEACON) Beach Advisory and Closing Online Notification

EPA (CADDIS) - Causal Analysis/Diagnosis Decision Information System

EPA (CEAM) - Center for Exposure Assessment Modeling

EPA (CREM) - Environmental Models Knowledge Base

EPA (EFDC) Environmental Fluid Dynamics Code

EPA (ENVIROFACTS) - One-stop Source for Environmental Information

EPA (EPD-RIV1) - One Dimensional Riverine Hydrodynamic and Water Quality Model

EPA (EXAMS) - Exposure Analysis Modeling System

EPA (EXPRESS): EXAMS - PRZM Exposure Simulation Shell


EPA (HSCTM2D) - Hydrodynamic, Sediment, and Contaminant Transport Model

EPA (HSPF) - Hydrological Simulation Program - FORTRAN

EPA (LSPC) - Loading Simulation Program in C++

EPA (NDZ) No-Discharge Zones for Vessel Sewage by State

EPA (NLFA) National Listing of Fish Advisories

EPA (NLFTS) - National Lake Fish Tissue Study

EPA (PCS) Water Discharge Permits

EPA (QUAL2K) River and Stream Water Quality Model

EPA (RAD) Reach Address Database

EPA (ReVA) Regional Vulnerability Assessment

EPA (SDWIS) Safe Drinking Water Information System

EPA (STEPL) - Spreadsheet Tool for Estimating Pollutant Load

EPA (STORET/WQX) - STOrage and RETrieval/Water Quality Exchange

EPA (SWMM 5) - Stormwater Management Model

EPA (WAM) - Watershed Assessment Model

EPA (WARMF) - Watershed Analysis Risk Management Framework

EPA (WASP7) - Water Quality Analysis Simulation Program

EPA (WATERS) Watershed Assessment, Tracking & Environmental Results

EPA (WCS) - Watershed Characterization System

EPA (WhAEM2000) - Wellhead Analytic Element Model

EPA (WHATIF) - Watershed Health Assessment Tools-Investigating Fisheries

EPA (WQSDB) Water Quality Standards Database

EPA (WWQMTSC) - Watershed and Water Quality Modeling Technical Support Center

EPA BASINS (CAT) - Climate Assessment Tool

EPA Clean Water Act Analytical Methods

EPA Coastal Variability and Adaptation Tools

EPA DFLOW 3.0 – A Tool for Low Flow Analysis

EPA Enviromapper for Water

EPA Estuarine classification

EPA Ecoregions Map Server

EPA Geospatial Portal

EPA- HSPF Web-based Tools

EPA Mercury Maps: A Quantitative Spatial Link Between Air Deposition and Fish Tissue

EPA Nutrient Criteria Database

EPA Omernik Ecoregions

EPA Watershed Central

EPA Water Quality Economics and Benefits

ESRI ArcHydro for ArcGIS 9.x & 10.x


Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC)

Florida Wetland ecoregions

FRAGSTATS - Spatial Pattern Analysis Program for Categorical Maps

Free Geography Tools


GeoDa Center for Geospatial Analysis and Computation

Geospatial Platform

Geospatial Modelling Environment

Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS)

(Globe) Global Collaboration Engine

Great Lakes Coastal Wetlands Consortium


(HydroSHEDS) - Hydrological data and maps based on SHuttle Elevation Derivatives at multiple Scales


ILWIS - Integrated Land and Water Information System

Indicators of Hydrologic Alteration (IHA)

Instream Flow Incremental Methodology (IFIM)

Instream Flow Council

Integrated Geologic Map Databases for the United States

Integrated Water Resources Management Toolbox (IWRM)

IWMI - OASIS (Options AnalysiS in Irrigation Systems)

IWMI - The Global Podium - Interactive water and food security scenario planning tool


IWMI Ecohydrological Databases

IWMI Global Environmental Flow Calculator (GEFC)



Kentucky Watershed Modeling Information Portal (KWMIP)


LANDIS - Landscape Disturbance and Succession Model

Landscape Analyst

Landscape Fire and Resource Management Planning Tools Project (LANDFIRE)

Landscape Fragmentation Geoprocessing Tool™


Layer Logic for ArcGIS

Long-term Hydrologic Impact Assessment Models (L-THIA)


Map Comparison Kit

MapCalc - Advanced Grid-based Map Analysis

Marxan: A Reserve System Selection Tool

MassDEP Habitat of Potential Regional and Statewide Importance

Matlab and Fortran Spatial Statistics Software

MERGANSER - Predicting Hg Levels in Fish & Loons in New England Lakes

Monitoring Trends in Burn Severity (MTBS)

(MWDT) - Multi-Watershed Delineation Tool


NASA (EOS) Earth Observing System

NASA (ESDIS) Earth Science Data and Information System Project

NASA (GCMD) - Global Change Master Directory

NASA (MODIS) Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer


NASA Earth Observatory

NASA - Visible Earth

NASA World Wind 1.4

National Agricultural Pesticide Risk Analysis (NAPRA Web)

National Atlas

National Climatic Data Center (NCDC)

National Coastal Assessment (NCA)

National Hydrography Dataset (NHD)

NHD Plus

National Wetland Inventory classification

NatureServe (EBMTools) Ecosystem-based Management Tools Network

(NLCD 1992) - National Land Cover Dataset

(NLCD 2001) - National Land Cover Dataset

(NLCD 2006) - National Land Cover Dataset

NOAA Coastal Change Analysis Program Regional Land Cover

NOAA (IFSAR) Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar

NOAA (ISAT) Impervious Surface Analysis Tool

NOAA (NOSA) Observing Systems Architecture

NOAA Benthic Habitat

NOAA CanVis Visual Simulation Tool

NOAA Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning

NOAA Coastal Innundation Toolkit

NOAA Digital Coast

NOAA GeoPlatform

NOAA Habitat Priority Planner

NOAA Improving Inundation Prediction and Visualization Capabilities for the New England Coast

NOAA Lidar Data Handler

NOAA (N-SPECT) Nonpoint Source Pollution and Erosion Comparison Tool

NOAA Remote Sensing for Coastal Management

NOAA Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flooding Impacts Viewer

NOAA Shorelin e DRAFT NOAA/TNC Coastal/Marine Ecological Classification Standard (CMECS2)

NRCS Soil Geography

NRCS - Hydrology and Hydraulics



(PANDA) Protected Areas Network Design Application

PASSaGE - (Pattern Analysis, Spatial Statistics and Geographic Exegesis)

PDW - A Program for Rescaling Map Resolution

PennState Center for Astrostatistics - Spatial statistics & image analysis

PEST - Model Independent Parameter Estimation

PRISM Climate Group

PYSAL - Python Spatial Analysis Library

PySAL - Open Source Python Library for Spatial Analytical Functions


Qrule - Generation of Landscape Neutral Models


R - Analysing Spatial Point Patterns

R - Analysis of Spatial Data

R - Spatial Projects (Sourceforge)

R - Spatstat - Open source software for spatial statistics

R Spatial Projects

R Wiki

River Tools™



SAGA - (System for Automated Geoscientific Analyses)

SaTScan™ - Software for Spatial, Temporal and Space-Time Scan Statistics

(Sleuth Model) Project Gigalopolis: Urban and Land Cover Modeling

Software - Biodiversity Informatics and Conservation Group

Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT)

SPARROW (SPAtially Referenced Regressions On Watershed attributes)

STARS - (Space-Time Analysis of Regional Systems)

Stream channel classification


(TauDEM 5)-Terrain Analysis Using Digital Elevation Models

The GAIA Model Base

The National Map

Thermal Infrared Imagery (TIR) and TMDLs

TIGER - Topologically Integrated Geographic Encoding and Referencing system

TNC Freshwater Conservation in the Great Lakes Basin: Development and Application of an Aquatic Community Classification Framework

TVA - Integrated Resource Management Tools


UCONN Estimation Tool for Impervious Surfaces (ETIS)

UCONN Impervious Surface Analysis Tool (ISAT)


UCONN Landscape Fragmentation Tool (LFT) 2.0

UCONN Shape Metrics Tool

UNH Water Systems Analysis Group (WSAG)

USDA - (AGNPS) AGricultural Non-Point Source Pollution Model

USDA (RUSLE ) - Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation 2

USDA/NRCS Geospatial Data Gateway

USFS Bailey's Ecoregions

USFS - Ecological Units of the Eastern United States: First Approximation

USFS Ecological Subregions: Provinces, Sections, and Subsections of the Conterminous United States

USFS - Geodata Clearinghouse

USGS - GTOPO30 - A System for Topologically Coding Global Drainage Basins and Stream Networks

USGS - (HIP) - Hydrological Integrity Assessment Process

USGS - Hydrologic Landscape Regions

USGS - New Jersey Hydrologic Tools (NJHAT and NJSCT)

USGS - (SMIC) Surface Water and Water Quality Models Information Clearinghouse

USGS - SMIG (Surface water modeling interest group)

USGS - The National Map Viewer

USGS - The GIS Weasel

USGS - The National Hydrologic Assessment Tool (NATHAT)

USGS (EROS) Center for Earth Resources Observation and Science

USGS (GAP) - Gap Analysis Program

USGS (GOS) - Geospatial One Stop

USGS (HCDN) - Hydro-Climatic Data Network

USGS (HUC) - Hydrologic Unit Code

USGS (MIPS) Maps, Imagery & Publications

USGS (MOWS) - Modeling of Watershed Systems

USGS (NED) - National Elevation Dataset

USGS (NWIS) - National Water Information System

USGS (OUI) - Object User Interface: An Environmental Resource Modeling Framework

USGS (PRMS) - Precipitation Runoff Modeling System

USGS (SDDS) - Seamless Data Distribution System

USGS (TMWB) - Thornthwaite Monthly Water Balance Model

USGS Earth Explorer

USGS Global Visualization Viewer (GloVis)

USGS HYDRO1k Elevation Derivative Database

USGS Streamstats Version 2

USGS The National Map

USGS Water Resources of the United States

USGS Water-Resources Investigations Reports

USGS Watershed Processes and Modeling



Variable Infiltration Capacity (VIC) - Macroscale Hydrologic Model

Visual PEST - Parameter Estimation Software for Automated Calibration of Groundwater Models


Water Evaluation and Planning System (WEAP)

Watershed Analyst™

Watershed and Water Quality Modeling Technical Support Center (WWQTSC)

Watershed Boundary Dataset (WBD)

Wetland hydrogeomorphic classes

Whitebox Geospatial Analysis Tools

WIN TR-55 Small Watershed Hydrology