Data on Northwest Resources

Are you looking for data on Northwest natural resources or projected environmental conditions? This inventory of climate tools and data repositories, organized by topics of importance to the Northwest community, includes links to climate projections, vulnerability assessments, and climate adaptation databases that can help support local, landscape, or regional planning and adaptation efforts.

To contribute data products, tools, or links to this ongoing effort, please contact NW CSC Data Steward, Jeremy Kenyon (, 208-885-7955).

The USGS GeoData Portal (GDP) is the official home of NW CSC modelling project data. The GDP is administered by the USGS Center for Integrated Data Analytics and it enables both access to data as well as a mapping environment to better view the models. Includes data such as the Western US Hydroclimate Scenarios Project, funded by the NW CSC.

The suite of data products and visualization tools presented here are developed as part of a national ecosystem assessment conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The data products were designed to support national (all states) estimations and projections of carbon stocks and sequestration in ecosystems, and regional (the EPA ecoregions) science and land management applications.

The USGS National Climate Change Viewer (NCCV) is a Flash-based web application which includes historical and future climate projections from 30 of the downscaled models for two of the Representative Concentration Pathways (RCP) emission scenarios, RCP4.5 and RCP8.5. The NCCV allows users to visualize projected changes in climate (maximum and minimum air temperature and precipitation) and the water balance (snow water equivalent, runoff, soil water storage and evaporative deficit) for any state, county and USGS Hydrologic Units.  The option to download selected data and visualizations is available.

The NHD is a digital vector dataset maintained by the USGS and used in geographic information systems (GIS). These data are designed to be used in general mapping and in the analysis of surface water systems. In order to make a map these data must be used by a GIS to render the data and then print a map or make an image.

This USGS web site serves current and historical data. Data are retrieved by category, such as surface water, groundwater, or water quality, and by geographic area. Subsequent pages allow further refinement by selecting specific information and by defining the output desired.

This USGS resource provides access to most water data resources provided by the US Geological Survey, including real-time reports, past water quality assessments, water use assessments, and more.

Part of the Goddard Center’s Data Cookbook, this tutorial shows how to import a gridded model or satellite (Level 3 or Level 4) data file in netCDF format into ArcGIS. 

The USDA NRCS provides the Web Soil Survey database in order provide the nation with continually updated soil survey data. The surveys contain maps with soil boundaries and photos, descriptions, and tables of soil properties and features. The Web Soil Survey allows customers to prepare reports for their particular area of interest, save a digital copy, and/or print a copy.

NOAA Regional Climate Centers (RCC) - such as the Desert Research Institute - deliver climate services at national, regional and state levels working with NOAA partners in the National Climatic Data Center, National Weather Service, the American Association of State Climatologists, the Regional Sciences and Assessment Program, and other NOAA Research Institutes, the Department of Interior Climate Science Centers and Landscape Conservation Cooperatives.