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Rolla USGS Center

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The Rolla USGS Center includes:

Missouri Water Science Center

Mid-Continent Geographic Science Center

National Spatial Data Infrastructure Partnership Office Liaisons

Rolla Science Information & Library Services

USGS Topographic Maps

USGS Digital Data Viewer

Product Availability - Status Graphics for USGS Geospatial Data and Aerial Photography

National Hydrography Dataset (NHD)

SDTS (Spatial Data Transfer Standard) Translator Information

DEM (Digital Elevation Model)

Geospatial Data Standards

ATSys (Aero-Triangulation System) Software Download Site

What's new in the Mapping Sciences at USGS?

The National Map

National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) Geospatial Data available from USGS

Volunteer for a Changing World

Educational Resources

Visit the Rolla USGS

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You may visit the Rolla USGS between 8 - 11 am and 12:30 - 3 pm Monday through Friday. Groups of 10 or more people, please call in advance for scheduling.

573-308-3500 or

Rolla USGS Center

Rolla USGS Center

The Rolla USGS is home to the National Geospatial Technical Operations Center III, the Missouri Water Science Center, the Mid-Continent Geographic Science Center, the National Spatial Data Infrastructure Partnership Office Liaisons, and the Rolla Science Information & Library Services office. Employees at this location provide customers geospatial, geographic, water, biologic and geologic products; science; data; and research, along with offering partnerships and contracting opportunities for local, state, federal, and private entities.

The National Geospatial Technical Operations Center III (NGTOC III) is one of four geospatial data centers across the nation. NGTOC III is a production, research, and data management facility for maps and digital cartographic data products. The work of NGTOC III supports planning and development activities; construction projects; scientific studies; resource management; and environmental monitoring activities, nationwide, at every level of government, academia, and the private sector. The NGTOC III plays a large role supporting The National Map, The National Hydro Dataset, the Spatial Data Standard, production of Digital Elevation Models, the USGS Digital Data Viewer, Interactive Aerotriangulation System Software, Geospatial Data Standards, Web-Based Mapping, as well as administering contracting services contracts.

Rolla, Missouri

Rolla Missouri Location Map The Rolla USGS Center is located in Rolla, Missouri. Rolla, the county seat of Phelps County, is an attractive mixture of rural and urban life. It is the home of several high-technology businesses and Federal agencies, including the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Forest Service. The University of Missouri at Rolla, which is a nationally recognized leader in science and technology, has educated students in Rolla for more than 125 years.

Rolla is located at the crossroads of I-44, US 63 and Missouri Highway 72. Jefferson City, the state capital, is 62 miles to the north, St. Louis lies 106 miles northeast and Springfield is 110 miles southwest.

USGS in Rolla

USGS moves into the White-Thomas building 1949 Created by an act of Congress in 1879, the USGS has evolved over the years, matching its talent and knowledge to the progress of science and technology. Today, the USGS stands as the sole science agency for the Department of the Interior.

Similar to the history of the USGS itself, the Rolla - USGS connection has gone through many changes through the years. The Water Resources Discipline (WRD) opened the Rolla office in 1921, with a modest space in the Rolla Building on the campus of the Missouri School of Mines, now the University of Missouri - Rolla (UMR).

In 1932 the geographic mapping function, formerly called the Topographic Branch, also got its start in the Rolla Building at UMR. Both USGS offices expanded and at times were located at many different locations throughout the UMR campus and downtown Rolla. In 1976, both USGS disciplines were brought together under one roof on Independence Road.

The Rolla USGS Center is proud of its contributions to the advancement of science, support of the Nation and involvement with the local communities.

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