INDEX Documentation

The User Manual contains all essential information for the user to make full use of the INDEX platform. This manual includes a description of the system functions and capabilities, and step-by-step procedures for system access and use.

Map layers (GIS)

GIS Lounge is an information portal primarily relating to the field of geographic information systems. It provides resources for anyone looking to learn more about GIS courses, maps, data, and news.

Global Map provides consistent coverage of all the Earth’s land cover area. Includes different thematic maps such as: transportation, elevation, drainage, vegetation, administrative boundaries, land cover, population centres, and land use. Registration required.

Global Climate Monitor is a climate web viewer containing accessible climatic information from 1901 that can be downloaded in a variety of GIS formats.

UNEP Environmental Data Explorer includes global forest cover, global potential evapotranspiration, global average monthly temperatures, dams, watershed boundaries, and much more. Use the advanced search to select geospatial data sets. Provided by the United Nations Environment Programme.

Natural Earth – Vector includes coastline, land, oceans, islands, rivers, lakes, glaciated areas and bathymetry. Available at multiple levels of detail.

Natural Earth – Raster includes various raster images, intended for use as backgrounds for other data, for example hypsometric tints, satellite derived land cover, shaded relief etc.

OpenTopography  is a community-based site giving free access to high-resolution topography data. 

WorldClim is a climate data for past, present and predicted future conditions. Includes temperature (min, max, mean) and precipitation.

European Climate Assessment and Dataset is a gridded observation data across Europe, including cloudiness, temperature, precipitation, humidity, pressure, snow and sunshine.

Natural Disaster Hazards covers cyclones, drought, earthquakes, flood, landslide, volcano and a combination of them all (‘multihazard’). Hazard Frequency, Mortality and Economic Loss Risk as gridded data for the globe.

USGS Earthquakes Database KML files of all earthquakes recorded by the USGS (across the whole world) from 1973 to present. Available as one dataset or grouped by magnitude or year.

USGS Land Cover Institute great set of links to almost all land cover datasets. Links here include most of the datasets below, and many more esoteric data such as river observations, aquifers data and ocean colour information.

References: Free GIS Data. Retrieved 31 May, 2017. List of GIS data sources. Retrieved 31 May, 2017