USGS Webinars – Cancelled

Due to government shutdown, both of these webinars have been cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later time:

The USGS National Geospatial Program team for CA, NV, and HI (Drew Decker and Carol Ostergren) is hosting a series of webinars over the next several months. These webinars will highlight USGS National Geospatial Program advances and new technologies being deployed by other Federal agencies. Please feel free to forward this webinar announcement to others in your organizations. Both of these webinars require advance registration, but we will keep this open as long as possible.

October 3, 1 pm Pacific: The USGS Volunteered Geographic Information Program

The volunteer effort of The National Map Corps to collect and improve structures data provides several benefits to the Program and its users:

  • Participation in The National Map Corps is easy. Complete registration instructions and editing guidelines can be found at
  • The National Map Corps benefits the agency and the participants by providing opportunities for citizen participation in USGS science
  • Participation in The National Map Corps raises geographic awareness and improves users’ skills in using web-based tools
  • Volunteer participation improves public access to data and data quality

The use of The National Map Corps and VGI will result in more complete national datasets in The National Map with improved positional and attribute accuracy. With this coordination, federal, state, and local government efforts, combined with citizen contributions, are complementary and lead to a richer dataset that is available for everyone to use.

TOPIC: USGS Volunteered Geographic Information DATE: Thursday, October 3, 2013 TIME: 1:00 pm, Pacific Daylight Time (San Francisco, GMT-07:00)

To attend this meeting, you must first register for it. Please click this link to see more information, and register for this meeting. Once you have registered for the meeting, you will receive an email message confirming your registration. This message will provide the information that you need to join the meeting.

For Help or Support: Go to click Assistance, then Click Help or click Support.

October 8, 1 pm Pacific: From DFIRM to the National Flood Hazard Layer (NFHL):  Charting the Course of FEMA’s Digital Flood Hazard Data

This webinar will look at the past, present, and future of FEMA’s digital flood hazard information.  FEMA’s Flood Information Rate Maps (FIRMs) are primarily designed for rating flood insurance and reducing risk through community planning, but they also serve to inform the public about the location of flood hazards.  FEMA has distributed GIS versions of the FIRMs as early as the mid 1990s, but with recent enhancements FEMA’s current focus is on distributing the NFHL as geospatial web services.

Topic: From DFIRM to the National Flood Hazard Layer (NFHL): Charting the Course of FEMA’s Digital Flood Hazard Data Date: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 Time: 1:00 pm, Pacific Daylight Time (San Francisco, GMT-07:00)

To register for this meeting

1. Go to

2. Register for the meeting. Once the host approves your request, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the meeting.

Other upcoming webinars in planning are:

  • Earth Explorer data repository (which houses imagery, lidar, landsat, land cover, and many other datasets)
  • Using the USGS USTopo geopdf
  • Using USGS map services
  • Introduction to the National Hydrography Dataset

Please let Drew or Carol know if you are interested in any or all of these webinars, or if you have other interests in Federal Programs that they can try to facilitate.

Drew Decker USGS Geospatial Liaison for Pacific Region NSDI Partnership Office, U.S. Geological Survey 4165 Spruance Road, Suite 200 San Diego, CA 92101 619-225-6430 619-417-2879 cell 619-225-6101 fax USNG 11S MS 8026 2158

Carol Ostergren US Geological Survey Pacific Region National Geospatial Program 3020 State University Drive East, Suite 3005 Sacramento, CA 95819 916-278-9510 (office); 916-278-9546 (fax)

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