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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Global Human Settlement Layer

Categories: Environment,European Union,Maps/Geography,United Nations,Urban Issues

New global database which focuses on the spatial distribution of the earth’s population and the development of built-up areas, population, and settlement patterns over the past 40 years.  From the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre


National Transit Map

Categories: Maps/Geography,Transportation

A geo-spatial database containing information submitted by nearly 200 transit agencies that offers open, machine-readable data about their stops, routes, and schedules.  From the Bureau of Transportation Statistics


Adult Obesity Prevalence Maps

Categories: Food/Nutrition,Health/Medical,Maps/Geography,Statistics

Provides a set of U.S. maps showing prevalence of obesity for adults by state and prevalence of obesity by state and by race/ethnicity.  From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Mapping Broadband Health in America

Categories: Health/Medical,Maps/Geography,Telecommunications/Internet

Allows users to visualize, overlay, and analyze the relationship between broadband connectivity and health data in the U.S.  Allows for detailed study of the intersection between Internet connectivity and health for every county in the U.S.  From the Federal Communications Commission


Sea Level Rise and Storm Surge Impacts to Roadways in Hampton Roads

Categories: Climate Change,Maps/Geography,Transportation,Virginia Issues,Weather/Disasters

Includes a methodology for incorporating sea level rise and storm surge impacts to roadways into transportation planning.  Also contains adaptation strategies, design considerations, best practices, and lessons learned from other coastal regions.  Dated January 2016 but released to the public in May 2016.  From the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization


Uninsured Rate for Working-Age Adults Decreases in Majority of Counties

Categories: Health Insurance,Maps/Geography,Statistics

Provides county level estimates for the health insurance status of the working age population (those under 65).  Provides links to map with U.S. county coverage.  From the Census Bureau


National Wetland Condition Assessment 2011: A Collaborative Survey of the Nation’s Wetlands

Categories: Environment,Headlines,Maps/Geography,Natural Resources,Statistics

Presents the results of the first national evaluation of the ecological condition of the nation’s wetlands.  Reveals that nearly half are in good health, while 20% are in fair health and about 32% are in poor health. From the Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency


2016 One-Year Seismic Hazard Forecast for the Central and Eastern United States from Induced and Natural Earthquakes

Categories: Energy,Geology/Mining,Headlines,Maps/Geography,Weather/Disasters

Announces the availability of new maps which identify potential hazards from both human-induced and natural earthquakes.  In the past the federal government had mapped only natural earthquake hazards.  The report shows that 7 million people live and work in areas of the central and eastern U.S. with potential for damaging shaking from induced seismicity, primarily from wastewater disposal from oil and gas production operations.  From the U. S. Geological Survey


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