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    Austin, Texas 78756-3199
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    Mailing address
    Center for Health Statistics
    Department of Health State Services
    Mail code: 1898
    Austin, TX 78741-9347

    Phone: (512) 776-7261 ext. 3144
    Fax: (512) 776-3255
    Email: gis@dshs.texas.gov


Links to GIS Sources


National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) Public Health and GIS

Central Texas GIS

Google Earth

US Geological Survey GIS




         Water: Water Districts, Groundwater Conservation Districts, Wastewater outfalls, Drinking water data, surface water quality, storm water, water districts and

         water wells dataset

                o   http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/gis/download-tceq-gis-data;

                o   https://www.twdb.texas.gov/mapping/gisdata.asp;  

                o   https://tnris.org/data-catalog/#hydrography

         Land: Solid Waste Sites, Radioactive Waste Sites, Petroleum Storage sites, Superfund Sites

                o   http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/gis/download-tceq-gis-data


                o   http://www.mrlc.gov/nlcd11_data.php ; http://glcf.umd.edu/; http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov/data/dataprod/

         Air Monitoring:

               o   http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/gis/download-tceq-gis-data/#air

         Vegetation, Land, Ocean, Cryosphere, atmospheric products from MODIS:

              o   http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov/data/dataprod/

         Natural Resources:

             o   https://tnris.org/data-catalog/;

             o   https://tpwd.texas.gov/gis/data

             o   http://www.glo.texas.gov/GLO/agency-administration/gis/gis-data.html

         Climate and Weather:

             o   https://tnris.org/data-catalog/weather/precipitation/;

             o   https://tnris.org/data-catalog/#floodplain

             o   http://www.worldclim.org/ For Global Climate Data

         Physical data:

             o   http://asterweb.jpl.nasa.gov/gdem.asp ASTER Global Digital Elevation Model (DEM)

             o   http://landsat.gsfc.nasa.gov/?page_id=9/where.html a portal for different sources of LandSat data

         Hazards data:

            o   http://hddsexplorer.usgs.gov/ Hazards Data Distribution System (HDDS) Explorer.

    Base layers

         United States Census Bureau

             o   TIGER Shapefiles: http://www.census.gov/geo/maps-data/data/tiger-line.html;

         Texas Natural Resources Information System (TNRIS)

            o   https://tnris.org/data-catalog/#boundary;

            o   Population https://tnris.org/data-catalog/demographics/census-2010/


           o   http://data.geocomm.com/catalog/US/61085/sublist.html (County level data);

         Texas Site Selection Center

            o   http://www.txsiteselection.com/gis-data-download.aspx;



            o   https://tnris.org/data-catalog/#boundary


            o   https://tnris.org/data-catalog/transportation/txdot-roadways/


         Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC). Data Sets available include: Population Density:  Global PM2.5;

         Population exposure to nuclear power plants; hazardous waste site polygons;

         environmental performance index; urban-rural population and land area estimates, etc.

            o   http://sedac.ciesin.columbia.edu/data/sets/browse

         Oak Ridge National Laboratory (sample data available)

            o   http://web.ornl.gov/sci/landscan/

ASPATIAL DATA (non-spatial data that can be joined to geographic features)

         Texas State Data Center

             o   Population Distribution: http://txsdc.utsa.edu/;  


         Economy: http://www.census.gov/econ/index.html


            o   http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/

            o   http://www.statecancerprofiles.cancer.gov/index.html

            o   http://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars/leading_causes_death.html


         OPENJUMP: http://www.openjump.org/

              OpenJUMP is an open source Geographic Information System (GIS) written in the Java programming language.

               It is developed and maintained by a group of volunteers from around the globe.

         gvSIG is a GIS software

             o   gvSIG: http://www.gvsig.com/en/home

             o   gvSIG Community Edition http://gvsigce.org/

               gvSIG CE is a fully functional Open Source Desktop GIS that provides powerful visualization

              (including thematic maps, advanced symbology and labelling), cartography, raster, vector and

               geoprocessing in a single, integrated software suite.

         Quantum GIS (QGIS) http://www.qgis.org/en/site/

              QGIS is a GIS application that provides data viewing, editing, and analysis capabilities

         uDig http://udig.refractions.net/

              A GIS application that serves as viewer and editor for geospatial data. uDig is implemented in Java

             and based on GeoTools.

         SAGA http://www.saga-gis.org/en/index.html

              SAGA for “System for Automated Geoscientific Analyses” has advanced spatial analysis functionalities

              such as geostatistics (kriging), regression analysis, fuzzy logic, grid analysis, point pattern analysis,

              terrain and vector analyses.

         GRASS https://grass.osgeo.org/

              GRASS GIS, commonly referred to as GRASS (Geographic Resources Analysis Support System),

              is a free and open source Geographic Information System(GIS) software suite used for

              geospatial data management and analysis, image processing, graphics and maps production, spatial modeling,

              and visualization.”

         ILWIS http://www.ilwis.org/

              ILWIS is user-friendly raster and vector GIS.

         OpenGeoDa https://geodacenter.asu.edu/ogeoda for exploratory and advanced spatial data analysis.

               Visit the GeoDa Center for more free software https://geodacenter.asu.edu/software

         SaTScan™ http://www.satscan.org/

               SaTScan™ is a software for the spatial, temporal and space-time scan statistics.  It is used for:

                    o   Performing geographical surveillance of disease;

                    o   Detecting statistically significant spatial or space-time disease clusters;

                    o   Testing whether a disease is randomly distributed over space, over time or over space and time;

                    o   Evaluating the statistical significance of disease cluster alarms and

                    o   Performing repeated time-periodic disease surveillance for early detection of disease outbreaks.

Last updated August 19, 2015