NEWT: National Extension Web-mapping Tool

National Extension Web-mapping Tool (or NEWT), is the key in efforts to make spatial data available within the Cooperative Extension System. NEWT requires no GIS experience to use. NEWT provides access to relevant spatial data at a variety of scales (national, state, county) in useful formats (maps, tables, graphs),

Agricultural Products

Useful to Usable: Developing usable climate science for agriculture

Useful to Usable (U2U): Transforming Climate Variability and Change Information for Cereal Crop Producers, was a USDA-funded research and extension project designed to improve the resilience and profitability of U.S. farms in the Corn Belt amid a changing climate. Over a six-year period from April 2011 - April 2017, 122 faculty, staff, graduate students, and undergraduate students from ten Midwestern universities contributed to this interdisciplinary project. Our team integrated expertise in applied climatology, crop modeling, agronomy, cyber-technology, agricultural economics, sociology, Extension and outreach, communication, and marketing to improve the use and uptake of climate information for agricultural decision making. Together, and with members of the agricultural community, we developed a series of decision support tools, resource materials, and training methods to support data-driven decision making and the adoption of climate-resilient practices.

Plants and Crops

Rapid Carbon Assessment (RaCA)

The Rapid Carbon Assessment (RaCA) was initiated by the USDA-NRCS Soil Science Division in 2010 with the following objectives:

  • To develop statistically reliable quantitative estimates of amounts and distribution of carbon stocks for U.S. soils under various land covers and to the extent possible, differing agricultural management.
  • To provide data to support model simulations of soil carbon change related to land use change, agricultural management, conservation practices, and climate change.
  • To provide a scientifically and statistically defensible inventory of soil carbon stocks for the U.S.
Maps and Multimedia

Wildland Urban Interface Project Maps

For each map listed, we provided an Adobe Acrobat file (PDF), a compressed Postscript file (ZIP) for plotter output, and metadata files in both HTML and text formats. Short descriptions of each map are available in the abstract portion of the metadata files.

Maps and Multimedia

Soil Use - Hydric Soils database

The Hydric Soils section presents the most current information about hydric soils. It updates information that was previously published in Hydric Soils of the United States and coordinates it with information that has been published in the Federal Register. It also includes the most recent set of field indicators of hydric soils. The database selection criteria are selected soil properties that are documented in Soil Taxonomy and were designed primarily to generate a list of potentially hydric soils from soil survey databases. Only criteria 1, 3, and 4 can be used in the field to determine hydric soils; however, proof of anaerobic conditions must also be obtained for criteria 1, 3, and 4 either through data or best professional judgment (from Tech Note 1). The primary purpose of these selection criteria is to generate a list of soil map unit components that are likely to meet the hydric soil definition.

Maps and Multimedia

Agricultural Land Management Alternative with Numerical Assessment Criteria (ALMANAC) Simulation Model

The Agricultural Land Management Alternative with Numerical Assessment Criteria (ALMANAC) model simulates crop growth, competition, light interception by leaves, biomass accumulation, partitioning of biomass into grain, water use, nutrient uptake, and growth constraints such as water, temperature, and nutrient stress. Plant development is temperature driven, with duration of growth stages dependent on degree days. Each plant species has a defined base temperature and optimum temperature.

Agroecosystems & Environment

Water Resources of the United States

Water is one of six science mission areas of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Water's mission is to collect and disseminate reliable, impartial, and timely information that is needed to understand the Nation's water resources. This database contains downloadable water-related spatial data files for exploration and analysis.

Maps and Multimedia

UAS User Log

The UAS User Log is a server-based, digital logbook that is accessible through any web browser on internet-connected devices.​ It is an outcome of multi-state teams working together to develop a common protocol for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS, or drones) operation for purposes such as research/production, spray application, and any other activity of interest.

Maps and Multimedia

Northern Region (Region 1) Geospatial Data

The Northern Region (R1) of the U.S. Forest Service uses ArcGIS Online to share maps, data, and applications for use by other federal agencies, partners, and the public. This gallery displays some of the web map applications developed by the Region and our Forests.

Maps and Multimedia