Maps and GIS


Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a term used to describe the creation, manipulation, analysis, and storage of spatial data. This technology integrates common database operations such as query and statistical analysis with geographic data through visualization and maps. These attributes distinguish GIS from other information systems and make it valuable for exploring options, explaining results, and deciding strategies.

Minnesota River Basin
Source: Minnesota River Basin Data Center

The mission of the Minnesota River Basin Data Center GIS is to provide a centralized location to discover, publish, and acquire geospatial data for areas within the Minnesota River Basin. The site has four major components: 1) a portal for viewing and exploring the Minnesota River Basin and associated data layers, 2) a data portal through which GIS and geospatial data for the Minnesota River Basin can be published and acquired, 3) a gallery of downloadable images depicting the Minnesota River Basin geophysical data, and 4) a collection of links and tools intended to connect users to additional resources relating to Minnesota River Basin Data Center datasets.

Regional GIS Data

Regional GIS data is served online through the Minnesota River Basin Online Interactive Maps.