Maps and GIS


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 three major components: 

Regional GIS Resources & Atlas
Minnesota Geospatial Commons -

Minnesota Geologic Atlas -

Geologic Atlas, 13 county -

Minnesota Tillage Transect Survey Data Center -

Surface Water Hydrology Atlas, 13 county -

Southern Minnesota Tile Monitoring Project -

GIS Conservation Modeling and Targeting Tools
Water Quality Tools and Models (BWSR) -

GIS Mapping and Modeling Tools Inventory  -

Water Quality Models & Tools (MDA) -

Agricultural Conservation Planning Framework -

Prioritize, Target and Measure Application (PTM-App)  -


Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Defined
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.