About EPA's Geospatial Program
The term geospatial refers to anything that has a geographic location on the earth. Our geospatial information will help you answer questions such as:
- Is there a Superfund site located in my neighborhood?
- What is the air quality in Evanston, IL?
- Where are all of the Brownfield sites in the United States?
Geospatial data helps you understand environmental conditions in specific locations, so that you can, for example:
- target areas of greatest environmental risk,
- enforce environmental regulations and
- address potential homeland security issues.
EPA's National Geospatial Program coordinates the use of geospatial data in a variety of ways to help EPA carry out its mission to protect human health and the environment. We:
- collect and create geospatial data,
- build applications that allow users to search,
- discover and visualize geospatial information, and
- create standards and policies that increase the ability for applications and data to be shared and used.