Data & Images

Montana Data

Montana Geographic Information Clearinghouse

Downloadable GIS data, including aerial photographs, satellite imagery, and maps (land ownership, cadastral, soils, topographic, relative effective annual precipitation (REAP), and more.

Montana Natural Heritage Program

Well-organized information on Montana plants, animals, and ecosystems, with interactive Natural Heritage Map Viewer.

A collection of GIS shapefiles, mostly for Montana, organized by content domain. Also includes a limited, but growing collection of Google Earth kmz files.

Climate Data Repositories

National Climate Data Center - Free Data (NOAA)

Download digital data sets or order data CD-ROMs for climatological observations, climate norms, wind data, temperature, precipitation, storm events, etc.

NOAA Paleoclimatology Program

Searchable database of free, downloadable, proxy climate data including site location maps. Click on the "All Paleo Data Map" for a kmz (Google Earth) file showing all sites in the database with pop-up descriptions.

Processed Landsat Images

ChangeMatters Viewer (Department of Interior)

Developed by ESRI, this new geospatial website allows users to view Global Land Survey data from 1975 to 2005, together with Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) change maps to compare the change that has occurred at any location between any two years. This is an extremely user-friendly way for students to observe landscape changes resulting from natural disasters, human impacts, or climate change, etc.

Image Libraries

A searchable collection of amazing GigaPan images. GigaPaners can create an account and upload their images to share.

The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth (NASA Johnson Space Center)

A treasure trove of free images of Earth, searchable by clickable map or Google Earth.

NOAA Photo Library

A wide assortment of NOAA photographs organized in collections and albums.

National Archives Digital Photography

Extensive collections of historical photographs organized by time period and theme.

Do you know of other sources of data or images that you think should be listed on this page? Are you looking for specific types of data or images? Contact us!