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National Geophysical Data Center: Natural Hazards Data
Natural hazards such as earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes affect both coastal and inland areas. Long-term data from these events, including photographs, can be used to establish the past record of natural hazard event occurrences. These data are also important for planning, response, and mitigation of future events. The National Geophysical Data Center plays a major role in post-event data collection. This site provides links to database archives which contain information on natural hazards including publications, historical data, imagery, and other materials such as interactive maps and software. It also features supporting educational materials such as a natural hazards quiz and posters. The site provides links to the National Environmental Satellite Data and Information Service (NESDIS); and a Resource Directory, which functions as a clearinghouse.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Intermediate (3-5)
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
  • College (15-16)
  • Graduate / Professional
Type of resource:
  • Visual:
    • Map
    • Photograph
  • Portal:
    • Government
  • Services:
    • Clearinghouse
  • Dataset:
    • In-situ
  • Environmental science
  • Natural hazards
Technical requirements:
Adobe Acrobat reader
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
As required by 17 U.S.C. 403, third parties producing copyrighted works consisting predominantly of the material produced by U.S. government agencies must provide notice with such work(s) identifying the U.S. Government material incorporated and stating that such material is not subject to copyright protection. The information on government web pages are in the public domain unless specifically annotated otherwise and may therefore be used freely by the public.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-000-117
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Contact: Paula Dunbar
National Geophysical Data Center of NOAA