Geospatial Infrastructure Development
USGS has had decades of experience in developing country-scale geographic information system (GIS) databases and in performing major geologic mapping and resource assessment programs within the Middle East, Eurasia, Asia and South America. The USGS Geospatial Infrastructure Development Project worked to develop an integrated GIS data framework for Afghanistan in order to provide fundamental databases and current, state-of-the-art maps to support natural resource assessment programs and to aid in restoring Afghan geosciences ministries to operational status.
Working in cooperation with the Afghanistan Geological Survey (AGS), Afghanistan Ministry of Mines and Industries (MMI), and Afghanistan Geology and Cartography Head Office (AGCHO), project participants collected, compiled, and digitized existing geologic, topographic, and remote sensing data and used them to produce geologic, cartographic, and satellite image map sets of the entire country. They also worked with Afghan partners to develop in-country expertise in various types of mapping and initiated work on a national spatial data infrastructure (NSDI) for Afghanistan.
The Geospatial Infrastructure Development Project team was also responsible for developing and maintaining this website, and thus providing data for both USGS and collaborating scientists in support of their respective projects as well as making information about USGS Projects in Afghanistan available to the general public.
A list of all USGS Geospatial Infrastructure Project publications is available here.