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Maps & GIS: useful websites. Regional and country atlases

For world atlases and collections of maps of countries go to the World atlases section


  • European Environment Agency: Environmental Interactive Maps
    "Catalogue of interactive maps (GIS applications) made by EEA".  Includes pollutants, air and water quality, flood risk, vegetation (including Corine LandCover 2006).  Also links to the Environmental Atlas of Europe and the Environmental Technology Atlas - shows location of environmental technology companies, knowledge centres and installations.
  • Euratlas History of Europe
    Shows the European situation at the end of each century from AD1 to AD2000. Includes Roman Imperial battle maps.
  • Baltic Sea Region: GIS, Maps and Statistical Database
    Result of the Baltic Drainage Basin Project (BDBP), developed jointly by the Beijer Institute (Stockholm), Department of Systems Ecology, University of Stockholm and UNEP/GRID-Arendal (Norway). Interactive maps with themes such as land cover, population, pasture and wetlands.
  • The complete Tabula Peutingeriana
    Drawn in 1265, the Tabula Peutingeriana is apparently a map describing the world as it was known in Antiquity. Localities shown are connected by roads with distances marked in Roman numerals indicating the miles or, west of Lyon, the Gallic leagues.
  • CartoMundi
    "CartoMundi is a web site devoted to the promotion of the cartographic heritage. It fills a gap by a system which combines a collective catalogue with a georeferenced database."  Primarily based around the Mediterranean region and backed by the Université de Provence and the CNRS (France). Partly in English.  Search for maps using geographic location.


  • Estonian Atlas
    Internet based database of Estonian maps developed by the Institute of Baltic Studies (IBS).


  • Geoportail
    Impressive site offering maps, air photographs and relief views of France and French overseas departements. Set up by the Institut Géographique National. In French.

United Kingdom

  • Noise Mapping England
    DEFRA website.  Shows noise mapped for roads, rail, air and industry in selected urban areas of England.  Includes Reading (use RG6 postcode for the Whiteknights area).
  • Environment Agency (England and Wales)
    Information about land, air and water quality, water resources, waste and conservation in England & Wales. Go to 'What's in Your Backyard?' under 'Home and leisure' to find maps and information about your local area, including liability to flooding.
  • Natural England
    "Natural England works for people, places and nature to conserve and enhance biodiversity, landscapes and wildlife in rural, urban, coastal and marine areas." Includes maps of the National Character Areas of England. Natural England also manages the MAGIC website on behalf of Defra. It provides authoritative geographic information about the natural environment from across government, presented in an interactive map. Construct maps of nature reserves, SSSIs, geological sites and detailed local information on farmland birds and sites at risk from diffuse agricultural pollution


  • Historical Atlas of South Asia
    Edited by Joseph E. Schwartzberg and first published in 1978. This is the revised edition, published 1992. Full text and maps available and searchable (note copyright declaration). Part of a larger South Asian resource.


  • Historical Atlas of South India
    Produced by the French Institute of Pondicherry and four other Indian universities from 2005-2008. Covers Tamil Nadu and Kerala, and parts of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.


  • Iraq: BBC News Keymaps
    Interactive maps of Iraq with explanatory text. Iraq Navigator allows the user to choose which elements to display.
  • ECAI Iraq
    "A temporal-spatial portal into existing digital resources about history, cultural sites, archaeological excavations and heritage preservation initiatives. Users can access these information sources using interactive, time-enabled thematic maps." Produced by the Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative.


  • Japan Atlas
    Nature, traditions, architecture, historic sites and current social trends of Japan. Can be searched by region and topics.



  • AFRICA: atlas of our changing environment 
     Produced by the United National Environment Programme, this "unique and powerful publication ... brings to light stories of environmental change at more than 100 locations spread across every country in Africa."





  • Atlas of Living Australia
    National initiative focused on making Australia’s biodiversity information more accessible and useable online. It is a partnership between CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, the Australian natural history collections community and the Australian Government.
  • Atlas of South Australia
    An initiative of the South Australian Government to provide a common access point to maps and geographic information about South Australia in an interactive atlas format.


North America


  • Atlas of Canada
    Interactive maps with a variety of human, environmental and economic themes.
  • Toporama
    Raster images of Canada at 1:50 000 and 1:250 000, also Landsat 7 orthoimages subdivided at 1:50 000. Provided by the Centre for Topographic Information, Natural Resources Canada.  Now hosted by the Atlas of Canada.

United States

  • United States National Map
    The National Map offers several datasets: small scale maps, originally produced for the National Atlas, topographic maps and historical topographic maps
  • Color Landform Atlas of the United States
    Arranged by state. Includes shaded relief maps, satellite images, county maps, maps from 1895, and links.  
  • Wind Energy Resource Atlas of the United States
    Published by the Solar Technical Information Program, Solar Energy Research Institute (now the National Renewable Energy Laboratory). This atlas estimates wind energy resource for the United States and its territories and indicates general areas where a high wind resource may exist.
  • Geologic Atlas of the United States
    Set of 227 folios published by the United States Geological Survey between 1894-1945.  each folio contains topographic and geological maps, and a description of the geology of the quad.
  • The Great Lakes: An Environmental Atlas and Resource Book
    Jointly produced by the Government of Canada and the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Great Lakes National Program Office. Third edition, 1995.
  • High Plains Climate Atlas
    Atlas of the High Plains region of the United States (Colorado, Kansas, North Dakota, Nebraska, South Dakota, Wyoming). It is composed of a series of maps with various climatic variables being represented. In most instances, 77 years of data (1920-1996) were used to comprise the atlas.
  • Alaska Atlas of Panoramic Aerial Images
    Produced by the California Geographical Survey; a resource hosted by the Department of Geography and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at California State University, Northridge.
  • Arizona Geospatial Data and Maps
    Successor to the Arizona Electronic Atlas. This site provides geospatial data to download and simple prepared maps you can view, save, or print. Includes all of the geospatial data previously available from the Arizona Electronic Atlas and the Arizona Historic Census GeoDatabase plus additional data not previously available.
  • California Atlas of Panoramic Aerial Images
    Produced by the California Geographical Survey; a resource hosted by the Department of Geography and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at California State University, Northridge.


Polar regions

  • Arctic Environmental Atlas
    Interactive, zoomable atlas produced by UNEP/GRID-Arendal (Norway). Includes a variety of themes, such as human impact, population density, land cover, permafrost, precipitation and geology.
  • Atlas of Antarctic Research
    Interactive atlas, produced by the United States Geological Service (USGS).



  • Lunar Atlases
    Link page to maps of the moon, all from the NASA funded Lunar and Planetary Institute. The Lunar Orbiter Photographic Atlas of the Moon (LOPAM) is a digital archive of 675 images taken as part of the Lunar Orbiter programme. For accuracy and usability surface feature information has been improved and updated, and multiple search capabilities added to the database. The Consolidated Lunar Atlas (CLA) contains the best photographs of the Moon taken from land-based telescopes, showing the Moon under a wide variety of illumination conditions. The Apollo Image Atlas (AIA) contains photographic images of the moon taken as part of the Apollo Program. They include surface and orbital views. The Lunar Map Catalog indexes 5 map series of the Moon, at scales ranging from 1:250 000 to 1:10 000 000. There are also maps of Mars and Mercury.
  • An Atlas of the Universe
    "Designed to give everyone an idea of what our universe actually looks like". Includes pictures and information about stars, nebulae, galaxies and other phenomena

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