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Tradecraft

This section of the Homeland Security Enterprise (HSE) geospatial Concept of Operations (GeoCONOPS) is dedicated to promoting the geospatial tradecraft, professional development, and building a stronger community of interest across industry, academia, government, professional organizations and individual stakeholders. The goal is to advance education, training, and skill development to broaden, and optimize, the utility and value of geospatial across the homeland security enterprise. The section consists of training, operating procedures, capability assessment tools, templates, and other resources that are available to the community to advance the tradecraft by developing an agile, expert and diverse workforce that delivers mission-oriented results.

Search and Rescue GIS Basic Training

Overview:
NAPSG offers a web-enabled, self-paced module on Search & Rescue GIS (SARGIS) Basic Training. This training is designed to cover the use of geospatial decision support tools across Field Operations, Incident Command Post, Collaboration, and SAR Pre-Incident Planning.
Agency: NAPSG
Contact Info:
URL: https://www.napsgfoundation.org/resources/sargis-basic-training/

Shake Alert

Overview:
The USGS along with a coalition of university / private partners are developing and testing an earthquake early warning system called ShakeAlert for the west coast of the United States. This system is in beta testing
Agency: USGS
Contact Info:
URL: http://www.shakealert.org/

ShakeCast

Overview:
ShakeCAST is an automated system for retrieving specific ShakeMap products and analyzing the shake intensity against a user’s inventory of structures to assess potential impacts. This information can be used for setting inspection priorities for post-event activities and reporting on potential losses.
Agency: USGS
Contact Info:
URL: http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2007/3086/

Successful Response Starts with a Map (NAS Report)

Overview:
In the past few years the United States has experienced a series of disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina in 2005, which have severely taxed and in many cases overwhelmed responding agencies. In all aspects of emergency management, geospatial data and tools have the potential to help save lives, limit damage, and reduce the costs of dealing with emergencies. Great strides have been made in the past four decades in the development of geospatial data and tools that describe locations of objects on the Earth's surface and make it possible for anyone with access to the Internet to witness the magnitude of a disaster. However, the effectiveness of any technology is as much about the human systems in which it is embedded as about the technology itself.
Agency: NAS
Contact Info:
URL: https://www.nap.edu/catalog/11793/successful-response-starts-with-a-map-improving-geospatial-support-for

Terrorism Scenario

Overview:
This section of the GeoCONOPS explores the details of applying geospatial technologies in support of anticipated incident-related efforts following a no-notice terrorist attack at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. The scenario was developed by DHS and modified slightly by the GeoCONOPS team for contingency planning efforts to assist in defining the government’s response to a terrorist-type event.
Agency: DHS
Contact Info:
URL: https://communities.geoplatform.gov/geoconops/2018/09/01/the-lucas-oil-stadium-terror-scenario/

Trajectory Magazine

Overview:
Trajectory launched in 2012 as the official publication of the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF)—the nonprofit, educational organization supporting the geospatial intelligence tradecraft. Trajectory provides high-level thought leadership for USGIF Members as well as for the defense, intelligence, homeland security communities, and the global GEOINT Community. Trajectory is the preeminent resource on issues of significance to all geospatial intelligence stakeholders. Our promise is to provide relevant, actionable content in a format that is compelling and engaging. Our mission is to foster knowledge sharing, awareness, and discussion.
Agency: USGIF
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Universal GEOINT Certification

Overview:
USGIF’s Universal GEOINT Certification and professional designation helps to prove a deep and balanced understanding of the GEOINT tradecraft. Available to U.S. and international GEOINT practitioners across industry, military, academia, and federal, state, and local government, the certification program is beneficial to anyone who wants to further his or her education and training, stay current and relevant in the profession, take the next step in career advancement, differentiate themselves, or showcase a deep understanding of GEOINT. Based on broad knowledge, skills, and abilities critical to the GEOINT workforce, as outlined in the GEOINT Essential Body of Knowledge, the program includes three exams: • GIS and Analysis Tools (CGP-G) • Remote Sensing and Imagery Analysis (CGP-R) • Geospatial Data Management (CGP-D)
Agency: USGIF
Contact Info: credential@usgif.org
URL: http://usgif.org/certification

US Energy Information Administration Maps

Overview:
The site includes the U.S. Energy Mapping system as well as other maps and reports regarding energy.
Agency: USEIA
Contact Info:
URL: http://www.eia.gov/maps/

US National Grid (USNG)

Overview:
Information regarding the US National Grid provided by the Federal Geospatial Data Committee (FGDC).
Agency: FGDC
Contact Info:
URL: http://www.fgdc.gov/usng

USDA National Geospatial Center of Excellence (NGCE)

Overview:
The NGCE has long been respected for the quality of maps it produces to support various Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) projects and programs. In addition to producing maps, NGCE is a major distributor of geospatial data to support NRCS, National, State and local field needs.
Agency: USDA
Contact Info:
URL: http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/ngce/

Updated on October 5, 2020