Geospatial Data

This is a guide to the University of Alberta Library's geospatial data, GIS resources, and printed maps.

Provincial Data

Also see the Restricted section for additional data.

Geoscience data products in several key areas, including surficial mapping, bedrock mapping, geological modelling, resource evaluation (hydrocarbons, minerals), groundwater, and geological hazards.

Create a free account to download official Alberta spatial data and imagery infrastructure.: municipal boundaries; Alberta Township Survey (ATS) system polygons; small-scale and 1:20 000 base features including access, geo-administrative areas, contour line work, hydrography; and seamless provincial Digital Elevation Models (DEM) of hillshade (25 m or 100 m), elevation raster (25 m or 100 m), and the Alberta provincial terrain. (See the Restricted section for licensed data through the AltaLIS Post Secondary Education Data Partnership.)

Seamless spatial database of soils for Alberta’s Agricultural area, version 4.1.

Over 10,000 maps of Alberta weather and Alberta climate related information, and near real time station data from over 350 meteorological stations operating in the province.

Datasets from the Alberta Conservation Information Management System (ACIMS), Alberta's Natural Regions & Subregions, Environmentally Sensitive Areas (ESAs), Crown reservations, and protected areas.

The provincial authoritative geospatial Open Government data portals from all ministries, including Alberta Vegetation Inventory (AVI) Crown, Alberta Vegetation Inventory (AVI) Post Inventory Cutblocks, Central Parkland Vegetation Inventory (CPVI), Grassland Vegetation Inventory (GVI), Native Prairie Vegetation Inventory (NPVI), watershed boundaries, hydrography, bathymetry, etc. Some datasets will require you to sign a data license agreement.

Many Alberta health statistics (indicators) on a variety of health-related topics such as demographics, mortality, chronic and infectious disease, and children's health, and the relevant Geographic Boundary Files.

A collection of maps and geographic data that includes historical and current information related to agricultural land use.

Historical GIS data are available as polygon features representing wildfire perimeters.

Provincial spatial data layers are available in GIS-usable format on key wildlife areas, range, and critical aquatic habitat.

NGO Data

ABMI’s data and innovative data products, including raw field data, species habitat associations, remote sensing and geospatial products, animal camera trap data, etc.

Datasets from six key areas across Alberta, including earth observation, remote sensing, geospatial data, environmental data, and social and economic datasets from private industry and government.