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Data sources:

We sought input from system groups to help us identify data that all participants would need to conduct evaluations and impact assessments regarding the nine systems.

We didn’t do too well.  We had a very poor response to this task so we are adapting. We assume that the experienced GIS users participating in this project would be able to assemble and clip the data they needed for their project.  Accordingly, rather than providing a data repository we are providing a linked list of the best data resources identified by project participants:

  • The Google Sheet linked here was assembled from the input of Hrishikesh Ballal at Geodesignhub and Ryan Perkl at Esri and a sub-set of the systems research groups.  It includes links to a wide range of data sets that may offer some new insights for project participants.

  • We encourage you to scan this sheet for data resources that will support your work.  We encourage you to look for things you may not have known about, and encourage you to amend, replace or add to the sources we have noted.

  • We will NOT attempt to clip data for all, but for those who run into difficulties accessing data, contact and we will seek help for you and deliver clipped data via ArcGIS Online.


Commonly used data resources:


Geojson ( is free with an open source website ( Polygons drawn in this website can be imported into the ESRI and Geodesignhub platforms. IGC Teams can draw their  study areas, download the square boundaries as Shapefiles, upload them to and then clip data for their dataset. Geojson can be an additional means for data access.

  • No logins are required

  • Search for your study area using a geocoder e.g. “New York State” in the search box and it will zoom the map to New York and then you can pan and zoom to the precise study area.

  • It has streets, satellite, and OpenStreetMap basemaps to look at the study area in detail.

  • You can draw multiple rectangles (and other shapes)

  • As you draw, GeoJSON is generated on the right hand side  in a manner that can be copy- pasted in a text file / email and shared as text.

  • In the menu the drawn shapes can be exported as Shapefiles / GeoJSON / WKT / KML etc.

  • If a boundary exists, it can be uploaded and edited

  • It can keep data and base layers independent of study area data.

Living Atlas of the World

The ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World ( a wide-ranging collection of geographic information from around the globe. It includes maps, apps, and data layers to support your work.

  • An ArcGIS Online login is required but is free to all project participants.  Contact your Esri/ArcGIS administrator or Michael Gould/Esri,  regarding the process for arranging access.

  • Search for data using a variety of locational and content search terms or browse at

  • ArcGIS has a wide range of basemaps available.

Other resources:

Introducing Geodesign: a Geodesign Wiki:
Curated by Bill Miller--see "The Essence of Geodesign"

2018 Steinitz, C., Geodesign seminar at University of Buenos Aires

Landscape and Urban Planning Special Issue on geodesign:


APA resource page on scenario-based planning:


2017, Steinitz, C., “Geodesign Negotiation and four recent case studies”


2016, Steinitz, C., “Geodesign Dynamics and four recent case studies” 


2012, Steinitz, C., A Framework for Geodesign, Redlands California, Esri Press (in English)

Also in Japanese, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and pending in Chinese (contact Carl Steinitz)

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