Maps & Charts
When planning to use maps as part of a presentation or within a research paper, it is required that proper credit be given. Most of the map collections have information sections with permission guidelines. Please read the information regarding use of maps on each web site.
General Map Resources
- NDU Map Resources Guide – A guide to map resources on the internet. Prepared by the NDU Library staff in support of the courses, conferences, and research requirements of the National Defense University.
- CIA Maps Click on desired region or country
- Columbia International Affairs Online Atlas – The interactive maps provide access to country reports provided by the Economist Intelligence Unit. There is a world map on the home page of the atlas section and eight regional maps.
- Library of Congress Map Collection – Searchable collection of digitized maps in the public domain from North America, 1544-1996. Searching the Library of Congress Map Collection
- Maps of Asia from Perry-Castaneda Library
- Maps of Australia and the Pacific from Perry-Castaneda Library
- National Geographic Maps for Printing – Select country or region for printable map in .gif and pdf format
- National Geographic Atlas Explorer Interactive Map
- United Nations Cartographic Section
- World Press Review – Maps and country reviews of regions of Asia and the Middle East
- World Sites Atlas
Topic Maps & Charts
- 40 Maps that Explain the World – Historical, political, emotional, psychological maps of the world
- A New View of Asia – charts on Asian economic stakes, political stakes and security challenges
- China’s Maritime Disputes
- Deadliest Civil Wars and Armed Conflicts from The Economist
- Deadly Maps from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Proliferation Status 2005
Nuclear Weapons Status 2005
Biological Weapons Status 2005
Chemical Weapons Status
Missile Proliferation Status 2005
- Disaster Preparedness Capacity Map The Disaster Preparedness Capacity Map identifies by country the diverse range of current NGO capacities that indicate the level of community preparedness or that could potentially be leveraged in a disaster. It identifies those capacities already on the ground as an indicator of the level of preparedness of communities as well as response capacities of NGOs – including health programs, disaster preparedness programs, food security programs, community outreach and media programs.
- Energy Use Global energy demand shifts to the East
- Food Security Aid map
- Global Terrorism Index Map
The Global Terrorism Index (GTI) is the first index to systematically rank and compare 158 countries according to the impact of terrorism. Produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace, the GTI maps and analyses trends in terrorism over the last 10 years. The index is based on data from the Global Terrorism Database (GTD) from the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland.
- Health Security – “Want to Save Lives? You Need a Map of What’s Doing Us In” from Wired
- Indus River – From CIA World Fact Book Map of India
- Naval Post Graduate School Regions of Conflict Map Collection – Select from list of regions to find maps relating to conflict issues.
- Pacific Disaster Center Natural Hazards and Vulnerabilities Atlas: Global Edition – The Global Edition builds on the rich data resources that have been available in regional PDC Atlas products for many years, allowing users to view historical and near-real-time hazards at a global scale and extent. This includes updates on status of the current (2009) swine flu outbreak.
The Asia Pacific and Hawaii editions of the Atlas can be accessed via the links in the gray bar located near the top of the Global Edition webpage.
- Asia Pacific Edition.
- Hawaii Edition. A focused regional atlas, contains highly detailed information for the State of Hawaii. Building on the capture of historical and near-real-time hazards, local observations and forecasts such as Doppler radar and wind and temperature forecasts are added.
- ReliefWeb – ReliefWeb is the UN global hub for time-critical humanitarian information on Complex Emergencies and Natural Disasters.
- Reuters Alertnet.Org Interactive Map Service – Select by conflict, disaster, health, etc.
- Rising Powers – Rising Powers: The New Global Reality is a Stanley Foundation project designed to raise awareness, motivate new thinking, and ultimately improve US foreign policy regarding this global transformation. Interactive map leads to information on Nuclear nonproliferation, energy, global institutions, and powerful nonstate actors.
- South China Sea map
Map from the University of Texas Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection highlighting Paracel and Spratley Islands.
- Strategic Asia Mapping Database – NBR’s newly developed data-driven military mapping feature tracks current Asian military developments, including the location of military assets, international exercises, and peacekeeping operations. Currently, maps have been generated for Chinese and Japanese forces and more Asian countries will be added in the future.
- Top Trends of 2014 – World Economic Forum’s Outlook on the Global Agenda
- Transparency International.org Corruption Perceptions Index
- United Nations Cartographic Section
- U.S. Unified Command Map – (Dec. 2008)World with U.S. Commanders’ Areas of ResponsibilityProduced by Dept. Of Defense
- World Bank.Org Country Snapshots – Includes regional income levels. .
- World Bank.org eAtlas of Global Development Visualization Tool – Maps and graphs more than 175 thematically organized indicators for over 200 countries, letting you visualize and compare progress on the most important development challenges facing our world.
- World Data Report 2011 Conflict Database Visualizer
Previously, information about conflict was dispersed. The WDR team has brought it together in a single database covering civil war, homicides, terrorism, and trafficking, as well as socio-economic, demographic and political data – more than 300 variables in one place available online.
- Women and Girls on the Map Women and Girls on the Map has been created by the Gender and Disaster Network, the Huairou Commission, Northumbria University (UK), OXFAM, and Plan International, with support from UNISDR. The interactive process allows visitors to the IDDR 2012 website to submit reports and news stories that are then highlighted on a map that shows the spread of activities by women and girls around the world. Each highlight is a popup that links directly to the featured item.
- World Bank eAtlas of Gender
Interactive electronic atlas, allows users to map and graph dozens of gender-related indicators-including wages and earnings, mean age at first marriage, maternal leave benefits, school enrolment rates, violence against women and more-over time and across countries. It allows users to see how a country fares on several dimensions of well-being and empowerment. Simply click on an indicator after a keyword search and a world map appears, showing the latest data for more than 200 economies.
- World Health Organization Public Health Mapping and GIS Map Library
The GHO map gallery includes an extensive list of maps on major health topics. Maps are classified by themes, and can be further searched by keyword.
- World Map of Languages
- World Oil Transit Chokepoints – Location and data on strategic choke points.