Office of Geomatics

Enabling GEOINT accuracy through geodetic, geophysical and photogrammetric sciences and content.

"Geodesy remains our life blood"

-- Robert Cardillo, NGA Director
The Director's Intent, 10/3/14
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NGA provides accurate, relevant geoscientific models and analysis in support of national security and intelligence objectives. We offer foundational environmental data as well as scientific analysis of the environment.

Geohazard Models: Natural hazards and environment modeling

NGA offers foundational environmental data as well as scientific analysis of the environment and natural hazards, on both global and regional scales.

Global geohazard potentials and indications:

  • Landslide
  • Flooding
  • Wildfire
  • Seismic Liquifaction
Regional or Ad-hoc Analysis:
  • Regional version of global models
  • Disease (e.g. ebola)
  • Food security
  • Crisis support
Gravity and Earth Models
NGA provides worldwide gravity compensation data in support of U.S. military operations, mission planning, and safety of navigation. The 2 by 2 arc-minute spaced deflection of the vertical (DOV) is provided globally in terms of north-south and east-west components, with error estimates included. The unit of measurement is arc-seconds. This global coverage is repeated for a range of altitudes from 0 to 90,000 feet above mean sea level. This data is essential to the accuracy and effectiveness of high order inertial navigation systems (INS). It aids in the reduction of position and velocity error and improves orientation control when introduced into the INS solution. Deflection of the vertical (DOV) data is made available through the Defense Logistics Agency.

Equipment Loan Programs

The multinational cooperation of the NGA Equipment Loan Programs strengthens international ties with the US. Through these initiatives NGA has helped countries establish local control for furthering their own internal infrastructure. To request NGA equipment for loan please contact the NGA Office of Corporate Communications (OCC).

Gravity Meter Loan Program
The Gravity Meter Loan Program is one of the older multinational initiatives at NGA, established to further one of NGA's long-standing missions, namely to collect, process, and analyze gravity data. Through bilateral agreements, NGA will furnish equipment to other countries to help them establish a better means of local geodetic control in exchange for the gravity data they collect.

Survey Equipment Loan Program
The Surveying Equipment Loan Program is another multinational initiative at NGA. Through this program NGA will loan out surveying equipment to enable countries to establish or refine current or existing surveying networks, within their country. Surveying equipment is loaned to these countries through bilateral agreements in exchange for the data that is collected.

NGA Public Affairs
Phone: 571-557-5400
Last modified: 13-Feb-18