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Welcome to the Arizona State Cartographer's Office

The Arizona State Cartographer's Office is dedicated to improving access to GIS information and geospatial data. Below are new geospatial web services that are available for your use.
The AZGEO Portal is an initiative of the Arizona Geographic Information Council and is maintained and hosted by the Arizona State Cartographer’s Office and the Arizona Land Resource Information System (ALRIS). The Portal is designed to provide GIS users with links to Internet map services, FGDC compliant metadata, and geospatial data downloads. The AZGEO Portal was created to provide access to geospatial data resources for Arizona agencies. AZGEO also allows for group collaberation and tiered data distribution.
Screen shot of the Arizona Imagery ServerThe Arizona Imagery Server is an ArcIMS map service that allows the viewing of Arizona orthophotography. The service is intended to be used as a map service in desktop GIS applications, but the online viewer may also be used by those without access to GIS software. The imagery is not available for download due to the large size of the data files.

AZCORS logoHeight Modernization is an effort of the National Geodetic Survey (NGS), an agency within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), to assist states in improving their geodetic control networks. A geodetic control network is the fundamental reference system used for all mapping activities, whether they are national or local in scope. Height Modernization began as a technical effort to utilize emerging Global Positioning System (GPS) technology to determine and propagate precise elevation, hence the name. The primary goal of Arizona Height Modernization is to establish a statewide geodetic network that efficiently supports all surveying, engineering and mapping activities.

SCO Background

The State Cartographer's Office (SCO) was established in State statute in 1988 and was funded by the Arizona State Land Department in 1995.
The SCO was created in large part due to the efforts of the Arizona Geographic Information Council(AGIC) in the belief that establishing funding for the SCO was a high priority in order to fulfill the objectives of the AGIC Strategic Plan.
AGIC's Strategic Plan clarifies the relationship of AGIC, as a policy board, Arizona Land Resource Information System (ALRIS), as the state GIS data base developer, and the SCO as the standards and data base coordinator.
The State Cartographer is responsible for developing and managing a long term program for collecting, updating, and disseminating statewide information about GIS data resources in an Arizona GIS clearinghouse. This effort is ongoing.
AGIC has identified as one of the main duties of SCO, the exploration of alternative funding sources for the development and maintenance of GIS data, which includes examining legal issues related to the access, cost recovery, and sharing of that data.


Current Projects
An effort to create a geospatial data repository for the state of Arizona.
  • Height Modernization
    An effort to improve Arizona's geodetic network.
  • Arizona National Map
    USGS National Map partnership program.
  • Arizona Geodata Portal
    An effort to create a geospatial data repository for the state of Arizona.
Completed Projects

News and Activities

A framework for building the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI).
A plan to create a new nationwide imagery program for imagery updates on a set schedule.
A USGS Cooperative Agreement Program grant applied for January 2006. Awaiting approval.

2011 to 2012 Annual Report