GeoPRISMS Data Portal

The GeoPRISMS Data Portal was established in 2011 to provide convenient access to data and information for each primary site as well as other relevant data resources.

Visit the GeoPRISMS Data Portal on the MGDS website to find information for each Primary Site:

  • Pre-existing data sets and field programs
  • Data sets ready for download
  • Links to partner programs and resources
  • References database with papers tied to data

Visit also the MARGINS Data Portal for information related to the MARGINS Program.

The GeoPRISMS Data Portal team is here to serve the community! Please contact us at

Search for Data

The GeoPRISMS search tool provides a quick way to find GeoPRISMS Data using parameters such as keyword, NSF award number, publications, and geographical extent.

Data Management Tool

The Data Management Tool generates a data management plan for your NSF proposal. The online form can be quickly filled in, printed in PDF format, and attached to a proposal. PIs can use an old plan as a template to create a new plan. There is also a tool developed by the IEDA team to help PIs show compliance with NSF data policies.

GeoPRISMS Bibliography

An easy way to access datasets from references listed on the GeoPRISMS Data Portal

An easy way to access datasets from references listed on the GeoPRISMS Data Portal

The GeoPRISMS Bibliography includes more than 1120 citations, many tied to data sets. The references database can be searched by primary site, paper title, author, year, and journal. The citations can be exported to EndNote™. You can submit your paper for inclusion in the bibliography – just the DOI is needed!


GeoMapApp is a free map-based data exploration and visualization tool. It was updated with the release of version 3.6.0 in October 2015.

The new DataLayers menu consolidates the wide range of built-in global, regional, and local geoscience data sets that were originally listed under the Basemaps and Datasets menus in earlier versions of GeoMapApp. The consolidation allows the DataLayers menu to be structured more intuitively and managed more efficiently. The many built-in data sets are now arranged in the following categories that were chosen to reflect big-picture geoscience fields and themes.

For example, the new Geophysics menu includes data sets ranging from lithospheric plate deformation, earthquake catalogues, gravity and magnetics anomalies, to heat flow data; and, the Geology category includes geological maps and interpretations, volcano catalogues, and seafloor characteristics. LiDAR was also added to GeoMapApp.

The Session Manager (Save Session) has been enhanced and offers a basic ability to store, share, and re-use an instance of a GeoMapApp session. The captured information is stored as a small file that can be shared with colleagues and students. A saved session could be shared with a class to allow every student to open GeoMapApp at exactly the same starting point with the same data layers loaded and the same area displayed. When using GeoMapApp to generate a figure for publication, storing the session could be useful for its later reuse.

Watch the GeoPRISMS-focused webinar on Youtube to learn how to generate custom maps, explore built-in data sets, and import your own data

Contribute Data

The web submission tool support PI contributions of geophysical, geochemical, and sample data. File formats include grids, tables, spreadsheets, and shapefiles. Once registered within the IEDA systems, the data sets become available to the broader community immediately or may be placed on restricted hold. Additionally, PIs can choose to have a DOI assigned to each submitted data set, allowing it to become part of the formal, citable scientific record.

To submit missing data sets, field programs or publications to the GeoPRISMS portal, contact

Reference information

Status Report on the GeoPRISMS Data Portal: April 2016, Goodwillie A., and the IEDA Database Team

GeoPRISMS Newsletter, Issue No. 36, Spring 2016. Retrieved from

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