About the Program

Ensuring geographic information is readily available is the mission of the GeoSUR Program, a regional initiative to integrate and disseminate spatial data in Latin America and the Caribbean. Since the Program’s inception in 2007, GeoSUR has grown to serve a large audience interested in development objectives, both regionally and within individual countries.

GeoSUR develops geospatial services on the Web which enable users to locate, view, analyze, and obtain spatial information. Access to these services is open and free and no special software is required to use them.

GeoSUR has four main components:

1) Geoportal: This is the first portal to offer access to spatial information for all the countries of the region in one place. Spatial data and metadata generated by participating agencies can be consulted in this website.

2) Network of map services: More than 90 agencies in Latin America and the Caribbean participate in GeoSUR by implementing map services and data catalogs that become part of the first regional spatial data infrastructure. It is a decentralized network and every participating agency is responsible for the development, operation, and maintenance of its geoservices.

3) Regional topographic processing service: The service allows modeling and generation of derived datasets such as slope, shaded-relief or elevation profiles from the 30-meter SRTM digital elevation model of the region. It is the first of its kind in the developing world due to its extensive geographic coverage and high resolution.

4) Regional Map Service: Regional maps of Latin America and the Caribbean are available for viewing and analysis through this service, on topics such as base maps, infrastructure, CAF projects, land use and land cover, protected areas, aerial imagery, and much more.

The Program maintains a mailing list that offers a forum for discussion of geospatial topics. Diverse topics are being discussed in this forum, including SDIs, GIS, remote sensing and geomatics. Participants receive periodic reviews of geoscience topics, GeoSUR news, training opportunities and technical issues. More than 300 geospatial specialists from 23 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean are member of this forum. The List accepts postings in three languages: English, Spanish and Portuguese. To join the list please send a message to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You can find more information on the Program in the GeoSUR Brochure.