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TerrainWorks designs and builds the most advanced watershed and landscape analysis system in the world. Its mission is to increase access to science and technology in support of resource management, risk mitigation, restoration, conservation and research. TerrainWorks, with its flagship analysis technology “NetMap”, is being used by NOAA, US Forest Service, EPA, BLM, US Fish and Wildfire Service, Conservation NGOs, watershed councils,tribes, private sector, universities and internationally. NetMap can be built and applied anywhere in the world (Global Opportunity).

NetMap’s one of kind suite of virtual watersheds, analysis tools and online technical help, is designed to provide decision support in forestry, fisheries, restoration, riparian management, conservation, pre and post wildfire planning and climate change. TerrainWorks provides the most comprehensive analyses available, ranging in scale from entire landscapes to watershed to individual stream reaches, with an unmatched cost efficiency. 

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TerrainWorks (NetMap): Designed to Address a Challenge

NetMap was created to provide off the shelf analysis capabilities in resource management, risk mitigation and conservation that are unavailable elsewhere. Our goal at TerrainWorks is to make user-friendly virtual watersheds and smart river networks (operating in GIS) readily available to agencies, NGOs, universities and private sector.

NetMap also provides support in the form of (1) online technical help, (2) step-wise guides, (3) online mapping tools and a (4) community based approach to tool development and dissemination. NetMap applications include fish habitat mapping, floodplain delineation, road analyses, slope stability, riparian management and wildfire. Explore our website to learn more.

Compatibility & Fusion with the NHD/NHDplus: NetMap and the NHDplus have compatible goals and each provides value added facilities to the other.  NetMap’s value added facilities include the derivation of detailed hydrography extending to the ephemeral and unchanneled portions of landscapes, connectivity and routing analyses, and advanced tools for resource management, risk mitigation and conservation, with transfer of that information to the NHDplus. NHDplus’s value added facility is the communication of NetMap’s attributes and analysis results to the common national hydrography platform used for distributing data and modeling results across large and diverse stakeholder groups.

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Many federal, state, NGO and private organizations have similar and overlapping objectives, questions, and analysis needs. Resource management and conservation are increasingly being applied at large spatial scales (watersheds, national forests, landscapes, states, and regions) involving multiple interacting agencies and partnering stakeholders.

The challenge is to provide agencies, NGOs, and the private sector with advanced analysis capabilities, a global opportunity

This challenge points to the future of applied watershed science. Learn more about how to address the challenge. TerrainWorks (NetMap) embraces the future through an initiative that is built upon three key concepts:

Developing Virtual Watersheds with advanced capabilities;
Developing Analysis Tools (NetMap) that work within the Virtual Watersheds to support the sharing of tools and knowledge;
Sustaining the system over time through shared, bottom up program maintenance (user licenses).

The TerrainWorks system of analysis is provided in several formats: 
(1) NetMap as a Service, in which all tools are run in your own virtual watershed for a complete, stand alone analysis.
(2) Access 
NetMap Tools  and Virtual Watershed by annual license to conduct your own powerful analyses;
(3) Custom analyses that provide stakeholders with greater power, flexibility and sustainability ("living analyses").

The system is underpinned by TerrainWorks defining platform: The Virtual Watershed

See Our Unique Approach to Analyses and Consultations

We also partner on consulting projects.

TerrainWorks Community Science & Technology

A unique and powerful aspect of TerrainWorks (NetMap) is its ability to distribute science and technology, via its digital hyroscape and Tools, to all participants, thus leveraging ideas, expertise, experience and capital.  A tool built in one geographic location (say Oregon) is immediately shared among all users of NetMap. 


NetMap's networking extends across large areas of the western US, Canada and into Alaska. Join the network of Digital Landscapes and tools. Check current Virtual Watershed Coverage. No coverage? We build new.









Learn about TerrainWorks (NetMap) Applications

TerrainWorks supports numerous types of applications relevant to natural resources:

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See AGU EOS article on "The Future of Applied Watershed Science at Regional Scales".