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Digimap also offers up to date maps covering marine territory and environmental and geological information. As well as up to date OS map products, it also offers historic maps  from across Great Britain. These thematic maps open up maps to a wider range of research - take a look at the case studies available on the EDINA Resource Centre for inspiration - there are examples that range from the use of Historic Roam to map the victims of Jack the Ripper to the tracking of fox habitats with Environment Roam.
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Historic Digimap

Explore past landscapes and visualise change through time with Historic Digimap. Access to scanned maps of Great Britain dating back to 1840 with the ability to view maps from different times side-by-side making visual comparisons easy. The historic map collection is extensive, however map series rarely provide complete coverage of Great Britain.

Geology Digimap

Geology Digimap provides map data at a number of different scales from the British Geological Survey (BGS) along with the BGS Lexicon of Named Rock Units and the Onshore Borehole Index.

Marine Digimap

Access the most detailed spatial data and marine charts for the waters around Great Britain. Marine charts provide detailed information about both offshore and near-shore areas while the vector data accessible through Marine Digimap is the most detailed data available describing our coastal environments and includes gridded bathymetry, socioeconomic and conservation layers.

Environment Digimap

Environment Digimap provides Land Cover Maps of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH).  The data is available in raster and vector format for a number of different years.

Aerial Digimap

Aerial Digimap provides high resolution (25cm) vertical aerial imagery data of Great Britain from Getmapping Plc. The data is provided in raster format for use in GIS and CAD applications.

Lidar Digimap

Lidar Digimap provides digital terrain models, digital surface models, point cloud data and vertical aerial photography. The data is available to download for use in GIS and CAD applications.