Web services provide a standard way to access geo-referenced data online. Although potential uses are numerous, typically web services allow one machine to exchange data with another for timely, automated, and efficient sharing of information. Different service types provide different levels of access to the data, including serving image tiles of the data or the features and attributes themselves.

What SFEI web services are available?

The following table lists our current web services. If you are using any of our services or need help, let us know. Contact us at webservices@sfei.org. We’re interested in hearing how our services are being used in other applications.


Layer Name & Attribution Web Site Service Type Service Access Update Frequency
California Rapid Assessment Method (CRAM) Assessment Areas

California Wetlands Monitoring Workgroup (CWMW). "California Rapid Assessment Method for Wetlands and Riparian Areas (CRAM)." EcoAtlas. Accessed [date retrieved]. http://www.ecoatlas.org.
WMS, dynamic Weekly
California Habitat Projects

California Wetlands Monitoring Workgroup (CWMW). EcoAtlas. Accessed [date retrieved]. http://www.ecoatlas.org.
WMS, dynamic Daily

More Details for SFEI Web Map Service Types
WMS: Web Map Services

Our web map services are created in accordance with the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) WMS protocol. The WMS GetCapabilities operation requests metadata about the operations, services, and data (“capabilities”) that are offered by a WMS server. To retrieve this information, enter the following URL in your browser: https://geoserver.sfei.org/prd/sfeiwebservices/wms?request=GetCapabilities

For more details on WMS services see the documentation on the OGC website.

How Can You Use SFEI Web Services?

You can use these web services in a number of ways including:

  1. If you are a developer, you can add our data to your web map application.
  2. You can view the data in your web browser using one of the supported output formats, e.g., image, KML, PDF.
  3. You can view the data in a desktop application that supports the service type, e.g. ESRI ArcMap. For service type refer to the table above.
  4. You can view the data in an online web application that supports the service type.
Type of Data: 
GIS vector dataset
Programs and Focus Areas: 
Environmental Informatics Program
Application Development
Data Services
Design and Communications
Geographic Information Systems
Information Technology Systems