Linking Maps and Data

It is time-consuming and error-prone to make sense of data coming from multiple sources. Using mapping techniques to link the data visually often leads to new discoveries and reveals where further research is needed.

Consider, for example, the problems faced by a forest manager trying to determine where timber harvesting should be allowed. Harvesting new areas will require that logging roads be constructed, but the roads need to be located a certain distance from riparian areas, and outside of areas of high landslide susceptibility. To determine the best location for these roads, the manager needs access to information from computational simulations, aerial photographs, rainfall and other climate-related instruments, riparian buffer zones, and so forth. Further, the information must be integrated - it's too hard to converge and compare data in your head.

NACSE develops interfaces that interrelate different types of data and present them in a flexible, easy-to-use mapping interface. Topography, rainfall, landslide susceptability, and other parameters can be compared and viewed on the fly, allowing resource managers to play "what-if", trying out the effects of different decisions.

For examples, visit the overview of Geographic Information Systems at NACSE, or click the links below to go directly to some of our mapping interfaces.

IHNV Fish Virus Database Midwinter Bald Eagle Count
IHNV Fish Virus Database Midwinter Bald Eagle Count screenshot
 
Transboundary Freshwater Disputer Database Cryptogams of the Olympics
Transboundary Freshwater Disputer Database screenshot Cryptogams of the Olympics Viewer screenshot
 
Oregon topographic map viewer Long Term Ecological Research
Program (LTER) Site Viewer
Cryptogams of the Olympics Viewer screenshot LTER Site Viewer screenshot