Below you will find brief descriptions of several interactive maps and data discovery tools. Several of these individual data layers can now be integrated into regionally based visualization portals (Arctic and Cook Inlet with more to come). To download complete datasets, scroll down to the bottom on this page for a table of interoperable web services.
Interactive Maps and Data Discovery Tools
Research Assets – Interested in the location of research instruments and monitoring efforts planned or deployed in Alaska’s waters? The Research Assets Map is a visual inventory of marine and coastal monitoring instruments and efforts in time. The map can be queried by time period, what is being measured, or who owns the instrument. While an effort is made to include all assets in the water this season, there may be components missing, or ones whose actual locations are different from those planned prior to deployment, and coverage prior to 2010 is limited.
Real-time Sensor Map – This interactive map taps into more than 4,000 real-time sensors owned and maintained by a variety of federal, state and private entities.
Temperature, precipitation, wind and water turbidity are but a few observations streaming in real-time. Simply click a point on the map to access primary source data and metatada, or to view more detailed information and images via webcam. To search across Alaska’s waters, users can filter sensors by station type or source on the right-hand panel. If you have questions please use the red feedback tab on the left side of the screen.
Model Explorer – This application displays a catalog of gridded data sets available through AOOS including satellite observations, model predictions and input layers for numerical simulations. Research institutions and agencies across Alaska and beyond contribute to and share original information through this portal.
Users can browse data sets by category or keyword, search through metadata, or graphically explore individual data sets, including dropping a “virtual sensor” to extract a time series at specific location. To contribute data click the red feedback tab
Industry Arctic Data – Signed in August of 2011, a data-sharing agreement between NOAA and three oil companies (Shell, ConocoPhillips, and StatOil) is now providing the scientific community access to a wealth of oceanographic and environmental data collected between 2008 and 2011 in the Chukchi Sea.
The agreement calls for sharing three major data sets in the lease sale areas: real-time weather and ocean observations, environmental information and sea ice and sea floor mapping data. During the open water season, real-time data is available through the AOOS Sensor Map. Historic weather, oceanographic and environmental studies data is freely available through the Research Workspace.
Seabird Portal – This map displays seabird colonies throughout the North Pacific coasts. However, it is a work in progress. Many of the colony data have errors and will be fixed in the next few months. Diet data is being revised and is not currently available.
Axiom Consulting is not responsible for the accuracy of the data, but feedback on the tool is appreciated.
Prince William Sound Herring Portal – This interactive map represents an effort to consolidate, document and provide access to scientific resources regarding herring in Prince William Sound and provide a gateway for scientists and the public to access, interpret and visualize these resources. Support for this project has been provided by the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
Staging and Layering Data
Arctic Portal – This portal integrates several thousand data layers ranging from habitat type, climatic regimes, tagged animal locations, current weather conditions, political and ecological boundaries, and research instruments. An interactive data map enables users to combine different types of data — GIS layers, model output, real-time sensors, and satellite images and allows them to truly integrate spatial data in a visual fashion. A data layer catalog enables users to browse data and metadata by category or keyword.
Gulf of Alaska Data Portal – This portal provides the ability to access, integrate, and download data from a range of disciplines in a format similar to the Arctic Portal. A searchable data catalog allows users to discover available data layers and related metadata for meteorological sensor feeds, satellite observations, habitat type, and research studies pertaining to fisheries, plankton, oceanography, marine mammals and birds. Over the next year the Gulf of Alaska Search Catalog will provide access to data developed through the long term monitoring programs of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council (EVOS TC) – Gulf Watch Alaska and Herring Research and Monitoring, as well as historical data from past EVOS TC projects. The portal is supported in partnership with the Gulf Watch Alaska Program.
Cook Inlet Response Tool – Similar to the Arctic Portal, this data visualization tool incorporates multiple types of data (real-time sensors, model output, GIS layers, etc.) on a single screen. The tool was developed in collaboration with the Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council, to assist emergency responders in the event of an oil spill or other event. Unique to this tool is the ability to view video imagery and still photos for the entire coastline, drawing from the ShoreZone project. This allows users to virtually “fly the coast”, and integrate that information visually and spatially with other types of data.
AOOS Research Workspace – This is a prototype, web-based data management solution for assembling, storing, and sharing data between members of the biological and physical oceanography communities. The Workspace offers users an intuitive interface that allows users to create projects, which are analogous to scientific studies or specific directions of effort. Within each project, users may create topical groupings of data using folders and upload data and descriptive literature to their project by simply dragging and dropping files from their desktop into their web-browser.
Interoperable web services (for technical users)
Click Here for instructions on how to export datasets hosted through AOOS web-portals.
|Data Type||Service||Provider||Browsable URL1||API URL2|
1. Use the browsable URL when exploring datasets through the browser
2. For improved performance, use the API URL for applications.