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The UK Coastal and Marine Resource Atlas
www.magic.gov.uk

More:  Institutes 
Status: In Progress

Geographical term: UK [Marine Regions]

Institutes (8)  Top 
  • Natural England, more, partner
  • Scottish Natural Heritage - Headquarters (SNH), more, partner
  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), more, partner
  • English Nature, more, partner
  • Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC), more, partner
  • Essex County Council, more, partner
  • Environment Agency; Anglian Region, more, partner
  • The Scottish Executive, more, partner

Abstract:
Atlas Purpose

  • Provide a flexible resource for national oil spill planning, facilitating

    • Seamless multi agency, operational response;
    • Audit and contingency planning, consistent with the UK National Contingency Plan (NCP);
    • Clean-up management;
    • Damage assessment, compensation, responsibilities;

  • Provide information on sensitive resources of the UK coastline and its seas to all stakeholders.
  • Assist in identification of protection and clean-up priorities.


Distinguishing Features

  • A coastal and marine extension of the MAGIC (Multi Agency Geographic Information for the Countryside) website.
  • Focussed on oil spill planning.


Target Audience

  • Government/Public Bodies;
  • Commercial/Industry;
  • Consultancies;
  • Coastal/Environmental Managers;
  • Decision Makers;

Atlas Design and Usability

  • Focus:

    • Map content;

  • Design:

    • Clear navigation and instruction;
    • Single point(s) of access to map/data;
    • Guided navigation

  • Map Page:

    • View limited layers
    • View data independently/by theme;.
    • Separate legend & layer lists
    • Links to external pages

  • Documentation:

    • Thematic text;
    • Metadata:

      • Database
      • Single format(s);

    • Help page(s);
    • Tutorial;

  • Standards:

    • Metadata standards: ISO 19xxx;


Technology Used

  • Mapping Software:

    • Proprietary: ESRI ArcIMS;

  • Data Storage:

    • Locally: SQL Server with ArcSDE;
    • Distributed Network: SPIRE database (early 2007);

  • Database Management System:

    • Yes


Functionality/Tools Available

  • Level:

    • Advanced

  • Search Capability:

    • Search for data
    • Search for attributes;

  • Other:

    • Marine data viewable in ED50 Mercator and GB National Grid.

  • Mapping Tools:

    • Zoom, recentre and full extent;
    • Identify features;
    • Layer list control;
    • Print/Export maps;
    • Query attributes;
    • Measure line and areas;
    • Download geospatial data.


Data/Cartographic Information Included

  • Geographic Area: England, Scotland and Wales;
  • Number of Datasets: >100;
  • Topics:

    • Physical Environment;
    • Coastal Habitats;
    • Biology;
    • Management;
    • Conservation;
    • Environmental Monitoring;
    • Infrastructure;Industry;
    • Natural Resources;
    • Fisheries, Aquaculture & Agriculture;
    • Other: Sensitivity.


Data Issues

  • IPR/Cost:

    • Cost-prohibitive data (base/other);
    • Intellectual Property Rights (IPR);
    • Data use restrictions;

  • Accessibility:

    • Data sourcing and acquisition;
    • Poorly managed, inaccessible data;
    • Data duplication

  • Quality:

    • Variable/inconsistent data quality;
    • Inappropriate data scales;
    • Incomparable regional datasets;
    • Poor/non-existent metadata;

  • Management:

    • Data management plan development;
    • Balance of development and update

  • Other:

    • Over-reliance on personal knowledge for data information.


Other Challenges

  • Funding for site maintenance;
  • Designing simple, intuitive and informative web interface;
  • Content balance of science and information;
  • Design of efficient DBMS for content management;
  • Other:

    • Marine topic new to countryside atlas MAGIC;
    • Aligning to MAGIC procedures


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