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Coastal Atlas of Andalusia

Acronym: SIGLA

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Atlas Purpose

  • To allow the sharing of environmental information resources (scientific, technologic and quality checks) generated by different institutions involved in research and/or environmental management aspects in Andalusia.

Distinguishing features

  • Based on long term development of REDIAM (Red de Informacion Ambiental) and heavily backed by the Regional Ministry for the Environment

Target Audience

  • General Public
  • Coastal/Environmental Managers
  • Tourists
  • Researchers/Scientists
  • Government/Public Bodies
  • Consultancies
  • Decision Makers
  • NGOs
  • Commercial/Industry

Atlas design and usability

  • Focus:

    • Map content

  • Design

    • Clear navigation and instruction
    • Involved user feedback
    • Access text from maps/maps from text
    • Guided navigation

  • Map page

    • View unlimited layers
    • View data independently by theme
    • Combined/Separate legend & layer lists
    • Links to internal/external pages

  • Documentation:

    • Thematic text
    • Metadata : Database/Flat Files, Single/Multiple format(s)
    • Illustrations, images, charts
    • Help page(s)
    • Tutorial>

  • Standards

    • Metadata standards: INSPIRE
    • OGC

Technology used

  • Mapping software

    • Open Source: ELIMCO Sistemas

  • Data Storage:

    • Distributed Network

Functionality/tools available

  • Level:

    • Moderate
    • Advanced

  • Search Capability

    • Search for data
    • Search for attributes
    • Search for thematic information

  • Mapping Tools:

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

  • Other:

    • 2D/3D Geographical Viewer

Data/cartographic information included

  • Geographic Area: Autonomous Community of Andalusia (Spain, EU)
  • Number of Datasets: Variable
  • Topics:

    • Physical Environment
    • Imagery
    • Management
    • Conservation
    • Infrastructure
    • Culture & Heritage
    • Fisheries, Aquaculture & Agriculture
    • Coastal Habitats
    • Biology
    • Human Impact
    • Environmental Monitoring
    • Industry
    • Natural Resources
    • Tourism & Recreation

  • Other: Planning Zones (spatial planning), Natural risks, DTM1, 10,20m , Land Use and Vegetation Cover, Coastal and Marine Climatology, etc.

Data Issues

  • Other : Following the European Directives on Environmental Data and the Regional Law for the creation of the Andalusian Environmental Information Network, all kind of public data is available to all the citizens without any restriction, only data with private or personal remarks has restriction use. Even if the Coastal subsystem is not fully working and accessible, all the background information is already accessible by all users through the REDIAM Channel, free registration is needed:

Other challenges

  • Inter sectoral policy
  • Inter administration agreements
  • REDIAM's Coastal Subsystem offers a unique opportunity to provide online access to different coastal data from all kind of sources and nature, providing tools and services for its own interoperability. The technology used for the development of this allows the different systems to operate in a compatible way, despite each of the subsystems having a different architecture, complying with the first condition for interoperability.
    The trend is to develop a service architecture that interacts by connecting the repositories of information, which store and maintain the digital information, usually databases and geographic information layers from various institutions.

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