Interactive Map

Ontario Renewable Energy Atlas

Author: 

Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

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LIO_energy_atlas.jpg
Year: 
2014
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Web-based interactive map
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Abstract: 

The Renewable Energy Atlas is provided by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources for the purpose of identifying ideal locations for wind and water energy resource development.

The Wind Resource Section provides complete coverage of the Province of Ontario for wind speed and wind power at 10, 30, 50, 80 and 100m above ground level.  "Wind Information Data" can be browsed for each pixel, showing the following data: average wind speed and power at five heights, wind rose and wind speed distribution at 30m and 80m, graphs of daily, monthly and annual variation in avergae wind speed at 30m and 80m, and a "Turbine Formula", which can be used to predict the theoretical output of a turbine at that location.

The Waterpower Resource Section identifies sites with Waterpower Potential as well as existing Waterpower Generating Stations. Waterpower reports are available for rivers, tertiary watersheds, or the province and contain measurements relating to flow, drainage, and power capacity.

The atlas also has the following supplementary layers: Climate Monitoring Stations, Landuse (including Provincial Parks, Conservation Reserves, Natural Heritage Values Areas, Enhanced Management Areas, National Parks, ANSI's, Wilderness Areas, Crown Game Reserves, and Land Ownership), Administrative Boundaries (Including Province, MNR District, Wildlife Management Units, Upper Tier Municipalities and Lower Tier Municipalities), Water, Roads, Powerlines, and Railways

Please note that no geospatial data are available for download from this website.

How to Cite This: 

Ontario Wind Resource Atlas [online map].  Peterborough, ON: The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, 2007.

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The National Hydro Network (NHN)

Author: 

Natural Resources Canada

Sample: 
NHN_DEMO.mxd
Year: 
2016 (Temporal coverage 1944 - )
Format: 
Shapefile (.shp), Web Map Service (WMS)
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Unprojected data.

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Public
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Available for download through the Open Government Portal.

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GCS_North_American_1983_CSRS

Abstract: 

The National Hydro Network (NHN), focuses on providing a quality geometric description and a set of basic attributes describing Canada's inland surface waters. It provides geospatial vector data describing hydrographic features such as lakes, reservoirs, rivers, streams, canals, islands, obstacles (e.g. waterfalls, rapids, rocks in water) and constructions (e.g. dams, wharves, dikes), as well as a linear drainage network and the toponymic information (geographical names) associated to hydrography.

The modeling work of the NHN is based in part on Linear referencing System (LRS) concepts. This approach allows the management of geometric representations separately from attribute information (referred to as events in LRS). Unique identifiers (called National Identifiers - NID), associated to each NHN feature, allow for efficient management of updates. The NHN is a vector, topographic data product primarily designed to allow hydrographic network analysis. It is intented for water flow analysis, water and watershed management, environmental and hydrographical applications, as well as for a multitude of cartographic applications.

How to Cite This: 

National Hydro Network [computer file]. (2016). Ottawa, ON: Natural Resources Canada.

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File Location: 
H:\GIS\Data\Canada\GeoBase\National_Hydro_Network\NHN_DEMO.mxd
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The National Map

Author: 

U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Sample: 
NatAtlas.JPG
Year: 
Various
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Various
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Unprojected Latitude-Longitude

Who can use this data: 
Public
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NAD83

Abstract: 

The National Map represents the joint contributions of many federal agencies to provide maps and geospatial data for a variety of themes.  The website provides access to topographic maps, historical maps, elevation data, hydrography data, and geospatial data.

Since the retirement of the 1997-2014 Edition of the National Atlas of the United States, The National Map now offers a collection of 197 small-scale datasets that can be downloaded for free. Additionally, the Set of Dynamic Topographic Maps Illustrating Physical Features and hundreds of printable maps are offered by The National Map.

The National Map Small-Scale Collection website also links to Global Map, an international effort by national mapping organizations to produce consistent and accurate mapping data of the world at a scale of 1:1,000,000.

The National Map publishes two data collections at one million-scale: one for Global Map users and one for National Map users. In terms of vector geometry, the lines, points, and areas in these data collections are identical. The difference is in the attributes assigned to these features.

How to Cite This: 

U.S. Geological Survey, The National Map, 2017, [dataset], accessed [date] at [URL].

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File Location: 
H:\GIS\Data\USA\National Atlas\AtlasUSA.mxd
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"Make a Topographic Map" Utility

Author: 

Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Sample: 
Make a Map Utility
Year: 
2014
Format: 
Web-Based Interactive Map
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Visible map projection unknown.
Data in unprojected latitude & longitude coordinates.

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Public
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The map utility can be found at the following link: https://www.ontario.ca/page/topographic-maps

Datum: 

NAD83

Abstract: 

The Make a Topographic Map application allows you to make your own topographic map of any part of Ontario. The data used to make these maps is largely from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, and is suitable for display at scales from 1:10,000 to 1:250:000.

The application will allow you to create PDF-format maps, print them on a local printer or send them via email, and create "bookmarks" which will allow you to store map locations and return to them later.

How to Cite This: 

Land Information Ontario (2016). Make a Topographic Map. [Interactive Map]. Retrieved from https://www.ontario.ca/page/topographic-maps

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Land and Water Digital Map Series 34: Global Map of Irrigation Areas

Author: 

United Nations. Food and Agricultural Administration (FAO)

Sample: 
FAO34sample
Year: 
2013
Format: 
ASCII grid, Shapefile (.shp)
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Unprojected Latitude and Longitude

Who can use this data: 
Public
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Available for download from FAO AQUASTAT or FAO GeoNetwork

Datum: 

World Geodetic System 1984

Abstract: 

The map shows the amount of area equipped for irrigation around the year 2005 as a percentage of the total area on a raster with a resolution of 5 minutes. The area actually irrigated was smaller, but is unknown for most countries. A special note has to be made for Australia and India where the map shows the total area actually irrigated. This is due to the fact that statistics collected in Australia and India refer to actually irrigated area as opposed to statistics with area equipped for irrigation which are collected in most other countries. An explanation of the different terminology to indicate areas under irrigation is given in the Glossary.

A digital interactive map, a static global map, downloadable spatial data, and full metadata for each region are available on the AQUASTAT website.

Includes various PDF files with maps, documentation and reports.

How to Cite This: 

United Nations. Food and Agricultural Administration (FAO). Global Map of Irrigation Areas. [computer file]. FAO Land and Water Digital Series #34, 2007.

Library Contact:

libgis@mcmaster.ca

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File Location: 
H:\GIS\Data\World\FAO\FAO34\DEMO.mxd or CD.
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Global Map of Irrigation Areas (GMIA)

Author: 

United Nations. Food and Agriculture Administration (FAO)

Sample: 
Sample map of Irrigation Areas
Year: 
2013
Format: 
Interactive map, Shapefile (.shp), and ASCII grid
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Unprojected lat/long

Who can use this data: 
Public
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GMIA data can be downloaded from the FAO GeoNetwork.
For time-series data at the country level, see the FAOSTAT website.

Datum: 

WGS84

Abstract: 

The map shows the amount of area equipped for irrigation around the turn of the 20th century as a percentage of the total area on a raster with a resolution of 5 arc minutes. The area actually irrigated was smaller, but is unknown for most countries. A special note has to be made for Australia and India where the map shows the total area actually irrigated. This is due to the fact that statistics collected in Australia and India refer to actually irrigated area as opposed to statistics with area equipped for irrigation which are collected in most other countries. An explanation of the different terminology to indicate areas under irrigation is given in a glossary.

Since 1999 the methodology to produce the map has been improved which made it possible to increase the spatial resolution of the map to 5 arc minutes (about 10 km at the equator). The objective of the cooperation between the Universities and FAO is to develop global GIS coverage of areas equipped for irrigation and to make it available to users in the international community. The data collected through the AQUASTAT surveys will be used to improve the overall quality and resolution of the information.

A digital interactive map, a static global map, downloadable spatial data, and full metadata for each region are available on the website.

How to Cite This: 

Users are requested to refer to the map as follows:

Global Map of Irrigation Areas version 5. Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-University, Bonn, Germany / Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome, Italy
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A data demo showing the local area is available at H:\GIS\Data\World\FAO\FAO3\FAO34_demo.mxd
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Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) Data Portal

Author: 

Global Biodiversity Information Facility

Sample: 
GBIF.JPG
Year: 
Various
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Various
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Public
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The Global Biodiversity Information Facility is an international oragization that is working to make the world's biodiversity data accessible everywhere in the world.  It is one of several projects working under official Biodiversity Information Stardards put forth by TDWG.

The main function of this data portal is to allow users to browse georeferenced data of biota species occurence around the globe.  The user can browse by species, by country, or by dataset/publisher.  The species browser allows users to find the organism group they are looking looking for by taxanomic level (i.e. Kingdom, Phylum, Class etc. down to species and subspecies).  The classifications in the taxonomic browser only provide the Latin names, but a search engine is also available to search species by common names.

By viewing the overview page of a species, an interactive map will display the density of species occurence in a 1 degree grid.  please be aware that the maps only depict species occurence data that has been registered and indexed in GBIF, and therefore may not represent the full distribution of that species.

How to Cite This: 

See the Citation Guidelines on the GBIF website.

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The European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS)

Author: 

European Commission Joint Research Centre

Sample: 
This sample contains data about forest fire in Europe from 20/09/2010.
Year: 
Current
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Web map service (.wms)
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Projection undefined. Units: decimal degrees

Who can use this data: 
Public
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Datum: 

WGS 1984

Abstract: 

The European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS) provides access to some data involving forest fires in Europe. The data available includes fires, hotspots, and fire news. The hot spot data is updated every 24 hours, 7 days, and 90 days. The burned areas data is updated every 24 hours, every 7 Days and 30 days.

The information given only applies to current data. There appears to be no archive of past dates.

How to Cite This: 

Citation should be written in the following format: Author. Title [computer file].  Place of publication: Publisher, Date.

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File Location: 
H:\GIS\Data\World\ForestFires
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Living Atlas of the World

Author: 

Various, listed with each map

Sample: 
ESRI ArcGIS Online Map Services Sample
Year: 
Various
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Online interactive mapping service, downloadable content
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Public
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ArcGIS Online map services are available at no cost regardless of use and can be used with ArcGIS Online or ArcMap for Desktop.

The following categories include types of maps for a wide variety of regions around the world:

  • Imagery
  • Basemaps
  • Demographics and Lifestyle
  • Boundaries and Places
  • Landscape
  • Oceans
  • Earth Observations
  • Community Maps
  • Transportation
  • Urban Systems
  • Historical Maps
How to Cite This: 

[Author]. [Date]. [Title]. Retrieved [date], from [URL]

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The City of Vancouver's Open Data Catalogue

Author: 

City of Vancouver

Sample: 
Vancouver
Year: 
2009 - Present
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Various
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NAD 1983 UTM Zone 10N

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Public
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North American 1983

Abstract: 

City of Vancouver Open Data Catalogue

Vancouver's open data catalogue consists of city data that has been made available to the public. Examples of data available in this catalogue include:

  • Cycling infrastructure
  • Boundaries (city boundary, election wards, school boundaries)
  • Building footprints
  • Business improvement areas
  • Housing (shelters and non-market housing)
  • Infrastructure (easements, sewer and water, street lighting)
  • Parks and recreation (community centres, dog-off leash areas, parks)
  • Points of interest (heritage sites, 2010 Olympic venues, public art)
  • Transportation
  • Water features (shoreline, water network)

The datasets listed above are just a summary of the information available on the web at http://data.vancouver.ca.

Datasets are available in various formats including comma-separated values (.csv), Microsoft Excel worksheet (.xls), Shapefile (.shp), AutoCAD (.dwg), Google Earth (.kml), raster format, and web feed for information that is frequently updated. The datasets are usually accompanied with links to specific websites that will provide more information about the dataset. Data is frequently updated ensuring that a time accuracy is maintained.

How to Cite This: 

Dataset name [computer file]. Producer location: Producer Name, Year.

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H:\GIS\Data\Canada\City_of_Vancouver
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