Integrated Mapping Tool Help

Getting Started

The Mapping Tool application uses JavaScript to display the interactive data within web browsers. Please make sure that JavaScript is enabled for a better experience.

The Integrated Mapping applications have been tested for use at a resolution of 1024x768 or greater with the following web browsers:

Microsoft® IE 9+
Mozilla® Firefox 17+
Google® Chrome 24+
Apple® Safari 4+

The maps also function on most mobile devices.



Using the Map

Step 1

Navigate to the Integrated Map Application. Once the map is loaded, follow the steps to locate and identify stations and download data.

Step 2

Use controls on the Layers icon Layers tab to adjust the desired map layer visibility.

Step 3

Navigate to your area of interest on the map.

Step 4

With Identify icon Identify or Select Tool icon Select Tools, select features on the map.

Step 5

In the Results tab, select Checkbox icon checkboxes and click the Access Data button. Where available, click the Quick Data Quick Data icon to see a data snapshot or the Graph icon Graph icon to view data.

Tools

Select

The Select Tools window allows various types of querying against a visible map layer, excluding the basemap layer.

Step 1

Click Select Tool icon Select Tools to display the Select Tools window for the desired map layer:

Select Tools Window

Step 2

Use functionality* as desired:

Identify Identify Selects features from the map layer based on a user-defined click. Using the mouse, left-click on the map.
Location Location Selects features from the map layer based on a location (i.e. country, state, county, climate division, climate region, USGS HUCs, or zip code). Choose the appropriate location from the dropdown list(s) and click 'Search'.
Rectangle Rectangle Selects features from the map layer based on a user-defined rectangle. Using the mouse, left-click, hold, and draw a rectangle on the map.
Polygon Polygon Selects features from the map layer based on a user-defined polygon. Using the mouse, left-click, hold, and draw a polygon on the map.
Proximity Proximity Selects features from the map layer based on a user-defined point and a radial distance. Enter the distance, units (miles or kilometers), and click a point on the map.

Step 3

Selected features will be highlighted on the map and the results will display in a window:

Results

View more details about the Results window.

* not available on all maps

Measure

The measure tool allows distance to be measured long a drawn line. Distance is displayed in both miles and kilometers.

Step 1

Click the Measure tool icon Measure tool to make it active.

Step 2

With the mouse cursor over the map, left-click and hold, then draw a line and release. The measure results display. Click the X to clear.

Measure Display

Legacy Search

A legacy-style search (i.e. web page dropdowns and picklists) can be accomplished via the map:

Using the legacy search

Step 1

Click Select Tools Select Tools to display the options window for the desired map layer:

Select Tools Window

Step 2

Click the Location Location icon:

Select Tools Window

Step 3

Select a location type from the dropdown (e.g. US State) and select a state:

Select Tools Window

Step 4

Click the Search button. Selected features will be highlighted on the map and the results will display in a window:

Results

Results

The results window displays map layer selection sets.

Note: There is a limit of 1,000 to the number of selected features the map will display.

Getting data with results

Step 1

With Select Tools Select Tools, select features on the map. The results will display in the Results tab:

Results Window

Step 2

Use functionality* as desired:

Select Record Selects records for data retrieval via Climate Data Online (CDO).
Download Data Downloads the data list in comma separated value (CSV) format.
Add to Cart Passes the selected records to Climate Data Online (CDO) for data retrieval.
Get All Location Data Passes the selected location to Climate Data Online (CDO) for data retrieval. This is only available when a Location query has been performed.
Station Details Displays detailed station information for the selected record via Climate Data Online (CDO).
Quick Data Displays a quick snapshot of the data for the selected record.
Graph Allows graphing of the data for the selected record.
Clear Clears the selected features from both the Results tab and the map.

* not available for all layers or maps

Graphing

The map make use of an interactive graphing tool*. The graph's appearance can be manipulated through provided functionality.

* not available for all layers or maps

Step 1

With Select Tools Select Tools, select features on the map. The results will display in the Results tab:

Results Window

Step 2

Click the Graph Graph icon on the desired record to open the Graph window:

Graph Window

Step 3

Use functionality as desired:

Previous moves the graph backward in time.
Year graphs the data for a year.
Month graphs the data for a month.
Next moves the graph forward in time.

NEXRAD Radar

The NEXRAD Radar custom component* allows browsing of historical NEXRAD National Reflectivity Mosaics and ordering of historical NEXRAD data.

The mosaic data is available from 1995/01/01 and is courtesy of Iowa Environmental Mesonet (IEM)

* not available on all maps

Getting NEXRAD Radar Data

Step 1

Use the Layers Layer controls to make the National Reflectivity Mosaic map layer visible.

National Reflectivity Mosaic Layer

Step 2

Click the Calendar Calendar icon to adjust the selected date:

Calendar Month

Step 3

Use the Plus Minus incremental buttons to adjust the hour and minute.

Step 4

Click the Update Map button to update the mosaic on the map. The Current button resets the mosaic to the current date/time.

Step 5

Click Select Tool icon Select Tools to display the Select Tools window for one of the NEXRAD map layers. With one of the tools, select NEXRAD stations on the map. The results will display in the Results tab.

Step 6

In the Results tab, select records and click the Add to Cart button for data retrieval via Climate Data Online (CDO).

NetCDF Downloads

The NetCDF Download custom component* allows downloading of Network Common Data Form (NetCDF) array-oriented scientific data.

* not available on all maps

Using NetCDF

Step 1

Use the Layers Layer controls to make a NetCDF map layer visible. Optionally, click the Calendar Calendar icon to set a particular dataset date.

NetCDF Layer

Step 2

Click the Select Tools Select Tools icon to open the Tools window and select the Download tool:

NetCDF Tools

Step 3

Using the mouse, left-click, hold, and draw a rectangle on the map in the desired location. The NetCDF Download window displays with additional information like Period of Record, Bounding Box, and file size.

NetCDF Download Results

Step 4

Use the Calendar Calendar icons to set the dataset start and end dates. Adjust the area of interest by resizing or moving the highlighted selection graphic:

NetCDF Download Graphic

Step 5

Click the Download button. A window opens prompting for the file name and save location:

Save File