Introduction to Theme Maps (3:16)

Theme Maps show pre-selected, curated collections of data on key topics: Marine Life & Habitat, Cultural Resources, Marine Transportation, National Security, Commercial Fishing, Recreation, Energy & Infrastructure, Aquaculture, Restoration, and Water Quality. Offering basic mapping functionality, they are intended for users who want a quick and easy way to see the main datasets on select topics. This tutorial shows the basics of how to use Theme Maps.

Shareable link to video: https://staging2.northeastoceandata.org/files/tutorial-intro-to-theme-maps.mp4

Introduction to Data Explorer (3:49)

The Data Explorer is an interactive map that enables you to select and view any custom combination of data. Unlike Theme Maps, the Data Explorer makes it possible to display data from different themes together on one map, and it has more advanced functionality. This tutorial shows the basics of how to use the Data Explorer such as selecting and viewing data layers on the map, getting information about datasets, and changing the order of data layers.

Shareable link to video: https://staging2.northeastoceandata.org/files/tutorial-intro-to-data-explorer.mp4

Introduction to Marine Life and Habitat Theme Maps (2:48)

The Marine Life & Habitat theme includes data on many species of marine mammals, birds, and fish. Data are provided for individual species as well as for species groups based on ecological characteristics, management considerations, and other factors. Habitat data include physical habitat such as oceanography and seafloor sediment and biological habitats such as eelgrass and cold-water coral.

Shareable link to video: https://staging2.northeastoceandata.org/files/tutorial-intro-to-marine-life.mp4

How to Add an Individual Species to the Data Explorer Map (2:21)

Data for each species in the Marine Life & Habitat theme, which includes marine mammals, birds, and fish, can be viewed individually on the Data Explorer map. This tutorial shows how to add an individual species onto the map by itself or in combination with other species. After adding a species, you can overlay other types of data about the ecosystem or human uses of the ocean. 

Shareable link to video: https://staging2.northeastoceandata.org/files/tutorial-adding-individual-species.mp4

Vessel Traffic with Time Slider (Theme Map) (1:09)

This tutorial shows how to use the Marine Transportation Theme Map to view vessel traffic data for different years and categories of vessels, how to use the time slider to see monthly data, and how to download the traffic data for use in ArcGIS and other applications.

Shareable link to video: https://staging2.northeastoceandata.org/files/tutorial-vessel-traffic.mp4

Monthly Vessel Traffic in the Data Explorer (0:59)

This tutorial shows how to view monthly vessel traffic in the Data Explorer, which allows you to define and view any custom combination of data.

Shareable link to video: https://staging2.northeastoceandata.org/files/tutorial-monthly-vessel-traffic-in-data-explorer.mp4

Measuring Distance and Area (1:00)

This tutorial shows how to use the Draw & Measure tool to measure distance and area on the Data Explorer map.

Shareable link to video: https://www.northeastoceandata.org/files/tutorial-measuring-tool.mp4


The Northeast Ocean Data Working Group is developing more tutorials and will post them here as they are completed. Is there something that you would like a tutorial about? Please let us know.


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