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The Coastal and Ocean Information Network Atlantic (COINAtlantic) website is a hub for coastal and ocean information in Atlantic Canada. We are working to provide open and reliable access to the best information to help various stakeholders make informed decisions relevant to Atlantic Canada.

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Canada in a Changing Climate: Advancing our Knowledge for Action

Canada in a Changing Climate: Advancing our Knowledge for Action

The Atlantic Chapter of the national assessment of how Canada’s climate is changing, the impacts of these changes and how we are adapting to reduce risk.

Climate Change Theme Page
Bay of Fundy: Focus on the Gulf of Maine Initiative

Bay of Fundy: Focus on the Gulf of Maine Initiative

This new section of the COINAtlantic website focuses on the Bay of Fundy and the Gulf of Maine Initiative and has been funded by Environment and Climate Change Canada.

Bay of Fundy: Focus on the Gulf of Maine Initiative

COINAtlantic’s Visualization of the OBIS Canada IPT

COINAtlantic has partnered with four organizations in Atlantic Canada to improve the accessibility of marine biological data. The data from these organizations is being prepared for harvesting by the Ocean Biogeographic Information System. The vehicle for making the data available to OBIS is the OBIS Canada Integrated Publishing Toolkit (IPT).

COINAtlantic has developed a tool that inspects the public entries in the IPT and generates an OGC compatible Web Mapping Service, a layer for each IPT resource, and a KML that provides basic metadata and a link to full EML metadata for each IPT resource.

The figure above depicts the COINAtlantic Search Utility (http://coinatlantic.tools/csu) showing one of the data sets from the OBIS Canada Integrated Publishing Toolkit: FRB Bottom fauna from Saint John Harbour.

A custom view of Atlantic Canada's marine species distribution can be accessed at: http://coinatlantic.tools/csu/?mapset=acmsd2015. The application will open with selected layers from the IPT relating to Atlantic Canada and the Project partners. Use the search function to add additional layers.

Advantages to COINAtlantic’s Visualization

- Allows for immediate access once a resource is made public on the IPT.
- Dynamic web mapping service, refreshes daily.
- Full Darwin Core data set is downloadable via the metadata link.
- Not limited to marine taxa.
- Facilitates QC: visualize early and often.
- Enables integration with other data sets, and any GIS software.
- The tool is fully based on Open Source software and compatible with OGC standards.

Directions for viewing the OBIS Canada IPT Resources through the COINAtlantic Search Utility

- open your Chrome browser

- go to http://coinatlantic.tools/csu/?mapset=acmsd2015

- in the right "Map Layers" panel, OBIS Canada IPT layers are those with the text "IPT OBIS Canada" in their names.

- to add other OBIS Canada IPT resource layers, click the "ADD WMS Layer" button at the bottom of the "Map Layers" panel.

- a new window should open titled "Add Remote WMS Layers"

- in that new window, click on the area with the text "Select or input a server address (URL)" and paste the following:

  • http://coinatlantic.tools/cgi-bin/iptobiscanada?

- click the "Connect" button

- expand the results (click on arrow to the left of the text "OBIS Canada's IPT WMS"), so you should see a list of all OBIS Canada IPT resources (WMS layers)

- activate one layer by clicking in the checkbox to the left of a layer (the description and a small map preview should appear)

- click on the "Add layer" button in the bottom right of that window

- click "Close" in the bottom right "Add Remote WMS Layers" window

- your new IPT layer should be visible in your map in the CSU (you may have to turn other layers off, to see your new layer)

 

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COINAtlantic Tools

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Search Utility

Launch the CSU to find and display geographic data and information. 

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GeoContent Generator

Explore the CGG to create searchable and geographically referenced metadata

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Data Accessibility Tool

Learn more about the Data Accessibility Benchmark Organizational Self-Assessment Tool

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Jennifer Barr

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Alexi Baccardax Westcott

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Andrew Sherin

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