FAQs

What can I map?
In the Atlas Spatial Portal, you can map:  taxa (species, genus etc., lists of taxa) occurrences as points  where available, species polygons as best sp...
Thu, 11 Oct, 2018 at 10:00 AM
Can I save a map or analysis and come back to it later?
Maps can be downloaded in various formats and the status of mapped layers as generated from any combination of analyses can be restored by entering the web ...
Thu, 11 Oct, 2018 at 10:01 AM
Can I use the mapping tool on my own website?
Most of the functions of the Atlas are written as web services. This means that most of the functions that are used on the Spatial Portal can be embedded in...
Thu, 11 Oct, 2018 at 10:02 AM
How accurate are the locations displayed on a map?
The data supplied by our data providers determines the accuracy of features on a map, and the spatial accuracy of occurrence locations varies greatly. Some...
Thu, 11 Oct, 2018 at 10:02 AM
Why are there no species records for my area?
No species may be reported for your area because: the Atlas doesn’t know about them yet; that is, the information has not be supplied to us by our data pr...
Wed, 12 Dec, 2018 at 5:51 PM
Where do the map layers come from?
The Spatial Portal uses a variety of map layers. The basemaps come from Google, OpenStreetmap and a simple world political boundary outline map useful for ...
Thu, 11 Oct, 2018 at 10:03 AM
Why do some maps show dots outside the real range for the species?
Sometimes the data used to generate maps is incorrect. This may be because: location data transcribed from a specimen label is too general to be converte...
Thu, 11 Oct, 2018 at 10:04 AM
Can I create and map my own list of species?
Yes, you can use the lists portal to create a list of any combination of species and use that list in a variety of places in the Atlas.  To create a List, ...
Thu, 11 Oct, 2018 at 10:04 AM
Can I map my own list of occurrences?
Yes, you can map your own list of species (taxa) or map a set of taxa locations and associated data. All that is required is a CSV-formatted file with the ...
Thu, 11 Oct, 2018 at 10:05 AM
Where does this environment occur?
This can easily be done with any combination of the environmental layers in the Spatial Portal.  Use the menu item Add to Map > Areas > Environmental...
Thu, 11 Oct, 2018 at 10:06 AM