As with all environmental management functions, effective tools such as mapping and decision support systems (DSS) will help facilitate decision making process. In this section, links to various mapping and DSS tools are provided to promote their utilizations.
Lake Erie Mapper
Lake Erie Mapper uses ArcGIS.com to map basic spatial data layers of Lake Erie basin. You can add your own data to enhance the map you see. Click here or the image below to access the map.
Ohio Coastal Atlas (OCA)
The Ohio Coastal Atlas (OCA) is a suite of mapping resources developed by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Office of Coastal Management (OCM) to provide coastal decision-makers, land management professionals, engineers, educators, interest groups and the general public with information about Lake Erie and its watershed. The OCA project features a variety of products, including:
- Ohio Coastal Atlas, Second Edition (2007)
- Interactive Coastal Atlas
- Interactive Theme-Oriented Map Viewers
The OCA was first developed as a 240-page print publication to spatially address "big picture" aspects of Lake Erie and effectively illustrates interactions between cultural, biological, physical and natural resources in the Lake Erie basin and watershed. The atlas is a collaborative effort among many partnering organizations and brings many different and diverse disciplines together into a user-friendly format that is easily understood by those not familiar with certain subject matters.
For more information:
Contact Ohio Coastal Atlas Coordinator Brian George
or call 419-626-7980.
Great Lakes Observations Explorer
Great Lakes Observations Explorer is a tool developed by the Great Lakes Observing System (GLOS), a regional node of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) initiative. Click here or the image below to view real-time and historic lake conditions; water levels, wave heights, air and water temperatures and more from the station or buoy of your choice.
EPA MyEnvironment Search Tool
The EPA MyEnvironment search tool is designed to provide a cross-section of environmental information based on the user's location. Key in your desired location below and then click go. You will get various information on different aspects of your local environment such as air, water, land, energy and health etc.