Maps
The UW Sea Grant Institute views Geographic Information Systems (GIS) as a powerful tool in the management of Great Lakes coastal areas. Wisconsin Sea Grant uses the technology to better understand coastal processes and to share that information with coastal resource managers and planners.


Wisconsin Coastal Atlas

Wisconsin Coastal Atlas
The Wisconsin Coastal Atlas provides access to maps, data and tools to support decision-making about the Great Lakes. It features a Web-based "geo-portal" that catalogs, integrates, presents and shares distributed sources of geospatial data and supports development of a "coastal spatial data infrastructure" for Wisconsin. The initial focus of the atlas is on coastal hazards, but it is built with an open architecture that allows addition of new tools and components over time. Besides building the framework for the atlas, the project also tackles important research topics that address the science needed to effectively build and link coastal Web atlases. Read more...


Wisconsin Coastal Guide

Wisconsin Coastal Guide

The Great Lakes Circle Tour leads you around the largest freshwater system on the planet – but the main route often takes you far from the water's edge. The Wisconsin Coastal Guide shows you where to pull off the highway for a quiet beach, a hidden lighthouse, or a secluded park. Support for the project was provided by the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program.

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Spatial Narratives

Stories of Us
UW Sea Grant researchers look to use spatial narratives to engage citizens in environmental stewardship of the Great Lakes. Read more...


GLOS Education and Outreach

Great Lakes Mapping Workshops
The Great Lakes Observing System (http://glos.us) has reached a level of maturity where its website now includes useful mapping and decision support products and more are planned.  The Great Lakes Sea Grant Network supports the education and outreach activities of GLOS.  The GLOS Mapping Workshops served as an experiment on outreach using a different approach to developing mapping products – one where those working to protect and manage the Great Lakes were taught how to integrate maps and data “on-the-fly” and develop their own decision-making tools.  Over 100 Great Lakes resource managers and teachers attended the workshops and webinars.  Follow-up surveys showed that 68% of respondents used resources they learned about at the workshop, 77% shared what they learned with colleagues, 59% created their own map since completing the workshop, and 96% felt more knowledgeable about Great Lakes data and resource web sites. Read more...


Historic Maps

Great Lakes Maps
An online exhibit that traces the evolution of mapmaking since the 1600s and the historical influence of the Great Lakes on the history of Wisconsin. The original maps were collected for an exhibit at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Memorial Library Department of Special Collections, March 19 through June 29, 2007. Read more...


Videos

Dr. David Hart: Specialist in Geographic Information Systems
Dr. David Hart tells us about his job at the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute, including his efforts with the Wisconsin Coastal Atlas. Read more...


Dr. David Hart Tells Us Why He Loves His Job
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Integrating Great Lakes Data from Distributed Sources: Adam Mednick
A presentation by Adam Mednick at the meeting of the Great Lakes section of the International Coastal Atlas Network, Sept. 13-15, 2010, Madison, Wis. Read more...


Integrating Great Lakes Data from Distributed Sources: David Hart
A presentation by David Hart at the meeting of the Great Lakes section of the International Coastal Atlas Network, Sept. 13-15, 2010, Madison, Wis. Read more...


Impacts and Outcomes of Mature Coastal Web Atlases: California
A presentation by John Helly at the meeting of the Great Lakes section of the International Coastal Atlas Network, Sept. 13-15, 2010, Madison, Wis. Read more...


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Outreach

Geospatial Technologies for Great Lakes Coastal Management
The Wisconsin Coastal Atlas (wicoastalatlas.net/) helps people better understand coastal issues, share coastal data and inform decision-making about the Great Lakes. The atlas leverages accurate local government data to represent the coasts of Wisconsin and seeks to be a sharable resource for analyzing coastal issues that extend beyond the boundaries of the state. Ongoing activities include adding new interactive maps, decision tools and GIS data sets and updating technologies to improve data discovery and sharing.


Related Publications

Visit Our Publications Store
For print and downloadable maps, take a look at our publications store. Read more...


Related Websites

Video on the Wisconsin Coastal Guide
Learn more about Wisconsin's coastal communities and natural amenities through this Sea Grant-produced video, which is part of the organization's You Tube channel. Read more...


International Coastal Atlas Network
The International Coastal Atlas Network (ICAN) encourages development of digital atlases of the global coast based on the principle of distributed, high-quality data and information. These atlases can be local, regional, national and international in scale. This can be achieved by sharing knowledge and experience among atlas developers in order to find common solutions for coastal web atlas development whilst ensuring maximum relevance and added value for the users. Read more...


Great Lakes Observing System
The Great Lakes Observing System (GLOS) promotes accurate, comprehensive, timely, accessible and integrated information for the Great Lakes and its watershed. Read more...


Wisconsin's Water Library

Wisconsin's Water Library has reading lists on many different topics.  Take a look at the maps and mapping reading list and a list that was compiled for the "Making Maps, Making History" exhibit.



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