Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ) Project
The Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ) Project is a partnership project working with people who use the sea for their livelihood or leisure to identify Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs). The project area covers English inshore waters and the offshore waters around England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It has been split into four regional MCZ projects covering the south-west (Finding Sanctuary), Irish Sea (Irish Sea Conservation Zones), North Sea (Net Gain) and south-east (Balanced Seas).
There is an interactive map which allows users to view different layers such as:
* Protected Areas
* Human Activities
Users are also encouraged to add data to the site, but to do so users have to register.
GeoGarage offers free online marine maps for a number of countries including:
In addition, marine charts for a number of other countries can be accessed for a small monthly charge (10 euro).
- UK and vicinity
Marine charts can be over-layed on Google Maps and you can create GPS waypoints from the map, quite useful for route planning.
Marine Irish Digital Atlas (MIDA)
The Marine Irish Digital Atlas (MIDA) provides a single source where people interested in coastal and marine information can visualise and identify pertinent geospatial datasets and determine where to acquire them. MIDA offers both digital geospatial data and information, incorporating text and multimedia elements, related to coastal and marine resources in Ireland. Integrating the latest advances in web-based mapping techniques, the atlas is built around an interactive map, which allows anyone to identify, visualise, and query those datasets relevant to their interests.
The atlas displays data layers from numerous coastal and marine organisations both within Ireland and abroad, thus providing the best single resource for finding and viewing existing Irish coastal and marine data.
Marine Traffic (marinetraffic) plots the real-time position of ships around the world. This web site is part of an academic, open, community-based project. It is dedicated in collecting and presenting data which are exploited in research areas.
It provides free real-time information to the public, about ship movements and ports, mainly across the coast-lines of Europe and N.America. The project is currently hosted by the Department of Product and Systems Design Engineering, University of the Aegean, Greece. The initial data collection is based on the Automatic Identification System (AIS).
How the vessels positions are recorded?
The system is based on AIS (Automatic Identification System). As from December 2004, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) requires all vessels over 299GT to carry an AIS transponder on board, which transmits their position, speed and course, among some other static information, such as vessel’s name, dimensions and voyage details.
MEGA-Jordan (Middle East Geodatabase for Antiquities in Jordan)
MEGA-Jordan is a purpose-built Geographic Information System (GIS) to inventory and manage archaeology sites at a national level. It has been developed using state-of-the-art technology and requires no more than basic computer skills to enter site and site element boundaries and buffer zones; site details such as condition, threats, and other monitoring updates; and to print out detailed, up-to-date reports on Jordan’s vast number of archaeological sites. The system, in both Arabic and English, is web-based and will standardise and centralise data throughout the Kingdom.
Military Maps of Scotland (18th century)
During the Jacobite period in the 18th century, the Board of Ordnance made numerous maps and plans for the use of government troops. They provide valuable information about 18th century Scotland, and are of interest not just to military historians.
A site that has a viaiery of interactive maps and searches that allow the user to find out what is going on in their area, or to report things like pot holes and broken street lights.
Through the website, 200,000 people have written to their MP for the first time, over 8,000 potholes and other broken things have been fixed, nearly 9,000,000 signatures have been left on petitions to the Prime Minister, and at least 77 tiny hats have been knitted for charity.
An interesting and useful resource for finding out things about areas that you would not otherwise be able to do.
National Archives - Interactive DEAL North Sea Map
This map gives access to oil and gas information for UK waters and works as an example of DNF (Digital National Framework). This virtual repository links information from many sources into one interactive map.
This website currently only supports Internet Explorer.
National Library of Scotland's Bathymetrical Survey of the Fresh-Water Lochs of Scotland, 1897-1909
This is a pilot web-mapping application, which uses zoomable Ordnance Survey mapping to search and display images and records of the Bathymetrical Charts.
The first comprehensive examination of the depths and nature of 562 inland Scottish lochs, including some 60,000 soundings on 223 coloured maps.