The Wisconsin Coastal Atlas is a platform that enables people to better understand coastal issues, share coastal data, and inform decision-making about sustainable use of the Great Lakes. It is intended for use by coastal resource managers, planners, researchers, educators, tourists, citizen scientists, and coastal residents. The atlas serves as a gateway to interactive maps and decision support tools relevant to Great Lakes management and provides access to place-based learning resources about coastal issues in Wisconsin. The atlas is built with an open architecture that allows easy addition of new maps, data, tools, and learning resources. Development of the Wisconsin Coastal Atlas began in February 2010 with funding from the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant College Program.


A gallery of interactive maps allowing users to explore coastal issues.

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Paths to discover, assess, and download geospatial data relevant to the coasts of the Great Lakes.

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A gateway to tools that guide decisions about coastal management.

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Information about Great Lakes coastal issues and place-based learning.

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Part 8: SDI-in-a-Box: Web Mapping Frameworks What’s exciting about all of the web mapping technology bits discussed in previous sections is that they can all be molded and combined in various ways to do new and interesting things with maps. Everything is customizable, and together they can provide a powerful range of functionality for creating […]

Part 7: Serving Your Map Harkening back to Part 1, recall that the map image you see on your computer screen when you go to Google or MapQuest has to be served, i.e. sent from a database or memory cache to the client’s browser. This is the job of the web (or HTTP) server, a […]

Part 6: Making Your Own Tiles The bulk of web mapping for public consumption these days is done through, or at least on top of, tile services. A lot of government data still comes in untiled form, but this data is either rendered as it is served or cached (stored for quick access) by the […]

Part 4: Open JavaScript Libraries For many of the tile services listed in Part 3, the purveyors of the tiles provide their own fully functional API that allows you to build on their map and make it available to clients. However, some of them—like MapBox, Stamen, and OpenStreetMap—just provide you with the basemap (and in […]

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