NPLCC Help – how to use the tool:

Data Visualization

The data tab in the tool gives you access to all base layers, prioritization inputs and raw data collected for this project. To view a data layer merely navigate to the appropriate subject heading and click on the data layer name.

To access additional information about the data set itself click on the icon to the right of the data layer name. You will see a box with additional information and links to metadata (when available) pop up in the lower left hand corner of the map. As you turn layers on a check box will appear to the left of the data layer name meaning that these layers are active. The layers will also show up under the “Active” tab. Using this tab, you can rearrange the draw order of the layers by clicking on any layer in the list and dragging it either up or down, modify the opacity (that is the ability to see through the layer to underlying layers) by adjusting the slider bar that will appear when you click on the icon (you must click the icon a second time to make the slider bar disappear) and toggle the visibility. Note that layers will remain active until you remove them from this list by clicking on the icon.


You can use the icon in the upper left hand corner of the map to zoon in or out (you can also use a mouse wheel to zoom in or out or double click on the map to zoom in or the + / - keys on your keyboard). You can also define a specific area to zoom in to by holding the shift key down on your keyboard and drawing a box that defines the extent to which you would like to zoom. You can pan by holding down your mouse button and dragging the map in the direction you wish to zoom. When selecting geographies for new scenarios, holding the mouse button down and dragging the map will result in adding watersheds to your prioritization scenario rather than panning.

When you mouse over watersheds, the name of the watershed will appear in a box in the upper left hand corner of the map. Clicking once on any watershed will return a list of data values available for that watershed.

Please note that not all data is available for all areas so only the attributes that represent the data for the location of the subject watershed will be displayed.

Creating scenarios

Under the “Scenarios” tab you can view, edit, copy, delete and create new scenarios. There are two lists available for you under the scenarios tab – scenarios you have created yourself and “shared scenarios” that have been created by others and shared with you or a group that you belong to.

To create a new scenario, click the "create new" button in the lower left hand corner of the scenario pane. This will take you to a series of windows that step you through the scenario creation process.

Please read the detailed documentation to gain an understanding of the purpose, limitations, and products associated with this tool. All users are able to create priority scenarios, pan and zoom using the map tool, and explore input data sets pertaining to a wide variety of terestrial and aquatic species as well as data specific to climate change, watershed condition, and aquatic invasive species. In order to create scenarios, you must be a registered user and signed in. Simply click on "register" in the top right corner of the title bar and follow the simple steps. Registered users may sign in by clicking on the “sign in” menu in the upper right hand corner of each page.