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27 August 2008

Querying A-CAP: Click On The Map To Get Data Values

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Users of the Antarctic Cryosphere Access Portal (A-CAP) Beta Version can now query the map image for the data values at a location they are interested in. To use the new features, select query on the left-hand side of the screen and then click on the map. Refer to Figure 1.

For more information about the query function, see "map query" in the A-CAP user manual.

screenshot of acap query button
Figure 1. Example A-CAP screenshot illustrating location of new query button. Click on the image to view a larger version.

The query results appear as a pop-up window. Refer to Figure 2.
Some browsers disable pop-up windows. You may need to enable pop-up windows for the query window to appear.

Table 1 provides the spatial information for the selected location. Table 2 provides the data values associated with that location for the layers that are currently selected. Please note that not all A-CAP layers are queryable. Furthermore, if you click outside the spatial extent for a given layer, it will not be included.

Hint: If you wish to query several different layers at the same time (e.g. each of the available DEMs) but not necessarily view each of these in the resulting map image, you can set the opacity to 1% for the layers that you wish to be invisible yet queryable.

screenshot of acap query results page
Figure 2. Example A-CAP query results screenshot. Click on the image to view a larger version.

We welcome your feedback on this project, which is currently in active development. If you have questions, comments or suggestions, please contact the A-CAP Team. A-CAP is developed using MapServer, an open source development environment for building spatially-enabled Internet applications.