As part of the AQUA-USERS project a web-based Geographic Information System (GIS) and data portal has been produced. The portal provides access to the specialised datasets that have been created, for example the harmful algal bloom (HAB) maps. The portal has been designed to be as easy to use as possible, thereby improving access to non-specialist users. The primary function of the portal is to provide access to a historical archive of remotely sensed ocean data, e.g. chlorophyll concentration, sea surface temperature and suspended particulate matter. The portal allows users to select the data they want to visualise by geographic region, variable type or variable name. Once data are selected they are shown on the map and an interactive visual time bar shows the availability of the datasets and allows the user to easily switch between images. This allows users to get an overview of an area at a particular time. To get more detailed information users have the ability to plot a time-series of data. The time-series plots are calculated as an average over a user selected area with a value for each available image by date. The plots can be exported as images for use offline or in print. The underlying data used to create the plot can also be downloaded in an easy to use format, currently Comma Separated Values as it can be read and interpreted by standard office software such as Microsoft Excel or Open Office Calc. This allows the users to integrate the data into their own record easily and get the most benefit from the data portal.
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