Over the last several months, PNAMP and Sitka have begun development of the Monitoring Explorer feature. It currently provides access to a full-featured interactive GIS map that utilizes ArcGIS Server and several common layers for the region. The work to populate sites (locations) in the Monitoring Explorer began in fall of 2013. We currently have a full integration, meaning automatic updates when there are changes, to CHaMP sites and BPA RM&E project locations. We have also received monitoring site metadata from other large monitoring programs in the region and have uploaded it into the Monitoring Explorer. These sites include information from the USFS PIBO and AREMP programs, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality Ambient Water Quality and National Rivers and Streams programs, and the Washington Department of Ecology Watershed Health and Salmon Recovery program. These data are not fully integrated in the sense that the Monitoring Resources system does not yet have an active web service link to the database where the location information is stored, so cannot be automatically updated. We recommend making these linkages fully integrated in the coming year, as well as setting up additional linkages with other organizations.
Monitoring Site Manager
The Monitoring Site Manager supports documentation of site information, specifically to support information associated with master samples and sample designs created in the Sample Designer. The Site Manager stores a variety of master samples from both linear stream networks and area‐ based water bodies such as the mainstem and estuary in the Pacific Northwest, stores attribute information for sites in each master sample, and is the place users can explore details about sites in master samples and sample designs used in monitoring projects. This is also the application that allows users to upload their own sites, legacy samples, attributes and evaluations. The Site Manager is also the tool that would serve as the base for the Monitoring Explorer feature.
Explorer feature of the Monitoring Site Manager
The idea for the Monitoring Explorer was based on a variety of past PNAMP discussions and new tool development. Since 2005, PNAMP participants have expressed the need for a web-based tool that provides geographic locations of monitoring activities linked with information about who is carrying out the activities and what is being monitored. PNAMP developed an idea for a tool that would provide information associated with project sites from multiple organizations in one online resource so users wouldn’t have to search through a variety of project tracking databases to gather the information they need. Proponents envision that this tool would support the ability to summarize current and historic monitoring activities and would assist in coordinating future activities. It should be noted that the intent is not for PNAMP to develop a tool that becomes a system of record for all monitoring location information in the region, much less monitoring data, but instead to develop a tool that has the ability to display a comprehensive list of location information from other systems.
To facilitate integration of location information, we have started discussions about developing a metadata exchange standard for use within the region by both producers and consumers of monitoring data to foster greater visibility and understanding of the diverse range of data collection happening throughout the region. The Monitoring Explorer is one example of a tool that will consume this new exchange standard. Once this standard is fully developed and has had an opportunity to be reviewed by a PNAMP technical review team, our plan is to adopt this standard as a PNAMP standard protocol and encourage its use wherever possible.
The Leadership Team for this development includes the PNAMP Steering Committee as well as interested PNAMP participants. Software development is provided by Sitka Technology Group. Jacque Schei is the Project Lead for PNAMP.
Monitoring Explorer development started
August 17, 2017
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April 20, 2017
Published Date: February 01, 2017
Published Date: August 11, 2016
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Published Date: July 21, 2015