Getting started with the Spatial Portal


The Spatial Portal focuses on where a chosen species was located, what species were found in a defined area and what are the environmental conditions in that area.

NOTE: This help documentation is complemented by a comprehensive manual for the Spatial Portal.

The Spatial Portal combines four basic data types – species, areas, layers and facets – to provide a suite of powerful visualization and analysis tools. Species can also include assemblages of species or high taxa (genus, family etc) as a single mapped layer.

You will soon be also be able to map occurrences of species based on an associated facet such as the institutional provider or the record type (specimen or human observation for example).

Tabs and their functions

Summary of the functionality

NOTE: The links below currently points to instructions produced by the Australian Living Atlas team. The BioAtlas team will successionaly add customized information for Swedish conditions.

  • Define areas of interest on the map in many different ways including address lookup, defining environmental envelopes and drawing polygons on a map More info »
  • Map and list all occurrences of one, many or all species within an area (limits apply) More info »
  • Map environmental (gridded) and contextual (polygonal) data layers More info »
  • Map named geographic features using the ALA gazetteer services More info »
  • Find geographic features using the ALA gazetteer services nearest to a point More info »
  • Create an area report summarising the information held by the Atlas for an area More info »
  • Produce species lists for a chosen area More info »
  • Sample environmental and contextual data together with species occurrences More info »
  • Predict where a species could occur More info »
  • Produce a scatterplot to visualise the relationship between species occurrence points on the map and the underlying environmental variables More info »
  • Classify an area into environmental domains (areas of similar environmental profiles) based to groups multiple environmental layers More info »
  • Generate gridded data from point occurrences. For example, generate species richness and occurrence density from a species assemblage. More info »
  • Add layers to a map and interact with the layers More info »
  • Use the map interaction tools to manipulate the map More info »
  • Change the style of the base map and save and print maps for offline analysis (png or pdf) More info »

Saving your session

When you are logged into the Atlas, you can save your session. If you have completed an extensive analysis or just a display of a suite of species and layers, you can save your session and share the Session ID with anyone. Anyone with the ID can enter it and restore the status of the layers mapped.