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What is the Atlas of Natural Capital?

What is the Atlas of Natural Capital?

Atlas of Natural Capital provides information about the kind and composition of natural capital in the Netherlands. By entering a postcode or coordinates, you can select a point on the map of the Netherlands and specify a surrounding radius. Atlas of Natural Capital will then present the information about the natural capital within the circle. At present Atlas of Natural Capital contains maps and background information about subjects like climate change, planning and water management. The website will be developed further between now and 2020 and subjects and maps will be added to it.

Atlas of Natural Capital is also a platform about natural capital. The platform enables users to post questions and comments, enter into discussions and disseminate information.

What is natural capital?

What is natural capital?

It is the stock of nature that we have and the value that it represents. In other words: the stock of raw materials and resources, such as soil, air, water, minerals and plants and their value. Natural capital yields raw materials that we can use in the production of goods and services. It contributes to our quality of life and our well-being. It ensures pest control, water storage, pollination of plants and the capture of carbon dioxide (CO2) in trees and plants. It provides water and a protective ozone layer.

How do I use the atlas?

How do I use the atlas?

You can find out how to use ANK under  ‘How to use this site '.

I've seen a map on Atlas of Natural Capital that shows an outdated situation. How is that possible?

I've seen a map on Atlas of Natural Capital that shows an outdated situation. How is that possible?

The topographical map displayed as a reference comes from the Land Registry. The maps (and the aerial photographs) are updated each year. So you might find that Atlas of Natural Capital displays a slightly outdated map.

How up-to-date is Atlas of Natural Capital?

How up-to-date is Atlas of Natural Capital?

The Atlas of Natural Capital will be undergoing development up to the end of 2020. Each day work is in progress on updating maps and more and more new maps are being added. The Atlas relies on the cooperation of third parties who submit maps and information (these are the 'source owners'), so the completeness and topicality may differ from area to area. To find out the year of the information, go to the 'About the map' tab.

Where can I ask substantive questions about a map or information?

Where can I ask substantive questions about a map or information?

If you have questions about the content of a map, you can ask them by using the contact form or send them directly to the source owner. The contact details of the source owner can be found in the notes to the map, under the 'About the map' tab.

I have a map of an ecosystem service. How can I add it to the website?

I have a map of an ecosystem service. How can I add it to the website?

The Atlas of Natural Capital is still under development. If you have any additions or comments, you can submit them using the contact form and by registering on the ‘Participate ' page.

Who provides the maps?

Who provides the maps?

The maps are supplied by source owners. These may be several different parties. Those who contributed to the present version of the Atlas of Natural Capital are Deltares, Alterra, LEI, BIJ12 and RIVM.

What are the advantages of using maps in practice?

What are the advantages of using maps in practice?

  • Maps provide spatial insight for societal issues.
  • Maps are a suitable communication tool to depict the importance of ecosystem services.
  • Combinations of maps show the opportunities for enhancing ecosystem services or possible adverse effects.
  • Combinations of maps can provide support in making policy decisions.
Is additional information about the maps available?

Is additional information about the maps available?

Explanations of each map can be found by clicking on the button:

This will appear in a separate window. A short explanation about the map is found under tab ‘in het kort'. Additional information, such as data source holder, contact information and how to download the map, is found under tab ‘over de kaart'.

Can I share or download maps?

Can I share or download maps?

 

Yes, you can share your (present) map image on your own website or email by pressing the tool button:

 

With this button you make a permanent link (url) of the map image on your screen. You can also download the maps with the help of the explanation that is provided with each map. This explanation is opened by clicking on 

A link is provided under tab ‘over de kaart' , that directs to the map in the National Georegister (NGR). In NGR you can download the map as dataset in a favorable format by the option:

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Can I compare maps?

Can I compare maps?

You can compare maps in two ways. You can overlay the maps by selecting multiple maps simultaneously in the map library. ANK also provides the option to view maps next to each other in two windows. In this way you can view up to four maps next to each other. This option is switched on by clicking:

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Kan ik de kaarten in mijn eigen GIS omgeving gebruiken?

Kan ik de kaarten in mijn eigen GIS omgeving gebruiken?

Alle kaarten worden via een zogenaamd wms bestand op het Nationaal Georegister aangeboden. In de toelichting bij een kaart, onder de tab ‘Over de kaart' vindt u onder het kopje 'Distributie' de virtuele locatie van de dataset. Dit is een url van de wms die u eenvoudig kunt toevoegen in GIS software. Hoe? Lees het stappenplan. Bij dit stappenplan maken we gebruik van ArcGIS 10.1:

  1. Vind de url van de wms (onder: ‘locatie dataset') in de toelichting bij de kaart.
  2. Open ArcGIS en druk op de ‘Add data' knop.
  3. Kies in het mapje GIS Servers voor ‘Add WMS Server'.
  4. Kopieer de url van de wms in de ‘URL' regel en klik op de knop ‘Get Layers'. Druk op OK om de lagen toe te voegen aan uw ‘Add data' map.
  5. Selecteer de toegevoegde data en klik op OK.
  6. Vink vervolgens de laag aan die u wilt zien.
     

U kunt dit doen met alle kaarten in de atlas en zo eenvoudig kaarten uit de atlas combineren met uw eigen data. Bekijk het stappenplan aan de hand van afbeeldingen. Druk op de afbeeldingen om deze te vergroten.

Stappenplan ARCGIS 10.1

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