The Arctic All-Hazards GIS Platform
The goal of the Arctic All-Hazard GIS Platform is to provide the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) with an adaptable webGIS interface for displaying, informing, and disseminating data to users from various communities. The project will provide a state-of-theart commercial geovisualization web application by using ESRI's ArcGIS Online format. This project blends basic cartographic design with applied research for implementing a webGIS application that will use technologies and methods which comply with the DHS S&T prototype Integrated Maritime Domain Enterprise (IMDE). The application will be built to align with the existing requirements within the Geospatial Information Infrastructure (GII) under the Geospatial Management Office (GMO) and the Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN) infrastructure. The project will result in an Arctic webGIS application that is driven by USCG mission needs and requirements.
The project team is working with stakeholders to design, develop, and implement a web-based geospatial tool in an ArcGIS Online format. Through regular interaction with stakeholders, the project team is identifing critical needs and develop a tool that meets the demand caused by the increased activity in the Arctic domain and provide a tool for comprehensive domain awareness for Arctic operators. The project will proceed through six phases:
1- Identify present limitations of user experience (U/X) and user interface (U/I) in the presently available systems and will recommend ways forward
2- Collecting underlying data and building the web application
3- Alpha release
4- Beta releases
5- Transition tool to government stakeholders
6- Verification and validation period where we will repeat the U/X and U/I testing from phase one on the new application to determine how our findings from earlier in the project improved the application.
Dr. Marcus Boyd
Ph.D. Earth Systems and Geoinformation Science Senior Researcher, START, University of Maryland