The Baselayer Database is being developed upon open source technology and standards that enable rapid visualization and analysis of large arrays of raster based information. Using a similar platform that was developed by the Geospatial Innovation Facility (GIF) for Cal-Adapt (a state-of-the-art tool for accessing and visualizing projected climate change in California) and acquiring and formating geospatial data layers from a range of research labs and organizations.
The Baselayer Database will host gridded surfaces that portray either the spatial distribution of climate data, for example, minimum or maximum temperature, or other environmental data, such as vegetation coverage, or land-use data. Although many valuable geospatial data layers are freely available, they have been developed by a variety of different organizations, and produced with different technical specifications and formats.
Fortunately, the GIF has the experience and expertise to meet the primary challenges of compiling and standardizing publicly available layers from Federal agencies such as US Geological Survey (USGS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), as well as from State and local agencies, Universities, and research institutions. These data sets include:
The Baselayer Database will be further developed to include the ability to accept, store, and retrieve user submitted data, including empirical or predicted species range maps, transect data, phenotypic and or genotypic variability maps, species association maps, results from external spatiotemporal modeling applications, etc. In addition, when users draw features on any online map, they will be able to save these features for future viewing and sharing.