HERMES-GIS - A Tool Connecting Scientists and Policymakers

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De Mol, B. , Querol, N. , Davies, A. J. , Schäfer, A. , Foglini, F. , Gonzales-Mirelis, G. , Kopke, K. , Dunne, D. , Schewe, I. , Trincardi, F. and Canals, M. (2009): HERMES-GIS - A Tool Connecting Scientists and Policymakers , Oceanography, Vol. 22, No.1, pp. 144-153 .
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An important aim of large, pan-European scientific projects with numerous research groups is to integrate and visualize the acquired distributed data sets and results. The large volume of diverse data gathered and the need to disseminate results among the scientific community and beyond requires using a Geographic Information System (GIS). This article presents our experiences in creating a unified Web-based GIS for HERMES. The HERMES-GIS is based on Web Mapping Services that include direct links to the World Data Center for Marine Environmental Science and its large, long-term geoscience data archive and publication unit, PANGAEA (http://www.pangaea.de). It incorporates metadata and data from all project partners to provide users with basic analytical and visualization tools for archived (distributed) and personal (local) data, and it is also a policymaking tool. Additionally, we illustrate two important GIS applications inside the HERMES communitythe use of data models to integrate several subdisciplines and the use of predictive habitat modeling.

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