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Discover Cambodia’s Watersheds and Ecosystems with WESTool

Blue Raster is proud to announce a partnership with Winrock International that has resulted in a completely redesigned Watershed Ecosystem Services Tool (WESTool), allowing users to explore the interaction of ecosystem services, land uses and socioeconomic factors across Cambodia’s landscapes. By combining advanced science with intuitive maps and tools, the WESTool offers valuable information at the local, regional and national scale to support decision makers and land managers who wish to understand and balance the value of remaining forests with development goals.

The WESTool estimates land use change, carbon stocks, greenhouse gas emissions, sediment and nutrient loss, changes in river water quality, impacts on biodiversity, population, access to market, and general agricultural production data at the national and local levels in Cambodia. This provides a valuable resource for anyone interested in learning more about the the impacts of land use change on forest ecosystem services, people and the economy in Cambodia. The tool provides for a more comprehensive understanding of the implications of land management decisions by offering information on both the historical impacts of land use change and the current value of ecosystem services.

As part of this project, Blue Raster redesigned an existing application using modern JavaScript and HTML frameworks, integrated openpyxl to create a custom summary analysis excel file based on user-specified areas, and optimized existing web services using Esri’s ArcGIS for Server to achieve a fast and responsive web experience.

“As the lead developer of the WESTool for Winrock I’m incredibly grateful to have partnered with Blue Raster on the development of the WESTool.  It is rare to have a team of developers that both have the technical chops to get the job done and the creative vison to take your idea and make them a reality.  Thanks BR!”

– Michael Netzer, Program Officer, Winrock  

Be sure to check out the interactive mapping application today!

Untangling the Food System Web in Maryland

Blue Raster is proud to launch a completely redesigned Maryland Food System Map in partnership with Johns Hopkins University Center for a Livable Future (CLF). This new interactive mapping application enables users to visualize and download data on food and public health in Maryland, providing visibility into topics including agricultural production, food insecurity and locally-sourced food options. Users can explore the map to better understand geographic patterns and trends in their community, create their own map, or download data for their own research and planning.

As part of this project, Blue Raster redesigned an existing application using modern JavaScript and HTML frameworks, upgraded the CLF data server, and optimized existing web services using Esri’s ArcGIS for Server to achieve a fast and responsive web experience. The new Maryland Food System Map is mobile, tablet, and user-friendly, and includes more than 175 data indicators that can be accessed and visualized with ease. Data are collected from a variety of sources, such as government databases, community organizations, and primary data collection and compilation. All data available on the site leverages the Center’s Esri Open Data Platform, where researchers and policy-makers throughout the state can search, view, and download data.

The application also has a number of new functions, including data filtering capabilities, and measure, search, and sharing tools. For example, users can build a map, zoom to a point of interest, and share the map they created through a unique URL. The map sharing tool enables users to post their maps on social media, or embed them on a website or blog.

“Maps can be powerful tools for generating insights into how food production, equity, access, and health are connected. We think that the new Maryland Food System Map will be a useful resource for anyone interested in learning more about local food systems—from community members, to students, food businesses, nonprofit organizations, and government officials. We are very excited that the new features will make it easier for people to explore and share information about our local food system, and we’re looking forward to seeing how these tools can help map the way to a healthier Maryland.”” 

– Caitlin Fisher, CLF Program Officer and manager of the Maryland Food System Map project

Be sure to check out the interactive mapping application today!