The embedded GIS allows the user to input, store, manipulate, and analyze geographically referenced information. The simplifi ed GIS has been designed to be user friendly, interactive and fast. GIS data is not be required as input to MUDMAP, but is helpful in analyzing and interpreting model predictions.
The GIS allows an unlimited number of geographic databases to be created each with individual layers of data. Typical uses of the GIS
include storing location names, biological resources (bird colonies, fi sh spawning areas), industrial facilities, environmental data.
Through the use of linking procedures additional information about geographically referenced data can be obtained. These link files might
include charts, graphics, tables, tutorials, bibliographies, text, photographs, or animations. Examples of data which might be stored in the GIS for a typical problem include: Contaminant source strengths versus time for the discharge, details of outfall location and confi guration, water column and sediment (core/grab sample) contaminant distributions, distribution and abundance of biota including shellfi sh, fish, birds, and marine mammals.
Data may be shared with commerical GIS applications such as ArcView® and MapInfo, and tools such as ArcView’s 3d Analyst may be used to perform complete 3D analysis.
MUDMAP can be set up for operation anywhere in the world. A geographic location for MUDMAP may be of any size and resolution. Please
contact us for details. ASA can immediately prepare coastlines for anywhere in the world from the CIA, Digital Chart of the World (DCW),
or World Vector Shoreline (WVS) databases. In addition, geo-referenced raster maps may also be used. Alternatively, base maps may be
digitized from fine scale charts, or imported from existing GIS applications.
Locations of sensitive resources such as critical biological habitats, water intakes, industrial sites, archaeological sites, etc. may be supplied
in a GIS database. This data may already be available in ASA archives, or we can readily rather and provide this data on an individual basis.
The user may view, edit and update this database using MUDMAP’s embedded GIS.
Models of water movement in oceans, estuaries, lakes, and rivers represent a fundamental component of many environmental assessment
problems. Such models provide the basis for physical transport of drill muds in the water.
ASA maintains several hydrodynamic models:
- Open channel network flow
- 2-D finite difference
- 3-D boundary fitted
- 3-D finite difference (horizontal)
- vertically layered
- continuous vertical representation
MUDMAP may also integrate current meter data, seasonal atlas based current fields, or import data from hydrodynamic models. We work with a number of institutes and universities throughout the world to be able to provide the best possible data for any area.