10 easy tips for using PEMT

1 – Discover the Legend

Use the Legend (on the right) for displaying map layers of interest. The PEMT includes environmental, socio-economic sensitivity as well as economic potential (under PEMT Maps approximately 30 layers are organised under various subheadings). In addition there are maps on oil and gas rights, places of interest, towns, marine bathymetry, coastline, administrative boundaries, and marine protected areas.

2 -Turn-on layers of interest

Checkboxes next to legend names turn-on or turn-off layers in the map window.  It is important to remember that legend group headings need to be turned-on in order for group contents to be displayed.

Layers in the legend are organised into various groups. Toggle controls expand (clicking the plus sign) or collapse (clicking the negative sign) these groups. Users can expand and turn-on group headings to see further groups or layers. When the map layer itself is expanded the legend is displayed.

As is the case for mapping applications the topmost turned-on map layers will often obscure other layers in the map window.   This point leads us to the next tip.

3 - Reduce clutter on the map

by displaying required layers only. Turn-off layers that are not required by unchecking the check box.

4 – Zoom and Pan

Use these basic navigation tools to position and define the extent of your map. The Zoom (in and out) and Pan (move your view) tools are found on the left hand tool section. In addition, the Pan function is the default tool and is automatically the active tool. As a shortcut, zoom-in also works by double clicking on the map area and by using your scroll wheel.

5 – Discover environmental sensitivity of different areas

Use the Grid Cell Selection wizard by clicking on this button in the left hand tool section. Select environmental components of interest (e.g., Polar Bear –winter) and click next. Select the grid cells of interest. The results shown in a table indicate the sensitivity values (1 low and 5 high) for each selected grid. Double clicking on a table row highlights the specific grid in the map. Select one or more rows from the table (by double clicking with either shift or control keys), click Copy Attributes button to bring data into MS Excel for use of the data.

6 - Discover the economic potential of different areas

Use the Grid Cell Selection wizard by clicking on this button in the left hand tool section. Select economic potential components of interest (e.g., Geology Score) and click next. Select the grid cells of interest. The results shown in a table indicate the potential values (1 low and 5 high) for each selected grid. Double clicking on a table row highlights the specific grid in the map. Select one or more rows from the table (by double clicking with either shift or control keys), click Copy Attributes button to bring data into MS Excel for use of the data.

7 - Printing a Map

Creating a map is easy. Here are the basic steps:

  • Click Print
  • Add a title and description for your map.
  • Turn on “Print map legend “if a legend is required.
  • In the browser menu, select File > Page Setup and specify Landscape orientation.
  • Select Print in the print window dialog.

You can return to your map at any time. Just close the Print window.

8 - Sharing Your Maps

Once you have created a map, you can share it with others. To do this:

  • Click Email Map.
  • Enter email log-in information, add recipient email address, click Send.

You can share this URL with your coworkers by sending it in an email or posting it on your blog or website.

9 – Search for a location

You can search for locations using a set of coordinates or a geographic name. In the Select location type window select Coordinates if you have a set of x y coordinates that you wish to find (e.g., lat 69.00, long 139.00 is a point location on the Mackenzie Delta)
Select Place Name if you have a geographic place name that you want to find (e.g., Inuvik, Babbage Bight). You only need to type the first few letters and the system will return similar location names to choose from.

10 – Investigate your map using the Identify tool

Identify is a powerful tool that can be used to highlight map layers and display attribute values. Select Identify and click on the map. The results show in the window below the map. Any layers that overlay the point selected are listed in the window. Expand the items (click on the plus signs) in the list to discover more detailed information right down to the record attribute values. Items can be highlighted in the map by turning-on (check-on) the box next to the item.