ALA User Guide 3 – Layers and species on a map

Begin at the Atlas of Living Australia homepage. Select Spatial Portal on the Mapping & analysis tile.

Select Add to map then select Layers.

There are many layers to choose from. A few simple ones are Elevation, Mean Annual Temperature and Mean Annual Rainfall. It’s possible to add more than
one layer at a time. Having chosen relevant layers, select Next.

The opacity sliding bar allows you to change the opacity of the layer .You are also able to delete and hide layers by clicking the bin or tick box.

To add a species to the map, select Add to Map, then select Species.

Choose the species you wish to look at by typing it in the box. You can use the scientific name or the common name. Then select Next.

Select Australian region. Selecting Current extent restricts the mapping of the species to the area shown on the screen. Select Next.

Your map will then appear with the occurrence records for that particular species and the layer you have chosen. In the bottom left  corner you will see the value for the layer at the area you’re hovering over. There will be a value for each of the layers you’ve added.
If necessary, you can change the colour, size and opacity of the dots by using the sidebar. You can also add more than one species to the map at the same time.