The main goal of the Global GIS interface was to allow the user
to click on any latitude and longitude location and have ArcView
create a report of the features found. This is accomplished by
use of the Specialty Information Tools on the Global GIS Tools
either type in a new radius or drag a new radius
on the map.
The Create Profile Tool allow the user to generate elevation,
population, etc. profiles over the raster datasets. Here is an
example of an elevation
profile. The Earthquake Tool
opens a new dialog that allows you modify the Earthquake legend,
show earth quakes by magnitude ranges and one year intervals.
The Climate Link tool will display the National Climatic Data
Center climate monitoring sites. When a site is clicked on by
this tool, it will link the user to a website with the current
climate information. This requires the computer to have access
to the internet. These tools only exist in the CDROM volumes published
in 2002 and the DVD global volume. The Climate Tool only exists
on the DVD. Check back for a plug-in tool that enable these tools
on the older versions.
The Information Tools section on the dialog allows
the user to select, unselect, query and zoom to the selected features
in the datasets. Once a theme is active you may use the 'i' button
to query a feature. The red Search button opens up an advanced
search tool. The Factbook button allows users to hotlink to
the country's World Fact Book page. The 'Pop' button gives the
user access to the LandScan
population database. This dataset had to be thinned so the smallest
population radius is 10 kilometers.
The Table/Select section allows the user to open
up the theme's tabular data, select and count features using the
defined radius, select features by dragging a box, unselect all
features, and zoom tot he selected set of features.
To save space in the table of contents, many of
the themes legends are hidden. To see the theme's legend, select
or activate the theme and press the Toggle Legend button. The
Climate and Image buttons open up a new interface that allows
the user to turn on and off several more themes. The "LUT"
buttons in the image interface will open the look up table for
that image. The last button 'Add Theme' allows users to incorporate
their own data into the view. The default views do not have a
projection set, thus the user data must be decimal degrees to
The documentation portion of the Global GIS Tools
dialog box contains a theme
button . To use, first highlight or activate the theme that you
are interested in and then press the Theme button. This will open
the metadata for the selected theme. The Movies, 3D,... button
will allow you to browse through animation, images, and perspective
image files that are relevant to the project.
Some features are hidden from view but may be accessed
by turning on the Advanced Interface. The Advanced Interface is
basically the default ArcView tools along with several new Global
GIS tools. To turn on the Advanced Interface, toggle the check
box in Global GIS Tools dialog box.
If you would like to remove a feature from the Examine
Features report, the Delete Global GIS Theme button
can be used . To add a theme back into the report, use the Add
Global GIS Theme button .
Note: this will add the theme back at the bottom of the report.
To restore the theme to its original location, use the Reset Defaults
button described below.
To reset the search radius and the drill down themes,
use the Reset Defaults button .
This will reload the defaults that were defined when the project
While this tool was being designed, a few others
were also added. Please see the Buttons
Help Page for more information.