Map Layers

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Mission Manager supports many map layers. These map layers can be overlaid and combined to produce very custom maps.

Base Maps

The following are some of the Base Map Layers that are supported:

Name Description Sample
Google Streets Google Street map layer shows streets, water features, landmarks, etc.

Google Maps - Terms of Use Privacy

Map GoogleStreets.jpg
Google Satellite Google Satellite map layer shows actual satellite photos worldwide. At close zooms maps automatically change to aerial photos with higher detail.

Google Maps - Terms of Use Privacy

Map GoogleSatellite.jpg
Google Hybrid Google Hybrid map layer shows a combination of Google Satellite and Street maps.

Google Maps - Terms of Use Privacy

Map GoogleHybrid.jpg
Google Physical Google Physical maps shows topographical map information, streets, landmark and includes hill shading.

Google Maps - Terms of Use Privacy

Map GooglePhysical.jpg
Open Cycle Map Open Cycle Map shows detailed information about terrain, trails and backcountry paths. This map type is available worldwide.

Data CC-by-SA by Open Cycle Map

Map OpenCycleMap.jpg
Black and White A simple black and white representation of the map base layer. This can be useful when overlaying other layers on top of the map, while wanting to keep the base layer very simple.

Data by: Stamen Design Studio

Map BlackAndWhite.jpg

Overlay Maps

The following are some of the Overlay Maps that are supported:

Map Elements Mission Manager allows you to create and edit lines, polygons, circles, markers, and pie shaped map elements. These elements are viable to anyone online and logged into the mission you are working on. Map MapElements.jpg
USGS Topo High resolution United States Geological Survey (USGS) topographical maps are available on this layer.

USGS Topo Courtesy of USGS and CalTopo

Map USGSTopo.jpg
USFS Topo High resolution United States Forest Survey (USFS) topographical maps are available on this layer. These maps are only available for USFS lands.

USGS Topo Courtesy of USFS and CalTopo

Map USFSTopo.jpg
Visitor Maps USFS Sometimes the best maps for a particular location are the visitor maps created for park or location visitors. This map layer has United States Forest Service (USFS) maps.

Visitor Maps Courtesy of CalTopo and USFS

Map VisitorMaps.jpg
Visitor Maps NPS Sometimes the best maps for a particular location are the visitor maps created for park or location visitors. This map layer has National Park Visitor (NPS) maps.

Visitor Maps NPS Courtesy of CalTopo and NPS

Map VisitorMapsNPS.jpg
Visitor Maps Sometimes the best maps for a particular location are the visitor maps created for park or location visitors. This map layer has extensive park and visitor maps for particular areas.

Visitor Maps Courtesy of CalTopo and various US Government sources

Map VisitorMaps.jpg
Nautical Charts Overlays National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Nautical Charts layer on top of the selected base layer.

This layer courtesy of NOAA.

Map NauticalCharts.jpg
Aviation - Sectional Sectional Aviation maps used by pilots. This layer should not be used for actual navigation.

This layer courtesy of chartbundle.com and the FAA.

Map AviationSectional.jpg
Aviation - World World Aviation maps used by pilots. This layer should not be used for actual navigation.

This layer courtesy of chartbundle.com and the FAA.

Map NauticalCharts.jpg
Aviation - IFR Low IFR Low Aviation maps used by pilots. This layer should not be used for actual navigation.

This layer courtesy of chartbundle.com and the FAA.

Map AviationIFRLow.jpg
Aviation - IFR High IFR High Aviation maps used by pilots. This layer should not be used for actual navigation.

This layer courtesy of chartbundle.com and the FAA.

Map AviationIFRHigh.jpg
Map Features Using Open Street Map, this layer provides street, river, stream and other feature information. This layer is very useful when overlaid over other layers.

Map Features Lines Courtesy of TopOSM with data from OSM

Map MapFeatures.jpg
Shading - Relief This layer shows hill shading and is very useful when overlaid on topo maps.

Shading - Relief Courtesy of NASA and CalTopo

Map ShadingRelief.jpg
Shading - Slope This layer shows the steepness to the terrain based on color. The colors are (slope angle in degrees): 15 = green, 27 = yellow, 40 = red, 60 = blue. All intermediate slopes are an average of the two nearest fixed colors. In version 2, slopes less than 20 degrees are not shaded. 20-26 = green, 27-29 = yellow, 30-31 = light orange, 32-34 = dark orange, 35-45 = red, 46-50 = purple, 50+ = blue.

Shading - Slope Courtesy of CalTopo

Map ShadingSlope.jpg
Shading - Gradient This layer shows the steepness to the terrain based on color. The colors are (slope angle in degrees): 15 = green, 27 = yellow, 40 = red, 60 = blue. All intermediate slopes are an average of the two nearest fixed colors. In version 2, slopes less than 20 degrees are not shaded. 20-26 = green, 27-29 = yellow, 30-31 = light orange, 32-34 = dark orange, 35-45 = red, 46-50 = purple, 50+ = blue.

Shading - Slope Courtesy of CalTopo

Map ShadingGradient.jpg
Contour 10 Feet Lines This layer shows the topo or contour lines based on 10' changes. This layer will automatically be disabled at very large or very large zoom levels.

Contour 10 Feet Lines Courtesy of TopOSM with data from OSM and USGS

Map Contour10FeetLines.jpg
Contour 40 Feet Lines This layer shows the topo or contour lines based on 40' changes.

Shading - Slope Courtesy of CalTopo

Map Contour40FeetLines.jpg
Population Density Worldwide population density can be displayed on the map. This can be very useful when dealing with an approaching weather event or other natural disaster.

Population Density NASA and SEDAC

Map PopulationDensity.jpg
Flickr The Flickr layer shows the location of geo located photos in a certain area. This layer will only work at certain zoom levels. A set of strings separated by commas can be specified in the Layers dialog that will filter for photos with those words only.

This layer can be used to show real time photos related to an incident you may be working on. I.e. using the key words such as Flood, Missing Person, Fire, etc.

www.flickr.com

Map Flickr.jpg
Instagram The Instagram layer shows the location of geo located photos in a certain area. This layer will only work at certain zoom levels. A set of strings separated by commas can be specified in the Layers dialog that will filter for photos with those words only.

This layer can be used to show real time photos related to an incident you may be working on. I.e. using the key words such as Flood, Missing Person, Fire, etc.

instagram.com

Map Instagram.jpg
Twitter The Twitter layer shows the location of geo located tweets in a certain area. This layer will only work at certain zoom levels. A set of strings separated by commas can be specified in the Layers dialog that will filter for tweets with those words only.

This layer can be used to show real time tweets related to an incident you may be working on. I.e. using the key words such as Flood, Missing Person, Fire, etc.

twitter.com

Map Twitter.jpg
Webcams The Webcams shows live outdoor, landscapes, and road webcams from all over the world. A set of strings separated by commas can be specified in the Layers dialog that will filter for webcams with those words only. Clicking on one of these icons will show the most recent photo from the traffic camera. The images will automatically refresh to show the latest image.

Webcams Layer provided courtesy of Webcams.travel

Map Webcams.jpg
Wikipedia The Wikipedia layer will show those Wikipedia entries that are geocoded with a location. Clicking on one of the icons will open a popup with a link to the actual Wikipedia article.

Wikipedia Layer courtesy of Wikipedia.

Map Wikipedia.jpg
APRS Tracking In the Configuration screen, you can specify Ham Radio callsigns you would like to be tracked on your map. The locations of these APRS radio signals is shown on your map real time.

Clicking on the APRS icon will pop up a bubble showing more information about that item. APRS Tracking www.aprs.fi

Map APRS.jpg
Members (from addresses) This layer shows the location of all your Active and non-Guest members based on their address entered on the Members screen.

Only members visible to the logged in member in the Members screen will be shown on the map.

Note that the very first time you display this layer, if you have many members it may take a couple of minutes for the layer to display the addresses after conversion to map locations.

Address lookups courtesy of [www.google.com Google]

Map Members.jpg
Hospitals At city level, zoomed maps can show the locations of Hospitals. Clicking on the icon will show more information about that Hospital.

POI (c) OpenStreetMap contributors, CC-BY-SA OSM

Note: For Hospital, Police and Fire station locations. The OSM data source may be incomplete or incorrect, these are not recommended for mission critical situations.

Map Hospitals.jpg
Fire stations At city level zooms maps can show the locations of Fire Stations. Clicking on the icon will show more information about that Fire Station.

POI (c) OpenStreetMap contributors, CC-BY-SA OSM

Note: For Hospital, Police and Fire station locations. The OSM data source may be incomplete or incorrect, these are not recommended for mission critical situations.

Map FireStations.jpg
Police stations At city level zooms maps can show the locations of Police Stations. Clicking on the icon will show more information about that Police Station.

POI (c) OpenStreetMap contributors, CC-BY-SA OSM

Note: For Hospital, Police and Fire station locations. The OSM data source may be incomplete or incorrect, these are not recommended for mission critical situations.

Map PoliceStation.jpg
Gas Stations Gas Stations - in the Points of interest section, shows gas station locations, including gas price and location when icon is clicked on Map GasStations.jpg
Airports / Heliports Air ports and Heliports. Click on the icon for more information. Map Airports.jpg
Food Locations for food and restaurants. Click on the icon for more information. Map Food.jpg
Schools Locations for schools. Click on the icon for more information. Map Schools.jpg
Veterinary Locations for Veterinary and Animal Care facilities. Click on the icon for more information. Map Veterinary.jpg
Cell Towers The Import Areas button on the map screen will not only allow you to import GPX files that might come from a GPS device, but you can also upload cell phone location files, as provide from various cell phone providers. These file are usually supplied as a part of a warrant request. You must be logged in for this feature to work. Map CelTowers.jpg
Air Quality This layer shows the current air quality reports from the EPA. Clicking on the icon will show more detailed information about the report and location.

EPA AirNow

Map AirQuality.jpg
Drought Drought areas are shown with varying intensity represented by different colors

Drought data The National Drought Mitigation Center

Map1 Drought.JPG
Earthquakes Earthquake data is available for around the world with the Earthquake layer. The size of the icon indicates the magnitude of the earthquake. Clicking on the icon will give you more information about the earthquake with links back to the USGS detailed information.

Earthquake data USGS

Map Earthquakes.jpg
Flood Outlook This layer shows the current flood outlook as predicted by NOAA-NCEP.

NOAA-National Weather Service

Map FloodOutlook.jpg
Floods Flood information can be shown for the US. Clicking on the icon will show detailed information about the flood.

Floods USGS

Map Floods.jpg
Hail Outlook (US) Shows the hazardous Hail outlook for the US.

Hail Outlook NOAA

Map HailOutlook.jpg
Hurricane Wind Predicted current hurricane wind strengths.

Hurricanes NOAA

Map HurricaneForecast.jpg
Hurricane Forecast Predicted current hurricane forecasted track.

Hurricanes NOAA

Map HurricaneForecast.jpg
Hurricanes Hurricane location can be shown with the hurricane layer. Clicking on the icon will show detailed information about the Hurricane.

Hurricanes NOAA

Map Hurricanes.jpg
Tornado Outlook (US) Shows the hazardous Tornado outlook for the US.

Tsunami Warnings data NOAA

Map TornadoOutlook.jpg
Volcanoes Volcano location and warning levels can be shown with the volcano layer. Clicking on the icon will show detailed information about the volcano.

Volcano USGS

Map Volcanoes.jpg
Storm Reports (US) Current Reported active Storm Reports for tornados, wind, and hail.

National Weather Service (NOAA-NWS) http://www.weather.gov/

Map StormReports.jpg
Wave Observations (US) Wave Observation - in the Natural Hazards section that shows high wave height areas in the US, including the Great Lakes Map Waves.jpg
Wildfire Perimeters (CA) This layer shows the active and recent California wildfire locations as reported by CAL-FIRE. Some fires may have a perimeter showing the area of the fire. Clicking on the icon will show detailed information about the fire.

CAL-FIRE

Map WildfirePerimetersCA.jpg
Wildfire Perimeters (US) This layer shows the active and recent California wildfire locations as reported by CAL-FIRE. Some fires may have a perimeter showing the area of the fire. Clicking on the icon will show detailed information about the fire.

GEOMAC and USGS

Map WildfirePerimetersUS.jpg
Wildfires (InciWeb) Wildfire location and warning levels can be shown with the wildfire layer. Clicking on the icon will show detailed information about the wildfire.

Wildfire InciWeb

Map Wildfires.jpg
Wildfires - MODIS This layer are fire detections found by NASA's satellites using the MODIS program.

Wildfire USGS and NASA

Map WildfireMODIS.jpg
Wind Outlook (US) Shows the hazardous Wind outlook for the US.

Tsunami Warnings data NOAA

Map WindOutlook.jpg
Traffic Flow Details about current traffic flow can seen for cities around the world. Green shows traffic moving normally, yellow indicates slowing traffic, and red means the traffic is stop and go. This layer is only available when zoomed into city level.

(c) Traffic Data Courtesy of Mq logo.png MapQuest NAVTEQ and INREX

Map TrafficFlow.jpg
Traffic Construction Current traffic construction sites can be displayed on this layer. Clicking on one of these icons will show detailed information about the construction.

(c) Traffic Data Courtesy of Mq logo.png MapQuest NAVTEQ and INREX

Map TrafficConstruction.jpg
Traffic Incidents Current traffic incidents sites can be displayed on this layer. Clicking on one of these icons will show detailed information about the incident.

(c) Traffic Data Courtesy of Mq logo.png MapQuest NAVTEQ and INREX

Map TrafficIncidents.jpg
Traffic Cameras Live Traffic cameras are shown on this layer. Clicking on one of these icons will show the most recent photo from the traffic camera. The images will automatically refresh to show the latest image.

Traffic Cameras Courtesy of Caltrans

Map TrafficCameras.jpg
Traffic Message Signs Message boards for roads and freeways are shown on this layer. Clicking on one of these icons will show detailed information about the sign.

Traffic Cameras Courtesy of Caltrans

Map TrafficMessageSigns.jpg
Weather Icons Current weather for 25,000 cities in the world based on online data from weather stations. Not every location in the world has a weather station. Due to that fact, the weather for cities is calculated based on the measurement of the closest weather stations and global weather forecasts for the region. Data is also shown from professional and home weather stations. Clicking on a weather icon will show more details.

Weather - Icons data CC-by-SA by Open Weather Map

Map WeatherIcons.jpg
Weather Wind Direction Wind direction icons will show the direction of the wind as collected from that weather station.

Weather - Wind Direction data CC-by-SA by Open Weather Map

Map WeatherWindDirection.jpg
Weather Radar Current weather and storm radar layer.

Weather - Radar data courtesy of NEXRAD

Map WeatherRadar.jpg
Weather Clouds Current satellite clouds layer.

Weather - cloud data courtesy of NEXRAD

Map WeatherClouds.jpg
Weather Precipitation Current weather precipitation layer.

Weather - cloud data courtesy of NEXRAD

Map weatherPrecipitation.jpg
Weather Snow Shows the location of recent and current snow.

Weather - Snow data CC-by-SA by Open Weather Map

Map WeatherSnow.jpg
Weather Wind Shows current winds.

Weather - Wind data CC-by-SA by Open Weather Map

Map WeatherWind.jpg
Weather Pressure Contours Shows worldwide barometric pressure contour lines.

Weather - Barometric pressure data CC-by-SA by Open Weather Map

Map WeatherPressureContours.jpg
Weather Temperature Shows current weather temperature overlay.

Weather - Temperature data CC-by-SA by Open Weather Map

Msp WeatherTemperature.jpg
Weather Hazard Areas Shows current weather hazard areas. For a detailed description of the various colors see the Hazards Map Legend.

Weather Hazard Areas NOAA

Map WeatherHazardAreas.jpg

Custom Map Overlays

Mission Manager allows for custom user overlays. The setup is accomplished via the Configuration screen.

Configuration mapping-settings.JPG

The preferred file type for the overlay is Google's KML/KMZ file. KML stands for Keyhole Markup Language and KMZ is a compressed version of that file. Both file types are based on the XML standard. You can learn more about KML files at Google's KML Tutorial.

It's important to make sure your KML files are properly formatted. Try one of the following KML validators: Feed Validator or KML Validator

NOTE!! Google imposes a maximum KML file size of 10 MB. If your KML file is larger than that, it will not load.

On Mission Manager's Configuration screen, in the Mapping Settings section, enter a title for your custom overlay. Next enter the URL link for the KML file. You can also set the Max Zoom and Transparency for the overlay. Using the dropdown box, choose KML as the file type. If you want Mission Manager to update the KML link when it loads, then check the box next to Update.

To use, click on the Layers button at the top right of the Map screen. Scroll down to Custom Map Overlays and choose the layer you want to enable.

Map custom overlay.JPG