Novel app offers layers of maps

Just as the inventors of Google Street View vastly improved on paper maps, a team at the University of Alberta has developed an innovative digital tool that shows natural landscapes in penetrating detail.

On&Off DigiMapping is a GPS-based learning tool that places a stack of geospatial maps for three regions of the province into an iPad app, based on where UAlberta students of environmental and conservation sciences, and of forestry, go for their field school research.

Holding the tablet, students working on a plot of land in the bush or rural area can call up precise and up-to-date maps that show them the landscape’s contours, geology, vegetation, soils, rivers, streams and wetlands, and the industrial and human activities taking place there, such as roads, trails, pipelines and powerlines. Read more about On&Off DigiMapping.