User guidance

The platform allows its users to display and overlay different renewable resource, ancillary datasets like any simplified GIS software.

The Global Atlas for Renewable Energy (the platform) allows its users to:

  • display and overlay different renewable resource (solar, wind, hydropower, bioenergy, geothermal and marine data) and ancillary datasets (transmission and road networks, protected areas, population density, and topography) like any simplified GIS software;
  • link with other platforms, systems or software for purposes of conducting comparative analyses;
  • conduct specific mapping functionalities to screen areas of opportunity where further assessments can be of relevance; and
  • download data over identified areas of interest for conducting further analysis in their own software.

On the “home” page, the settings section has two sets of parameters: point query and layer query.

In the Point query, users can retrieve any renewable and/or ancillary data on the workspace by specifying the geographical coordinates. The platform responds to the user interaction via the resource and geographical location fields.

In the Layer query, users can retrieve any renewable and/or ancillary layer on the workspace by specifying the search criteria (keywords and use). The platform responds to the user interaction via further implemented geospatial functionalities, such as edit, clip, draw, and save.

Users are advised to register (or sign in) on the Global Atlas to get more benefits of the platform; and familiarize themselves with the “help”, “terms & conditions”, and “about” pages to learn more about the Global Atlas, its partners and data providers.