iMapInvasives has created several reporting tools to help users explore and analyze invasive species data. Users can choose between several different reports from the Export/Report button at the top of the iMapInvasives map, including Species List by Geography, Approaching Region, Area Treated, and Infested Area reports.
Each report allows users to choose an existing geography, such as a county, or draw a custom boundary on the map to define the area included in the report. Users can combine these reports with the Filter tool to define which species, date ranges, or other parameters should be included.
Species List by Geography
The Species List by Geography report will generate a list of species that have been reported in your area of interest.
The Approaching Region Report can be used as an early detection tool. This report shows what species have been reported near your area of interest, but have not yet been reported within your area of interest. For example, if you choose your home county as your geography in an Approaching Region query, the results will show the species that have been reported in adjacent counties but that have NOT been reported in your county.
The Area Treated report will list the invasive species that have treatment records within your chosen geography, and sum the treated area for each. You can choose whether to remove overlapping areas from the results, which will report the total footprint of treated area, or you can include overlaps, which will sum the total area treated over time.
The Infested Area report will list the invasive species that are present in your chosen geography and will sum the area covered by each species. For records that have point geometry, you can define a set buffer distance to calculate an area, or you can exclude them from the analysis.
Creating your Report
The Report tool is accessed by clicking the Export/Report button at the top of the iMapInvasives map. Click the radio toggle button to switch from Exports to Reports. Next, choose the type of Report from the drop-down. You will then choose the boundary of your report either by selecting from an existing geography type (such as counties and waterbodies) or drawing your own custom boundary. A map snapshot can be saved to document your chosen geography in the report. Each report may have additional choices for you to customize the results.
Before you run your report, make sure you have the iMapInvasives layers that you would like included in the report turned on and visible on the map. Some reports will have required layers, for example the Area Treated report will require you to have the Treatment layer turned on.
You can combine the report parameters and visible record layers with the Filter tool to further refine what records are included in your report. For example, you could filter for just plant species, just aquatic species, or just records from your organization. The Report and Filter tools work in tandem to allow very specific and highly customizable results.
The flowchart below takes you through steps to create a Species by Geography report: