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Saving transect routes as spatial objects

NABat partners can provide spatial information for mobile transect routes by (1) uploading routes as a .kml or .geojson file, or (2) drawing mobile transect routes using NABat's web-based mapping tools. 

Uploading mobile transect routes as a .kml or .geojson file

Users who use a GPS unit to record a mobile transect survey route can upload those routes as a KML or GeoJSON file. Most GPS units produce data in the GPX file type, but many free online conversion tools are available.

1. Log into the NABat Partner Portal. First-time users will need to create an account.

 

2. Once logged in, navigate to the My Projects tab (top menu bar) and select a project to work in. Scroll down to the project map.

 

3. Click the KML|GeoJSON button (top right of map) to browse for the desired route file.

 

4. After uploading a dialogue box will appear. Click Edit and name the transect route.

 

5. The newly uploaded route is not automatically connected to a survey event; the user must link transect routes and survey events together in one of two following ways.

If uploading mobile survey metadata via the Bulk Upload Tool, simply enter the route’s name into the “Location Name” column of the bulk upload CSV file before uploading. If working in the reverse order (i.e., survey metadata uploaded prior to transect route upload) the user should simply click Reprocess to update metadata CSV file in the Bulk Uploads tab. Note that entries in the “Location Name” column of the CSV must still match the transect route name.

 

Alternatively, mobile survey metadata may be entered manually. Navigate through the list of GRTS cell survey data located beneath the project map. Click the target GRTS cell to expand its current survey data. Click the Single Entry button located in the "Mobile Acoustic Survey" dropdown menu, then follow the prompts to create a new survey. Currently uploaded transect routes within the GRTS cell should appear as options when selecting the survey’s location.

 

Drawing mobile transect routes using web-based tools

Users can draw mobile transect routes directly in the Partner Portal.

 

1. Log into the NABat Partner Portal. First-time users will need to create an account.

 

2. Once logged in, navigate to the My Projects tab (top menu bar) and select a project to work in. Scroll down to the project map.

3. Click the Mark a transect route button on the left edge of the project map, note the drawing options that expand to the right of the button. Click along the desired mobile transect route and finalize it with the Finish button.

4. A dialogue box will appear. Click Edit assign the survey type and name the transect route.

 

5. The newly created route is not automatically connected to a survey event; the user must link transect routes and survey events together in one of two following ways.

If uploading mobile survey metadata via the Bulk Upload Tool, simply enter the route’s name into the “Location Name” column of the bulk upload CSV file before uploading. If working in the reverse order (i.e., survey metadata uploaded prior to transect route upload) the user should simply click Reprocess to update the metadata CSV file in the Bulk Uploads tab. Note that entries in the “Location Name” column of the CSV must still match the transect route name.

Alternatively, mobile survey metadata may be entered manually. Navigate through the list of GRTS cell survey data located beneath the project map. Click the target GRTS cell to expand its current survey data. Click the Single Entry button located in the "Mobile Acoustic Survey" dropdown menu, then follow the prompts to create a new survey. Currently uploaded transect routes within the GRTS cell should appear as options when selecting the survey’s location.

6. Users can export transect routes for use in a GPS unit by clicking the Download KML | GeoJSON button in the top right of the project map.