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Map navigation basics

DisasterAWARE allows you to monitor hazards around the globe and to quickly assess potential threats to people, property, or critical assets at any time. Below is an illustration highlighting key elements of the system and where to find them. Please note, if you do not see the left toolbar, you may need to adjust your browser’s zoom setting - see below.

Main toolbar

Along the left side of the screen, is the main toolbar which provides access to the core features of DisasterAWARE.

Zooming the map

You may zoom in or out on the map using the toolbar on the right of the screen.

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A close up of a logo Description automatically generated Be sure your browser zoom settings are reset to 100%. If the browser window is zoomed in too far, it will automatically optimize your view to function similar to a mobile device (see section below on mobile navigation). Press “Ctrl + 0” keys (or “Cmd + 0” on a Mac) to reset your browser’s zoom settings.

Click the “+” and “–” options in the right toolbar. Do not use “Ctrl +” or “Ctrl –” key commands as these will zoom your whole browser, which performs best at 100%.

Navigation toolbar zoom tools

You may also zoom in and out using a trackpad or the scroller on your mouse.

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A picture containing drawing Description automatically generated You can zoom to an area of interest by double clicking that location on the map.

Zoom selector: Click and drag to select a rectangular area in which to zoom.

Navigation toolbar zoom selector

Panning the map

When selected, you can click + hold and drag the mouse to pan the map.

Home position: Use the home button to return to your default map and zoom position.

Undo or redo: to return to previous zoom positions.

Navigation toolbar redo, undo

Mobile navigation

On mobile devices, the toolbar menu is located at the bottom right of the screen and provides access to the core features of DisasterAWARE. Make sure you close any open panels in order to see the menu icon.

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Mobile scrolling / panning

While on a mobile device, swipe left or right, or up and down using your fingers to scroll / pan the map.

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Mobile zooming

While on a mobile device, pinch open or pinch close to zoom in or out on the map.

Map location search

You can search for locations on the map using the Map location search tool.

A close up of a sign Description automatically generated Click the Map location search tool from the left toolbar. Enter the name of a location into the search bar and select one of the matching results. Once selected, the map will zoom to that location.

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Find locations by coordinates

While in the map panel, you can also click the Coordinates tab find a location by MGRS coordinates (field is case sensitive).

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A picture containing drawing Description automatically generated If you click the three dots at the bottom of the Map panel, you will be able to export and download the current base map with any visible layers to KML or GPX file format.

Overview Map

In the bottom of the right-hand corner is an Overview Map that depicts the current zoom extent in relation to the surrounding geographic region. You can minimize (hide) or maximize (expand) this feature.

Overview map tool

Google Street View

You must first have a Google background map selected to use Street View (see section on how to Change your background map).

Next, click the Street View icon on the top of the right toolbar and drag it to a location of interest on the map. While hovering over the map, areas where Street View is available will be highlighted in blue and the street view icon will turn.

Note: You may need to zoom in to find valid Street View locations.

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Street View will appear in the Overview Map, and navigation is done via directional controls available in the Overview Map.

Click the Full Screen button in the Overview Map to view Street View in full screen mode in the main map area.
Click the globe icon (top-right corner) to close Street View.