Thursday, January 12, 2012

The Google Maps Carbon Calculator

Vizzuality's Carbon Calculator is a very impressive Google Maps based app that details the potential contribution of any area in the world to climate change mitigation.

The map allows users to draw an area anywhere in the world and view the carbon currently stored in the area, as well as the amount of additional carbon that potentially could be sequestered through restoration. Moreover, it links this information with the conservation value and forest status of the area.

To search an area users just need to click the 'Draw Polygon' button and define an area on the map (when finished remember to click on the first point added to finish defining your area). The calculation will start as soon as an area has been drawn and the results will be visible after a short moment in the map side panel. As well as drawing an area users can select from existing protected areas.

There is a huge amount of data behind this map which is made possible by using CartoDB as the backend.

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