Google Maps: How to map species distribution polygons
You can use Google Maps on the internet to create polygon maps and send these to the SSC. Google
Earth is a downloadable application that can be used with Google Maps, and species distribution map files can be opened in both applications as the data is stored and shared as a KML files.
Requirements for viewing Google Maps online Google Maps currently supports the following web browsers:
– IE 6.0+ (download: Windows)
– Firefox 2.0+ (download: Windows Mac Linux)
– Safari 3.1+ (download: Mac)
You can view maps on any computer but to start creating maps in Google maps, you need a Google account and create a user profile in Google. You can create an account here:
Google Earth: How to map species distribution polygons
Download Google Earth from http://www.google.co.uk/intl/en_uk/earth/index.html and install the program.