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Using the Vegetation Management Globe

The Vegetation Management Globe is an online tool using the Queensland Globe mapping and data application. Queensland Globe is implemented inside the Google Earth™ application.

The Vegetation Management Globe and the Queensland Globe are part of the Queensland Government's open data strategy.

The Vegetation Management Globe allows you to view the regulated vegetation management map and other vegetation mapping over a property.

Accessing the vegetation management globe

Before you can access the Vegetation Management Globe you will need to install the Queensland Globe, then install the Vegetation Management Globe.
To install the Vegetation Management Globe:

  1. Right-click on the vegetation management (KML, 282Bytes) file to save it to your computer. Select Save target as... or Save link as... and choose a location to save it to (this will normally default to your Downloads folder). Make sure the filename is vegetationmanagement.kml (not vegetationmanagement.xml).
  2. With the Queensland Globe open in Google Earth™, click on File and select Open, then navigate to the location where the KML file is saved and click Open.
  3. In Layers, expand the Vegetation Management layer to view the datasets you can view.

Vegetation Management Globe layers

Viewing the vegetation management layers

Viewing the vegetation management layers

Getting started

Use the Search option in the Queensland Globe to locate the property that you want to use for your vegetation mapping search.

Once you have located and zoomed in to the property, make sure you only have the Imagery and Land Parcels options selected.

You can now select the layers in the Vegetation Management Globe that you want to view. For best results, turn on each of the maps individually to see the maps that are relevant to the property.

Example of the regulated vegetation management map layer

Example of the regulated vegetation management map layer

Viewing vegetation management maps

The vegetation maps will show solid colour fills for each mapped vegetation category or type, which correspond with the layers and colours in the legend area. To see through these solid white or coloured areas use the opacity slide-bar tool located next to the search (magnifier icon) button. With the layer you want to dim selected, click and slide the bar to compare the location of the boundaries of the mapped vegetation areas, to on ground features visible in the imagery such as trees or tree-lines, creeks, tracks, dams or fence-lines.

Changing the opacity of different maps

Changing the opacity of different maps

You can also view more information about each coloured area by clicking on the label or tag for each mapping unit.

More information about the coloured areas

View more information about the coloured areas

Using the vegetation mapping information

You can also use the coordinates of a reference feature or boundary to establish its position on the ground. Google Earth™ shows you the coordinate at the location of your mouse pointer as you move it around in the map window. These coordinates are displayed in the lower right hand side of the window.

The Add Placemark tool (i.e. drawing pin icon) from the tool bar can also be used. This creates a marker, with your choice of symbol, which can be moved to your reference feature location using the mouse and saved in Places for future reference.

Create a placemark to save places for future reference

Create a placemark to save places for future reference

By default, coordinates will be shown using Latitude and Longitude. However, in the Options you can change the coordinate system to your preference or to match the settings in used in your GPS device. For example, use the Universal Transverse Mercator option to show Eastings and Northings, which are in metres rather than degrees. A GPS tool is also available under the Tools menu for more advanced interaction with GPS devices. For further information on this and other advanced features available in Google Earth™ use the Help menu.

Distances between two or more points can be measured using the Ruler tool, which is also found under the Tools menu.

Tilted view

As you zoom closer in Google Earth™ the view may change and tilt to an oblique perspective looking over the landscape rather than straight down at it. This tilted view is not suitable for viewing the vegetation mapping as the scale and perspective can affect accuracy. The setting which allows automatic tilting should be turned off. It is found under the Navigation tools tab in the options.

Turn off tilt option

Turn off tilt option

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Last updated: 28 July 2014


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