Development sprint 19: Monitor approaches completion

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

AERIUS Monitor has taken centre stage with the development team during the past month. A large variety of functionalities were built to provide insight, in many different ways, into the implementation and results of the Integrated Approach to Nitrogen (PAS). The most important of which is the visualisation of the room for development and the development needs per area. In addition, developers also worked on the further evolvement of the process flow of AERIUS Register and the applications.

Monitor is now able to show the available room for development in a certain area, presenting it as a container that can be filled – or even overflow – with pictograms representing the development needs. This provides the user with easy insight into ‘demand and supply’ and any related bottlenecks. Such visualisations are already being used in support of meetings and decision-making with respect to the PAS programme and the room for development.

To enable comparison between the impact of national and provincial policies, developers built a functionality to present policy variants side by side. Thus, the differences in how the deposition in a certain area or point location is likely to develop can be seen at a glance.

Furthermore, users may also apply the new functionality in other ways, for example:

  • for each location, an overview can be called up of the 10 emission sources that will cause the most deposition. Users can also create an overview of all the emission sources within a five-kilometre radius of a certain location.   
  • the size of the nitrogen burden (strong, moderate, balanced) can be determined for any area or point location. This is done using an additional map layer that shows the critical load levels for the habitats involved.    
  • contributions to the deposition can be presented per sector, for any area, as can deposition development during the first two terms of the PAS. In addition to the sectors, Monitor also presents background deposition, deposition caused by foreign sources and the amount of unexplained deposition.

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