Start with an Excel file with data that looks something like this.
Rename the fields in Excel.
Download shoreline for the area, (from NGA, or one of the other options). Unizp it.
Open shapefile map with NGA shoreline.
Open Database for the CSV file with the drifter data. It will be converted to a DBF file, which you should use for further operations.
|KML database export.
If you export as a KMZ file, a single file will
have the entire map and icons and can be
displayed in viewers like Google Earth.
The crabs have correct icon transparency., but the rubber duckies do not.
Plot, connect sequential points to see the track (and highlight any bad positions in the data)
|Stats, 2D graph to see a plot of the oceanographic parameters by time|
|Plot, Color code by DB field to get map of the drifter.|
Grid adds or removes a grid, either UTM or Lat/Long. Set a grid and neatlines with Prepare printer image
Last revised 3/29/2011