Enhanced Spatial Search


How to use the spatial search

Using the spatial search, users can search for data by manually drawing a bouding box, inputting coordintes, or selecting a pre-defined area. Results from your search are filtered by the location you entered, and weighted so that datasets geographically closer, to the area you have entered, will be at the top search results.

Spatial search options on CanWIN's home page.


Begin Spatial Search:

To start your search, click on the map to open the pop-up.

spatial search expanded from dataset page.

You then can select from three options to enter your search area:

1. Drawing a bounding box

  • Select DRAW ON MAP to the left of the map;
  • Use the navigation arrows and plus or minus sign on the left hand side of the map to navigate to the area you are interested in;
  • Use your curser to click and drag, from one corner of the area to the next (below);

Selecting bounding box.

  • Once the area is covered, you can unclick the curser and the coordinates of the area should appear in the coordinate boxes (below);
  • Select APPLY AND SEARCH to see datasets associated or close to the bounding box you drew.

Bound box search results on dataset page.

2. Entering latitude and longitude coordinates of the bounding box

  • Select ENTER COORDINATES to the left of the map;
  • Input the latitude and longitude into the coordinate boxes to the left of the map;
  • Note if a single location is being search, duplicate the latitude and longetude coordinates in the search boxes (below);
  • Select APPLY AND SEARCH to see datasets associated or close to the coordinates you entered.

Enter coordinates in spatial search on dataset page.

3. Searching pre-defined areas

  • Select SELECT LOCATION to the left of the map;

Select location spatial search on dataset page.

  • Choose from CanWIN's pre-selected areas, Lakes, or research stations;

Select location spatial search results on dataset page.

  • Select APPLY AND SEARCH to see datasets associated or close to the pre-defined area you selected.