Early coastal typology experiments within LOICZ-I demonstrated that expert-judgment approaches alone were not adequate, and that there was a need to improve on principal component analysis (PCA), which produced promising results but required repetitive trials and slow, laborious techniques for displaying and mapping the results. Prof. Maxwell embarked on the development of a tool, LOICZView, that was eventually served to the community as Web-LOICZView: a geospatially oriented tool for clustering and other analyses with data-manipulation capabilities and tabular and map-projected as well as linear graphical outputs. When linked to consistently formulated half-degree database, this tool provided even inexperienced users with the ability to explore relationships through clustering and mapped visualization of the results.

LOICZView can be used either by uploading data in a specified format, or by transferring data from the linked databases at the joint Hexacoral-LOICZ site or the US Estuaries site. It offers supervised, unsupervised, and cross clustering, eigenvector analysis and a variety of data and cluster manipulation options. The website contains Help and Tutorial features. Although DISCO is the new platform for further development, WLV is maintained because it has some capabilities that have not yet been incorporated into the newer software.


Hexacoral-LOICZ site

US Estuaries site

IHDP announces new venue and date


7th International Science Conference on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change (Open Meeting), "Social Challenges of Global Change", originally scheduled for 15-19 October 2008, will take place from April 26-30 2009 in Bonn, Germany

LOICZ supports Kids University (Kinder Uni) in Backnang, Germany

Science and management of estuaries and coasts. An event note of our corresponding Member Gerardo M. E. Perillo

Ecsa 44

The Estuarine and Coastal Sciences Association (ECSA) and the Instituto Argentino de Oceanografía (IADO) announce the ECSA 44 Symposium: Science and management of estuaries and coasts: