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CATHALAC Launches PortalGIS, Geographic Viewer for Mesoamerica and the Caribbean

Panama City, Panama-August 2012 - The Water Center for the Humid Tropics of Latin America and the Caribbean (CATHALAC) launched PortalGIS, a new GIS tool to support the region of Mesoamerica and the Caribbean on environment, disaster risk and climate change.

 PortalGIS is Web-friendly geographic information tool, which through an interactive portal, provides visual thematic data, the various efforts and regional needs, to share geospatial information and make it available through the Web to the entire community region. This useful tool allows users to view and share geospatial information without the need for specialized software.

The portal allows you to view data on threats to Disaster, Infrastructure, Climate Change and Socio-economics. It is backed by a robust internal infrastructure that ensures users availability, reliability of processes as well as navigating the site easy and effective.

Additionally, PortalGIS offers to the users a set of tools to facilitate the implementation of various analyzes and studies, from consulting population statistics, see the amount and location of hot points and the interactive delimitation of national and trans boundary water basins. The system works in conjunction with SERVIR for Mesoamerica that CATHALAC has been implementing since 2005.

As part of the development and continuous improvement of this new tool, the CATHALAC team will be updating and increasing periodically the number of layers and information available to the user, and the introduction of new features, tools and processes to PortalGIS.

You can check the PortalGIS directly to:

A detailed technical manual on the use of the system also is available at: