Questions about content

The Atlas of the Living Environment is a portal in which all kinds of information about the living environment is brought together. It is therefore best to submit questions about content to the providers of that information. In order to find out who the provider is, go to the map in question and click the link to the National Georegister at the bottom of the clarification of the map layer. The link will enable you to contact the source owner of the map and ask specific questions about what is displayed on the map.

Other questions

If you have any other questions about the Atlas of the Living Environment, you should be able to find some answers here. If your question is not included here, you can submit it by using the adjacent question form.

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What is the Atlas of the Living Environment?

What is the Atlas of the Living Environment?

The Atlas of the Living Environment offers information about the quality of the Dutch living environment. It focuses on environmental themes which affect our physical and mental health. The issues include air quality, water quality and safety. The information is available as text, but primarily also in the form of maps. You can easily select maps yourself and often zoom in to neighbourhood level. Sometimes you can even view the situation in your own street. The conveniently arranged background information also offers the possibility to investigate the issues in as much detail as you wish.

Waarom doet de kaartviewer het niet in Internet Explorer?

Waarom doet de kaartviewer het niet in Internet Explorer?

De kaartviewer doet het niet in Internet Explorer omdat Internet Explorer een verouderde browser is. Microsoft heeft de ondersteuning voor Internet Explorer beëindigd. De kaartviewer is te bekijken met andere browsers zoals Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox en Google Chrome. 

Am I allowed to use the maps in my research?

Am I allowed to use the maps in my research?

All the maps in the Atlas of the Living Environment are public and can therefore be used for research and in reports and policy documents. At the end of the clarification you will find a link to the national georegister where you can see who is responsible for making and managing the map.

NB: Although the so-called inspire data is always free to use, some other datasets may still be subject to (legal) usage restrictions. These usage restrictions are referred to in the metadata.

How should I use the atlas?

How should I use the atlas?

Go to the Maps page. Choose a location by entering a street, place name or postcode in the text field at the top right of the map viewer. It is also possible to zoom in on a location on the map. Under 'Select map layers' at the top left open the library of maps by clicking the white arrow. Select a theme and then tick the map which you want to view. Then click the white cross in the 'Select map layers' field. You will now see a map image of the chosen subject at the location you have selected. Under the 'Select map layers' field you will see the map layer that you have chosen. If you click the black arrow, the legend will be displayed showing a summary of the map. You will then be able to read an additional explanation to the map layer (the so-called clarification of the map layer) by clicking 'More…'.

You can select different map layers from various themes. For example, you can place the map of National monuments and National parks of one area on top of each other to see which national monuments are located in rural areas.

Under News you can find news articles about the various themes which you can find in the atlas. There you can also sign up to receive our newsletter. Under 'Explore' you can find background information about the issues dealt with in the Atlas, for example about the influence of air or greenery on your health and the measures which the government is taking to improve the quality of the living environment. You can also find tips here about what you can do yourself to make your living environment more enjoyable. At 'Participate' you can find information how you yourself can contribute to the atlas and about the developments our team is working on.

Where can I submit questions about the content of the map and the information?

Where can I submit questions about the content of the map and the information?

Questions about the content of a map can be submitted using the contact form or directly to the source owner. The contact details of the source owner can be found at the end of the clarification of the map via the link to the National Georegister of the Netherlands.

Can I embed a map on my own website?

Can I embed a map on my own website?

Yes, that is certainly possible. You can even combine up to 5 maps and display them as a single whole on your own site. A nice feature is that website visitors can also zoom in and out on this 'embedded' map and move around on the map to the desired location. A map can be embedded in just 5 steps. The document shows you exactly how this is done. NB: The legend will have to be inserted separately (underneath or alongside the embedded map), otherwise it would take up too much space within the enclosing box.

Can I download the map data?

Can I download the map data?

In principle it is not possible to download the data. However, the data can be obtained from the source owner.

Ik zie op mijn Apple device geen schuifbalken bij de viewer, hoe komt dat?

Ik zie op mijn Apple device geen schuifbalken bij de viewer, hoe komt dat?

Apple overrulled in OS X Lion de scrollbalken, daardoor zijn ze niet of lastig zichtbaar. Door een instelling aan te passen, is het wel mogelijk om de scrollbalken altijd zichtbaar te krijgen.  De website Appletips geeft een uitleg over de aanpassing.

I cannot see a clarification of my map. Can I open the clarification myself?

I cannot see a clarification of my map. Can I open the clarification myself?

You can open the clarification of the map, after you have selected the desired map layer, by clicking the arrows next to the title of the map layer. The clarification sometimes continues off the page and you will need to scroll down to read it.

I cannot zoom in to neighbourhood level. Why is that the case?

I cannot zoom in to neighbourhood level. Why is that the case?

You should be able to zoom in and out to a certain degree on each map. This depends on what is being displayed. Although a number of subjects can be viewed right down to street level, this is not the case for all maps. This also has to do with the degree of reliability. An 'indicative' map which allows you to zoom in very close suggests more detail than there actually is. If you zoom in or out too far, you will see the following text on the right-hand side: Map out of reach. Click here to go to the right level.

Where has the map gone? It used to be here.

Where has the map gone? It used to be here.

Sometimes something goes wrong with a certain server and a map will be temporarily unavailable. If you report this to us, we will investigate.

Why does the Atlas not cover the whole country?

Why does the Atlas not cover the whole country?

The Atlas of the Living Environment is still being developed. New maps and subjects are added at regular intervals. Because the Atlas of the Living Environment is dependent on the provision of available maps from source owners (such as municipalities and the provincial governments), the extent to which it is complete and up-to-date differs per area. Additions or comments can be submitted using the contact form.

On the Atlas of the Living Environment I can see a background map showing an outdated situation. How is this possible?

On the Atlas of the Living Environment I can see a background map showing an outdated situation. How is this possible?

The topographical map which is displayed as a reference in Atlas of the Living Environment has been taken from the Netherlands' Cadastre, Land Registry and Mapping Agency. This map (and the aerial photos) are updated annually. It may therefore be the case that a slightly outdated background is displayed in the Atlas of the Living Environment.

What is the difference between maps per theme and regional maps?

What is the difference between maps per theme and regional maps?

The Atlas of the Living Environment provides information at postcode level on environmental themes (air, noise, greenery, etc.). This information is displayed on maps with corresponding texts, figures and references to other information. The general clarification to the maps comes from the Atlas organisation. Source owners (owners of the maps) can add a location-specific clarification here.

In addition to this information, source owners can also submit other maps (the so-called regional maps). These maps are not clarified by the Atlas organisation, but only by the source owner itself.

Can I share or save maps?

Can I share or save maps?

Yes, you can download maps (as a picture) via the menu at the top right of the map viewer, create a permanent link to share it (via social media or email) or you can embed a map so that you can display it on your own web page.

Is it possible to access maps in my own viewer as well?

Is it possible to access maps in my own viewer as well?

Most of the services the Atlas provides originate from the NGR. These can indeed also be accessed by another (for example municipal) viewer provided this viewer supports wms and/or wfs services.

On the website of the NGR you can enter a search term and you will then be taken to the existing datasets. If you click on the dataset, you will end up in the field with the so-called metadata (the description of the dataset).

NB: Although the so-called inspire data is always free to use, some other datasets may still be subject to (legal) usage restrictions. These usage restrictions are referred to in the metadata.

Can I obtain the underlying data of a map?

Can I obtain the underlying data of a map?

At the moment it is not yet possible to 'extract' the data displayed on the map directly from the Atlas. We do want to make this possible in the future via a download facility in the atlases. However, the data can be downloaded as a picture via the menu at the top right of the map viewer.

Can I use the maps in my own GIS environment?

Can I use the maps in my own GIS environment?

The majority of the maps are provided as a so-called wms file on the National Georegister of the Netherlands. In the clarification to a map you can find the link to the dataset location right at the bottom of the text. Here you will find, among other things, the url of the wms which you can then simply add to GIS software. How? Read the step-by-step plan which explains how when using ArcGIS 10.1:

  1. Find the url of the wms by clicking the link to the national georegister in the clarification to the map.
  2. Open ArcGIS and click the 'Add data' button.
  3. Select 'Add WMS Server' in the GIS Servers folder.
  4. Copy the url of the wms in the 'URL' line and click the 'Get Layers' button. Click OK to add the layers to your 'Add data' folder.
  5. Select the added data and click OK.
  6. Then take the layer which you want to view.

You can do this with all maps in the atlas and therefore simply combine maps from the atlas with your own data. Follow the illustrations in the step-by-step plan. Click the illustrations to enlarge them.

Steps

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Where can I submit questions about the content of the map and the information?

Where can I submit questions about the content of the map and the information?

Questions about the content of a map can be submitted using the contact form or directly to the source owner. The contact details of the source owner can be found at the end of the clarification of the map via the link to the National Georegister of the Netherlands.

Is there a notification centre for reporting poor indoor air quality?

Is there a notification centre for reporting poor indoor air quality?

The best thing you can do is report this by contacting the Municipal Public Health Services in your region. There you can also obtain additional advice and, if they consider such to be necessary, they can come and investigate the air quality.

Is it possible to see, on the basis of the hourly maps from the Atlas, whether an air quality standard has been exceeded?

Is it possible to see, on the basis of the hourly maps from the Atlas, whether an air quality standard has been exceeded?

The data in the maps is indicative and is intended to give an impression of the current air quality. For several reasons the maps are not intended or suitable as an assessment instrument. For example, to keep it up-to-date the measurements used have not yet been validated. Moreover, the calculations are based on splitting the Netherlands simply into 125x125 metre areas, irrespective of whether the different areas include a motorway/road. As a consequence, the results of the calculations in an area which includes a motorway/road are relatively high). What is more, no assessment has to be carried out on the road itself. The current air quality maps (NO2, particulate matter, ozone, Air Quality Index) in the Atlas of the Living Environment therefore do not contain official testing locations, nor the data used as a basis for the official assessment against the threshold values. The official testing locations are indicated in the NSL Monitoring Tool, as are the results.

Why does the Atlas only display air quality calculations?

Why does the Atlas only display air quality calculations?

Measurements of, for example, nitrogen dioxide or particulate matter provide information about the situation immediately around the measurement position while the measurements are being taken. You therefore need a huge number of measurements to provide a good picture for all the urban areas or the country as a whole. Measuring is extremely expensive and labour intensive and that is why large numbers of calculations are used, as in the Atlas.

On the basis of model calculations the National Air Quality Cooperation Programme [Nationaal Samenwerkingsprogramma Luchtkwaliteit] (NSL) calculates the values (NO2/particulate matter/etc.) along roads. In the Netherlands, the results of model calculations are regularly compared with measurements and calibrated where necessary. For the Atlas of the Living Environment we make a countrywide map of the NSL calculations. If you enter your postcode, you can therefore see the (annual average) value for your street for various components.

If you prefer just to see the measurements taken at national level, click the National Air Quality Monitoring Network [Landelijk Meetnet Luchtkwaliteit]

Is there a notification centre for reporting poor outdoor air quality?

Is there a notification centre for reporting poor outdoor air quality?

The best thing you can do is report this by contacting the Municipal Public Health Services in your region. There you can also obtain additional advice and, if they consider such to be necessary, they can come and investigate the air quality.

How do I register a wet cooling tower?

How do I register a wet cooling tower?

Wet cooling towers are installations which are used to remove excess heat from production processes and buildings by nebulising water in an open construction.

Wet cooling towers can present a risk to public health because – in the event of insufficient maintenance or incorrect use – these can spread legionella bacteria which can cause Legionnaires' disease.

Put briefly, it comes down to the following steps:

  1. Go to the wet cooling towers map.
  2. On the map, go (via enter location or zoom out and in) to the location at which you have seen one or more (possible) wet cooling towers and zoom in as much as possible.
  3. Fold down the menu at the top right and select 'Report wet cooling towers'.
  4. Click 'mark location' and click the right location on the map.
  5. Then fill in the rest of the fields and click 'report'.

Study the guide.

Het kaartbeeld is mij niet duidelijk. Voldoet het aan de toegankelijkheidseisen?

Het kaartbeeld is mij niet duidelijk. Voldoet het aan de toegankelijkheidseisen?

Het kaartmateriaal aanwezig in de Atlas Leefomgeving is afkomstig van diverse bronhouders. Helaas hebben wij niet de mogelijkheid om er op toe te zien dat onze bronhouders ook aan alle toegankelijkheidseisen voldoen.

Mogelijk verbetert het kaartbeeld door de transparantie van de kaart aan te passen of een andere achtergrondkaart te selecteren. Beide oplossingen kunt u vinden aan de rechtkant in de kaartviewer bij het openklappen van de geselecteerde kaartlaag.