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What's new: National Swedish High-Resolution Impervious Surface Mapping

Sep 21, 2022

Today we announce the availability of a nationwide high-resolution mapping of impervious surfaces for SCALGO Live in Sweden. The map, produced by SCALGO, is based on machine learning techniques and has a resolution of 25cm.

It is available as a standalone layer in the Imperviousness category in the library.

A snapshot of the new map from Sweden, along with a watershed query. Pervious areas are green, buildings are red, other impervious areas are orange and water is shown in blue.

The new imperviousness map is fully integrated into the watershed query tool, allowing you to easily get the total area of impervious surfaces in the watershed and is included, and editable, in newly created workspaces.

For more information, please see the complete release announcement.


What's new: Watershed tool updated with even better descriptions of catchment characteristics

Jul 7, 2022

The Watershed tool now supports an expanded set of catchment characteristics that enable you to gain an even deeper understanding of your watershed. When you query a point with the Watershed tool you can now choose to see the longest upstream flow path to that point including both the flow path length and the average slope along the flow path.
If the longest flow path is not enough, we give you the Length/area histogram. This histogram describes how the area of the watershed is distributed across flow path lengths. Why is this useful? Because all watersheds are unique and have very different shapes (even if they have the same longest flow path length), and this ultimately affects runoff behaviour.

You can read more about this updated version of the Watershed Tool in our blog.

What's new: National Flash Flood Map with Infiltration and Drainage for Denmark

Jun 21, 2022

We have just released a new variant of the Flash Flood Map for our users in Denmark. This variant accounts for infiltration and drainage to sewer systems. This is a big step towards providing more realistic run-off and flood extents in SCALGO Live especially for small rain events.

You can read more about the new variant of the Flash Flood Map in our blog post (in Danish).

Not in Denmark? Do not despair! We are working hard to bring this powerful, yet simple, version of the Flash Flood Map to other countries.

What's new: Add your own WMS layers to SCALGO Live

Feb 11, 2022

Do you have some externally hosted data you would like to see in SCALGO Live? It's now possible for you to add WMS layers - an open standard for sharing maps on the internet - through the account dashboard. You can read more about how this works in the documentation.

WMS Layers show up in the "Personal Layers" category in the dock. Not seeing it? Look in the library and see if you can find it there. If your WMS layer has a legend, this legend is also shown inside SCALGO Live. You can also include these layers in the maps you export from inside SCALGO Live.

WMS Layers show up in the "Personal Layers" category in the dock, here we're seeing a test layer (a mapping of avalanche risk in Norway) and its legend.

Want to share your favorite WMS layer with a colleague? You can easily do this through your account dashboard as well:

Hit the share button next to the user you want to share the layer with, or add them by e-mail elsewhere on the same page.

Interested in going the other way? Remember that you can easily integrate your SCALGO Live layers into GIS, or other software that supports the so-called WMTS standard, by creating a ticket and using our WMTS service.

If you have any questions or issues with WMS layers, don't hesitate to contact us.

Easier access to source layers

We've assembled many of the elevation models and orthophotos in SCALGO Live from a variety of different spatial data sources with different resolution, source and acquisition time. For many of these we generate a sources layer that allows you to explore this information. Previously, this source data was available in a layer you had to find in the Library, which was not very discoverable. You can now find source information, for the layers that support it, on the gear-menu for the layer in question. This will make it easier to find and access source information in the future.

Source information, in this case for the Swedish Orthophotos, is now available in the gear menu for relevant layer. Here we are choosing colors based on the acquisition date of the photo. Using the point query tool we can learn that the dark red regions are from 2021 and the orange ones from 2020. The remaining colors correspond to data from before 2021.

What's new: Enriched building data in Denmark

Jan 19, 2022

We have enriched our Danish building layer from GeoDanmark with information from the BBR (Bygnings- og Boligregistret, the Danish Building and Housing Registry) database. When you use the point query tool on a building you now also see information from BBR, including:

  • Whether the building has a basement, and how big the basement is.
  • The usage class of the building.
  • The construction year.
  • The postal address.
  • a link to the building's. BBR page.
  • links to the national property value assessment system.

This information is also available if you download building-specific flooding information from the Flash Flood Map, allowing you to further qualify the damage assessments for affected buildings.

We also have used this new information to enrich the way the building layer is rendered. By default, buildings are now rendered by usage. Blue is commercial, green residential, yellow industrial, purple infrastructure, red health care, orange education and light blue is cultural:

If you are interested in whether a building has a basement or not, there's a rendering mode just for you. Buildings in red have a basements, the rest do not:

And finally, if you want to gauge the age of the buildings in the area, you can render by construction year:

If a GeoDanmark building does not have an associated BBR entry, it it rendered as an outline only in these modes.

What's new: National hydrological corrections and Land Cover for Poland

Nov 30, 2021

We frequently update the Polish model as new input data (e.g. elevation data) become available. However, today we are releasing a particularly exciting new update of our Polish setup. We have produced a national set of so-called hydrological corrections for all of Poland, and we have also added a national land cover map - both based on GuGiK BDOT10k data.

Hydrological corrections

Hydrological corrections make it possible to model water that flows under objects like bridges that otherwise appear as barriers in the elevation model. For instance, when a stream crosses a road under a bridge, the elevation model could make it look like there is a blockade since the space under the bridge is not represented. Our hydrological corrections should result in improved flow routing in many places in the country, particularly where bridges and underpasses intersect flow paths.

Corrections (redline segments) and flow accumulation in an area south of Gdańsk. Without the corrections, water would not be able to flow freely in this area due to the bridges acting as dams.

If you want to learn more about how the corrections were generated, please consult the corresponding section in the documentation. The hydrological corrections are used in our analyses and are automatically included in newly created workspaces where they can be altered if need be.

National land cover data

We have built a national land cover layer from BDOT10k. This means you will now get information about the land cover composition of any watershed you select using the watershed tool. Additionally, you can easily add infiltration to Flash Flood Maps in your workspaces by picking different runoff functions for the various land use categories. Not happy with our land cover map? You can edit it freely using our powerful edit tools in workspaces.

For more information about adding infiltration to your Flash Flood Map, and about editing land cover data, please consult our recent release notes on the subject.

Screenshot from SCALGO Live Poland showing a watershed query in Warsaw and the distribution of land cover in the watershed.

What's new: National hydrological corrections for Norway

Nov 10, 2021

We frequently update the Norwegian model as new input data (e.g. elevation data) become available. However, today we are releasing a particularly exciting new update of our Norway setup. We have produced a national set of so-called hydrological corrections for all of Norway. These corrections should result in improved flow routing in many places in the country, particularly where bridges and underpasses intersect flow paths.

What are hydrological corrections?

Hydrological corrections make it possible to model water that flows under objects like bridges that otherwise appear as barriers in the elevation model. For instance, when a stream crosses a road under a bridge, the elevation model could make it look like there is a blockade since the space under the bridge is not represented.

Corrections (red/green line segments) and flow accumulation around Burudelva and Engabekken in Lommedalen. Without the corrections water would not be able to flow freely in this area due to the bridges acting as dams.

If you want to learn more about how the corrections were generated, please consult the corresponding section in the documentation. The hydrological corrections are used in our analyses and are automatically included in newly created workspaces where they can be altered if need be.

What's new: Updated Impervious Surface Mapping for Denmark

Nov 3, 2021

We have released an update to our high-resolution impervious surface mapping for Denmark. The mapping is now based on data from 2020, a significant update to the previous mapping, released last year, that was based on data from 2014-2016. Besides being based on more recent data, we have also updated our methods to create an even better impervious surface mapping.

It is also used in newly created workspaces. In workspaces you can update your land use mapping to fit your particular project, using our new land use edit tools.

Copenhagen's Royal Arena in the new imperviousness map

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What's new: National hydrological corrections and updated local data for Finland

Jul 4, 2021

We have released a significant upgrade to the Finnish model in SCALGO Live. We have included new elevation data for Helsinki and Lahti, and we have produced hydrological corrections for the entire country which we have used in the analysis.

Hydrological corrections

Hydrological corrections make it possible to model water that flows through supposed obstacles in the elevation model that actually allow water to flow in reality. For instance, when a stream crosses a road under a bridge, the elevation model could make it look like there is a blockade since the space under the bridge is not represented.

Hydrological corrections shown in green for an area around a freeway east of Nupuri, Finland.

We treat hydrological corrections as logical structures that allow water to flow from one end to the other, they typically do not alter the elevation model itself. Thus, waterways can cross in SCALGO Live — a very powerful feature. For instance, water can flow on top of a bridge in the direction of the road, and at the same time a river can cross the road under the bridge in a different direction. Hydrological corrections have infinite transport capacity, we do not model flooding from e.g. under-dimensioned culverts and bridge openings.

When you create a workspace, the hydrological corrections are included automatically, unless you create a model from a custom DEM or through the "Existing model" feature — in that case you can choose to import corrections directly from the workspace itself.

Updated elevation data for Helsinki and Lahti

For the areas around Helsinki and Lahti, we now use elevation models with a horizontal resolution of 1 meter made available for SCALGO Live users by the respective municipalities. This provides a substantial lift in data quality for users in those areas. In order to incorporate these models, we now represent the whole country in a 1 m model instead of a 2 m model. This also holds for workspaces created from this point onwards.

The elevation model for Finland in the previous 2 m version and the new 1 m model around the Ursa Observatory in Helsinki.

You can see the coverage of the new models in the sources layer in SCALGO Live:

The various sources of elevation data in Finland. The purple and pink areas in the south indicate the coverage area of the new Lahti and Helsinki models. For more information on the sources of the elevation data in Finland, please consult the documentation.

What's new: Fast and intuitive tools to work with infiltration and land use

Jun 24, 2021

We have introduced a whole new set of fast and intuitive tools to work with infiltration and land use in SCALGO Live. With these tools you can easily define runoff functions and initial losses for different land use types and change land use in your project area to describe planned developments. This helps you get an even better understanding of how surface water may affect your project.
To learn more about these new tools, you can read the manual and you can watch our getting started video that shows the details of how to edit land use, define runoff and see the effect of infiltration.

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