Environment Digimap – Ordnance Survey

The University Library subscribes to Digimap, a digital mapping service that can be used to generate Ordnance Survey (OS), historic, geological, marine, aerial, LIDAR, and environment maps. These can be viewed through your browser, or by downloading mapping data for use in graphics, GIS or CAD software.

In this post we focus on Environment Digimap.

Uses for Environment Digimap

Whether you need a quick map for your assignment, or are doing an in-depth study on land coverage, conservation, urban development or agriculture, Digimap is the perfect database to find visually illustrative materials.

Environment Digimap features

The Environment Digimap collection covers Environment Roam and Environment Download.

Environment Roam enables maps to be created at a number of fixed scales from 1:25,000 to 1:5,600,000. Maps can be viewed and annotated through your browser, and saved in PDF, PNG or JPEG formats from A4 up to A0 size. Maps larger than A3 can be printed on level 7 using our large-format printing service.

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As seen above, changing the Basemap reveals changing land cover between the 1930s to 2015.


The information button provides more detailed feature information on specific areas of land cover.

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There are customisation options for your maps, for example, annotating the areas of woodland on Inchionaig, Loch Lomond above, shows the gradual increase of woodland cover over the years, while also highlighting the original woodland.

Environment Download allows the download of OS mapping data for use in GIS or CAD software. Help with using the data in GIS and CAD software can be found on the Digimap help pages.

Digimap help

Assistance with using the Digimap resource can be obtained from a number of locations. The staff in the Maps, Official Publications and Statistics Unit on level 7 of the library are happy to help. We’re open Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, and can be contacted by email or phone 0141 330 6740.

EDINA Digimap provide help pages for both Roam and Data Download, and webinar tutorials.

All images:
LCM1990, LCM2000, LCM2007 & LCM2015 and database right ©NERC (CEH) 2011-7 All rights reserved © Crown Copyright and Database Right 2007-19. Ordnance Survey (Digimap Licence)

© L. Dudley Stamp/Geographical Publications Ltd., Audrey N. Clark, Environment Agency/DEFRA and Great Britain Historical GIS

Categories: Library, Official Publications

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