The part of my life that pays the bills (not the fishing part) includes working with and advising people in the area of mapping and related technologies. Today I came across a cool mapping application that shows tidal information for various locations around the world. While there are lots of places to get tidal information, this site has an interesting interface.
From a technical standpoint (for those of you who care) some of the interesting things Lindsay Wright has built into the site include:
- the incorporation of dynamic data (both tide and solar information) into a mashup environment
- information rich pop up windows with user control of which data to view
- simple user tools to modify how the data is presented
- tools that allow users to customize the how information is presented and search tools for finding specific locations
- nifty little location markers which at the local level show whether the tide is rising or falling and change color in accordance with the tide level
Given my inland location, I don’t get too many opportunities to fish the salt but for those of you who do, have a look at Tidespy. I’d like to hear what you think of the site.