Managing layers

The GeoResGlobe provides easy access to hundreds of data layers for you to incorporate within a map.

To view the layers panel, select the Layers icon from the sidebar.


The layers from the default topic are included in the initial map view. You can replace or add to these layers using the the following options:

  • Select Add layers to add layers from the table of contents
  • Launch a Topic to add a group of layers
  • Include your own data files, or link to external webservices via the Add My Data tool
  • Add georeferenced imagery layers via the Past imagery tool

Add layers

Click the Layers button to open the Layers panel. This shows all active layers currently in your map. Then click Add layers to view the full list of datasets, in the All layers panel.

add layers

Note that the data is grouped into categories, which can be expanded by clicking the down arrow. Some categories have sub-categories you can expand as well.

layer subcategories

From here, you can manually browse the list to find layers or interest; Or you can filter the list by using all or part of a layer’s name. Just enter some text into the Filter layers by name box and press enter or click the filter icon.

Layer filter

All layers, groups and sub-groups that contain the term or phrase will be returned For example:

  • 'Geo' will return all names containing this term, such as Geothermal, Geology, Detailed surface geology and Georgina Basin
  • 'Greenhouse gas' will return Greenhouse gas, Advertised area greenhouse gas and Historic advertised area greenhouse gas

greenhouse gas layer

Once you have found a layer you want to add to your map, check the box next to its name. (Note that the group headings will highlight with a dash, when something in that group is selected, or highlight with a tick if every layer in the group has been selected).

To add a whole group or sub-group to the map, just check the box next to that group or sub group.

Repeat the process until you have all the layers you need. Then click the back arrow to return to the Layers panel.

greenhouse gas layer add all

All your selected layers should now appear in the list. You may need to expand the group using the down arrows to see your chosen layers. Also note that some layers may be greyed out, meaning they are not visible at the current scale. Zoom in to a larger scale to make these layers visible.

greenhouse gas layer expand

Remove layers

To remove one or more layers from your map, open the Layers panel and select Edit layers.

remove layers

Click the red Remove icon next to all layers or groups you wish to remove.

Otherwise click Done to finish.

remove layers done

View metadata

To access the metadata link for an added layer, expand the layer to view the available options and select Metadata.


This will open the relevant website in a new browser tab.


Layer visibility

Visibility Description
visible Visible option is selected, the layer is visible in the current map extent.
hidden Hidden option is selected. This will turn the layer off on the map without having to remove it.
visible-selected-invisible-at-scale Visible option is selected but the layer is invisible at the current scale.
make-this-the-only-visible-layer Sets this layer as the only visible layer.
zoom-to-show-more-data Zooms in to an extent where the data is visible. This option is available for layers that are visible or hidden.
all-layers-list Displays all layers in the layer panel.
visible-list Lists all of the layers in the layer panel that are set as visible.
hidden-list Lists all of the layers in the layer panel that are set as hidden.
active-list Lists all of the layers in the layer panel that are active.
inactive-list Lists all of the layers in the layer panel that are inactive.
my-data-list List all layers that have been added via the Add My Data tool.
layer-opacity Move the point along the layer opacity slider to adjust the opacity setting.

Turn layer labels on and off

Labels can be shown or hidden for all layers that contain labelling. This also includes layers added via the Add My Data tool, such as shape files and map or feature services.

Select the Layers button to open the layers panel.

Layers button

Navigate through the list to your required layer, and click on the arrow next to it to expand the options for that layer.

layers epc down chevron

For all layers except shp, csv, kml and json, select Show labels or Hide labels as needed.

Layers show labels

Layers hide labels

For added data files (shp, csv, kml and json) first choose your display field label, then click Show display field label.

layers show display label

Selecting Hide display field label option will hide the labels in the map view.

layers hide display label

The DISPLAY FIELD LABEL dropdown menu provides a list of the available fields that can be used to generate the label.

Change style

GeoResGlobe now allows users to customise the display of a map service that supports dynamic symbology. Users can now click to the right of the layer name to reveal the layer action panel and find a new function called Change Style. You can then select an option to change the fill and outline of a layers symbology.

Turn on your layer of interest from the Add layers menu.

Layers button

Once you have successfully selected the layer/s of interest you can press the back arrow to return to the layers list

Layers button

The Exploration permits - mineral layer will be used for this example.

Click on the right chevron next to the layer name.

Layers button

Once selected, the layer action panel will appear with a Change style option.

Layers button

Selecting Change style will reveal the options for the layer's symbology. Users can change the fill colour, fill opacity, stoke colour and stroke width.

Layers button

Select the Reset style to revert the layer's symbology to the default symbology.

reset style