Data2Maps (D2M) is a custom Excel tool for displaying monitoring data.
Locally-led watershed projects need to be able to demonstrate what the water quality data of their local area is in order to attract support. Being able to show people where the problems are in the watershed is an important tool for building public support.
To address this need, D2M was developed as a custom Excel application in which users can overlay their sampling data on static maps and do preliminary assessment and analyses. By using Excel for this template it allows local organizations without many IT resources to assess their data and present it in a visually engaging manner. The outputs can be printed directly from D2M or pasted into other applications (e.g., PowerPoint, MSWord) for outreach and reporting materials.