Query Albuquerque Open Data with Turf.js

9 Feb

I have posted on the Albuquerque Crime Incident data showing how to use Python and for converting the Date field. I have also demostrated how to use Turf.js for analysis. In this post, I will show you how to combine the two to limit your query of the Albuquerque Crime Incident Data.

The Idea

The goal of this post is to allow a user to click on a map and get back all the crime data within a half mile of the click. The end result will look like the image below.



Create the Geometry

To make this work, we need to catch where the user clicks on the map and convert it to GeoJSON so we can use it in our Turf.js operations without having to convert it to a Turf.point.




Now that we have a point, we need to create the buffer and then grab the envelope.

var buffered = turf.buffer(b,.5,”miles”);
var result = turf.featurecollection(buffered.features.concat(b));
enveloped = turf.envelope(result);

Query the Service

With the envelope, we can query the REST endpoint and pass the lower left and upper right coordinates to get the Crime Incidents in the bounding box. I have done several posts on making an AJAX request to ArcServer and will not go in to detail here. Just note that we will have two parameters that I do not use often.



And a geometry parameter that will take the corner points of the envelope. The code below shows how to make the query.

var params=”f=json&outSR=4326&outFields=*&geometryType=esriGeometryEnvelope&spatialRel=esriSpatialRelIntersects&inSR=4326&geometry=”+enveloped.geometry.coordinates[0][0][0]+”,”+enveloped.geometry.coordinates[0][0][1]+”,”+enveloped.geometry.coordinates[0][2][0]+”,”+enveloped.geometry.coordinates[0][2][1];
var url = “http://coagisweb.cabq.gov/arcgis/rest/services/public/APD_Incidents/MapServer/0/query”;
http=new XMLHttpRequest();
http.open(“POST”, url, true);
http.setRequestHeader(“Content-type”, “application/x-www-form-urlencoded”);
http.onreadystatechange = function() {//Call a function when the state changes.
if(http.readyState == 4 && http.status == 200) {
var result= JSON.parse(http.responseText);
adate=new Date(result.features[x].attributes.date);


I added a popup showing the crime type and then formatted the epoch data to a human readable string. Now if you click on the map, you will get back a series of incidents. To improve on this, you could pass a specific date range but the data itself is for the last 180 days (rolling, meaning tomorrow one day will be dropped off).


One Response to “Query Albuquerque Open Data with Turf.js”


  1. Use GIS to Fill a Form | Architecture and Planning - February 27, 2015

    […] The goal is to fill the form with data from the map. The map that opens is a standard Leaflet.js map. I use an on click function to create a buffer – just to make sure we hit a parcel – and send the buffer to the service query and ask for the parcel information back (for more information on the buffer with Turf.js see my post on Albuquerque Incidents). […]

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