“Changing Landscape is a remote sensing-based land cover study that charts landscape changes in Connecticut and portions of New York. It covers the 25-year period from 1985 to 2010 (with in-between dates of 1990, 1995, 2002 and 2006). It includes information on basic land cover, as well as subsidiary analyses of riparian corridor land cover, impervious cover and agricultural field and soil analysis.”
This story map, created with the Story Map Journal application in ArcGIS Online, is a great example of how to use the “Story Action” features. Story Action features can move the map view to a particular location or change what is being displayed on the main stage of the story map. These can also be used to navigate to a different section of the a story map.
Here are two excellent Story Maps that use “Story Action” features. Please take some time to explore both of them and note how these features enhance the presentation of this spatial information:
Houston holds strong in the wake of devastation left by Hurricane Harvey.
I am sharing these three interactive webmaps of Houston with my mapping courses to demonstrate what is technologically possible. Texts, charts, pictures, videos, and maps can be seamlessly integrated to present spatial information in an incredibly engaging and accessible manner.
Houston’s Hurricane Harvey was incredibly impactful but the factors leading to this were also very complex. These three Story maps lay out:
“More than two decades after the end of apartheid in South Africa, Cape Town remains racially segregated, with many black residents living in substandard townships.”
The title is a bit inflammatory–news agencies may pretend that they aren’t in the shock-and-awe, clickbait economy, but they invented the salacious headline to grab our attention. Still, the racial inequities of a system as pervasive as apartheid aren’t going to be reversed in a generation and the racial differences in Capetown are coming under more international scrutiny as the they are in the midst of their current drought.
“Blue and her team selected 45 stories, each plotted with ESRI’s ArcGIS software on a map of Greater Houston and tied to the exact location where it was first told. The resulting story map of Hurricane Harvey, ‘Damaged and Defiant: Houston Stories,’ was published in the Houston Chronicle in December. The map shows short narratives gathered by Chronicle staffers from people across the area — from Crosby to Kingwood to Katy — each a unique perspective on the storm; told together, they’re the collective account of a city that experienced one of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history.”
These interlinked Houston story maps show some of the key elements of a good story map: 1) strong spatial analytical components, 2) a powerful narrative, 3) rich visuals, 4) solid cartography, and 5) well-sourced information.
Federal maps help determine who on the coast must buy flood insurance, but many don’t include the latest data. Maryland is now making its own flood maps, so homeowners can see if they’re at risk.
Geographic themes are overflowing (it was an unintended pun, but I’ll just let that wash over you) in this podcast. I suggest playing a game early in the year/semester called “find the geography.” What geographic theme/content areas will your students find in this podcast?
“The progress in Rhode Island toward clean water owes a lot to this federal law. Seeing urban rivers and the beaches and coves of the upper bay rediscovered as natural assets for wildlife and people to enjoy is one of the great successes of the Clean Water Act [of 1972].”
This article from geographer Mary Grady shows a pleasant story in the human and environmental interaction. The upper bay (that in-between place where the Providence River widens and becomes part of the Narragansett Bay) has been cleaned up and has ecologically been revitalized and is becoming an asset to the community again. It is far from pristine, but it nice to read about encouraging signs on this front.
If you could go back in time to the 1980s, you would find a city that is drastically different than today’s Shanghai.
This series of seven satellite images shows how quickly the economic development of China has impacted the urban sprawl of China’s biggest cities. Pictures of the downtown area’s growth are impressive, but these aerial images show the full magnitude of the change.
Anne Hidalgo says she wants to cut the number of cars in French capital by half as part of campaign to tackle pollution
The world’s biggest cities are struggling to maintain access to congested downtown areas and still ensure that the downtown maintains it’s historic sense of place that generate so much tourism and concentration of cultural amenities. Pollution is driving cities to change as the private automobile as the default mode of transportation becomes less feasible and unsustainable as cities expand to be far larger than they ever have been before.