GEOG 486
Cartography and Visualization



A. Objectives

By the end of this lesson, you should be able to:

  • Identify methods to represent multiple variables.
  • Describe ways to visually represent data uncertainity.
  • Examine a dataset to determine the variables to map.
  • Choose an appropriate representation to map two or more variables.
  • Produce a map that visually communicates information identified from the dataset.

B. Project Overview

In this lesson we learn a bit more about ways to represent multiple variables, multivariate data, data uncertainty, and information graphics within map displays. In this project you are provided with a dataset from the FAA on bird strikes (i.e. a collision between an aircraft and wildlife, most often birds), and have the task of creating a multivariate map from the data.  

C. Lesson Checklist

Lesson 8 is one week in length. (See the Calendar in Canvas for specific due dates.) To finish this lesson, you must complete the activities listed below. You may find it useful to print this page so that you can follow along with the directions.

Step Activity Access/Directions
1 Read the concepts introduced for this lesson. See the Concept Gallery page to begin.

Work through the Lesson 8 Project.

See the Create a Multivariate Map page to begin.
3 Submit the Lesson 8 Project.

Detailed instructions located on the Lesson Project Tasks page.

4 Submit screen capture of initial symbology for Capstone Project. Detailed instructions located on the Submitting the Screen Capture of Data page.
5 Take the Lesson 8 Quiz. Take the Lesson 8 Quiz in Canvas.


If you have any questions now or at any point during this week, please feel free to post them to the Lesson 8 Discussion Forum. While you are there, feel free to post your own responses if you, too, are able to help a classmate.