GEOG 487
Environmental Challenges in Spatial Data Science

Required Readings & Videos


Required Readings & Videos

Video: A map for every story (3:45)

A Map for Every Story (3:45)
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Son: Even the birds?

Father: Some birds fly south for the winter.

Son: Do they go where the Penguins live?

Father: They don’t go that far. Penguins are really far south where its freezing cold.

Son: Where's that?

Father: Let's take a look. Here's a map of the South Pole where penguins live.

Son: Let me see.

Father: Look someone's tracked the migration on the map.

Male 1: Temperature is minus 18 degrees centigrade today in the Ross Sea of Antarctica. The Adderley penguins have returned from their nearly 13,000 kilometers journey, where they fed on krill, squid, and silverfish. They venture north during winter because they need light and open water to forage in the ocean.

[New Map Shown]

Woman 1: In addition to our main menu, we have some specials tonight. Fresh calamari flown in from Santa Cruz, Filet Mignon from the Blacktail Mountains of Dillon, Montana, fresh King Crab from Bristol Bay, Alaska and fresh Kiwi salad from New Zealand.

[New Map Shown]

Male 2: February 9, 2011, 3:00 a.m. This is the spirit of Enderby departing from Port of Bluff New Zealand. Current position 47.1 degrees south, 168.2 degrees east, steering one, seven, four, making 10.8 knots on route to Ross Island. We have landed at Auckland islands and while walking through the forest, we stumbled across seals resting on the grass. We have deployed the first Argo float at 51.4 degrees south, 165.1 degrees east, and it is now sending data to our satellite. There is a lot of ice around Cape Adare, so we have to make our way around that to go to our next destination, Franklin Island. We should spot a large rookery of penguins there.

[New Map Shown]

Male 3: This is a great trail. Yeah, fast and beautiful Let's follow the trail on the left, takes us to a great view of the coastline. Whoa!

[New Map Shown]

Male 4: Speaking is in Chinese (Translation: Using the public transportation demographic and population layers, we can determine the locations with the highest demand for housing, then align that information with our investment and location for the new mixed-use development. This area offers outdoor activities and is still close to the urban center.)

[New Map Shown]

Male 5: That was a great ride. Wow about the Appalachian Trail for our next trip.

Male 6: Cool. I'm in.

[New Map Shown]

Male 7: Sarah, this is Wiser State Reforestation, can you provide the GPS plots for the impacted areas from the fire last year and the reforestation zones? Over.

Woman 2: Copy that. I'm near the first reforestation area now, then we'll give you GPS coordinates of the area outline and some current photos for the map. Over.

[New Map Shown]

Father: This is where we saw the deer. It's about a mile up and we reach Eagle's Nest shelter, we can spend the night.

Son: Awesome, let's go.

Credit: ESRI,