Mapping the 2010 U.S. Census –

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Mapping the 2010 U.S. Census – I keep returning to this fine example of web mapping which the NYTimes has created for the 2010 Census results. The content is fascinating and the interface is great in performance (speed) and options. You can’t download data but that’s not the point; you can easily explore the changes in racial, ethnic and population density in the last decade. The US Census Bureau has the 2010 Census data as shapefiles available for downloading as well as many different tallies of new and changed geographic entities but no beautifully rendered interface. That remains the NYTimes’ strength.


Cal-Adapt — a new webportal for climate change research

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Cal-Adapt — Exploring California’s Climate Change Research.     A new website was launched today that raises the bar for visualizing and making both state-wide and local mapping possible for a variety of climate and climate parameters. Funded by the California Energy Commission (CEC), it highlights a lot of climate research products by many similarly funded or collaboratively funded climate researchers around the state.

The site and its database was developed by the Geospatial Innovation Facility (GIF) at UC Berkeley, and is both beautiful and nimble to behold. There are interactive maps where you can visualize both spatially and graphically the data and trends for climate like temperature and precipitation as well as snow pack, runoff, sealevel change and wildfire risk from 1950 through two future scenarios to 2090. Much of the raster data can be downloaded in various resolutions– quite a convenience since many are buried in technical sites (one tiny quibble although maybe I am missing something, the resolution of the downloaded data could be better displayed since it’s not immediately apparent).

In addition there is a long list of publications compiled and fully cited with links that focus on climate change issues for the state of California (although many are relevant to other regions as well). A tab for Community promises to be interesting as it has a section on Ask a Climate Expert and Historic Photo Hunt with Coming Soon! posts. The latter is something that promises to post Weislander’s landscape photos from the 1930’s for the public to try to “re-take”, an idea that the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology has been kicking around as we have a similar archive of landscape and habitat photos, of which a tiny fraction have been re-shot for the Grinnell Resurvey Project. I look forward to see their implementation of this citizen-science approach to enhance the VTM Project.

In fact the next few of my posts will be about citizen-science initiatives to harness people power for science…. coming up!

Digitally Mapping the Republic of Letters –

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Digitally Mapping the Republic of Letters – This is a fascinating way to map social and political connections both spatially and temporally. (It’s also a testimonial to the nineteenth century postal service!) I find the emerging digitization of historic data (especially in the humanities) exciting and would love to see this similarly in the history of science.  How geographically clustered were schools of thought on ecology and evolution? Was there really an East/ West Coast divide in the early 20th century? Some would look to the mentoring system as a metaphor for familial lineage and influence but active correspondence would likely be more revealing and significant.

Thanks Jeni for pointing this article out!

And Happy GIS Day!