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    • sur The Digital Reconstruction of Shuri Castle

      Posted: 19 November 2019, 5:00pm CET by Keir Clarke
      At the end of October one of the most iconic buildings in Okinawa, Japan was destroyed by fire. The Shuri Castle was originally built around 500 years ago, although the original building was destroyed by fire in World War II. The reconstructed castle has now met a similar fate. The Okinawa local government has already started talking about a new reconstruction project and there is also a
    • sur Greece's Refugees

      Posted: 18 November 2019, 5:00pm CET by Keir Clarke
      In the last few months the number of refugees arriving in Greece has surged. Greek refugee camps are now filled beyond capacity. For example there are currently around 16,924 immigrants on Lesbos. The island is equipped to host around 3,000 refugees at most. The UN Refugee Agency's Operational Portal has an interactive map visualizing the number of refugees arriving on each of Greece's islands
    • sur The Hong Kong Tear Gas Heat Map

      Posted: 18 November 2019, 3:00pm CET by Keir Clarke
      Currently the map is showing a lot of activity around the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, where police have trapped hundreds of activists. The police have today been firing tear gas canisters at demonstrators who have gathered to protest at the police siege of the campus. Just yesterday the creators of the crowdsourced Hong Kong police tracking map, released a heat-map visualizing
    • sur The Biggest Plastic Polluting Brands

      Posted: 16 November 2019, 5:33pm CET by Keir Clarke
      In September volunteers around the world took part in an audit of plastic litter. Nearly half a million pieces of plastic waste were collected in 51 different countries. 43% of those individual pieces of plastic were clearly marked with a consumer brand. The top global plastic polluter around the world, according to the audit, was Coca Cola. This is the second year in a row that Coca Cola was
    • sur The Moscow Building Age Map

      Posted: 15 November 2019, 3:30pm CET by Keir Clarke
      While there have been lots and lots of interactive building age maps released over the last few years very few of these maps have been used to explain the history of construction within individual cities. This is a real shame because these maps obviously have important stories to tell about how towns and cities have developed over time. That is why I really like the History of Moscow Housing
    • sur There Are No Streets in Crawley

      Posted: 15 November 2019, 12:21pm CET by Keir Clarke
      Since September I've been trying to prove a theory that there are very few new streets in Britain. My theory is that very few roads built after 1800 are called "... Street". Britain has lots of post-1800 roads, avenues, closes, courts and lanes. I believe it has very few new streets. For some reason since 1800 town planners in Britain have taken a strong dislike to calling roads '... Street'.
    • sur Cattle & Deforestation in the Amazon

      Posted: 14 November 2019, 6:00pm CET by Keir Clarke
      The large number of fires in the Amazon this summer were closely linked to an increase in deforestation. Most of the areas which have recorded the largest number of fires in 2019 have also had the largest number of deforestation warnings. One of the most common causes of deforestation in the Amazon is the increase in cattle farming. InfoAmazonia and China Dialogue have created an interactive
    • sur UK Rain, River Levels and Snow

      Posted: 14 November 2019, 12:17pm CET by Keir Clarke
      This week a number of locations in the UK have experienced severe flooding. The UK Environment Agency has warned that with heavy rain forecast in some areas over the next four days that further flooding is expected, particularly in South Yorkshire. People in Lincolnshire and the Midlands should also remain aware that flooding may be a risk over the next few days. The UK government's Flood
    • sur Online GeoJSON Editors

      Posted: 13 November 2019, 5:32pm CET by Keir Clarke
      I use nearly everyday to create and edit GeoJSON data. I find it particularly useful for tidying up and minimizing third-party data which I have downloaded from elsewhere. For example, I find very useful for previewing data which I've exported from overpass turbo. Once I've loaded the data into I can then remove or add data depending on my mapping needs. Vector
    • sur Tracking Tropical Storm Fengshen

      Posted: 13 November 2019, 2:59pm CET by Keir Clarke
      Typhoon Tracking is an interactive map which shows the projected path of tropical storm Fengshen. The map combines an overlay of the storm's predicted path with a movie of how the storm appears from the Himawari-9 satellite. The predicted path was downloaded from the Joint Typhoon Warning Center. The video of the storm was created using images from the Himawari-8 Real-time Web website. I
    • sur Australian Bushfire Maps

      Posted: 12 November 2019, 11:00pm CET by Keir Clarke
      Many parts of Australia, in particular in New South Wales, are experiencing record levels of bushfires. One fire on its own in Coffs Harbour, NSW has a perimeter of 1000 kilometres. With no rainfall forecast and the promise of warm dry conditions for the coming week the extreme threat of fire in the state is expected to continue. MyFireWatch is an interactive map providing information on the
    • sur Mapping the Global Land Grab

      Posted: 12 November 2019, 7:00pm CET by Keir Clarke
      Large-scale land acquisitions (LSLAs) can have a devastating impact on local communities. Across the world, particularly in the developing world, land which is used by smallholders and local communities is being bought up by large corporations for agricultural production, for the extraction of natural resources or for industrial development. These controversial land transfer deals often take
    • sur L.A.'s Wealth Mountains

      Posted: 11 November 2019, 7:00pm CET by Keir Clarke
      The Topography of Wealth in L.A. - Visualizing Income Inequality as Terrain is an impressive story map which explores the city's vast income disparities using elevation as a metaphor for wealth. As you scroll through the story the map highlights areas of the city where there is a huge disparity between the median incomes of people living in adjacent neighborhoods. On the Topography of Wealth
    • sur Spanish Election Maps

      Posted: 11 November 2019, 12:06pm CET by Keir Clarke
      El Diario has mapped out the results of yesterday's Spanish election. Today's election was the second this year and the fourth in as many years. The Spanish Socialist Workers’ party (PSOE) won the most seats in Sunday's election. However their 120 seats was three fewer than they won in April and so the party still has no majority. The extreme far-right Vox party jumped into third place while
    • sur New York in Black & White

      Posted: 10 November 2019, 5:00pm CET by Keir Clarke
      Challenge number 10 in the #30DayMapChallenge is to create a black and white map. My attempt to meet this challenge is New York in 3D, an interactive map with 3D extruded buildings. I created the 3D extruded building map style using Mapbox Studio. If you want to know how to do this the Add 3D buildings to a Mapbox Studio style tutorial is a great step-by-step guide to extruding buildings (or
    • sur The Australian Bushfires From Space

      Posted: 9 November 2019, 7:00pm CET by Keir Clarke
      Earlier today I linked to a satellite video map showing the ever changing appearance of the Yellow River Delta. That map uses satellite imagery from NASA with Mapbox GL's video overlay functionality. If you want to create your own timelapse videos from satellite imagery then NASA is obviously a great source for your imagery. Another good source is the RAMMB/CIRA Slider website. This tool
    • sur China's Yellow River Delta

      Posted: 9 November 2019, 5:00pm CET by Keir Clarke
      My Yellow River Delta map shows the ever changing appearance of the mouth of the Huang He (Yellow River) in China. Millions of tons of sediment enters the river every year. Much of this sediment is carried as far as the river's mouth where it continually rebuilds the delta. On the Yellow River Delta map a video overlay loops through a series of satellite images. These natural-color images,
    • sur The Australian Music Map

      Posted: 8 November 2019, 11:00pm CET by Keir Clarke
      The Australian Broadcasting Channels' The Australian Music Map, is an interactive map which allows you to explore and listen to classical music written by Australian composers. The map includes music by composers who are strongly linked to a particluar location and music which has been composed especially for a specific Australian place. If you select a marker on the Australian Music Map you
    • sur Central Park in Green

      Posted: 8 November 2019, 4:00pm CET by Keir Clarke
      Day 8 of the #30DayMapChallenge is colored a rather fetching shade of green. For my green map I decided to take a little inspiration from abstract art. My Kandinsky Park map is a homage to the Russian painter Wassily Wassilyevich Kandinsky. On this map different OSM id numbers have been given a different shade of green and all polygons have been rotated slightly. If you squint your eyes a
    • sur Mapping Journalist Deaths

      Posted: 7 November 2019, 5:00pm CET by Keir Clarke
      In just the last 12 years over 1000 journalists have been killed around the world. KeepTruthAlive is an interactive map which has been created by UNESCO to show where journalists have been killed around the world. The map was created for the UNESCO campaign #KeepTruthAlive. The interactive map uses data from UNESCO and only shows journalists who have been killed from June 1993 until July 2019.
    • sur Red Towns & Cities of the World

      Posted: 7 November 2019, 3:00pm CET by Keir Clarke
      Day 7 of the #30DayMapChallenge brings us to the color red. In honor of the occasion here is an interactive map of all the red towns and cities around of world. My map isn't very interesting at all. However it is a neat example of the power of importing and styling your own data in Mapbox Studio. The ability to add and style your own place labels in Mapbox Studio has been used particularly
    • sur Mapbox's New Scrollytelling Template

      Posted: 6 November 2019, 5:00pm CET by Keir Clarke
      Story Maps are an excellent way to not only visualize geographical data but to pick out the stories and patterns in your mapped data. Thanks to Mapbox's new Scrollytelling Template there is now a new tool to help you create your very own 'scrollytelling' map stories. You can preview a story map created with the Scrollytelling Template on this demo map. The demo map not only introduces the new
    • sur Mapping the Dutch Slave Trade

      Posted: 6 November 2019, 3:00pm CET by Keir Clarke
      The Dutch Trade in Black People is a story map exploring the role of the Netherlands in the transatlantic slave trade. The story uses an interactive map to explain the triangular trade between the Netherlands, West Africa and the New World. The map is also accompanied by and illustrated with a number of contemporary paintings depicting enslaved Africans, the slave ships used by the Dutch and
    • sur Mapping the Epistles of Paul

      Posted: 5 November 2019, 6:00pm CET by Keir Clarke
      You can now read and explore the world's oldest existing manuscript of the letters of St. Paul as an interactive map. The University of Michigan's Epistles of Paul presents the original manuscript of the letters of St.Paul as an interactive Leaflet map, shown side-by-side with a modern translation of the text. If you click on the text icon in the map menu then all the lines in the original
    • sur Raster Rivers & Railways

      Posted: 5 November 2019, 4:00pm CET by Keir Clarke
      Most of the major interactive map providers, such as Google Maps and Bing Maps, are vector maps. However they didn't begin as vector maps. Both Google Maps and Bing Maps began life as raster maps. A raster map is a map which is made from lots of static map images. An interactive raster map is essentially a tiled grid of lots of different images, each containing a different part of the map.
    • sur The Global Threat of Rising Seas

      Posted: 4 November 2019, 7:00pm CET by Keir Clarke
      The threat of rising sea levels now affects millions more people than previously thought. A new elevation model from Climate Central reveals that many of the world’s coastlines are far lower than had previously been believed. The result is that rising seas are likely to affect many more areas than in previous models of climate change. Climate Central's Coastal Risk Screening Tool is an
    • sur Manhattan Bars Hexbin

      Posted: 4 November 2019, 5:00pm CET by Keir Clarke
      This interactive hexbin map of Bars in Manhattan shows the hottest nightspots in New York (not really). The map is my latest map in the 30 Day Map Challenge. Hexbins are the subject of day 4 of the #30DayMapChallenge. The Bars in Mahattan map uses turf.js to create a hexbin map visualizing the number of bars across Manhattan. On the map each hexagon is colored to show the number of bars in
    • sur The Orientation of London's Churches

      Posted: 3 November 2019, 2:29pm CET by Keir Clarke
      Today's #30DayMapChallenge is to create a map containing polygons. My Church Orientations map displays London churches as extruded polygons. The compass rose on the map also visualizes the orientation of all the churches in the current map view. Since the 8th Century churches have tended to be built facing towards the east. The main focus of a church, the alter, is placed at the east end of
    • sur Miami Street Orientation

      Posted: 2 November 2019, 5:00pm CET by Keir Clarke
      In many American cities the street grid system is often reflected in the names of the city's streets. For example in some cities you might find that all roads called 'Avenue' run north to south, while all roads called 'Street' run west to east (or vice versa depending on the city). It is possible to visualize this pattern very effectively with an interactive map and a radial chart. My Miami
    • sur How to Find Your Nearest Mountain

      Posted: 1 November 2019, 5:00pm CET by Keir Clarke
      Topi Tjukqnov has set a 30 Day Map Challenge. The challenge is to make a different map every day during November. To help inspire cartographers Topi has also published a list of 30 different themes and functionality that your maps could include on each day. November 1st's suggestion is 'points'. Inspired by Closest Volcano I decided that for the first day of the #30DayMapChallenge I would
    • sur Mapping Global Wind Power Potential

      Posted: 31 October 2019, 7:00pm CET by Keir Clarke
      Despite growing by 30% in the last nine years offshore wind power still only provides 0.3% of electricity around the globe. Some countries, such as the UK, Germany and Denmark have recently added a lot of offshore wind power capacity. However there is still huge potential for offshore wind power around the world. In fact wind power has the potential to provide more than 18 times the global
    • sur Mapping Cancer Alley

      Posted: 31 October 2019, 5:00pm CET by Keir Clarke
      The land along the Mississippi River between Baton Rouge and New Orleans is often referred to as 'Cancer Alley'. The area is dominated by chemical plants and is consequently one of the most polluted places in the USA. ProPublica has used Environmental Protection Agency scientific model to map out the concentrations of toxic chemicals between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. In a Notoriously
    • sur The First 2019 UK Election Map

      Posted: 31 October 2019, 2:00pm CET by Keir Clarke
      The UK has set a date for a new national election. The election on December 12th is by default almost becoming a second referendum on Brexit. It will also result in many, many new election maps. The first of which is Maproom's 2019 UK Election Map. This interactive map colours each electoral constituency by the political party of the currently sitting MP. If you click on a constituency you can
    • sur Game 7

      Posted: 30 October 2019, 8:59pm CET by James Fee

      While it isn’t the Giants and it isn’t an even year. There is always something about a game 7. All these games, all these days and nights. Down to at least 9 innings. Unless of course you’ve got something else going on…

    • sur How Flanders Has Changed in 50 Years

      Posted: 30 October 2019, 3:00pm CET by Keir Clarke
      The Flanders region of Belgium has changed a lot in the last 50 years. If you want to know how the area has changed then you can explore the 50 Years of Concreting in Flanders interactive map. 50 Years of Concreting in Flanders uses aerial photography from 1971 to show how the region looked from the air half a century ago. Using the map you can search for any address and compare modern aerial
    • sur How to Find a Halloween Costume

      Posted: 29 October 2019, 7:00pm CET by Keir Clarke
      If you haven't planned what you are wearing for Halloween this year then you need This is Halloween. Every year two major pop-up costume retailers, Spirit Halloween and Halloween City open stores across the country. Because the two companies take advantage of otherwise empty stores their locations usually change year-on-year. This can make them a little hard to find. That is why Jonah Adkins
    • sur How to Find Your Nearest Volcano

      Posted: 29 October 2019, 5:00pm CET by Keir Clarke
      If there is an emergency do you know how to find your closest volcano? I like to think of myself as a keen amateur volcanologist, but even I have to admit that there are times when I am unaware of where to find my nearest volcano. Especially when I am traveling somewhere new, either for work or for pleasure. That is why I always carry Closest Volcano. Closest Volcano is an essential
    • sur Detecting Slums with AI

      Posted: 28 October 2019, 7:00pm CET by Keir Clarke
      The Million Neighborhoods Map is a new tool designed to detect and identify informal settlements across the world. The tool, made by the University of Chicago’s Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation, finds communities with limited access to roads and therefore other services. This means that the map can be used to identify urban areas most in need of roads, power, water, sanitation and other
    • sur The World's Most Polluted Rivers

      Posted: 28 October 2019, 5:00pm CET by Keir Clarke
      The Ocean Cleanup claims that "80% of river plastic pollution entering the world's oceans stem from 1000 rivers". In Plastic Sources the organization has mapped out the world's 1,000 most polluting rivers and the 30,000 rivers responsible for the other 20% of the plastic entering our oceans. Currently the map includes very little information on how the organization calculates the amount of
    • sur The 2019 Thüringia State Election Map

      Posted: 28 October 2019, 9:00am CET by Keir Clarke
      The Landtagswahlkarte 2019 is an interactive map visualizing the results of the 2019 state elections in Thuringia. In yesterday's election the left-wing Die Linke won the most votes. The extreme right-wing AfD picked up the second most votes in the state. Angela Merkel's CDU, who had won the most votes in the state in every previous election since 1990, was pushed into third place. The
    • sur The Live Wildfire Camera Network

      Posted: 26 October 2019, 6:49pm CEST by Keir Clarke
      The ALERTWildfire system uses live cameras to detect, locate and confirm wildfires. The system can also be used to monitor fire behavior and help firefighters tackle fires on the ground. The ALERTWildfire system is being developed by a consortium of the University of Nevada, the University of California and the University of Oregon. The system is currently operational in a number of locations in
    • sur What is Your City's Park Score

      Posted: 25 October 2019, 8:00pm CEST by Keir Clarke
      Around 100 million Americans don’t live within a 10-minute walk of a park. The best city to live in if you love parks is Washington DC. The capital ranks number one on the Trust For Public Land's ParkScore. The Trust for Public Land's ParkScore ranks America's 100 largest cities based on their parks. A city's ParkScore is calculated based on four different factors. These include the total size
    • sur The Global Chaos Map

      Posted: 25 October 2019, 6:00pm CEST by Keir Clarke
      There is a growing trend to map the economic and social consequences of global heating on humans. Earlier this week ABC News mapped out how climate change in Australia is likely to make many homes uninsurable and will cause huge rises in insurance premiums for most other homes. A rise in insurance premiums is likely to be among one of the more benign effects of global heating. Dwindling food
    • sur Street View Landscape Paintings

      Posted: 24 October 2019, 8:00pm CEST by Keir Clarke
      Google Maps Street View allows you to view locations around the world from the perspective of a panoramic camera. It can also transport you into the center of fictional worlds. For example the panoramic Street Views in the Big City Map can transport you into the comic book world of the 'Brotherman: Dictator of Discipline' series. Big City Map is a project by Emory University’s Center for
    • sur Modeling Smoke Pollution

      Posted: 24 October 2019, 6:00pm CEST by Keir Clarke
      Wildfire smoke in Indonesia is a common cause of air pollution in the country. The public health threat from wildfire smoke pollution is why the Smoke Policy Tool has been released to help model and visualize the impact of Indonesian fires on the health of the people living in Equatorial Asia. The use of fire to clear land in Indonesia, particularly in the fuel-rich peatlands, often results in
    • sur Uninsurable Australia

      Posted: 23 October 2019, 11:00pm CEST by Keir Clarke
      Last month The Guardian released an interactive map which explored how Australia will be affected by future climate change. If you enter a postcode or click on the How the climate crisis will affect you interactive map you can see how your region's temperatures, rainfall, sea levels and fire risk will be affected by future climate change. One expensive result of this changing climate is
    • sur The Fool's Cap Map of the World

      Posted: 23 October 2019, 6:00pm CEST by Keir Clarke
      After 14.5 years Maps Mania finally has a logo. The new logo is inspired by The Fool's Cap Map of the World. The Fool's Cap World Map is a Sixteenth Century map in which the world is depicted encompassed by a fool's cap. The Fool's Cap Map is a bit of mystery. We don't know who it was made by and it can't be precisely dated. However we do know it was made sometime after 1570, as the map in the
    • sur How Clearwater was Conquered by Aliens

      Posted: 22 October 2019, 7:00pm CEST by Keir Clarke
      Like an invading race of aliens from a bad science-fiction novel Scientologists have slowly and stealthily taken over the city of Clearwater, Florida. There are now very few non-infected humans left in the town. In 1975 the Scientologists bought one hotel in Clearwater. They then drew up plans to take-over the city. Over the years the church bought up properties in the surrounding blocks. The
    • sur 2019 Canadian Election Maps

      Posted: 22 October 2019, 10:27am CEST by Keir Clarke
      Justin Trudeau's Liberal Party won the most seats in yesterday's Canadian election but he lost his overall majority. The Conservatives won the popular vote but did not win enough seats to form a government. The Liberals are now likely to form a minority government, possibly with the help of the left-wing New Democratic Party (NDP). So far the Canadian election maps that I have seen haven't
    • sur The More Modern Plague of New York

      Posted: 21 October 2019, 8:00pm CEST by Keir Clarke
      Over the last week I've become a little obsessed with Nineteenth Century temperance maps of drinking establishments in London and New York. These maps were designed to give the impression that the two cities were overrun by a plague of alcohol. The temperance maps of New York show that in the Nineteenth Century many areas of the city really were heavily populated by bars and saloons. I thought
    • sur The Modern Plague of New York

      Posted: 21 October 2019, 6:00pm CEST by Keir Clarke
      During the Nineteenth and early Twentieth Centuries the Temperance movement campaigned against the consumption of alcohol. The tendency of the Temperance movement to see alcohol or alcoholism as some form of social disease is apparent in maps such as the Modern Plague of London, which was created by the National Temperance Publication Depot in 1886. Almost at the same time as the National
    • sur The 2019 Swiss Election Maps

      Posted: 21 October 2019, 11:12am CEST by Keir Clarke
      Yesterday federal elections were held in Switzerland to elect members of both houses of the Swiss Federal Assembly. The largest party, the anti-immigrant Swiss People's Party, remained the most popular party but lost 12 seats on a -3.8% swing. All the major political parties, except for the two Green parties, saw a downturn in their vote share. The Greens gained 17 seats on a 6.1% swing (they
    • sur Weather Forecast - 120,000,000 BC

      Posted: 19 October 2019, 6:00pm CEST by Keir Clarke
      Cameron Beccario's earth animated wind map library is a fantastic way to visualize weather conditions around the globe. The library is most often used to map wind, ocean and atmospheric conditions in real-time. It has now also been used to map the climate 120 million years ago, in the Early Cretaceous. During the Early Cretaceous or the Lower Cretaceous the Earth had a very different climate
    • sur The Modern Plague of London

      Posted: 18 October 2019, 4:52pm CEST by Keir Clarke
      The Modern Plague of London is a map showing the density of pubs in central London. On this map the number of pubs in each kilometer square is represented by the size of the yellow circles. The more pubs there are in a square kilometer then the larger the size of the yellow circle. The areas with the most pubs are mostly found in Westminster and the City of London. On the 16 x 7 square
    • sur The Polish Imperial Election

      Posted: 17 October 2019, 3:00pm CEST by Keir Clarke
      On Sunday Poland held a national election. The right-wing Law and Justice Party (PiS) won a majority in the lower house of parliament (the Sejm), but lost its majority in the upper house (the Senate) to the opposition. Before looking at the maps of this week's election in Poland I want to show you a map of how modern day Poland looked in the Nineteenth Century: The Partitions of Poland 1815–
    • sur Mapping California's Poisoned Wells

      Posted: 16 October 2019, 8:00pm CEST by Keir Clarke
      California state regulators have tested 600 wells across the state for toxic chemicals. The Los Angeles Times has created an interactive map which allow you to view the safety of the water in each well. Twenty-four of the wells now have a health advisory. Hundreds of wells are contaminated across California. Find out where uses colored markers to highlight the wells where dangerous chemicals
    • sur Mapping the Natural World

      Posted: 16 October 2019, 6:00pm CEST by Keir Clarke
      We all rely on nature for our food & water and even for the air that we breathe. These are only some of the most visible benefits that nature provides. The UN’s Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services (IPBES) believe that we all need to better understand the full value of nature in order to ensure that we take every step to protect it for sustainable use.
    • sur Mapping Cuts in School Funding

      Posted: 16 October 2019, 10:01am CEST by Keir Clarke
      Next year 83% of schools in England will be worse off than they were in 2015. A new interactive map from the School Cuts coalition allows you to see how your local schools' government funding for next year compares with the funding they received in 2015. On the map schools are shown using colored map markers. The lighter colored markers indicate where a schools has made a funding gain on 2015
    • sur 2018 Global Terrorist Attacks

      Posted: 15 October 2019, 6:00pm CEST by Keir Clarke
      The Global Terrorist Database has released its report into global terrorism trends in 2018. There were more than 9,600 terrorist attacks across the globe in 2018. More than 22,980 people were killed in those attacks. The 2018 GTD report is illustrated with a static map which shows all the terrorist attacks which occurred across the world in 2018. Although the map shows that Iraq still suffered
    • sur Parks Boost House Prices

      Posted: 15 October 2019, 11:58am CEST by Keir Clarke
      The UK's Office of National Statistics has carried out some interesting data analysis to determine if nearby parks increase house prices and if so by how much. The ONS used data of house prices from real-estate company Zoopla and map data from Ordnance Survey's Open Greenspace to determine if urban houses near parks and other green spaces are more expensive than houses positioned further away
    • sur Birds & Animals at Risk of Extinction

      Posted: 14 October 2019, 8:00pm CEST by Keir Clarke
      Two-thirds of birds in North America are at risk of extinction from global heating. That is 389 different species of birds. Conservation group Audobon has mapped out the North American habitats of 604 different species of birds. They then applied the latest climate models to these habitats to project how these habitats will be affected by global heating. Survival by Degrees: 389 Species on the
    • sur The Fantastic Fall Colors Map

      Posted: 14 October 2019, 6:00pm CEST by Keir Clarke
      In Fantastic fall foliage … and where to find it the Washington Post has mapped out America's forest species data and colored these forests to show their Fall colors. The colors that forest leaves turn depends on the species of trees. Different trees turn different colors in the Fall and at different times. The Washington Post's map shows the different colors that you can expect across the
    • sur Monday's Map Game

      Posted: 14 October 2019, 4:00pm CEST by Keir Clarke
      Don't start work yet! At least not until you've played How Many US Cities Can You Name? How Many US Cities Can You Name is a very simple but strangely addictive game which requires you to name as many US cities as you can. That's it! You just need to type US city names. Every city you enter will be highlighted on the map. As you add cities to the map the game keeps a running score of how many
    • sur Build it and They Will Come

      Posted: 12 October 2019, 5:47pm CEST by Keir Clarke
      From 1909 to 1970 Forbes Field was home to the Pittsburgh Pirates. This baseball park was also the first home of the Pittsburgh Steelers football team. In 1971 the park was demolished and cleared for use by the University of Pittsburgh. At some point during the first few years after its construction the Detroit Publishing Company took 5 photographs of Forbes Field which, when stitched together
    • sur Mapping the Heat of this Summer

      Posted: 12 October 2019, 11:07am CEST by Keir Clarke
      The BBC has used data from thousands of weather stations to map all the temperature records set in the northern hemisphere over the summer of 2019. Almost 400 locations recorded their hottest ever recorded temperatures during May-August of this year. In Hundreds of temperature records broken over summer the BBC visualizes them all on an animated map. The BBC's map animates through the summer
    • sur California Wildfires and Power Outages

      Posted: 11 October 2019, 8:00pm CEST by Keir Clarke
      Wildfire risk is once again a topic of fierce debate in California. The Pacific Gas and Electric company has cut electricity and gas to large areas of California as a preventative measure against wildfires. Because of fires being caused by trees falling on power lines PG&E has been blamed for two deadly wildfires over the past two years. In order to avoid liability for wildfires this year the
    • sur Mapping US Auto Emissions

      Posted: 11 October 2019, 6:00pm CEST by Keir Clarke
      The New York Times has mapped out the CO2 emissions of roads across the United States. CO2 emissions in the US have been on the rise since 2013. Much of this rise has been in and around cities. The Most Detailed Map of Auto Emissions in America shows the CO2 emissions for 2017. If you click on a metro area on the map you can view how much emissions have risen in total since 1990 and how much
    • sur Chronological Maps with Flourish

      Posted: 11 October 2019, 4:00pm CEST by Keir Clarke
      Flourish, the data visualization studio, has released a new interactive mapping format which allows you to show geographical data changing over time. The new Point Map template allows you to show points on a map over time, either by rate or cumulatively. Using the template you can show events occurring over time as points on an interactive map, which can be scaled and colored based on the data
    • sur In Search of Station Street

      Posted: 11 October 2019, 1:42pm CEST by Keir Clarke
      In Medieval Streets and Modern Roads I hypothesized a theory that in England we largely stopped using the suffix 'Street' when naming our roads around 1800. Before the late Fifteenth Century the word 'Road' was never used for street names in England because this sense of the word only emerged in the late Sixteenth Century. Before the Sixteenth Century lots of roads were called 'Street'. My
    • sur Extreme Earth

      Posted: 10 October 2019, 6:09pm CEST by Keir Clarke
      The Globe of Extremes is an interactive 3D globe which pinpoints some of the most extreme places on Earth. Give the globe a spin and you can discover some fascinating facts about planet Earth. If you click on the orange markers on the globe you will learn about the most distant point from land, the altitude with the highest permanent human settlement and who was the first person to reach the
    • sur The Birth of an Iceberg

      Posted: 10 October 2019, 6:00pm CEST by Keir Clarke
      The British Antarctic Survey's Halley Research Station is famous for discovering the hole in the ozone layer. The hole in the ozone layer was first discovered at Halley in 1985. Measurements of ozone have been made at Halley every year since the base was established in 1956. Unfortunately a crack in the Brunt Ice Shelf led to the station being abandoned over the winter of 2017. This evacuation
    • sur The World's Biggest Pub Crawl

      Posted: 10 October 2019, 4:00pm CEST by Keir Clarke
      There are 339 pubs in the UK called the Red Lion. It is the most popular name for pubs. If you had a pint in every single Red Lion you would have a very serious drinking problem. But that didn't stop The Pudding from creating a Red Lion pub crawl - a 5,213 mile journey around the UK visiting all 339 Red Lions. Of course The Pudding didn't stop there. In Ye Olde Mad-Lib Pub Crawl Generator The
    • sur Tracking Trump's Approval Ratings

      Posted: 9 October 2019, 8:00pm CEST by Keir Clarke
      Every month Morning Consult maps President Trump's approval ratings. In September Trump only had a net positive approval rating in 18 states. In the other 32 states the president has a negative approval rating. All the states on the Tracking Trump interactive map are colored to show the level of Trump's net approval rating. If you click on a state you can view a chart showing the percentage of
    • sur What if Your Representative Were a Goth?

      Posted: 9 October 2019, 6:00pm CEST by Keir Clarke
      What if Your Alderman Were Goth wins the award for the weirdest interactive map of the year. The map itself is easy enough to understand. Just click on a Chicago electoral ward and you can view a  picture of the ward's alderman photoshopped to look like a goth. What is less easy to understand is why? I don't think I've seen a goth in real life for about seven years. I think its also been
    • sur A Crowdsourced Map of the World

      Posted: 9 October 2019, 4:00pm CEST by Keir Clarke
      XYZ Drawful is an experimental map which allows anyone in the world to draw on an interactive map. The result is a map of the world which is overlaid with the scribbles and drawings of hundreds of different users. Draw There are a number of different tools which you can use to draw on XYZ Drawful. Select the 'Draw' and 'Add new feature' options from the map sidebar and you can select your
    • sur Your Weekly Drought Update

      Posted: 8 October 2019, 8:00pm CEST by Keir Clarke
      Currently 39% of the United States is dry or in drought conditions. This information comes from the University Of Colorado Boulder Water Desk. The Waterdesk has released three interactive maps which provide the latest data on U.S. drought, precipitation and snowpack conditions. The Weekly Drought Reports Map uses data from the National Drought Mitigation Center to provide a weekly update on
    • sur A Panoramic View of 1907 Indianapolis

      Posted: 8 October 2019, 6:00pm CEST by Keir Clarke
      The Detroit Publishing Company's vintage photographs of America are a great resource for exploring the United States of the early Twentieth Century. When visiting cities the photographers of the Detroit Publishing Co would often find a high building from which to take a series of bird's eye view photographs. When stitched together these pictures can be made into one long panoramic image of
    • sur The Global Problem of Opioid Consumption

      Posted: 8 October 2019, 4:00pm CEST by Keir Clarke
      More than one million Belgians took an opioid in 2017. This has led the Belgian magazine Medor to take a close look at the consumption of opioids around the world and in particular at the rise of opioid consumption in Belgium. The Pain of the Belgians uses a series of maps and charts to explain the rise of opioid use and where this rise is being seen around the world. The USA leads the world
    • sur Panoramic View of Detroit 1908

      Posted: 7 October 2019, 8:00pm CEST by Keir Clarke
      During the early years of the Twentieth Century the Detroit Publishing Company traveled around America taking photographs and selling postcards of different cities. When visiting a city the photographers would often find a high building from which to take a series of bird's eye view photographs. When stitched together these pictures could be made into one long panoramic image of the city. I've
    • sur American Panoramas

      Posted: 7 October 2019, 6:00pm CEST by Keir Clarke
      In 1907 photographers from the Detroit Publishing Company climbed to the top of the Minneapolis town hall and took a series of photographs of the city. The Detroit Publishing Company made money from selling postcards and panoramas of American locations. These images now provide a fascinating insight into early Twentieth Century America. The Star Tribune has created an interactive panoramic
    • sur Mapping Endangered Animals

      Posted: 7 October 2019, 4:00pm CEST by Keir Clarke
      There are 1,288 species of endangered animals in the USA. In fact the number of endangered species in the USA has grown by 8% in the last ten years. Among these endangered animals is the Florida panther, of which there are fewer than 100 left. The Black-footed Ferret is also on the critical list, with fewer than 400 still in the wild. You can find out how many endangered species there are in
    • sur The Berlin Wall - Then & Now

      Posted: 5 October 2019, 4:00pm CEST by Keir Clarke
      The Berlin Wall was torn down nearly 30 years ago. The Berlin Wall divided the city for 28 years. Then on November 9, 1989 the East German government announced that all East German citizens were now free to visit West Germany and West Berlin. Since that date most of the Berlin Wall has been destroyed. The Berliner Morgenpost has published a series of before and after photographs which allow
    • sur Generate Environmental Factsheets

      Posted: 4 October 2019, 8:00pm CEST by Keir Clarke
      Geofolio is an easy to use map tool for generating environmental reports for any location on Earth. The application uses data from various sources, including NASA, ESA, USGS and the Global Cropland Area Database, to provide you with a comprehensive environmental report for your chosen location. Simply select a location on Geofolio's interactive map and it will generate thematic factsheets
    • sur England's Multiple Deprivation

      Posted: 4 October 2019, 4:00pm CEST by Keir Clarke
      Three weeks ago the UK government released the 2019 Indices of English Deprivation. The indices show the levels of deprivation at the neighborhood level. The government measures deprivation in a number of different areas, including income deprivation, employment, education, health and crime. The different indices are combined to give an overall relative measure of deprivation. The Index of
    • sur Mini Tokyo

      Posted: 4 October 2019, 10:20am CEST by Keir Clarke
      Mini Tokyo 3D is a live real-time map of Tokyo's public transit system. The map shows the live position of Tokyo's trains in 3D as they move around the city. Mini Tokyo has two different map views. If you press the eye icon button you can switch between the 'underground' (pictured above) and 'overground' layers. The underground mode highlights the city's subway system with colored subway lines
    • sur What Are Your Roads Called?

      Posted: 3 October 2019, 7:32pm CEST by Keir Clarke
      Last week, in Medieval Streets, Modern Roads, I investigated the theory that at some point in the Seventeenth Century in the UK we stopped naming roads with the suffix 'Street' and started using the suffix 'Road' on a much more frequent basis. I became interested in visualizing this historical pattern in UK road names partly because of Data Stuff's Beautiful Hidden Logic of Cities. The
    • sur The Traveling Baptism Problem

      Posted: 3 October 2019, 4:00pm CEST by Keir Clarke
      In the 1830's a woman called Elizabeth Nichols traveled the length and breadth of England & Wales baptizing her daughter in hundreds of different locations. The reason for this serial baptism of her child wasn't because Elizabeth Nichols was particularly devout. It was because of the alms or outdoor relief that she received upon baptizing her child, the assistance which was given to her in the
    • sur Extra-Tropical Storm Lorenzo

      Posted: 3 October 2019, 11:40am CEST by Keir Clarke
      Storm Lorenzo is expected to hit the Republic of Ireland later today. Storm Lorenzo contains the remnants of Hurricane Lorenzo, the most powerful hurricane that has ever been recorded in the far east Atlantic. Met Éireann has issued an orange warning of very strong winds in Galway, Mayo, Clare, Kerry and Limerick. Winds of up to 140 kilometers an hour are expected. Storm surges are also
    • sur Global Heating in 3D

      Posted: 2 October 2019, 6:00pm CEST by Keir Clarke
      A Century of Surface Temperature Anomalies is a powerful visualization of global heating across the world. The visualization uses a WebGL powered 3D globe to show how temperatures have changed over the last one hundred years. The globe uses data from NASA's GISS Surface Temperature Analysis to show global surface temperatures for each decade since 1910. Surface temperatures around the world are
    • sur Apple Bans Hong Kong Safety Map

      Posted: 2 October 2019, 10:00am CEST by Keir Clarke
      Update (written on 10/9/2019): Apple has now approved the application. Reportedly it has quickly become the best selling app in Hong Kong. The People's Daily newspaper is not happy with the decision. It has called the approval of as "unwise" and "imprudent". The newspaper has also ominously warned that the decision would "draw more turbulence", which suggests that Apple's
    • sur The Manifest Postal Destiny

      Posted: 1 October 2019, 8:00pm CEST by Keir Clarke
      In 1775 Benjamin Franklin was appointed the first Postmaster General. Since that date the United States Postal Service has become one of the most important public institutions in the country. In fact the postal service has grown as the United States has grown and over the years as the US expanded westward so has the United States Postal Service. You can view an animated map showing the
    • sur Ride the G-Train to Beijing

      Posted: 1 October 2019, 6:00pm CEST by Keir Clarke
      The Hong Kong to Beijing high speed rail line is 2,439km long. It takes around nine hours to complete the journey, traveling at speeds of up to 300 kilometers per hour. You can complete the journey even more quickly by taking a virtual Journey to the North: From Hong Kong to Beijing in 9 hours on the high-speed rail. Journey to the North uses satellite imagery to map the nearly 2,500km route of
    • sur UK Climate Emergency

      Posted: 1 October 2019, 4:00pm CEST by Keir Clarke
      Climate Emergency is a clever animated choropleth map which shows which councils in the UK have declared a climate emergency. More than half the local authorities in the UK have now declared a climate emergency. By declaring a climate emergency councils are committing themselves to taking urgent action to reduce local carbon emissions. The UK government has set a 2050 target for the UK reaching
    • sur The Names of Singapore's Streets

      Posted: 30 September 2019, 8:00pm CEST by Keir Clarke
      In 2013 Noah Veltman released an interactive map which explored the History of San Francisco Place Names. The map explained the meaning behind every San Francisco street name. This fascinating map began something of a trend for people and organizations mapping the meanings behind street names in cities around the world. Since then there have been far too many interactive maps of street names
    • sur The Scenic Routing Engine

      Posted: 30 September 2019, 6:00pm CEST by Keir Clarke
      Sight Safari is a routing engine which will find you the most interesting and picturesque route between two points rather than the shortest route. Everybody has used Google Maps to find directions - which is great for showing you the quickest route from point A to point B. What Google Maps doesn't do is show you the most scenic or interesting route. Sight Safari uses data from OpenStreetMap to
    • sur Boat Traffic on Amsterdam's Canals

      Posted: 30 September 2019, 4:00pm CEST by Keir Clarke
      A Summer Day In Amsterdam's Canals is an animated map which visualizes a whole day of boat traffic on Amsterdam's canals. The map allows you to observe the different types of boats which navigate Amsterdam's canals and the ebb and flow of boat traffic over the course of a typical summer's day. The interactive map of Amsterdam's canal traffic is a little hidden away. To view the map wait until
    • sur Medieval Streets, Modern Roads

      Posted: 28 September 2019, 4:00pm CEST by Keir Clarke
      Last week I discovered that there is only half a road in the City of London. There are lots of Streets, Lanes, Avenues and Alleys within the square mile of the City of London. However the only street that is called a 'Road' is Goswell Road. The boundary of the City runs down the middle of a small section of Goswell Rd. So there is just half a road in the City of London. The reason why the
    • sur 16 Thousand Flights to Mecca

      Posted: 27 September 2019, 6:00pm CEST by Keir Clarke
      Every year millions of Muslims around the world fly to Mecca to perform the Hajj. The Hajj is the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca. It is something that every Muslim must do at least once in their lifetime, if they are capable. Flying to Hajj is an interactive story map by Al Jazeera which visualizes and explores the 16,888 flights made to Mecca during this annual pilgrimage to Mecca. The
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