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Sightsmap plots most photographed places on planet

Sightsmap plots most photographed places on planet

Governments around the world protect places for a variety of reasons. There are landscapes set aside for critters and memorials to fallen warriors. In the United States and elsewhere, one of the biggest motivations for creating national parks and other preserves is that they’re pretty to look at and photograph. Beauty may be in the […]

Deep brain freeze: visualizing the polar vortex

Deep brain freeze: visualizing the polar vortex

For the second afternoon in a row, a potent cold front has swept across Denver, marking the return of a deep freeze for much of the country. Yesterday, my weather station recorded a 32-degree drop in less than 90 minutes (here’s a chart). This latest cold snap is sure to revive talk about the polar […]

LandScope America: a tool to visualize land conservation

LandScope America: a tool to visualize land conservation

If you want to visualize your favorite wilderness area or map the protected areas in your city, LandScope America provides a free and convenient resource. This user-friendly GIS tool, a collaborative project of NatureServe and the National Geographic Society, lets you explore protected lands across the country, create maps of conservation projects, and share your […]

Viewing biodiversity through the ecoregional lens

Viewing biodiversity through the ecoregional lens

The Nature Conservancy’s Atlas of Global Conservation is a fabulous resource for understanding biological diversity. Scientists have divided up the world into more than 1,000 ecoregions and analyzed how they compare across dozens of measures. I’ve used data from TNC’s atlas to create a slide deck that illustrates patterns in species richness and threats to […]

Mapping major emitters with EPA’s greenhouse gas tool

Mapping major emitters with EPA’s greenhouse gas tool

If you’re curious about the industrial operations that are emitting greenhouse gases (GHG) in your state or neighborhood, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a great data tool that also provides some helpful context with its visualizations. Data is only available for 2011, but EPA’s tool provides a wealth of information for interested citizens […]

An interactive map of water risk and stress

An interactive map of water risk and stress

The World Resources Institute has developed Aqueduct, an interactive mapping tool that offers a fascinating look at water-related risks and stresses, including projected impacts due to climate change. Using global data donated by Coca-Cola, one of several heavyweight corporate partners (Goldman Sachs and General Electric founded the Aqueduct Alliance), WRI has analyzed and visualized a […]

The United States of Energy

The United States of Energy

Maps of our nation’s energy potential usually display just one source, such as the location of wind farms or the extent of natural gas fields. In an interesting new data visualization, advertising and PR firm Saxum has combined both fossil and renewable energy resources into a map of The United States of Energy. Below are […]

Mapping the green on the blue planet

Mapping the green on the blue planet

Scientists have released new high-resolution maps that illustrate the lushness of vegetation, or lack thereof, around the globe. Researchers at NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) used satellite data from April 2012 to April 2013 to create maps like the ones below (click to enlarge). “The darkest green areas are the lushest […]

Interactive population maps from Census Bureau

Interactive population maps from Census Bureau

It’s hardly news that the West’s population is booming, but which counties in region are growing fastest? How has the demographic profile of Western states been changing? The U.S. Census Bureau offers up some great interactive maps that depict population changes between 2000 and 2010. These maps, which you can embed in websites and blogs, […]

Mapping the real tweets: eBird’s animations of U.S. species

Mapping the real tweets: eBird’s animations of U.S. species

eBird, a real-time online birding checklist, has produced some fascinating animated maps showing week-by-week occurrences of U.S. species. Below is the animation for the Swainson’s hawk, the most migratory of American hawks. The patterns in the animations struck me as similar to the video of satellite imagery we recently posted which showed how the snowpack, […]