if you’re like me, you use a web map on a near-daily basis for navigation. Maps can be used for more than just navigation though! An oft-repeated but entirely unsupported geography statistic is that 80% of data is spatial in some way. The sentiment, if not the number, is true: you can actually use maps to create knowledge. By mapping spatial data, you might discover trends that aren’t obvious in a spreadsheet.
My research on Mercury involved generating chemical maps of Mercury’s surface and comparing them to other maps made with data from different instruments on the MESSENGER spacecraft. Here is a poster I made describing the process for making geochemical maps on Mercury and what we can learn from them:
For fun, I participated in Esri’s 2015 Story Maps contest. I won 1st place in my category for my entry below, titled “Living on the Edge: The Extremes on Human Inhabitance.” In it, I present the intersection between the geography of extreme locations on Earth and the people who live there. Check it out below or, even better, here for its full-page glory.