Earlier this summer Esri launched ArcGIS StoryMaps, a next-generation digital storytelling tool. Now come join Esri’s StoryMaps team for a free webinar series to learn all about what the new platform can do for your organization. Starting Wednesday, September 18th , 2019, tune in to:
Learn how to use ArcGIS StoryMaps;
Hear from featured storyteller and National Geographic Explorer, Gabby Salazar;
See a sneak peak of enhancements that will be coming soon;
Spatial analysis has always been a hallmark of GIS, the “numerical recipes” which set GIS apart from other forms of computerized visualization and information management. With GIS we can pose questions and derive results using a wide array of analytical tools to help us understand and compare places, determine how places are related, find the best locations and paths, detect and quantify patterns, and even to make spatial predictions.
"The greatest potential for change and success occurs when we all understand and speak the same language—-the language of spatial analysis." -- Chris Cappelli
What better way to speak that language than via a story map? As people continue to explore and share their world using the medium of story maps, some are venturing beyond the simple map tour mode of points linked to photographs, toward “stories” that examine, explore, and showcase the results of a spatial analysis. We’ll likely see more of these analytical stories as the story map medium is introduced into more GIS courses, particularly at the university level.
As you explore the story of spatial analysis, please KEEP SCROLLING DOWN for a small catalog of analytical story maps. Be sure to visit again as I will try to add to this page throughout the year!
Esri's Lauren Scott Griffin's "Analyzing Traffic Accidents in Space and Time" uses the Story Map Cascade to analyze automobile crash data in Brevard County, Florida using ArcGIS Pro. The study addresses important questions such as where are traffic accidents increasing (including as specific hot spots within a road network), and when are the most dangerous times to be driving. You can also download the data, follow the complete ArcGIS Pro workflows, and access additional resources on ArcGIS .
The USDA Forest Service’s Restoration Story Map Atlas uses the same format to show the results of analyses for the Pacific Northwest ranging from identifying the percentage of a watershed that could be effectively treated through active forest thinning, prescribed fire, or use of wildfire, to the results of a bivariate rendering of burn probability by conditional flame length.
Data Science and Analytics. Mapped. is a fascinating journey into the "spatialization" of concepts, presenting the first comprehensive knowledge reference system, basemap, and exploration platform for terms and concepts in the spatial data science domain. What are the concepts that you should be learning and implementing to become a specialist in data spatial data science?
Analytical story maps by undergraduates in the winter 2019 course at University of Southern California (USC), SSCI 381: Statistics for Spatial Sciences, taught by Esri's Orhun Aydin:
Land Use Mapping in Queensland, presents an overview of how the Queensland Australia Government maps and monitors land use, including by way of machine learning algorithms to automate image analysis, classification and mapping of land use features from satellite imagery.
Ocean Color: Chlorophyll-a in our Oceans, presents a detailed workflow, including videos, that is the centerpiece of Esri's current partnership with the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) BluePlanet initiative in support of SDG 14.1.1’s eutrophication methodology for summarizing chlorophyll-a over time in 4 pilot areas worldwide.
Great Barrier Reef Catchment Loads Monitoring Program: 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 tell the story of this ongoing large-scale monitoring program that tracks and analyzes long-term trends in water quality entering the Great Barrier Reef lagoon from adjacent catchments along the east coast of Queensland, Australia. The monitoring data are used to validate catchment water quality models toward Reef 2050 Water Quality Improvement Plan targets.
Geological & GIS Mission for ThamLuang Cave, presents an overview of how GIS was applied by Esri Thailand for the Thailand Cave Rescue of the youth soccer team, including details of discrepancy analysis, hydrologic analysis (ArcHydro), and aspect analysis. It is an amazing story!
Serengeti Squeeze, based on a wildlife conservation study published in Science about how increased human activity around the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem, one of Africa's most iconic ecosystems, is "squeezing" the wildlife in its core," damaging habitat, and disrupting the migration routes of wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle.
Hold Tight Little Lizards!, based on a study published in Nature about how hurricanes may be agents of natural selection for a species of small brown lizard endemic to the Turks and Caicos islands in the Caribbean.
How to make effective analytical use of The Climate Explorer within the US Climate Resilience Toolkit (map future climate projections and gain better understanding of the Fourth National Climate Assessment or NCA4, in the process).
Enabling Apps for Green Infrastructure Planning by Esri's Ryan Perkl, describes the main components of green infrastructure networks and the planning process, gives an overview of Esri's Green Infrastructure Initiative, and reviews the data, analytical models, and apps needed to be successful in determining what to preserve and where, and which areas need restoration or reconnection.
"We Baby Turin" or "Wellbeing for the Baby Turin," drawing inspiration from the Save the Children's Atlas of Children at Risk, includes spatial analyses of proximities to children's services in Turin (Torino), Italy (available in both Italian and English).
The second to the last panel of this Harbor Seal Survey Map and Methods story map uses a Shiny app to allow the user to interactively model Oregon harbor seal population dynamics with a simple numerical model.
The informative Motion of Tectonic Plates story map includes relative and absolute plate motion vectors, seismic strain graphs, and measurements of coseismic horizontal crustal displacement.
Esri's Witold Fraczek and Lenny Kneller explain and analyze the poles of inaccessibility and their locations in Antarctica, Eurasia, North America, South America, Africa, Australia, and the Arctic Ocean. See also the related blog post.
The Bureau of Reclamation's Climate Change and Water details and visualizes projected changes in temperature, precipitation, and snowpack across the eight major Reclamation river basins illustrated in it's SECURE Water Act Report to Congress. It also allows for direct downloads of the data directly from the story map.
The Chesapeake Bay Program and Region 3 of the EPA present Cleaner Air, Cleaner Bay to describe benefits from Clean Air Act regulations that decrease NOx emissions through implementation of the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL).
When Rising Seas Hit Home is a national analysis by the Union of Concerned Scientists that identifies WHEN hundreds of US coastal communities will face chronic inundation and possible retreat as sea levels rise. Users can explore these communities and discover not only the consequences of rising seas, but viable solutions.
The StormSense Project highlights some of the methodology behind forecasting flooding from storm surge, rains, and tides.
Tufts University Campus Biodiversity Assessment showcases results from "an initial inventory of the wildlife and species present, with emphasis on identifying potentially rare or threatened birds, amphibians, reptile and mammal species in addition to their suitable habitats. This allowed for researchers, campus administrators, and community members to interactively visualize the locations of these species, and understand best practices for sustaining wildlife and suitable habitats throughout the Grafton Campus."
Mactaquac Aquatic Ecosystem Study (MAES) (Canada). See just about all the field aspects of this "multi-year assessment of the structure and function of the Saint John River ecosystem, followed by a manipulation of flow, sediment load, and thermal regime with consequential effects on the ecosystem, and then a multi-year period to monitor the recovery to a new river state."
Are you an educator using Story Maps in your classroom?
1. That's awesome, keep up the great work; and
2. We want to make creating and using story maps in the classroom even easier, so we've added some resources to our website specifically for you. Explore this "If you are an educator" section here: http://p.ctx.ly/r/8f15
I used a recent hike to Hanging Lake Colorado as an excuse to try some new things with the Cascade Story map app – looping video, link to a map-with-points-from-geotagged photos, testing procedures now that Google folded Picasaweb into Google Plus/Google Photos, and some other features. Not perfect but I learned some things!
I've been using storymaps in my classrooms for a number of years now. Non of these classes are strictly GIS or even computer based classes. They range from into history survey's to freshman seminars and science for non science majors. In each case I have very little time to spend on 'technology' but Storymaps are quite easy to use and with a little as one class session most of my university level students are then able to use the technology to create storymaps that explore our curriculum in different ways. For instance: The FYS students have done final projects where they select one of the primary documents we have utilized during the semester (things pertaining to NYC history like Philip Hone's Diary, Jacob Riis' How the Other Half Lives or Dickens' Notes on America. They find locations mentioned in the text on maps, map journeys of characters or similar, and include appropriate quotes and images to create a storymap. In the history class, I have used storymaps in place of timelines to have students map contemporary events or inventions with images and commentary, or like the FYS to investigate and map characters in readings or to explore texts. It's a great way for them to get a sense of the spatial relationships of events and ideas.
As is always the case when I work on a lightning talk, I spent a tremendous amount of time crafting the slides and story I was planning to share. I knew my talk would reach most of the people at the conference (~400), but I wondered about the best approach to let my message live on past the end of the event. How could I structure my talk so that my "mapping is great for outreach" message might be shared most effectively with a broader group of Extension professionals, whether or not they attended the conference?
A Story Map about using Story Maps
While I was considering how to end the talk, I realized that a powerful way to get my message about Story Maps across AND to let my message live on was to create a Story Map version of my presentation. I quickly modified the last slide of my lightning talk to feature an easy-to-remember address (bit.ly/engagewithmaps) and set about crafting my very first Story Map Cascade based on the talk I was about to deliver.
My lightning talk at the conference ended with a call for everyone in the audience to get mapping (of course!) and to bring home and share the Story Map version of my presentation. In weeks since the conference, the Story Map has been been viewed 170 times, undoubtedly both by people who saw my lightning talk at the conference and those who did not.
Help your presentation live on
If you are searching for a way to share a face-to-face presentation with a wider audience, consider creating a Story Map version of your talk. While this task will require an extra investment of time, it may allow your message reach a larger audience and have greater impact. Although it may not always be possible or appropriate, also consider using a Story Map as the method for delivering your presentation in the first place, which would eliminate the need to create two versions of your talk (which is something I was not able to do this time!).
Recently I created a “Famous Boots of Wimberley, Texas” story map for four reasons: First, I wanted to show educators and the general public how to integrate art, history, science, technology, geography, and GIS. My colleagues and I receive frequent inquiries from people asking how to integrate art into STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) educational programs, and Wimberley’s giant boots are a good illustration of this integration. Second, I wanted to test the new capabilities of the side accordion story map configurable app. This app is an easy and compelling way to tell a story.
Third, I wanted to demonstrate that every community has a story, and story maps are a visually compelling, easy-to-create way of telling that story. When I visited the town for the first time after a series of presentations I gave at the geography department of nearby Texas State University, I learned about the boot project from my town walkabout. It was so interesting to me that I began collecting information, photographs, and video, and a short time later, I had created the story map that integrates all of these types of multimedia. The boot project brought together local artists, the Chamber of Commerce, local businesses, and the entire community, and serves as a source of city pride as well as a tourist attraction. Fourth, it is my hope that my brief story map (see my video) can in some small way inspire people in another location to think creatively about a place-based arts project that can help build pride in their own community.
If I can do this for a community that I had just learned about, how much more can you and your students tell a story for which you conduct more in-depth research and may even have local knowledge about!