Strictly Spatial #15

19 May 2016


Welcome all to this fortnight's Strictly Spatial. Here in Canterbury we’ve been very fortunate to have a very extended summer! However, to quote a very well-known TV show, winter is coming, and hasn’t it hit with a blast! Speaking of wind, in this fortnight's Strictly Spatial we look at a nifty wind map, hand drawn ‘memory maps’ and cartographically inspired roading visualisations.

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It’s been pretty windy here in Christchurch over the past week. I came across this very pleasant wind predictor map called Project Ukko and it instantly struck a chord. It’s built on MapBox and displays the probabilistic wind speed predictions for the upcoming year. It was built for the energy sector but for me, it’s a gorgeous map and interface to look at. Give it a go and let us know what you think!

Recently, the United States government released a declassified list of 1,100 nuclear target sites. These sites were decided upon in 1956, during the Cold War and not surprisingly, the majority of these sites are in Eastern Europe. The Future of Life Institute partnered with NukeMap to provide some interactive maps to show what the fallout from these sites would be if the USA were to launch  any one of its nuclear war heads. You can read more about the sites here.

Strictly Spatial 15bLast year at the Esri International User Conference, the New Zealand contingence had a ‘Kiwi Night’. One thing myself and a few others did (well tried to) was draw memory maps of various countries. These included New Zealand, Australia and the USA – with all the states. It may sound easy, but it wasn’t. I came across this website where someone has georeferenced hand drawn memory maps of Edinburgh. There not many of them, but shows how people’s perspective of locations can vary.


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I’m sure many of you have heard or seen what has (and still is) going in Fort McMurray, Canada. The fire has completely devastated vast amounts of land. The Map Room has compiled a list of links to maps and satellite imagery of the fire. Check them out here.



Strictly Spatial 15dIntersections, specifically vast interchanges, can often be complex, confusing and stressful for drivers. They’re often given names such as ‘spaghetti junction’, ‘mixing bowl’ and ‘knot’. Nicholas Rougex, a designer, has produced a series of work aptly named Interchange Choreography. There are some absolutely stunning visual representations in his work. On a similar theme, Andrew Douglas-Clifford, a Masters in GIS student at the University of Canterbury has produced some London Underground inspired State Highway maps for New Zealand. We like them so much we’ve ordered two copies! Check them out here.

That’s all for Strictly Spatial this time around! Don’t forget to stay in touch through Facebook, @InterpretGS (Twitter), LinkedIn or email!