Strictly Spatial #28

17 November 2016


We hope you are all safe after these recent events – it was certainly a rude awakening for the majority of the country! We at Interpret are all safe and sound. In this fortnight’s Strictly Spatial we examine some maps that provide some additional information and visualisation on tectonic processes in New Zealand. We also look at some maps that have come out of the recent US Presidential Election.

Strictly Spatial 28aThe events on Monday morning were certainly an unpleasant reminder of the active environment we live in.  New Zealand is a very tectonically active country with numerous volcanos and fault lines dotted across the landscape. In light of these events, here are some maps that are very relevant to the current situation:




-          Earthquake Public Information Map

-          GNS Science’s New Zealand Geology Web Map

-          Animated map of aftershocks

-          Crowdsourced Earthquake Story Map

-          Christchurch Quake Map.

Many of us use Python to assist in geoprocessing workflows and we understand the power and flexibility that additional Python libraries can bring to ArcPy. Esri Australia has published a blog post on how ArcGIS Pro uses Conda to manage third party packages and help with backwards testing and compatibility. You can read the post here.

The other big news of the past week is the US Elections. This election, like most others was well fought by both parties. As a true blooded kiwi, I have trouble understanding the (apparent) complexity of US politics; the house, the senate and the electoral college are all just words I don’t really understand! But what I do understand are maps! Firstly, lets take a look at previous elections and their results – Interesting to see how some elections were almost a white wash. 

Strictly Spatial 28bMoving forward to this year’s Election there were many reports of long waits and voting machine problems. This web map has taken changes in Google searches to map out reported problems faced during voting. Another web map has been made that shows the counties where Trump swayed the vote. An informative blog post has been written on the matter which you can read here. Gerrymandering (drawing political boundaries to give a party numeric advantage) plays an important role in the US elections. The Washington Post has published a map showing the extent to which each Congressional district has been Gerrymandered along with a brief description of how the score was calculated.

That’s all for this fortnight’s Strictly Spatial, we hope you stay safe over the next few weeks. Remember to stay in touch through Facebook, @InterpretGS, LinkedIn or email.