Secret corpse flights, pizza boy delivery routes and the daily commute: Stunning aerial images reveal never-before-seen side of America | Mail Online
More eye-candy from America Revealed.
Inspired by the beautiful and elegant Interactive Wind Map created by Fernanda Viegas and Martin Wattenberg I have begun to explore the flow of people within a city. An ideal dataset to do this would include the GPS traces from thousands of people wearing trackers for weeks as they go about their daily lives. Organizations such as crowdflow.net and OpenPathscollect voluntarily donated data of this type and might be fruitful to explore. I decided, instead, to use geolocated tweets to try and see how the movement of people is affected by the urban landscape.
We’ve been working with the smarties and do-gooders at Climate Central for the better part of a year now, designing and programming and planning and rendering and otherwise embiggening the idea of a map that could bring the reality of climate change to people’s doorsteps.
We started wth two ideas:
- most maps of sea level rise are generic. How could we bring home the idea that this isn’t about “those people” but about you and your neighborhood? and
- most maps of sea level rise are about the shrinking land. As a percentage of total land area, these always feel small and unsatisfying. Why don’t we focus on the land that’s going to be underwater, and try to make it clear that this is the land that we’re going to lose?
As of last week, the project is available at http://sealevel.climatechange.org.