Esri story maps have been telling us fascinating stories since long. Before we set our sights on 2019, let us divulge in the dynamism of these inspiring pieces and see the world with new lens.
Sounds of the Wild West
In some ways, natural sound is an undiscovered country. Every time you hear the wilderness, you are hearing it for the first time. One day you might hear a red-winged black bird singing as the wind rustles the reeds around it. That night, the call of a coyote may ring out against a backdrop of chirping crickets as you fall asleep in your tent. These soundscapes are as rich and diverse as the natural spaces in which you’ll find them. Click on the image below to Hear what the Sounds of the Wild West have to say.
The Living Land
Wild populations of Atlantic salmon, European eel, and sturgeon are now seriously threatened by pollution, habitat loss, predation from non-native fish species, damming of rivers, and overfishing. The Improved Production Strategies for Endangered Freshwater Species group is using a story map (click the image below) to draw attention to this dire issue. The story’s maps depict the route of a migratory fish and the obtrutions that they face. The artistic renderings of the life cycle of fish are lovely, shedding light on what happens below the surface of these ecosystems.
With a consistent visual style, a mix of context-setting and human-centered photos, a suite of available languages, and a clear call to action, this story map truly has it all. No wonder it was the winner of the 2018 Storytelling with Maps Contest! See how one of the largest and fastest-growing refugee crises in decades unfolded in Bangladesh, and discover the ways the UN Refugee Agency is working to help those in need. Click on the image below.
Remote sensing was once the sole domain of environmental scientists, but these technologies are now applied to myriad academic disciplines—including archaeology. Click on the image below to see a story map investigating the methods by which researchers at the Museum of London Archaeology identified the course of the River Tyburn, a tributary of the Thames that once flowed through central London.
On the Trail of the North American Buffalo
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System Act, the National Park Service chronicles all historic and scenic trails that crisscross the nation. Making prominent use of story actions in the Story Map Journal template, the narrative engages readers by encouraging interactive exploration of a variety of photographs and trail system maps. Know more through the image below.
China: Then and Now
Paul Salopek is walking from Africa to South America. Nearly three years into a 10-year journey, Paul retraces the trajectory of the human diaspora as it spread “Out of Eden” over the course of millennia to populate all parts of the globe. Let’s look at the journey through the map below.