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Discover how geographers bring a unique perspective to presenting data in innovative and understandable ways.

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Mapping land-use change in Great Britain over the 20th century

Andy Suggitt and Alistair Auffret discuss how a chat over coffee led to them mapping and quantifying land use change in Great Britain from the 1930s to today.

AI within a geospatial context

Steve Attewell has created an experimental map control system that uses hand gestures, voice recognition and artificial intelligence.

Mapping museums

Andrea Ballatore and Fiona Candlin used visualisations to better understand the spatial unevenness of the cultural sector across the UK.

Air pollution in Europe

Discover how James Cheshire created this map displaying nitrogen dioxide levels across Europe.

Voting patterns and deprivation in the UK

Learn how Alasdair Rae created this visualisation showing the link between voting patterns and levels of deprivation in the UK after the 2019 general election.

Mapping COVID-19

Andy Murdock describes how Maploom has created a visualisation which displays the evolution of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Great Britain's largest islands

Learn how Paul Naylor and his team at Ordnance Survey created this visualisation showcasing Britain’s largest islands.

Britain's greenest city centres

We spoke to Dr Paul Brindley and Dr Jake Robinson about this visualistion showing Britain's greenest and least green city centres.

Mapping glacial lake outburst flood exposure

We spoke to Caroline Taylor, PhD researcher at Newcastle University, about this visualisation mapping exposure to glacial lake outburst floods.

Priority places for food

We spoke to Peter Baudains about this visualisation displaying priority places for food.

Mapping visual exposure and desirable passive surveillance

We spoke to Collins Terkpetey-Hushie about this visualisation assessing privacy, including why and how it was made.

Visualising avalanches in the Himalayas

Geographers from the University of Aberdeen used earth observation data to understand avalanches in Chamoli district, Uttarakhand.

Geography has never been more important in helping us to understand our rapidly changing world. 

Geographers bring a critical perspective and approach to interpreting and presenting data. They help make new connections between different types of data by interweaving spatial methods with knowledge about our world, and finding innovative and understandable ways to present it.

In this series of images, we look at the power of maps and geographical data visualisations for telling stories about our world. We explore the ways in which connecting data on people, places and environments underpins good decision-making and improves communication and understanding. In the interviews with the creators that accompany each image, we showcase the skills, data, techniques and tools used to tell these stories, and the insight they can bring.

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