A Better Map has had the priviledge of collaborating on several interesting web maps, indicated by this symbol.
Recreation and tourism
Hiking, biking, skiing, fishing. The modern world still needs to step out of their cubicles and enjoy the outdoors once in awhile. Interactive maps are an excellent medium for connecting people to activities and tourism.
The Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail is a multi-use trail that runs over 20 miles near the Lake Michigan shore in northwest Lower Michigan. This map provides rich, detailed information about recreation and tourism options in the area.
This map showcases the many recreation opportunities in and around Sheridan, Wyoming. It also highlights some of SCLT's efforts to preserve land in the form of conservation easements.
It can be challenging to present complex wildlife concepts like species distributions or habitat suitability in an intuitive format. Interactive maps are quite capable, however, as they handle large quantities of information, reveal spatial patterns, and provide efficient insights in an engaging and highly visual manner.
The Map of Life assembles and integrates different sources of data describing species distributions worldwide. These data include expert species range maps, species occurrence points, ecoregions, and protected areas from providers like IUCN, WWF, GBIF, and more.
eBird is the world's largest biodiversity-related citizen science project, with more than 100 million bird sightings contributed each year by eBirders around the world.
Conservation and forests
As our planet faces increasing threats to its health and balance, the need to protect it grows. Interactive maps provide excellent tools for visualizing, sharing, and analyzing a variety of conservation efforts.
Global Forest Watch (GFW) is an online platform that provides data and tools for monitoring forests. By harnessing cutting-edge technology, GFW allows anyone to access near real-time information about where and how forests are changing around the world.
Treepedia measures the canopy cover in cities. Rather than count the individual number of trees, we've developed a scaleable and universally applicable method by analyzing the amount of green perceived while walking down the street.
Regardless of which side of the, uh, "heated" discussion you are on, climate change is happening. From melting glaciers to rising seas, interactive maps allow us to analyze the ever-changing impacts and make informed decisions about how we can help.
Carbon pollution casts a long shadow ... And the seas will continue to rise ... That’s what these maps are about.
Explore the ways Climate Change will impact where you live, work and do business
History and culture
As the modern world embraces development on an ever-increasing scale, cultural and historical traditions are at risk of being forgotten. Interactive maps provide an immersive experience that tells old stories through new technology.
This map chronicles thousands of stories from individuals present during the 1947 British Partition of India. It also demonstrates animated migration directions between cities and provides straightforward ways to share individual stories.
For the first time, ORBIS allows us to express Roman communication costs in terms of both time and expense. By simulating movement along the principal routes of the Roman road network, the main navigable rivers, and hundreds of sea routes in the Mediterranean, Black Sea and coastal Atlantic, this interactive model reconstructs the duration and financial cost of travel in antiquity.
Hydrology, marine, and watershed science
Over 70% of the Earth's surface is covered in water and about 70% of the human race lives with 5km of water. With rising populations, pollution, and a changing climate, water issues are becoming an increasingly important topic that can be communicated through interactive maps.
This website presents the most recent official coverage statistics for marine protected areas, updated monthly from the World Database on Protected Areas.
... [S]ee location-specific data documenting the detection of microcystins in public lakes from 2007, 2012 and 2018. The approximate locations represent an average of all microcystin detections. ... After EWG completed its survey, the EPA revised its recreational or swimming advisory in May of 2019 ... .