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Duke Visualization Friday Forum - Mapping Surface Coal Mining in Appalachia and Visualizing Physically Giant Spatial Data, with Andrew Pericak

01mar12:00 pm1:00 pmDuke Visualization Friday Forum - Mapping Surface Coal Mining in Appalachia and Visualizing Physically Giant Spatial Data, with Andrew Pericak

Location

LSRC, Room D106

Time

(Friday) 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm(GMT+00:00) View in my time

Event Details

In mid-2018, I and my colleagues at Duke, SkyTruth, and Appalachian Voices published a novel dataset: the yearly spatial extent of surface coal mining in the Central Appalachian region of the United States from 1985 through 2015.

In this presentation, I will briefly review our methods and results of this research. But I will spend more time to explore a unique problem we ran into when writing the paper: how to visualize a physically giant but non-congruous spatial dataset?

Through our research, we found over 2900 km^2 of land had been mined during this time period; while simply communicating that number is easy, visualizing it in a meaningful, understandable way proved challenging. I will discuss how we approached this problem and perhaps even solicit your ideas for how you would have visually communicated these data.

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Andrew Pericak is Editor in Chief of SciPol.org at the Duke Initiative for Science & Society. He received the Master of Environmental Management degree from Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment in 2016, at which he specialized in Environmental Economics and Policy.

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