Monday, March 24, 2014

ArkGIS - Explore Maps of the Changing Arctic Landscape

ArkGIS is a customizable map developed by the World Wildlife Fund for the purpose of visualizing historical data about sea ice, marine life, and oil and gas exploration in the Arctic. To create custom visualizations of data layers on the ArkGIS map simply select a data category then select data layers to display. For example, I chose the "marine mammals" category then selected the "beluga whales" and "walrus" to view their distributions.

Applications for Education
ArkGIS could be good tool for students to use to compare the range of animals in the Arctic. Students could also use the map to combine and compare information from multiple categories. For example, they could combine data layers about animal ranges and icepack cover.