October 10, 2014
The Aquarium has partnered with GIS (geographic information systems) mapping firm Esri to help translate current ocean science to engage the public. The Aquarium has created a website showcasing several interactive story maps. Story maps gather data, images, and map locations to tell a story visually. Story maps on the Aquarium’s site cover the backstory on our Magellanic Penguins, the Southern California steelhead, frequency and type of extreme weather events by coastal region, sea level rise, and whale research, among other topics. To explore the Aquarium’s story maps, click here.
The Aquarium’s story maps were created using ArcGIS, a GIS software platform created by Esri to manage geographic information. Esri recently featured the Aquarium in an article that appeared in its ArcUser magazine. Aquarium President and CEO Dr. Jerry Schubel was a panelist at Esri’s first Ocean GIS forum in November 2013. He discussed the importance of translating data into information to help tell powerful stories about the ocean. Through their ongoing partnership, the Aquarium and Esri will drive a continued focus on communicating ocean issues to the public.