Visualizing H20 Flows

TJOM 2018 14(1) coverMy article, Visualizing Water Infrastructure with Sankey Maps: a Case Study of Mapping the Los Angeles Aqueduct, Californiawas just published in Journal of Maps!!! In it, I dive deep into the theory and practices behind the signature Sankey map of the Aqueduct Futures exhibit with a peer reviewed research article.  You can read the full article (it’s open-access thanks to the College of Environmental Design) at DOI: 10.1080/17445647.2018.1473815.

MAP Los Angeles Aqueduct Water Flows A0 REV

Creating resilience for urban water supply systems requires innovative thematic visualizations of the interface between infrastructure, ecology, and culture to viscerally engage lay audiences in the policy making process. Sankey maps (a hybrid Sankey diagram/flow map) embed the systemic accounting of flows between sources and sinks into a spatial framework. This allows a hierarchy of visual variables to encode environmental conditions and historical data, providing a rich multi-variate context supporting public discourse, policy making, and system operations. The article features a Sankey map of the Los Angeles Aqueduct system (California, USA) (not to scale).

If you want to learn more about flow maps after reading my article, check out my post sharing many of the precedents mentioned.


2010 blog stats

Thanks to all the readers of Infrascape Design, 2010 was a very good year! A perk of being part of wordpress is that they compiled this end-of-the-year review. The main reason why I’m sharing this is wordpress’s ‘container ship’ analogy for blog visitors (see below). With about 16,000 views, my blog would fit on a Malaccamax ship if each visit was a TEU.
Please stay tuned, got posts in the works about: post-carbon urban scenarios, peak-travel, the infrastructure gap, resilient cities, sustainability/urbanism book reviews, student work from fall 2010, and links to a few of my lectures.

2010 year in blogging

Crunchy numbers

Featured imageThe average container ship can carry about 4,500 containers. This blog was viewed about 16,000 times in 2010. If each view were a shipping container, your blog would have filled about 4 fully loaded ships.

In 2010, there were 58 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 71 posts. There were 123 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 184mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was March 18th with 286 views. The most popular post that day was Scaling Gehry’s toxic fish.

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