How Geography Impacts Flu Outbreaks

HEALTH The physical geography of cities—in particular, the differences between a city’s urban core and its suburban periphery—may help guide public health planning. (Pacific Standard) Use our activity to learn how researchers can map an epidemic—or stop one from happening. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas New research focuses on the connection between physical geography … Continue reading How Geography Impacts Flu Outbreaks

Racial Profile of the U.S.

GEOGRAPHY This map is an American snapshot; it provides an accessible visualization of geographic distribution, population density, and racial diversity of the American people in every neighborhood in the entire country. (Fast Company) Use our resources to start learning about spatial thinking and data visualization. Discussion Ideas The dazzling map of the United States was produced by a demographer. What is demography? Demography is a … Continue reading Racial Profile of the U.S.

Mapping Latino Populations in the U.S.

GEOGRAPHY Where do America’s Latino and Hispanic populations live? Flip through some new maps from the U.S. Census, and you’ll notice that while these groups are spread throughout the country, their numbers are concentrated in just a few major cities, including Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Miami, and Houston. (The Atlantic) (You may also want to consult this Pew Research study.) Use our resources to … Continue reading Mapping Latino Populations in the U.S.

New Maps Track the World in Flight

GEOGRAPHY A transportation planner has used flight data from around the world to create stunning kaleidoscope-style flight path visualizations. (Daily Mail) This animation offers another way to visualize similar data. Discussion Ideas: Look at the new images of global air traffic in the Daily Mail article or this BBC photo gallery. Now look at the “Lights at Night” layer in our MapMaker Interactive. Can students … Continue reading New Maps Track the World in Flight