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By on 21 April, 2020

Mapping Where ICU Beds are Available

Maps Mania

Last week the University of Konstanz released an interactive map which shows at a glance the availability of beds in German hospitals. The university’s CoronaVis interactive map shows the levels of free and occupied hospital beds in every Intensive Care Unit in the country. The Berliner Morgenpost has now also created an interactive map to show which hospitals are reporting bed shortages and which hospitals still have free capacity.

How we make maps and why

Talking Humanities

Roger Kain, professor of humanities at the School of Advanced Study and editor of the History of Cartography’s fifth volume, discusses how this global collaborative project helps us understand maps as cultural documents for Talking Humanities.

The Washington Post Maps Wildlife Corridors in WyomingThe Map Room

Last month the Washington Post published a feature on the impact of Interstate 80 on wildlife migrations in Wyoming, and how climate change would affect animals’ ability to move to new habitat as their usual stomping grounds are made unsuitable by global warming. The print version (above) and online version have related maps—one static, one dynamic—that illustrate wildlife paths and how they are stymied by the highway, as well as places where overpasses and tunnels might help.

Mapping the Loss of Jobs

Maps Mania

The coronavirus pandemic has had a devastating impact on the U.S. economy. The glacial response of the government in responding to this economic crisis has in turn had a devastating impact on American jobs. Since March 14th 22.2 million Americans have filed for unemployment and the unemployment rate has risen to at least 17%.

Daniel Huffman’s Atlas of North American Rivers

The Map Room

Add An Atlas of North American Rivers to the list of Daniel Huffman’s long-unfinished projects that suddenly got finished lately. It’s a 48-page PDF of diagrammatic maps of North American river systems, from Alaska to Guatemala.


Mike Dolbow: “I haven’t always succeeded, but I’ve always been satisfied with the pursuit”


Geohipster interview with GIS coordinator Mike Dolbow.

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