Wrap up on the 30-day map challenge

Wrap up on the 30-day map challenge

November was the month of the #30daymapchallenge, the popular Twitter challenge for avid cartographers. Emu Analytics joined in with people all over the world to post a new map with a new theme each day of the month – and in turn showing off all the amazing maps you can quickly and easily create in Location Insights Explorer.

From visualising tracks of tropical storms in the Atlantic to the import and export of bananas in the UK– our daily contributions to the challenge showed all the incredible possibilities of visualising location data in LINE.

In case you missed it, here are some of our favourite maps from the challenge:

For day 8 and the theme of “green” we mapped the number of watt-hours of energy generated from renewable resources in each Local Authority, with a neat time-slider to see how it varies from year to year. It looks beautiful, but more importantly – it visualises highly relevant data in an engaging way that is easy to understand.

If you have been around for a while, you know we have a thing for building heights here at Emu Analytics (we have even created data packs you can get here: http://www.emu-analytics.com/products/datapacks), so for the theme “elevation” on day 11, we obviously had to get out the 3D view to visualise some impressive building heights in London.

For day 19 and 20 the themes were “urban” and “rural,” and we chose to visualise large urban areas in the UK and follow onto it the next day by visualising areas in the UK that are over 10.20km or 50km from those urban areas.

Day 23 had the theme of “population” and in shades of blue we visualised the 2019 Index of Multiple Deprivation across England. Not only does it look pretty, but it’s quick and easy to see what areas are more deprived or less deprived, and by clicking on an area you can see how it ranks compare to the rest of the country and what decile it falls in.

Another type of data we find important to visualise and make understandable and accessible is that of flood risks and alerts. We already have our Flood Alerts Tool (accessed here: https://floodalerts.emu-analytics.net/) open for anyone to keep up to date about current flood alerts in real time, but for the them “climate” on day 25, we also chose to visualise flood risks in London from coastal and river sources.

As climate change causes sea levels to rise, this map shows the areas that will be most vulnerable.

Lastly from the roundup of our favourites, this is the most fun of all, our map of hydrology of the UK and the location of the rivers for day 26. Anyone else reminded of zap lollies? It’s so colourful!

Follow this link to explore all of the maps: https://locationinsights.co.uk/