The Metagenomics and Metadesign of the Subways and Urban Biomes (MetaSUB) International consortium recently held their second annual Global City Sample Day (GCSD2017), where researchers and scientists collected samples from subway systems around the world. Ultimately, these samples will help build a world-wide DNA map of the microbiomes of mass transit systems. Landscape Metrics built a live sample map for GCSD2017, dynamically aggregating and visualizing thousands of sample points in locations across all seven continents. This map allows users to explore the data over time and space, smoothly transitioning between different scales, animating the map over time, and filtering the map by a host of data attributes.
This traveling exhibition uses selections from the archives of the US Army Corps of Engineers as a point of departure to explore the material and cultural consequences of flood management in the Lower Mississippi River Basin.
The BK BioReactor has been featured on The Architect's Newspaper and Fastco Design. Landscape Metrics has contributed interactive visualization and video animation services to the BK BioReactor project. View the articles:
A collaboration lead by Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects, with GenSpace, Weill Cornell Medical College and the Gowanus Canal Conservancy, the BK BioReactor is an investigation into the unseen microbiology of the Gowanus Canal, Brooklyn's hippest Superfund. Landscape Metrics has developed an interactive visualization and web platform to showcase the BK BioReactor team's findings, providing a window into the microbiome of the Gowanus Canal as it is discovered.
The following interactive visualization encourages the user to explore the sediment volumes trapped within California’s constellation of reservoirs. Sediment composes the material infrastructure that supports the Bay-Delta’s many ecologies and economies. As the 2015 State of the Estuary report by The San Francisco Estuary Partnership notes, “Like freshwater, sediment is a precious resource that is essential for keeping the Estuary healthy." Navigate the map, select reservoirs, and scrub the timeline to gain insight into the quantities and equivalent values of the San Francisco Bay-Delta’s displaced sediment.
The Metagenomics and Metadesign of the Subways and Urban Biomes (MetaSUB) International consortium is a novel, interdisciplinary initiative made up of experts across many fields including genomics, data analysis, engineering, public health, and design. By developing and testing standards for the field and optimizing methods for urban sample collection, DNA/RNA isolation, taxa characterization, and data visualization, the MetaSUB International Consortium is pioneering an unprecedented study of urban mass-transit systems and cities around the world. Landscape Metrics has contributed design and visualization work to MetaSUB, including a live sample collection map and an introductory video animation.
Advancing Waters leverages data from the 2010 Census, the National Elevation Dataset, and the NYC Selected Facilities and Program Sites datasets to visualize the potential impacts of sea level rise on New York City. Previous sea level rise maps have shown the areas of cities that could be affected by sea level rise in the future. However, our visualization goes one step further by providing information on what occupies lower lying areas. Our tool tracks the number of people, schools, transportation facilities, and waste treatment facilities at elevations up to 9’ (NAVD88).
The BK BioReactor has been featured on The Nature of Cities's podcast. Listen to the podcast here: Look Who's Coming to Dinner...Bacteria that Eat the Gowanus Sludge--TNOC Podcast Episode 7
Revealing the Invisible: How Visualization can Translate Water Quality Data into Accessible Stories that Inspire Solutions
Imagine that every water quality sensor development challenge has been overcome. Scientists have further deepened their understanding of what drives our most persistent water quality problems. Monitoring networks efficiently generate an immense quantity of high quality water data using a combination of sensors, citizen science, and remote sensing. Now, what do we do with the data? How can we maximize the impact on public awareness and the utility for policy makers? In this presentation, we argue that the future tools for integrating and communicating water quality information will need to be as innovative as those used for monitoring. Interactive web applications, video animations, and cartographic visualizations can be used to synthesize complex data into compelling visual narratives. We will provide multiple examples, including our Lake Erie project that was recently awarded first place in the Visualizing Nutrients Challenge hosted by the US EPA, USGS, and Blue Legacy International. Developing these tools requires bridging disciplinary divides that still exist among water science, design, art, geographic information systems, and web development. We will offer suggestions for making this type of collaboration work and discuss the frontiers of water quality data visualization.
The BK BioReactor--featuring visualizations by Landscape Metrics--has been featured on ArchPaper. Read the article here: Explore this interactive map of the Gowanus Canal's slightly scary microbiology