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The North American Cartographic Information Society, founded in 1980, is an organization comprised of specialists from private, academic, and government organizations whose common interest lies in facilitating communication in the map information community.
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Thursday, October 20 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Mapping Yellowstone

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Mapping the Yellowstone Caldera
Charles Preppernau, National Geographic Partners
Manuel Canales, National Geographic Partners
The print and web products for the Yellowstone Volcano required integration of GIS data and 2D illustrations into a 3D scene in Cinema 4D, while preserving correct spatial relationships and staying within the limits of the hardware and software. We present our process for displaying high-resolution, spatially-accurate terrains and cross sections in this talk. While we used Cinema 4D as our 3D modeling and rendering software, these methods can also be used in Blender.
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Designing Wildlife Migration Maps
James E. Meacham, Department of Geography, University of Oregon
Alethea Y. Steingisser, Department of Geography, University of Oregon
 Hall Sawyer, Western Ecosystems Technology, Inc. Laramie, Wyoming
 Emilene Ostlind, Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources, University of Wyoming
 William Rudd, Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Cheyenne, Wyoming
 Matthew J Kauffman, U.S. Geological Survey, Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Department of Zoology and Physiology, University of Wyoming
This presentation focuses on the role of cartography in wildlife migration study in Wyoming and the Greater Yellowstone Area. Representing complex scientific data in clear and meaningful ways presents major design challenges. Specifically, working with the visual interrelationship of GPS-derived migration data and the landscape setting is covered. The same points, lines, and polygons derived from the GPS data can tell different ecological stories such as migration timing, seasonality, speed, or fidelity to a particular route. This cartographic challenge is compounded by the multitude of interrelationships between the ecological behavior and the landscape. Elevation, land cover, land ownership, and special management areas can all be equally important contributors to the migration story and therefore a necessary component of the map. Maps and graphics from the in-production Atlas of Wildlife Migration: Wyoming's Ungulates will be used to illustrate these cartographic challenges and solutions.
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100 Years of National Park Service Tourist Maps for Yellowstone
Scott White Fort Lewis College, Department of Geosciences
For 100 years, the National Park Service (NPS) has been a major publisher of tourist maps for Yellowstone National Park. These maps illustrate a wide range of cartographic styles that have resulted from technological changes, agency management and budgetary decisions, and tourist perceptions and needs. Early NPS tourist maps for Yellowstone focused on train and stagecoach travel. By the 1920s, the emphasis had changed to park exploration on roads by private automobile. These early maps employed very simple cartographic techniques and printing methods. Multiple colors and shaded relief were introduced in the 1950s, whereas maps published during the 1970s and 1980s appeared to take several steps backward in terms of cartographic quality and information content. Since the 1990s, computer mapping software, digital elevation data, and interactive maps have been employed by the NPS to provide more detailed information, along with better cartography, for Yellowstone's visitors and map users.
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National Geographic Magazine, Yellowstone Special Issue Cartography
Martin Gamache, Art of the Mappable
Lauren Tierney, National Geographic
Brian T. Jacobs, National Geographic
We will discuss the cartographic work that illustrated the May 2016 National Geographic Magazine Greater Yellowstone special issue. We will specifically discuss the Elk migration supplement as well as the land ownership and reference maps found throughout the issue. Specific topics will include GIS analysis of elk GPS collar migration data, base map data compilation, relief, property ownership and finally the interactive edition of the supplement.
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Interactive Animated Projected Elk Map and Terrain Model - 10 Minute Talk
Alex Tait, International Mapping
This presentation will look at the design and production process for creating an interactive map exhibit showing the Elk migration in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. The center of the exhibit is a solid terrain model. A high-lumen projector casts an interactive animated map image onto the model from an iPad controller mounted to the reader rail. The primary design challenge was to show a complex geographical story in a manner that would be easy to understand and manipulate for a general user. An additional challenge was to create an effective animation of the annual elk migration and the seasonal changes in the environment.
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Patrick Kennelley

Professor, Long Island University


Martin Gamache

Art of the Mappable
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James Meacham

Senior Research Associate, Univeristy of Oregon
Cartography, Geography, University of Oregon

Charles Preppernau

National Geographic Partners
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Alex Tait

National Geographic Society

Scott White

Professor, Fort Lewis College, Department of Geosciences

Thursday October 20, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm MDT
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