GIS Showcase

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are a powerful way to spatially locate information and visualize the relationships between datasets to perform and display complex analysis, including demarcating the distribution of resources and tracking environmental changes. By allowing multiple data sets covering the same geographic area to be displayed and queried together, it is possible to find unsuspected relationships or conclusively support ideas that otherwise would be only theories and to communicate those observations through maps.

Interactive Maps

Distribution and Makeup of Tribal Lands:

Distance to Urban Areas, Percent American Indian/Alaska Native, Median Household Income and Number of Housing Units

 

Number of US Federally Recognized Tribes and Self-Identified American Indian/Alaska Native Persons by State

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Static Spatial Graphics

chloropleth GIS map

Similar to the interactive map above, this is a choropleth map, which shows variation in the density of people under the age of 18 by variation in color.

heat map GIS

This heat map shows variation in the distribution of cultural centers by varying intensity of the color red.

GIS map topography Lower Elwha watershed.

This presentational map shows topography of the Lower Elwha watershed.

 

Graphs and Charts Showcase

Data visualization is a compelling tool for communicating complex ideas and concepts simply. When displayed as an infographic, the data is able to tell its own story and attract more attention than text or tables can alone. The following graphics are examples of some of Big Water Consulting’s previous work presenting data in eye-catching ways to convey clear messages.

Frequency Charts and Graphs

A histogram such as this shows the frequency of an occurrence, in this case showing how often the overcrowding index rose.





A histogram such as this shows the frequency of an occurrence, in this case showing the percentage of households affected by overcrowding.

 

A box plot such as this shows a range of how many cyclists rode each day.





A box plot such as this shows a range of how many cyclists rode each day across a specific bridge.

 

Proportional Charts and Graphs

A bar chart easily and clearly shows comparison. This bar chart shows the different levels of overcrowding for five American Indian reservations and three states.





A bar chart easily and clearly shows comparison. This bar chart shows the different levels of overcrowding for five American Indian reservations, two states, and the US as a whole.

 

This stacked bar chart has an added level of complexity in that each bar shows differences in income within one reservation and the graph overall shows differences across reservations





This stacked bar chart has an added level of complexity in that each bar shows differences in income within one reservation and the graph overall shows differences across reservations

 

Population pyramids draw clear comparisons. These pyramids illustrate the age distribution comparison between the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and the United States as a whole





Population pyramids draw clear comparisons. These pyramids illustrate the age distribution comparison between the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and the United States as a whole.”

 
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