Cartography and Mapping


data science, computer science, mathematics, biology, social science, economics, earth science, education, art and design

We're interested in modeling the world around us to communicate spatial information effectively, whether to help orient ourselves or learn about our surroundings and spaces in new ways. The practice of making physical maps has been around for centuries and continues to be present in our every day lives.

The Projects

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Using annual growth rings in Australian and New Zealand trees to map extreme climate through time

There are more extreme fires, floods and droughts happening now than ever before, and they’re happening everywhere...

Vulnerability Mapping for Rapid Emergency Response (RER) in the Himalaya

This project intends to build awareness on the application of maps using smart devices to assist in Rapid Emergency...

The Global Neurosurgery Workforce Interactive Mapping Project

Neurological diseases are responsible for up to 6.8 million deaths per year, a proportion of which are neurosurgical...

Where on Earth do you tweet and map?

Location enabled mobile devices are increasingly used to share data within the online community. Web and mobile...

What can Twitter tell us about the socioeconomic environment of the Amazon?

Understanding the environmental and human dimensions of the Amazon is essential to maintaining a balance between...

Cityscapes and Earth Debates: Fashioning the Geosphere in Nineteenth-Century Ireland.

This project maps the course of scientific ideas as they navigate the cultural landscape of nineteenth-century...

Can we map large areas using a fixed wing UAV equiped with thermal infrared camera?

Recent advances in UAV technology have allowed thermal infrared cameras to be mounted on multi-rotor drones...

Mapping the spatiotemporal patterns of disease-caused tree mortality in the Big Sur, California ecoregion

Forests play a pivotal role in regulating the energy and mass exchange between terrestrial ecosystems and the...

UAV Infrared Mapping of Archaeological Sites in Greece

If an archaeologist could have one super power- it would be X-RAY vision. Archaeologists are always looking...

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More About This Challenge

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Challenge Amount:
Submission Deadline:
Dec 23, 2016
Campaign Launch:
Jan 12, 2017

Frequently Asked Queries

How do challenge grants work?

This grant is for projects that launch crowdfunding campaigns by January 12, 2017. The project with the most backers will receive an additional $500 grant. Eligible projects must be approved before the launch deadline.

When will the grant be awarded?

On February 2nd at 6PM ET, the project with the most backers will be awarded directly to their project. The two runner-ups will also be awarded.

Can I still submit a project?

We are no longer accepting projects for this grant, however we will be launching many more challenge grant opportunities. Sign up for our mailing list for up-to-date community news.

Please Note:

If we see suspicious acitivity of researchers or backers potentially cheating during the challenge, the project will be completely disqualified from winning the grant.

Challenge Aims

While much of the land on Earth has been mapped, the terrain and environment is constantly changing. Beyond land, only an estimated 5% of the ocean floor has been mapped. We're still missing information about the space below the Earth's crust, and maps of the universe beyond our home planet. And, using new segments of human effects and activity can help us look at our existing maps differently.

We're looking for the modern day explorers that are working on developing maps and spacial tools, or using mapping to answer specific research questions.

Below are some examples of areas of research:

  • map unchartered territories such as caves, deep oceans, island, or other planets
  • uses tools like the Google New API to answer specific research questions
  • new technologies for mapping 3D spaces and structures
  • mapping the spread of disease
  • mapping atmospheric changes such as air quality
  • aerial mapping using drones or planes
  • utilizing maps for ecosystem management
  • allowing citizens to contribute to dynamic digital maps
  • remapping land that has changed or shifted because of natural disasters or anthropogenic forces, etc.
  • studies of the history of maps

Examples of successful projects:

Archaeology & Drones: Mapping Neolithic Structures in the Black Desert, Jordan

People of the Swamp: LiDAR and "Invisible" Structures at El Pilar

Identifying the best habitats for the Caribbean manatee in Cuba using sonar

Mapping Salmon Spawning Sites with UAVs

Monitoring and Banding Birds in the Sacramento Valley of California

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Project Eligilibity

This grant is for projects that launch campaigns by Dec 23, 2016. The project that ends with the most backers will receive an additional $500 grant. Eligible projects must be approved before the launch deadline.

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