Thursday, January 28, 2016

Map #1

Welcome back! 

For my first map making assignment this semester, I was to make a map of Massachusetts where the towns and cities are colored based on the population in 2010. The catch being that I could only use colors along the gray scale.

For the map, I used data from the Office of Geographic Information (MassGIS) and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, MassIT. I decided to create a choropleth map using graduated colors (the gray scale) and breaking it into 5 classes. The cities and towns with the lowest populations are shaded in the light gray while the cities and towns with the highest populations are shaded in the dark gray. Here is my completed work for the assignment:

Keep checking back for my next map! 

Let Me Introduce Myself

Hello fellow bloggers and internet users! 

My name is Eva and I am a Geography Major at Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. I am also minoring in Sustainability and Innovations Outreach.

This semester I am taking a course called "Applications in Geographic Info Systems" or otherwise referred to as GIS. For the class I am required to blog about my experiences making maps and doing spatial analysis through ArcMap. 

While I envision myself working either in Emergency Management or Environmental Protection, being able to use GIS and understand it is critical to my future endeavors. I'll be keeping this blog up to date with maps that I have created so come follow me on this adventure!

If you would like to follow along on another adventure of mine here at the University, I am the primary author of the BSU EarthView blog which is updated every Thursday or Friday and discusses where our famous EarthView globe will be traveling to!

I look forward to keeping you all updated on my GIS adventures this semester!