16. Rising Sea Levels: Hawaii

Now it’s Your Turn

In the comments, please ask questions or make suggestions that will help the cartographer improve the map. Key things to think about include:

  • Does the map orient the viewer?
  • Does the data tell a story?
  • Does the map support the story being told?
  • Does the map make assumptions?
  • How could the map be more readable?
  • Are there any errors or typos?
  • Joela Jacobs

    I think the map would benefit from an additional explanation in the legend what the red areas mean precisely, just to reinforce the point. I’m also not 100% sure about the enlarged words (“sea level rise of 5ft” seems appropriate to enlarge, Waikiki not as much unless it gets marked on the map too and is of special significance to the context). Otherwise: really great!

    • Sarah Allen

      I’d agree with both of Joela’s suggestions. I really appreciate your work on this!!!

  • Aly DeGraff Ollivierre

    I would take the poster text as a cue for the map text and significantly reduce the map legend and scale bar; and I’m very much against map north arrows when the map is oriented with north up (but that’s a personal opinion). I’m also not sure the shadow behind the islands add anything to the map, I would consider removing that. Maybe also clean up the yellow major roads data to smooth it out. It’s a great map and topic though!!

  • This map shows significantly more area than Waikiki Beach itself. Simultaneously overall message of sea level rise risk to Hawaii’s economy and environment are lost is the very narrow geographic focus on Oahu’s S shore. I agree on the N arrow, no need to show when N is up AND there is a recognizable locator map. Map elements like the N arrow and the scale bar are overly busy and could be simplified (or removed). There is no need to include obvious features like streets or highways in the legend of a non transportation related map. But there is a need to explain the symbology for what I assume are the red flooded areas. Using a drop shadow under the islands looks odd when the background shows the bathymetric terrain. Switching to a vector based map (using some of the excellent data provided by State of Hawaii) and re scaling to entire state with a focus on all beaches (or maybe most visited beaches across entire state) would help the narrative I think. It is an important topic!

  • Tangnar

    Man, Hawaii is in trouble!

    I agree about N arrow, not necessary, or you could really shrink it down. It takes draws the eye away from the map.
    Scale bar – As I get to looking at it, I think your scale bar is referencing the overview map rather than the main map. I would also simplify it and adjust for some round numbers [0,5,10]
    Roads – I think the roads are ok because they give an idea of some of the infrastructure impacted. But then again, the aerial imagery might do that already. If you keep the yellow roads, I would clean them up a tad, as suggested.
    Might look good to adjust the line spacing of the text so that it’s the same between all lines.

    • elena

      I agree with Tangnar, I would drastically reduce the scale bar and edit road lines, probably just a black line would work. I would be interested to see which pieces of the city are risking from rising water, so, if possible, adding buildings in cad, since the aerial view is not very clear. also, I’d suggest to remove shadows of islands above water in the larger map, I think it is beautiful to see simply the island surface becoming the seabed.

  • sarah dorrance

    The maps words are quite clear and make one really think. I really like the map chosen and the colors of the water, visually quite nice. I think you might say something that indicates that the timelines for water rise is moving quicker than scientists thought. I think the word legend does not need to be there. I think the directional arrow is too large, though I like the arrow chosen, maybe I would show east and west rather than the northcentric direction chosen, though this is just my personal preference and might not be the look you want. Great map.

  • Jonny Jew

    Very compelling topic!

    I think there is a little disparity between the title, which focuses on all of Hawaii, versus the inset map which only shows Waikiki. If you don’t have data for other beacehs, perhaps you could change the title to better reflect the focus area. This would also eliminate the need to have a seperate emphasis on “Waikiki beach” in the text.

    Including what the encroaching red/yellow means in the legend would be very helpful. I can assume that it is area that would be flooded, but the difference in color is not clear.

    I dont know that the roads need to be so heavily emphasized, though I agree with Tangnar that an idea of infrastructure lost/compromised really helps conceptualize how lost coastline would affect lives beyond just seeing area on a map. You could really take it to the next level and label hotels, ports, famous beaches, or other important landmarks to help make an emotional impact.

  • Bernardo Loureiro

    +1 for most of the previous comments. Legend for the red areas would be very good. Also I don’t think the enlarged words are necessary nor the north arrow… I’d also change the word “Legend” for a description of what the map is about, e.g. “Predicted Sea Level Rise in Waikiki Beach by 2050”.

    Maybe some (very unobtrusive) place labels would be good too – for example, it would be good to know that this is affecting the airport.

  • Perrine Laroche

    Very good subject to illustrate the prospected impact of a global change on both a local economy and an important leasure and dreamy place for people.
    Maybe … you could add a photo of Waikiki beach to show the effervescence of the place.