24. Oil and Gas Environmental Monitoring and Survey Planning

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?
  • Eric Nost

    This is an interesting map!

    Does the map orient the viewer?
    -You might need to do a bit more to place the viewer in the larger context of Africa. So, zoom out on the locator map more?
    Does the data tell a story? / Does the map support the story being told?
    -There’s something here about using barium as an indicator of contamination for offshore oil drilling, and it’s clear from the maps that one drilling site may be culpable. Is it? Maybe spell that out in the text.
    How could the map be more readable?
    -I don’t think you need an elevation legend, or elevation data for that matter. Or shipwrecks or shipping lanes. The text at the bottom is well-written but it’d be easy to read if it weren’t in italics. Also, it’s not clear until the last sentence what this is all about. Put the sentence about barium up front to orient readers to the purpose of the map.
    -I can’t really read a lot of the text, especially in the smaller maps, because of the small size of the image.
    Are there any errors or typos?
    -It seems like the largest standard deviation value is assigned a yellow color and the second largest a red color. In general, the color scale doesn’t seem very intuitive.

  • Chuck Clark

    This maps needs more pixels!

    I found the text to be wordy in a few places. Instead of saying “The purpose of an offshore oil and gas monitoring program is to provide a characterization of the environmental conditions within the vicinity of the wellsite before and after drilling is complete,” consider “Offshore oil and gas monitoring programs characterize environmental conditions within the well-site vicinity both before and drilling.” That last sentence could also be tightened.

    An important topic, well worth pursuing.

    But those detailed Barium concentration charts are too busy. Consider simplifying them to emphasize what’s important.

  • Jessica Norriss

    Love the idea of this map! But a little hard to follow – happy to continue in contact about how to make this easier to follow!
    What does it mean to be a field station?
    Details that might not be necessary or effective for overall message since it is already a lot of detail
    —land elevation
    –ship wrecks
    –standard deviations of barium concentrations + qualifiers?

    Not sure I follow what is happening in the three zoomed in boxes? Where specifically do they come from?
    I wouldn’t italicize the text
    “as a result, offshore oil and gas exploration has increased greatly as terrestrial reserves have seen a decline in abundance” << don't need "in abundance" can just say "as terrestrial reserves have in large part been declining" or just "have seen a decline"

  • pretty boring. show projections vs actual development?

  • Mag Surround

    dear mapper, i could not find the indication of credits? what i would introduce for sure is a more general introduction on subject, intention, synthesis etc. ….., best, magnificent surroundings