37. North Korea: Incidence of Flooding and Drought

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?
  • Kate Brauman

    The economic condition of North Korea doesn’t make it more susceptible to natural disasters (i.e. natural disasters aren’t more likely to happen), but it does make the impacts of those disasters bigger.

    Your map doesn’t show that North Korea can’t cope or that there’s been economic damage, agricultural losses, or mass starvation. You could re-write the text to suggest that these things are likely, or you could overlay spatial information about impacts.

    The drought impacts are hard to tell apart. Could you use more dramatically different colors? Alternately, the number of reported floods information is repeated both in the color of the province and in the number of green boxes. Instead of coloring the province by flood number, you could color the province by drought incidence.

  • Jessica Norriss

    Love the design of this map and do think it orients the reader well!

    However, I did have to struggle to understand the differences between number of reported floods by province and years of flood occurrence – unless you define that difference more clearly, I’d suggest choosing one or the other? (I think the years of flood occurrence is interesting and like how you designed that index a lot!)

    Also agree the drought section is a little lost amongst all else.

  • nice job!