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Read online Coast Lines: How Mapmakers Frame the World and Chart Environmental Change.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Coast Lines: How Mapmakers Frame the World and Chart Environmental Change In the next century sea levels are predicted to rise at unprecedented rates causing flooding around the world from the islands of Malaysia and the canals of Venice to the coasts of Florida and California These rising water levels pose serious challenges to all aspects of coastal existence chiefly economic residential and environmental as well as to the cartographic definition and mapping of coasts It is this facet of coastal life that Mark Monmonier tackles in i Coast Lines i Setting sail on a journey across shifting landscapes cartographic technology and climate change Monmonier reveals that coastlines are as much a set of ideas assumptions and societal beliefs as they are solid black lines on maps Whether for sailing charts or property maps Monmonier shows coastlines challenge mapmakers to capture on paper a highly irregular land water boundary perturbed by tides and storms and complicated by rocks wrecks and shoals i Coast Lines i is peppered with captivating anecdotes about the frustrating effort to expunge fictitious islands from nautical charts the tricky measurement of a coastline s length and the contentious notions of beachfront property and public access .

Combing maritime history and the history of technology i Coast Lines i charts the historical progression from offshore sketches to satellite images and explores the societal impact of coastal cartography on everything from global warming to homeland security Returning to the form of his celebrated i Air Apparent i Monmonier ably renders the topic of coastal cartography accessible to both general readers and historians of science technology and maritime studies In the post Katrina era when the map of entire regions can be redrawn by a single natural event the issues he raises are more important than eve by Mark Monmonier

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Coast Lines: How Mapmakers Frame the World and Chart Environmental Change
Title:Coast Lines: How Mapmakers Frame the World and Chart Environmental Change
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Maps as we know help us find our way around But they re also powerful tools for someone hoping to find i you i Widely available in electronic and paper formats maps offer revealing insights into our movements and activities even our likes and dislikes In i Spying with Maps i the mapmatician Mark Monmonier looks at the increased use of geographic data satellite imagery and location tracking across a wide range of fields such as military intelligence law enforcement market research and traffic engineering Could these diverse forms of geographic monitoring he asks lead to grave consequences for society To assess this very real threat he explains how geospatial technology works what it can reveal who uses it and to what effect br br Despite our apprehension about surveillance technology i Spying with Maps i is not a jeremiad crammed with dire warnings about eyes in the sky and invasive tracking Monmonier s approach encompasses both skepticism and the acknowledgment that geospatial technology brings with it unprecedented benefits to governments institutions and individuals especially in an era of asymmetric warfare and bioterrorism Monmonier frames his explanations of what this new technology is and how it works with the question of whether locational privacy is a fundamental right Does the right to be left alone include not letting Big Brother or a legion of Little Brothers know where we are or where we ve been What sacrifices must we make for homeland security and open government br br With his usual wit and clarity Monmonier offers readers an engaging even handed introduction to the dark side of the new technology that surrounds us from traffic cameras and weather satellites to personal GPS devices and wireless communications, p Some maps help us find our way others restrict where we go and what we do These maps control behavior regulating activities from flying to fishing prohibiting students from one part of town from being schooled on the other and banishing certain individuals and industries to the periphery This restrictive cartography has boomed in recent decades as governments seek regulate activities as diverse as hiking building a residence opening a store locating a chemical plant or painting your house anything but regulation colors It is this aspect of mapping its power to prohibit that celebrated geographer Mark Monmonier tackles in i No Dig No Fly No Go i br br Rooted in ancient Egypt s need to reestablish property boundaries following the annual retreat of the Nile s floodwaters restrictive mapping has been indispensable in settling the American West claiming slices of Antarctica protecting fragile ocean fisheries and keeping sex offenders away from playgrounds But it has also been used for opprobrium during one of the darkest moments in American history cartographic exclusion orders helped send thousands of Japanese Americans to remote detention camps Tracing the power of prohibitive mapping at multiple levels from regional to international and multiple dimensions from property to cyberspace Monmonier demonstrates how much boundaries influence our experience from homeownership and voting to taxation and airline travel A worthy successor to his critically acclaimed i How to Lie with Maps i the book is replete with all of the hallmarks of a Monmonier classic including the wry observations and witty humor br br In the end Monmonier looks far beyond the lines on the page to observe that mapped boundaries however persuasive their appearance are not always as permanent and impermeable as their cartographic lines might suggest Written for anyone who votes owns a home or aspires to be an informed citizen i No Dig No Fly No Go i will change the way we look at maps forever br p, Blending meteorological history with the history of scientific cartography Monmonier charts the phenomenon of lake effect snow and explores the societal impacts of extreme weather Along the way he introduces readers to natural philosophers who gradually identified this distinctive weather pattern to tales of communities adapting to notoriously disruptive storms and to some of the snowiest regions of the country br br Characterized by intense snowfalls lasting from a couple of minutes to several days lake effect snow is deposited by narrow bands of clouds formed when cold dry arctic air passes over a large relatively warm inland lake With perhaps only half the water content of regular snow lake snow is typically light fluffy and relatively easy to shovel Intriguing stories of lake effect s quirky behavior and diverse impacts include widespread ignorance of the phenomenon in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries Since then a network of systematic observers have collected several decades of data worth mapping and reliable shortterm predictions based on satellites Doppler radar and computer models are now available br br Moving effortlessly from atmospheric science to anecdotes Monmonier offers a richly detailed account of a type of weather that has long been misunderstood Residents of lake effect regions history buffs and weather junkies alike will relish this entertaining and informative book, Originally published to wide acclaim this lively cleverly illustrated essay on the use and abuse of maps teaches us how to evaluate maps critically and promotes a healthy skepticism about these easy to manipulate models of reality Monmonier shows that despite their immense value maps lie In fact they must br br The second edition is updated with the addition of two new chapters color plates and a new foreword by renowned geographer H J de Blij One new chapter examines the role of national interest and cultural values in national mapping organizations including the United States Geological Survey while the other explores the new breed of multimedia computer based maps br br To show how maps distort Monmonier introduces basic principles of mapmaking gives entertaining examples of the misuse of maps in situations from zoning disputes to census reports and covers all the typical kinds of distortions from deliberate oversimplifications to the misleading use of color br br Professor Monmonier himself knows how to gain our attention it is not in fact the lies in maps but their truth if always approximate and incomplete that he wants us to admire and use even to draw for ourselves on the facile screen His is an artful and funny book which like any good map packs plenty in little space i Scientific American i br br A useful guide to a subject most people probably take too much for granted It shows how map makers translate abstract data into eye catching cartograms as they are called It combats cartographic illiteracy It fights cartophobia It may even teach you to find your way For that alone it seems worthwhile Christopher Lehmann Haupt i The New York Times i br br witty examination of how and why maps lie The book conveys an important message about how statistics of any kind can be manipulated But it also communicates much of the challenge aesthetic appeal and sheer fun of maps Even those who hated geography in grammar school might well find a new enthusiasm for the subject after reading Monmonier s lively and surprising book i Wilson Library Bulletin i br br A reading of this book will leave you much better defended against cheap atlases shoddy journalism unscrupulous advertisers predatory special interest groups and others who may use or abuse maps at your expense John Van Pelt i Christian Science Monitor i br br Monmonier meets his goal admirably His book should be put on every map user s must read list It is informative and readable a big step forward in helping us to understand how maps can mislead their readers Jeffrey S Murray i Canadian Geographic i