Columbia River Calling

Basin Maps, Pt 4 – Atlas of the Columbia River Basin

I’m about to attend an Oregon State University cartographer’s Masters Thesis Defense, so I thought I’d highlight an atlas from OSU as part 4 of the Columbia Basin Map series: the interactive Atlas of the Columbia River Basin.

Atlas of the Columbia River Basin for iPads

Atlas of the Columbia River Basin for iPads

Description: A compilation of maps into a digital atlas available as a downloadable interactive iBook for iPads and static PDF that illustrates various aspects of the Columbia River Basin. From the OSU Cartography and Geovisualization website:

“The four chapters of the Atlas of the Columbia River Basin for iPads showcase select aspects of the Columbia River Basin through interactive maps. The first chapter provides a broad yet descriptive overview of the Columbia River Basin. The second chapter illustrates the dramatic geological events that shaped the basin’s diverse landscape. The third chapter explains the rich cultural history of the basin, from the original Native American inhabitants to the Columbia River Treaty. The fourth and final chapter documents recreational and economical land uses within in the basin as well as the history of, and environmental concerns related to, the Hanford Nuclear Site.”

Source: Students in Computer-Assisted Cartography at Oregon State University

Date: March 2013

What is unique:The interactive nature of the atlas and the fact that it was designed specifically for iPads.  The atlas was developed by undergraduate and graduate students as part of the Computer-Assisted Cartography course taught by Dr. Bernhard Jenny at Oregon State University (Disclaimer: I was one of the students in the class).

What’s missing: A number of the maps are missing the Canadian portion of the basin.  And of course a number of additional pages could be added to the atlas, but there is only so much you can do in a 10 week term.

Bonus: Read the Terra Magazine article on the Atlas of the Columbia River Basin or check out the other interesting projects the OSU Cartography & Geovisualization Group is working on.

Atlas of the CRB - Hydropower Generation Map

Atlas of the Columbia River Basin – Hydropower Generation Map, Cartographers: Kim Ogren & Steven Schuetz

Atlas of the Columbia River Basin: Cartographer: Steven Schuetz

Atlas of the Columbia River Basin – Overivew Cartographer: Steven Schuetz

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