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University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries GIS Day 2023: Map Gallery

Welcome to the GIS Day map competition gallery. The maps were displayed in the order of submission. Please take a moment to choose your favorite map from the map gallery. The map with the most votes will receive the People's Choice Award. Link for voting:

1. Map title: Spain Earthquakes Risk

    Author: Ahmed Alsakiti

    Department: Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

    Description: This map serves the purpose of presenting insights into earthquake distribution based on their magnitudes. Drawing from global seismic monitoring systems and data repositories like the USGS, it reveals a predominant pattern of minor-magnitude earthquakes, with a significant focus on those within the 2.5 to 6.3 Richter scale range. This data helps underscore the frequent occurrence of minor seismic events in Spain region. Moreover, the map provides a basis for regional analysis, aiding in the identification of areas with pronounced seismic activity. This information is invaluable for disaster preparedness, infrastructure planning, and localized risk assessment, making it a crucial tool for earthquake research and mitigation efforts.

2. Map Title: Exploring Earthquake Magnitudes and Fault Zones in China (People's Choice Winner)

    Author: Nutaila Yaqoob Ayoub Al Hadidi

    Department: Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

    Description: This map provides a comprehensive analysis of earthquake magnitudes in China during the period 2018 to 2023. It visually represents earthquake depth through varying circle sizes, magnitude through the color of those circles, and categorizes fault zones from 1st to 3rd order, and highlights distinct types of seismic belts, including isolated, undermine, and swarm. The map also illustrates the interconnection of seismic belts with geological fault lines, shedding light on patterns of seismic activity in the region. Figure 1: The graph represents fundamental statistics, including mean magnitudes, median magnitudes, and standard deviation. It portrayed the classical bell-shaped curve, indicating a normal distribution, and highlighting the concentration of high-count earthquakes around the mean and median values. A clear understanding of magnitude distribution holds greatest significance for seismic analysis and regional preparedness, providing essential insights for risk assessment and supporting disaster resilience efforts. work cited: “Latest Earthquakes.”, Xu, T, et al. “Brief Communication “Monitoring Ionospheric Variations before Earthquakes Using the Vertical and Oblique Sounding Network over China.”” Research Gate , Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, 2011 Zhang, Ming-Hua, et al. “Regional Gravity Survey and Application in Oil and Gas Exploration in China.” Chine Geology, vol. 2, no. 3, 1 Sept. 2019, pp. 382–390,,

3. Map Title: Nebraska’s Missing U.S. Soldiers from the Vietnam War (2nd Place Winner)

    Author: Erik Schulz

    Department: School of Global Integrative Studies

    Description: The map represents United States military members that are listed as Missing in Action or Killed in Action and still missing. This map only represents individuals from Nebraska and focuses on the Vietnam War only. A separate map has been created to document those that have been found/accounted for. The creation of this map is to document where the home town is for these missing individuals. They are linked together as they are all part of the US military and they were all listed as lost from the Vietnam War. There are a few goals for this research one will be to create a map of all of those still missing that are from Nebraska throughout the different military conflicts/wars. Another is to review the data and look for similarities between the different conflicts/wars, the different branches, and rural to urban environments to name a few. The information is primarily sourced from the Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agencies website and the POW Network. The data is publicly available but as of right now only listed on the website in an excel format. The map I created will allow for a visual representation of the information. The map shows 16 individuals, and for each of these individuals the following information is provided; Name, Additional Resources, Case Profile (from DPAA), Country of Casualty, Date of Birth, Home Town, Date of Loss, Military Service, Photo, Rank and Rate, Service Number, Unite, URL and coordinates. There is also a QR code on the map that links to a Scalar website that documents the stories of these individuals. This research also has an Arc StoryMap associated with it that can be reached through the Scalar website. Both of these websites are still in the early stages of development.

4. Map Title: 1903 Fish Car Journey

    Author: Leah Stirrup

    Department: Anthropology

    Description: This map describes the 1903 Gretna State Fish Hatchery fish car journey. The map will accompany the culminating project regarding the history of Schramm Park, the first state fish hatchery in Nebraska. The 1903 journey starts in Gretna, Nebraska. Plans for the fish car were drawn up in 1887 by the first superintendent, E. O'Brien. The car was able to fit on any end of a regular train. The first stop was in York, Nebraska. Yellow bullheads were released into Beaver Creek. No other fish were released in other creeks, besides Lincoln Creek, due to depths being too shallow. Arcadia, Nebraska, was the second stop. In the Loup river, bass, croppie, and catfish were released along with in the surrounding lakes. The third stop went as far as McCook, with other stops interspersed in the Republican Valley. Fish were only placed in tributaries liberally. Andrews, Nebraska, was the fourth stop and Chadron, Nebraska, was the fifth stop. The last stop was in Dakota County. This stop was only to stock Crystal and Jackson's lakes. The digital map includes pictures and descriptions of each stop, if provided. Pictures are from the 1918-1920 Nebraska Report of the Commission.

5. Map Title: Map of the fictional continent of Lví hvězd on the fictional planet Vápence

    Author: John Seaborn

    Department: College of Arts and Sciences

    Description: This map is of the administrative divisions within the fictional continent of Lví hvězd, which roughly translates to the “The Lion’s Star” in Czech. This continent is in a fictional space colony called Vápence, meaning the Limestone planet in Czech. The colony will be founded in the year 3045, by Czech astronauts, Martin Kocián and David Kropáček, who decide they should form a human colony on a distant planet. Although the Czech government will be hesitant at first, it will eventually support Kocián and Kropáček's mission and grant them 22,861,700 Czech Koruna or about 1 million U.S. dollars in funding to help continue the project. With the help of another 15 million U.S. dollars from the U.S. and other nations, the team is able to develop their project even further. After around 20 years of studying the geography and resources of nearby planets and testing their equipment, they are ready to go to space. Their journey receives national attention and many people sign up to join them as possible settlers on a distant planet. They make a couple failed attempts to take off, both of which, thankfully, do not result in any casualties. Kocián and Kropáček eventually land on the planet Vápence. More settlers continue to join them, and they go on to form a new civilization, which survives for many generations. The descendants of the two original astronauts end up creating a republic named Pivočeska after the beer Pivo and in honor of their native country, the Czech Republic. Over many generations, the descendants of the settlers migrate throughout the continent and eventually form their own societies, which later evolve into separate countries with their own cultures. The boundaries shown on the map are the boundaries of those countries within the continent of Lví hvězd.

6. Map Title: UK Soccer Stadium Capacity Map

    Author: Abdulmalik Al mamari

    Department: The Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

    Description: The map showcases the widespread existence of soccer stadiums throughout the nation. It emphasizes the diverse range of stadium sizes and concentrations, from city centers to rural regions, which portray the diverse and vibrant soccer culture present in the country.

7. Map Title: Contrasts in Modern Germany: East and West

    Author: Osama Al sawaai

    Department: (Geology) Department of Earth and Atmospheric Science

    Description: This map showcases the differences between East and West Germany, featuring major cities like Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt, and Munich in the west, and Leipzig, Dresden, and Erfurt in the east, reflecting population disparities. Car manufacturing plants of major companies are denoted in the West, while the East has fewer such facilities. Western Germany shows limited agricultural areas, indicating its industrial focus, while the East has a larger expanse of agricultural regions. The included graph highlights that life satisfaction is generally higher in the West compared to the East. The dashed line marks the historic border.

8. Map Title: Spatial Distribution of Phenotypic Records used in GxE model

    Author: Hasnat Aslam

    Department: School of Natural Resource

    Description: The spatial distribution of phenotypic records (including “Plant height (cm)”, “Ear height (cm)”,“Grain moisture (%)”, and “Grain yield (bu per acre)”) of G2F ("G2F is an umbrella initiative to support translation of maize genomic information for the benefit of growers, consumers and society. This public-private partnership is building on publicly funded corn genome sequencing projects to develop approaches to understand the functions of corn genes and specific alleles across environments.") experiments in the US regions and the province of Ontario in Canada between 2014 and 2021. The state of Lower Saxony in Germany includes the years 2018, 2020, and 2021 for three locations. The location of each station on the map was modified for visualization purposes, allowing the illustration of stations with multiyear records. The size of the circle represents the number of years sampled, which also appears within the parentheses next to the year at each site. The colors of the circles were included for visualization purposes only.

This map was also included in our recent publication.

9. Map Title: Lincoln NEBRASKA HEALTHCARE SYSTEM and Expansion (1st Place Winners)

    Author: Landyn Bish and Alexi Caines

    Department: Architecture

    Description: Lincoln’s population growth, marked by a combination of downtown mixed-use development and continued suburban sprawl, has spurred a pressing need for expanded healthcare facilities. The city of Lincoln is currently supported by 14 urgent care centers and eight hospitals. Urgent care facilities cater to immediate health concerns, while hospitals offer more extensive services, including specialized and emergency care. Between these primary systems and the infrastructure and logistics of smaller support locations and ambulances, Lincoln’s health needs are met. However, a combination of the city’s ongoing labor shortage, aging population, and increased number of people that need after-hospital care has led to the need for increased or improved systems. The research done in creating the following maps investigated this increasing demand and what the city is doing to address it.

The need for more healthcare, while already increasing prior to 2020, intensified during the COVID-19 pandemic. Even in the post-pandemic period, the demand for healthcare remains high, with hospital beds in Lincoln consistently at full capacity. According to Dr. John Trapp, Bryan hospital’s chief medical officer, “We’re as full as we’ve ever been, even at the peak of COVID.” The importance of healthcare access in the community cannot be overstated, as it plays a pivotal role in ensuring the well-being and resilience of the growing population. Beyond its impact on public health, the healthcare sector contributes to the local economy. Hospitals and urgent care centers generate employment opportunities, enhance the quality of life in the community, and contribute to consumption and disposal cycles.

For the moment, the growing need for healthcare has a few solutions on the way. In southern Lincoln, April Sampson Cancer Center (listed as hospital number nine) is nearing completion. The Lincoln Surgical Hospital is adding a two-story addition this year. Several smaller expansions of additional labs, diagnostic spaces, and inpatient units are recently opened or also on the way.

Data collection for this map involved locating each hospital and urgent care center currently in Lincoln and surrounding populations. The population of adults was estimated by the number of registered voters in each subdivision of the county. From Lincoln’s 2050 plan, population and land projections were added to provide additional context. As another measure of reach and connection between healthcare infrastructure, ambulance range is provided as highlighted circles. These circles show 7 miles from a hospital, a distance an ambulance can travel in approximately 7 minutes.

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