Data Visualization Tools for Scientific Work

Scientists come to Stamen when they have complex data and ideas that they want to communicate clearly to achieve strategic results. We work with scientists to portray compelling stories, ideas, and arguments with scientific rigor leading to measurable outcomes.

“[Stamen’s] ability to craft solutions by marrying design elegance with highly usable, interactive interfaces is unparalleled…[they designed] a solution that worked not only for the end user, but that maintained the scientific rigor that is paramount among Chesapeake Scientists.”

—Michael Land, Director of Communications, Digital and Design, National Park Service Chesapeake Bay

“Since 2010, my collaborators at Stamen have been working with me to turn my organization’s scientific research into online maps of sea-level rise and coastal flood risk. From the start of our collaboration, Stamen’s mastery of maps, passion for excellence, and dedication to doing work that serves the greater good have always been evident.”

—Ben Strauss, Vice President for Climate Impacts, Climate Central

“Our diverse team’s efforts on the Berkeley Ecoinformatics Engine were integrated into comprehensive interactive online applications by Stamen Design, a unique challenge that their technologists were adept at handling! Personally I was impressed by their responsive and professional team and enjoyed interacting with all of them. Dedication to respecting the data, user experience and solid design principles were evident every step of the process. We learned much from them and want to continue collaborations in the future.”

—Michelle Koo, Staff Curator, Biodiversity Informatics & GIS and Researcher

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Stamen worked with Climate Central and New American Media to develop visualizations of the impact of rising sea levels to coastal residents, infrastructure, and property. These visualizations have been highly impactful in the global conversation around sea level rise.

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Amazonia Under Threat

Since 1915, the National Geographic Society has been making some of the best maps the world has ever seen. So we were honored, humbled, and maybe even a little nervous when we got the opportunity to work closely with the Nat Geo team designing and building an interactive feature all about the Amazon.

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Audubon Society Climate Maps

Climate change, though we know it's there, is a hard thing to see: it's slow, it's invisible, and if you don't know what you're looking for, then you might not even miss it once its gone.

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Urban Water Blueprint

Few things are more vital to a city than safe, accessible fresh water. More than 20% of the world’s population lives in areas where access to clean, fresh water is challenging. It’s obvious: Healthy cities need reliable clean water to thrive. But how do we achieve that critical goal of safe, secure water supplies for hundreds of cities all over the world?

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Surging Seas

The Surging Seas project is an interactive map that combines sea level rise with various economic and population indicators. Most maps of sea level rise are underwhelming, visually. By focusing on the land that's shrinking as sea levels change, they give the impression that there'll be lots of land left over, even after the oceans change the shape of the coastline.

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Chesapeake Bay Grasses

Chesapeake Bay Grasses is a cartography and storytelling project that we worked with the Chesapeake Bay Program(CBP). CBP is a partnership of federal, state, non-profit organizations and academic institutions dedicated to the protection and restoration of the Bay. Stamen has been working with the CBP to develop a visual story about the health of the Bay, based on a ton of scientific data that has been collected over the last 40 years or so.

3D Mars Maps

We've put together a 3D contour map of the Martian surface, using data collected by the Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter.

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