Publishing Map Services with the GIS Portal

The above map shows earthquakes and hurricanes from 2000 to 2009. By clicking on the play button, temporal patterns emerge of the disasters through these years. Each frame represents a 6 month period of time. The user can also pause the slide show and click on a specific dot (earthquake) or a line (hurricane) to open a pop-up window that reveals more information about that specific natural disaster. For example, by clicking on an earthquake, individuals can learn its magnitude on the Richter Scale. Similarly, individuals can click on a hurricane to learn about the peak wind speeds. In examining temporal trends of these natural disasters, scientists can better understand where these natural disasters will take place as well as learn more about trends in the relative strength of these storms.