Is there such a thing as the “perfect graph?”
Over the years I’ve certainly tried.
It shows a “monthly rainfall” (top) and “swamp stage” (bottom) summary for Big Cypress Nat’l Preserve. The bottom graph is color coded with respect to the swamp’s major habitat types, as shown below.
- A “splashy” new design
- Enlarged photographs
- Static tabs (up top) – Now you can click to your favorite graphs by major topic heading (Big Cypress Swamp, etc.) instead of scrolling through the chronological list.
- The Swamporeatron (also up top) – This is an interactive data-viewing portal which offers a quick way to glimpse back decades into the past to see how current water conditions compare to historic trends.
The journal is part “narrative voice” and part “Rosetta Stone.” It’s a place that combines photographs, hydrologic charts, diagrams, and video with the aim of making their sum greater than its parts. It is equally “hot off the press“and a continual “work in progress.” (Case in point is that recently, for unknown reasons, the video isn’t appearing on many government computers, despite working fine for the past 2 years.)
Regardless, it’s fun trying!