Marty Schnure ‘10.5 Sets Out to Map Patagonia National Park

Marty Schnure ‘10.5 (left) and project partner Ross Donihue (right)

Marty Schnure, a geography major from the class of 2010.5, recently received a National Geographic Young Explorers Grant which she is using to kick off a cartographic expedition to create a map-based visual portal for exploring the future Patagonia National Park from anywhere in the world.

Beginning this January, Schnure and her partner Ross Donihue will be working to tell the unusual story of the future Patagonia park through compelling cartography integrated with rich multimedia and spoonfuls of educational information. Using the content they collect in the field, combined with open-source data and crowd-sourced content, they will create a print map and guide to the park and an interactive web map complete with rich visual and educational content. Through their work, they’re exploring the future of new-media cartography for conservation, communication, and education.From the field, they’ll be blogging to give followers a behind-the-scenes view of the expedition from start to finish. They’ll also be blogging on the National Geographic News Watch and Explorers Journal. And thanks to an Ambassador sponsorship from SPOT Adventures, they’ll have a live map on the blog showing their location in the park at all times. Upon returning home, they will spend roughly four months integrating that content into their custom cartography to create a bilingual print visitors guide to the park and a bilingual interactive web map to engage a global audience.

Although the grant from National Geographic is covering half of the project, the team is leveraging the remaining support needed on Kickstarter — you can check out the project and watch an awesome short video here.