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Ice Age Mapper is a visualization tool developed at UW Madison to promote understanding of past ecological change by students and paleoecologists alike. IAM is live-linked to the Neotoma Paleoecological Database and allows users to browse Neotoma's holdings in a way that incorporates contextual information while supporting multiple drill-down filters into the raw data. In the past, spatiotemporality, uncertainty, and multidimensionality of paleoecological datasets have made it difficult to visualize it. Ice Age Mapper leverages recent advances in interactive mapping and data visualization to effectively communicate ecological trends through space and time. By promoting map sharing via permanent unique URLs Ice Age Mapper is designed for both research and teaching use.
Ice Age Mapper is built with a modern Open Web technology stack of free and open-source tools, which promotes community involvement and development. The applications makes heavy use of front-end libraries, including Mapbox-GL, D3.js, and Crossfilter -- all strongly supported by the developer community and can be modified to fit our needs. Ice Age Mapper's codebase is on GitHub and we welcome anyone to make contributions to the project. Click here to contribute.