Atlas of Maine 2011

The Atlas of Maine 2011: Downeast Edition was developed by students in Introduction to GIS and Remote Sensing, an interdisciplinary course in the Environmental Studies Program at Colby College. The goal of this project was to develop a series of maps highlighting the unique human and natural resources of the Downeast Region of Maine. The Atlas maps on this page emphasize "visual" GIS. To view student research projects that emphasize "analytical" GIS click here. To view the Atlas of Maine 2005 click here. To view the Atlas of Maine 2006 click here. To view the Atlas of Maine 2008 click here. To view the Atlas of Maine 2009 click here. To view the Atlas of Maine 2010 click here.

The maps were originally created in ArcGIS 9.3x and exported to the web using ArcIMS, an internet map server from ESRI. To view the maps using ArcIMS, click on one of the the links below. To view a map as a PDF document, click the PDF link next to the map description. The paper maps were originally created as 36 x 42 inch posters and reduced to 8.5 x 11 inches to faciliate download by PDF. Please note: The IMS and PDF maps are large files so it may take a few minutes to load unless you are using a high-speed internet connection. ArcIMS works well with Windows operating systems running Internet Explorer. MacIntosh OS X users may need Mozilla Firefox to open and view the dynamic ArcIMS maps.

To view the complete Atlas of Maine 2011 as a single PDF document click here.

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Atlas of Maine 2011: Click here to download the complete Atlas of Maine as a booklet (8.5" x 11" PDF). To view individual maps click on links below.

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Road Networks in Downeast Maine: This map highlights and classifies the road networks in Downeast Maine using ArcGIS 9.3 software. Created by Garrison Beck ('13).

All road and North American states data from ESRI. Elevation and water bodies data from Maine Office of GIS. Data projected in NAD 1983 UTM Zone 19N.

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Elevation of Downeast Maine: This map shows the physical elevation of Downeast Maine, with contour lines representing 50m increments of elevation. Created by Kaitlyn Bernard ('13).

County boundaries and elevation from the Maine Office of GIS. Lakes and rivers of Downeast Maine taken from ESRI data. Projected in NAD83 UTM Zone 19N.

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Potential Sea Level Rise in Downeast Maine: According to the IPCC 2001 Climate Change Working Group, sea-level rise equivalent to all the ice on earth melting would be 69.31 meters. A large change in global temperatures would have dramatic impact on areas including Downeast Maine. This map shows the regions of Downeast Maine that would be flooded if sea levels rose 15, 25, or 35 meters. A 35 meter sea level rise would occur if 50% of polar ice melted. Created by Jillian Blouin ('13).

Data from Maine Office of GIS and ESRI 93 and projected in NAD83, UTM Zone 19N.

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Ecoregions, Land Cover, and Conserved Land in Downeast Maine: The Downeast Region of Maine is home to several different ecoregions, as well as a variety of conserved lands. This map shows the land cover and areas that are currently being conserved in this region. Created by Lauren Hendricks ('12).

Data from EPA, GeoBase, and the Maine Office of GIS. Data are projected in NAD 1983, UTM Zone 19N.

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Hurricane Surges and Flood Hazard Areas in Downeast Maine: This map shows sections of Downeast Maine designated as flood hazard areas and mean tide and mean high tide hurricane surges. Created by Sally Holmes ('13).

Flood hazard area data were obtained from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Hurricane surge data were prepared by the US Army Corps of Engineers, New England District. Boundaries and water bodies were obtained from ESRI93 and the Maine Office of GIS. Projected in NAD83 UTM Zone 19N.

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Health Services in Downeast Maine: This map depicts the various health service centers, including Red Cross service stations, hospitals, and EMS centers within Hancock and Washington Counties. Emergency roads, as well as other major roads in Maine’s transportation network, are displayed in order to show access to the health service centers. Created by Jillian Howell ('12).

Hospital, road, Red Cross, and EMS data from the Maine Office of GIS. Township, state, and country borders were obtained from ESRI. Data projected in NAD 193 UTM Zone 19N.

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Forest and Freshwater Habitat Suitability of Downeast Maine: This map shows the habitat suitability for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 91 Priority Trust Species of Downeast Maine. Created by Larissa Lee ('13).

Major Roads, Forest Habitat Suitability, and Fresh Water Habitat Suitability data from Maine Office of GIS and Background, Downeast, county boundaries, and Canada border data from ESRI.

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Transportation in Downeast Maine: The Downeast region of Maine is a sparsely populated region yet has various networks for transportation. This map shows roads, railroads, and airports. This map also displays elevation and locations of lakes to place the location of this transportation network in context. Created by Theo Papademetriou ('12).

Road, railroad, airport, and elevation data from the Maine Office of GIS. States border and hillshade obtained from ESRI. Projected in NAD83 UTM Zone 19N.

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Vernal Pools and Wetlands in Downeast Maine: This map depicts Significant Vernal Pool (SVP) habitat and Wetlands in the Washington and Hancock Counties of Downeast Maine. They are shown in relation to major streams, rivers, and lakes in the region. Created by Nick Papanastassiou ('13).

Data from the Maine Office of GIS and ESRI. Projected in NAD83 UTM Zone 19N.

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Conserved Wetlands in the Downeast Region of Maine: This map shows the amount of conserved wetlands in the Downeast region of Maine. Conserved and unconserved wetlands as well as lakes, rivers, and streams are shown. Created by Brynna Patel ('11).

Data from the Maine Office of GIS. Projected in NAD83 UTM Zone 19N.

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Locations of Schools in Downeast Maine: Washington and Hancock counties in Maine contain a variety of education institutions. This map shows locations of secondary educational facilities, and post secondary educational facilities. It also shows township boundaries and major highways. Created by Cassie Raker ('13).

School locations, highways, and country border data from the Maine Office of GIS. Township boundaries from ESRI.

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Cell Phone Towers and Population Density in Downeast Maine: This map shows population density and cell phone tower locations in the Downeast Region of Maine. Created by Sophie Sarkar ('11).

Block-group Population data from the 2000 US Census. Cellphone tower locations from Maine Office of GIS. Hillshade, Downeast, DowneastClip, and Canada border from ESRI. Projected in NAD83 UTM Zone 19N.

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Conservation Lands of Downeast Maine: Downeast Maine contains a variety of different types of conservation lands with different ownership, size, and proximity to population centers. The map displays elevation data for the Downeast region as a hillshade. Created by Peter Smithy ('11).

Lake, Road, and Conservation Land Data from the Maine Office of GIS. Projected in NAD83 UTM Zone 19N.

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National Priority List (NPL) Sites in Downeast Maine: This Atlas of Maine depicts the National Priority List (NPL) sites within the Downeast Region of Maine. This map was created using geographic information system (GIS) software in order to visually represent these sites as they relate to regional water bodies and road networks. There are 45 NPL sites within the Downeast region and are represented by orange and black target dots. Almost all of these sites are located along major roads, which are represented as black lines. Created by J. Sarah Sorenson ('11).

NPL site data from EPA. All other data from the Maine Office of GIS and ESRI. Projected in NAD83 UTM Zone 19N.

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Shellfish, Eelgrass, and Shorebird Habitat of Downeast Maine: The coast of Downeast Maine is home to a variety of marine plant and animal species. This map displays shellfish, eelgrass, and shorebird habitats on the coast of Downeast Maine. Created by Noah Teachey ('13).

DEM data and shellfish, eelgrass, shorebird, rivers, and counties border polygons obtained from the Maine Office of GIS. States border polygon obtained from ESRI. Projected in NAD83 UTM Zone 19N.

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Locations of Police Stations and Fire Stations in the Downeast Region of Maine: This map displays the locations of police and fire stations in Hancock and Washington counties. Created by Emily Ten Eyck ('13).

Fire police station data from the Maine Office of GIS. All other data from ESRI. Projected in NAD 1983 UTM Zone 19N.

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