This atlas is a work of collaboration.
It began with a discussion between John Rennie Short and Thomas D. Rabenhorst. John had been working
on redefining Megalopolis and analyzing the socio-economic-spatial changes in
the region over the past fifty years. Tom thought of using the region as the
basis for a term project in the Advanced Cartographic Applications class
he teaches. Together they decided upon the list of variables to be used. The
Advanced Cartographic Applications Class, under the direction of Tom, then
designed, developed and produced the Digital Atlas of Megalopolis. John wrote
the text that accompanies each map. His expertise in urban environments provides
analysis of the graphic content of this atlas, adding greatly to the readers
understanding of this complex region.
While the data and text were provided, it was the students that
discussed and settled upon the atlas overall design. Furthermore, it was the
students who were responsible for processing the data, designing and producing
all of the maps within the atlas. Therefore, only through the skills and
perseverance of the following students was this project possible: Brendan B. Bartow,
Alan S. Belsky, Erin R. Bolton, Jenifer S.Campbell, Eric W. Cook,
Matthew J. Coyle, Jonathan D. Curtis, Jonathan L. Gdowik,
Sarah E. Shank, and
Patrick L. Varga. This superbly crafted cartographic product clearly illustrates
the high-caliber talent of each student.
Much appreciation must be extended to Heidi Lynn Brueckner for
the development of the interactive web interface. She volunteered many hours of
her own time to make this project visually friendly and easy to use.
Additionally, Michael Panichello must also be acknowledged for his technical
advice and overall web design. Both of these students have given unselfishly of
their own time to make this project available to a wide audience.
This educational resource is an excellent example of how a team
of undergraduate students, with support and guidance from educators can produce
a valuable geographic resource for schools and the general public. All of the
students involved in this project should be commended for their cartographic
skills and quality workmanship.