The Space–Time Aquarium is Full of Albatrosses: Time Geography, Lifestyle and Trans-species Geovisual Analytics

  • Jinfeng Zhao
  • Pip Forer
  • Mike Walker
  • Todd Dennis
Part of the Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography book series (LNGC)


The volume of research that involves movement track data sets of increasing size and complexity has grown significantly as data-capture technologies have developed and expectations for ongoing growth of research opportunities have hardened. Techniques for describing such data vary, some utilising a purely geometric measurement while others seeking to involve activity and purpose as elements of movement description. Such enriched data is typical of sentient entities that interact with their environment and other sentients. This paper is solely about such sentient, self-navigating objects. It is also restricted to consideration of movement fields through the lens of geovisual analytics, or equally, in this case, reviewing geovisual analytics through the lenses of a sample of sentient movement data sets. Fundamentally the paper asks whether different kinds of entity require adjustments to given visualisation tools, and if this is so, how such adjustments might be related to the different processes and geographies of the entities involved. The arguments are largely based around two ‘rich’ data sets: Halifax time use and Muriwai possum movement data sets.


Movement visualisation Geovisual analytics  Sentient movement  Animal tracking Spatio-temporal activity patterns Time geography 



Professor Andy Harvey of Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, provided access to the 1971 Halifax data set for testing and ongoing advice and encouragement in the further development and exploration of Ringmap. We would like to thank the families of Frank and Robert Calis, Simon Webb, and Steve Nobilo for use of their lovely farms during collection of the possum movement data. We would also like to acknowledge Jean Claude Stahl and Paul Hughes for providing access to the Albatross data.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jinfeng Zhao
    • 1
  • Pip Forer
    • 1
  • Mike Walker
    • 2
  • Todd Dennis
    • 2
  1. 1.School of EnvironmentThe University of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand
  2. 2.School of Biological SciencesThe University of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand

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