This project considers the ways in which coastal sites are reservoirs of both cultural and biological data, and develops ways to communicate this knowledge to community stakeholders, with a view to increasing public awareness of a rich but intangible cultural heritage. The project is both extensive and intensive: it selects a biologically meaningful sweep of coastline that makes sense as a cultural unit, while developing digital representations of the cultural and historical layers that shape encounters with sea and land. By researching and analyzing the complex history of cultural interactions with the marine environment in relation to conservation priorities, the project will help to inform decisions that determine the long-term future of this unique coastline. Furthermore, in producing detailed visual representations of this maritime environment, the Deep Maps Project will contribute to the creation of ‘blue knowledge’.

The Deep Maps Project utilises a range of visualisation tools and methodologies to help visualise the interrelation of cultural and biological information within a spatial visual narrative including:

  • Timelines
  • Storymaps
  • Interactive Maps

Each narrative is designed in a way that is both visually engaging and facilitates a deeper, user-lead exploration of the information pertaining to Cork’s west coast.