Legacies and New Directions in Mapping

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
March 22, 2019

Legacies and New Directions in Mapping

From the original Frederick Law Olmsted paper map imagining “Harvard’s Arboretum” to advanced satellite navigation systems that track our landscape on your desktop or mobile device, mapping is fundamental to documenting our 281-acre landscape and plant collections. Historical maps highlight our legacy of plant exploration and depict the development of the Arboretum, including a grid map developed by Leon Croizat which has helped identify locations for our plants since the 1930s. Today Croizat’s grid provides just one layer of a geographic information system used to record multiple aspects of plant curation and care. Researchers and visitors harness this technology both at home and in our landscape with our online plant mapping application, Arboretum Explorer.

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