Communicating your river restoration project using StoryMaps

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Communicating your river restoration project using StoryMaps


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Esri StoryMaps have grown greatly in popularity over the last few years. They offer an engaging way to present a “spatial story” - one where geographic relationships or distribution are key to the narrative. To produce one you only need a free Esri account and some basic IT skills as they are very easy to produce. As well as looking professional and being an effective form of communication they also have a "Wow" factor with functionality such as the swipe animation where two maps are placed over each other and users can swipe between the two maps. Despite being easy to produce technically there is a lot to learn in order to make great story maps.

What they can be used for: 

  • Telling a story where one or several maps are key to the narrative. For example, explaining the intermittent nature of a river by use of maps showing where it flowed on different dates.
  • Explaining how to use a complex, multi-layered map to understand a concept.
  • Telling the story of a journey or route, for example explaining features of a path along a river.

Example of a StoryMap: How healthy are our rivers (Rivers Trust)


This 1-day course will be presented using river restoration subject matter, and will cover river restoration specific design ideas such as how to:

  • Visualise rivers, weirs and catchments on maps
  • The use of photos of river restoration environments
  • Sources of hydrological GIS data

Find out more about StoryMaps.

The course is open to all practitioners with an interest in river restoration and mapping. The course is suitable for consultants, contractors, academics, catchment partners, and representatives from local authorities, local government and statutory agencies.

This course will cover concepts including:   Cost (incl. VAT)
  • How to tell a good story: principles around high-impact storytelling and ways to structure and emphasise your key messages.

RRC Members: £206 (Online course cost: £150)

Non-members: £268 (Online course cost: £201)

  • Cartographic considerations such as which base map to use, how many layers to use on a map and how to use text labels effectively.
  • How to use the sidecar animation to break a complex map or figure down into several easy to understand layers.