STARVING THE EBRO DELTA
The Ebro Delta is the delta region of the Ebro River. Located in the southeast of the Iberic Peninsula, it’s one of the largest wetland areas in the in the western Mediterranean region. Its rounded shape is due to the balance between sediment deposition by the Ebro River and removal of its material by wave erosion. A large part of the Delta is designated a natural park and contains protected wetlands, beaches, marshes, salt pans and estuaries that provide extensive habitats. Other Delta areas are drained for intensive agricultural use for rice, fruits and vegetables. Climate change and manmade factors have a negative impact in the delta shape and environment, risking the sustainability of this unique ecosystem.
Prof. Jodie Jenkinson
University of Toronto
11 x 17 (print)
Maxon Cinema 4D
I conducted extensive research to gain a strong understanding of the geographical and environmental science. I conducted a media audit of visualizations that depicted similar topics in other deltas. I decided on the story I wanted to tell and broke down the topic in different parts that could stand alone but still add to the story at the same time.
I created thumbnails depicting the different parts of my research and experimented with the arrangement of the thumbnails to create different narrative compositions. I decided on the composition which data supported better the story I wanted to tell.
I created the 3D Ebro Delta map using the plugin Terrain for Adobe Photoshop. Terrain uses displacement data from Google Earth. I also created the background map of the Ebro River basin using Photoshop and references from cartographic maps. The layout was arranged in Adobe illustrator and exported as a 11’ x 17’ inch magazine spread.