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Hawaii Terrain

Hawaii!! Because this quarantine season calls for a vacation from home, I decided to couple my geography major with a virtual vacation by mapping the Island of Hawaii's terrain. I used ArcGIS and its terrain tools.


Hawaii Moisture Zones Map

This Map shows the Big Island's moisture zones. Farmers and biologists can use this map to understand which types of vegetation that will grow in each region of the island. Additionally, Hawaii has a high number of endemic species. This map helps researchers and locals pinpoint which species grow in which location.


Endemic Species: a species that is only native to one region in the world. They can spread to other locations, but they aren't native to the new location until they evolve into a different species from their parent.


Hawaii Relief and Hillsides Map

This map shows how much solar radiation hits each area of the island per day. The radiation is measured in Calories (energy from the sun) per centimeter squared (tiny piece of land) per day. The amount of sunlight that hits a parcel of land each day determines how vegetation will grow and the daily microclimate. Consequently, the amount of sunshine impacts the dispersal of people and wildlife.

Hawaii Relief Map

This map shows the elevation of the Island of Hawaii in meters. Along with determining vegetation type, elevation also impacts things like tourism. Many people travel to Hawaii specifically for hiking and beautiful nature scenery. Hotels can use this map to plan tour and facility locations to take advantage of the natural beauty of Hawaii.



  • Rosemary Wallace
Los Angeles, CA

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