Asher Pontikos

"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better" - Albert Einstein


Hello, my name is Asher Pontikos. I am 22 years young and currently attend The State University of New York at Buffalo and will soon graduate with a Bachelors of Science (B.S) in Enviormental Geosciences from the Department of Geology and a Bachelors of Science (B.S) in Geographical Information Science from the Department of Geography. Dempartment websites: Department of Geosciences & Department of Geography

My Labs

The labs below were created in Geography 485- Cartography and Geoweb Visualization.

This class provides an overview of cartographic design and visualization within the context of GIS and multi-media web presentation to enhance the visualization skills expected of a modern geographer.

Lab 1

This lab used tilemill with the USGS earthquake api for all earthquakes in the past week above a magnitude of 2.5. This was uploaded and hosted bymapbox studio.

Lab 2

CartoDB does all these great things. How it works.

Vancouver International Airport (YVR)

Geneval International Airport (GVA)

These two maps above were generated using CartoDB. The firt map (top) displays all the airlines that travel to and from Vancouver International Airport (YVR), British Columbia. The second map (bottom) displays all the airlines that fly in and out of Geneva International Airport (GVA), Swisszerland.Creating a map like this is quite easy and can be a lot of fun! Once you upload the airport and route data, you can pretty much customize the entire map and make it look like one of these. The link here will help get you started!

Data for the lab was provided by: CartoDB and OpenFlights

Lab 3

Making static maps in ArcMap!

Carbon Dioxide Emisions based on GDP

The column being mapped is TOT_CO2. The monetary value represents the column for GDP. A sequential color scheme was used to represent carbon dioxide emissions as a function of GDP value. ColorBrew was used for the color scheme.

Proportional Symbol and Dot DensityS

The map above displays dot density and proportional symbol representation of internet and telephone users worldwide.

Lab 4

Leaflet.js Mapping Platform

A stamen Toner Watercolor tile layer was used for this map. This map depicts the greater buffalo area, highlighting the University at Buffalo's North campus when zoomed in.

This map displays vacant, city owned properties through Buffalo, New York. The data was converted into GeoJSON from a .shp file. From there, the GeoJSON was converted to a Javascript variable inorder to create a .js file to be used along with our leaflet.html file. A ESRI Grey World Canvas basemap was used.

Challenge Project

This static map uses Grassroots Gardens of Buffalo's data to display the square feet of food production in Buffalo per census tract using ArcGIS. A sequential color scheme with a darker value at the highest square feet and a lighter value at the lowest was used to show emphasis on the loactions that had little to no food production. Loactions of Farmers' Markets in the Buffalo area were also displayed to show if there was a correlation between where the most food was grown and where Farmers' markets were more common.

This is an interactive map that displays farmers' markets in the Buffalo area. An excel file with the names and locations of Buffalo Farmers' Markets were used to generate an .mxd file from ArcGIS. This .mxd file was then uploaded it into QGIS to convert it into a GeoJSON file. After this was done, I then edited the GeoJSON fike to make it into a Java Script function. Then, using leaflet, the loactions of the farmers' markets could be displayed as interactive points that when clicked, inform you about the name, location and hours of a specific market.

Research & Papers

Deglaciation of Ahklun Mountain Research Report

Abstract I: The Ahklun Mountains are an extensive mountain range located in the southwestern portion of Alaska near the northeastern section of the Togiak Wildlife Refuge. During the late Pleistocene time period, which is the later section of the Pleistocene Epoch that occurred from approximately 2,588,000 to 11,700 Y.B.P, immense glacial advances and retreats occurred in these mountains. These dramatic ice fluxes transformed the landscape by bulldozing new geomorphic features, some that exist to this very day. Besides the many U-shaped valleys, another prominent geomorphic feature that are abundant are these elongated deposits called moraines. Moraines are the results of the bulldozing properties of glaciers. Read full length paper here.

Paleoclimate history of the Eastern European Alps during the late Pleistocene and early Holocene

Abstract II: The European Alps are a dynamic mountain range situated close to the southern fringe of the European mainland. They encompass eight alpine countries {Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Slovenia and Switzerland}. The Alps have always been a region dominated by glacial activity which is evident through processes that have changed the geomorphology of the mountain chain numerous times over the last 300 million years. This paper will concentrate on the portion of the Alps located in modern day Austria and Switzerland. These regions experienced an abundant smaller glacial advances and retreats during the Late Pleistocene and Early Holocene epoch following the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM). Through careful evaluation of these changes in geomorphology using several climate proxies, we can learn more about ice volume fluxes and in turn reconstruct the paleoclimate of the region. Read full length paper here.


North Atlantic Puffin

Cliffs of Vik


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