Tracing Tides

Tracing Tides
Mapping flows of Morecambe Bay

Tracing Tides explores how we may promote engagement with edgelands and intertidal places through a map of their natural and historical flows. 
Cartography has historically been the practice of tracing on a map the natural or administrative features of a place, and make them visible and legible to the reader. Further, cartography can also be developed to include the traces of the multiplicities of stories that are shaped by and shape a place. 

This research is situated in Morecambe Bay, an area of constant environmental and historical change happening at different time scales. The many stories of Morecambe Bay are embedded in its seascape and urban and rural landscapes. But the ephemeral and transient nature of stories, histories, and shifting geographies means that the complex identities of the bay can be best captured through the understanding of their temporalities. This research project experiments with ways of combining these two dimensions – space and time – in cartographic processes and artefacts that bring together heterogeneous data and multiple perspectives.


Project Team

PollastriPollastri Serena Pollastri visual design, information visualisation, speculative design, polyphonic design, urban+rural futures, food
HuckHuck Jonny Huck Cartographic Design, GIS, Data Visualisation, Place Theory, Space Legibility, Remote Sensing


Tracing Tides in Sunderland Point – a collaborative cartographic workshop.

Tracing Tides in Sunderland Point – a collaborative cartographic workshop.

On November 16th we led a first cartographic workshop in which we immersed ourselves in the tidal environment of Sunderland Point and mapped its environmental, historical, and cultural flows.   The event was divided into two parts: ...Read full update