, Volume 83, Issue 2, pp 399–412 | Cite as

Tracing environmental narratives: a web-based tool for the analysis and visualization of georeferenced narratives

  • Xiaolu Zhou
  • Dongying Li


A growing number of studies have used standalone GPS or smartphones to track where people move and the environment to which they expose. In the same time, questionnaire, survey, and travel diaries have been used to capture people’s perception, emotions, and interactions with the nearby environment. The growing volume of qualitative data together with locational information calls for new ways to conveniently, intuitively, and visually convey georeferenced narratives. In this study, we developed a web-based tool that automatically processes GPS trajectories and narratives, displays information regarding travel routes and georeferenced environmental perception. Our georeferenced word-cloud approach provides an innovative way to visualize qualitative information. The developed platform can be widely used in community engagement and participatory planning processes to empower the local communities.


Georeferenced narratives Travel trajectories Geographic visualization Environmental perception 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Georgia Southern UniversityStatesboroUSA
  2. 2.Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban PlanningTexas A&M UniversityCollege StationUSA

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