Completed Projects in NMEE

Census Atlas Cover

United States Census Bureau

Cynthia Brewer, Gould Center Director, is an author of the award winning Census Atlas of the United States. The atlas received an ICC2009 International Cartographic Exhibition jury award, 2009; AAG Globe Award, 2008; and Best of Show, CaGIS/ACSM Map Design Competition, 2008.

Census Bureau Atlases are Online and in Print

• Suchan, Perry, Fitzsimmons, Juhn, Tait, and Brewer, 2007, Census Atlas of the United States, U.S. Census Bureau, Census 2000 Special Report, Series CENSR-29, 302 pp, (ISBN 1-58-769010-5).

• Brewer and Suchan, 2001, Mapping Census 2000: The Geography of U.S. Diversity, Census 2000 Special Report, Series CENSR/01-1, 108 pp. (Reprinted by ESRI Press, 2001, ISBN 1-58948-014-7.) 

Related Publication:

• Brewer, 2001, "Reflections on Mapping Census 2000," Cartography and Geographic Information Science.


National Park Service

Funded projects

• "Development of a Socioeconomic Indicator Monitoring Protocol for the Eastern Rivers and Mountains Network," 2006-2008.

• "NPS SocioEconomic Atlas Project," 2003-2004.


A series of ten socioeconomic atlases was produced by Jean McKendry and Cynthia Brewer, with Steven Gardner, Joel Staub, and Jonathon Harahush. Each atlas was prepared as a booklet and CD-ROM pair for the National Park Service and intended for use by each park for regional planning communication and collaboration:

• Flight 93 National Memorial and its Region

• National Capital Parks Region

• Chicamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park and its Region

• Big Thicket National Preserve and its Region

• Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park and its Region

• Canyon de Chelly National Monument and its Region

• Kings Mountain National Military Park and its Region

• New River Gorge National River and its Region

• John Day Fossil Beds National Monument and its Region

• Saguaro National Park and its Region

National Center for Health Statistics

Early collaboration on the NCHS Atlas of United States Mortality is a precursor to the NMEE program of research related to national atlases and mapmaking for the Gould Center Director. Here are highlights of that early work:

NCHS Atlas is Online and in Print:

• Pickle, Mungiole, Jones, and White, 1996, Atlas of United States Mortality, DHHS Pub. No. (PHS) 97-1015, 209 pp. Winner of the Blue Pencil Award

Funded Projects

• Quality Graphics for Federal Statistical Summaries, NSF, 2000-2003.

• Comparison of choropleth classifications for maps in series, NCHS, 1998.

• Design of color maps for the NCHS mortality atlas, NCHS, 1994.

Related Publications:

• Brewer and Pickle, 2002, "Evaluation of Methods for Classifying Epidemiological Data on Choropleth Maps in Series," Annals of the Association of American Geographers.

• MacEachren, Brewer, and Pickle, 1998, "Visualizing Georeferenced Data: Representing Reliability of Health Statistics" Environment & Planning A.

• Brewer, MacEachren, Pickle, and Herrmann, 1997, "Mapping Mortality: Evaluating Color Schemes for Choropleth Maps," Annals of the Association of American Geographers

• MacEachren, Brewer, and Pickle, 1995, "Mapping Health Statistics: Representing Data Reliability" and "Evaluation of Map Color Schemes for the NCHS Mortality Atlas." Proceedings papers reprinted in Cognitive Aspects of Statistical Mapping," Cognitive Methods Staff Working Paper Series, No. 18, edited by Pickle and Herrmann, NCHS Office of Research and Methodology.