When you’re at the coast and gaze off into the horizon, do you know which countries are directly across the sea from you? I tried to answer this question by creating an animated map.

My inspiration for Coastal views came from exploring Andy Woodruff’s beautiful Beyond the sea maps. I challenged myself to see if I could create something similar for the UK, using only ArcGIS — turns out it was pretty simple!

Explore the interactive map here.

The animation was created using CSS animations in a custom app built with the ArcGIS API for JavaScript. I also created a desaturated basemap using NASA imagery to really show off the animated cartography.

To learn more about how this visualisation was created, check out my blog post.