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.