Pirate maps have long been the a source of intrigue but modern day treasure hunters more often use advance technology like remote operated vehicles and sonar systems than maps stamped with an X. Neverless, pirate maps have survived to modern day and are equally intriguing as those found in archives… but they have a different purpose. Here are a few modern day pirate maps but remember dead men tell no tales and there is no gold to be found on these maps… well unless your in blackwater.
This map shows all the piracy and armed robbery incidents reported to the Piracy Reporting Centre during 2008. This division of the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) works to protect the integrity of international trade by seeking out fraud and malpractice. The organization combines traditional reporting tools like a piracy hotline with a wide variety of IT sources to keep member informed of dangerous situation in real time.
This map by UNOSAT, the UN Institute for Training and Research’s (UNITAR) Operational Satellite Applications Programme, illustrates reported incidents of piracy in the Gulf of Aden from January to 30 September 2008. Satellite imagery has been used in this analysis for the identification of suspected hijacked vessel locations and UNOSAT has combined this imagery with public media reports. The result is the map above which highlights the most troublesome incidents with an intensity color scale. You can find the hi resolution version of the map HERE.
In addiiton to mapping information UNOSAT also helps athourities identify hijacked ships. This map was developed in response to a UN Security Council and IMO resolution calling for continued monitoring of Somali pirate activity. A range of satellite data were used in this analysis for the identification of coastal settlements and anchorage sites of suspected hijacked vessels. Click HERE for the hi resolution version.
Here is a video describing the development of these maps:
Information graphics or infographics are visual representations of information, data or knowledge. These are the types of images you often find in newspapers and magazines. The above image is an infographic produced by the Russian News & Information Agency illustrating the economic impact of pirate attacks.