Story Maps

Using GIS technology, these story maps tell the stories of place, people and process. These story maps are the product of the Co-Creating a Bioregional Macroscope Workshops, developed by thematic network partner SustainaMetrix (Portland, ME) and has engaged teams in the Gulf of Maine, Iceland, Scotland and Ireland. For more information on these workshops, contact Glenn Page at SustainaMetrix at

The Story of Place: Co-Creating a Bioregional Macroscope
2021 Northern Arc of the Atlantic Workshop by Glenn Page and Sam Matey
Learn about this innovative workshop and how it is being applied throughout the North Atlantic.

The Tayside Bioregion
Explore this Scottish bioregion with team members Russell Willis Taylor, Jane Wilkinson, Clare Cooper, Marian Bruce, Vaso Makri, Beverley Searle, Kevin Frediani and Jonathan Ball

The Clyde Bioregion
Explore this Scottish bioregion with team members Jacqueline McLeod, Ed Tyler, Julie Martin and Gavin MacGregor

The Casco Bay Bioregion
Explore this Gulf of Maine bioregion with team members Holly Parker, Glenn Page, Sam Matey
Brendan Cullen, Sofia Reali, and Lexi Anderson

The Story of Place Co-creating a Bioregional Macroscope, Cohort 2
Summary of Modules and final Presentations for 2021-2022 Cohort focusing on Bioregions in the Gulf of Maine, Iceland and Ireland by Glenn Page and Yasmin Johnston
A second cohort of bioregioning teams participated in the workshop in 2021 and 2022. Learn about the teams,  their bioregions and their findings in this story map that covers projects in the Gulf of Maine, Iceland and Ireland.



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The Norse and the Sea: The Maritime Cultural Landscape of Scandinavian Scotland (NaS)
Institute for Northern Studies, University of Highlands and Islands
This project will investigate the maritime cultural landscape in Scandinavian Scotland (c. AD 790-1350), through an interdisciplinary approach using archaeological, written and toponymic evidence and address the overarching questions of connectivity and communication in Norse Scotland.
Project leads: Prof. Alexandra Sanmark and Dr Sven Kalmring,Zentrum für Baltische und Skandinavische Archäologie, Schleswig
Co-Investigators: Dr Andrew Jennings and Dr Dennis Wilken, Institute for Geosciences, Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel.

Ethical Tourism Recovery in Arctic Communities
Centre for Recreation and Tourism Research, University of Highlands and Islands
COVID-19 is having a profound effect on the tourism sector in the Cool North and as the industry starts to move into a resilient, post-pandemic recovery there is an opportunity to look at more sustainable or responsible tourist behaviour and address sustainability challenges in peripheral and Arctic areas that have been intensified by the pandemic. The aim of ETRAC is to enable short-term business recovery while exploring options for a more culturally and locally sensitive tourism future. 
The one-year project started in July 2021, is led by Karelia University of Applied Sciences and has a further Finnish partner in the University of Lapland.  The project is co-financed by the Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme.

The Blue Growth Farm
Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS)
The Blue Growth Farm project aims at developing and demonstrating an automated, modular and environmentally friendly multi-functional platform for open sea farm installations of the Blue Growth Industry. The main challenges for the project consortium are: design for low environmental impact;
study solutions for the diverse interactions (wind rotor – concrete platform; concrete platform modules connection; concrete platform – cage connections; cage connections – mooring system); provide mitigating solutions to the different interactions between the installed technologies, fish farm and living sea environment; optimise / maximise production rate and profitability. Partners include: RINA (project lead), FINCOSIT, SAFIER, University of Strathclyde, NOEL, SAGRO Aquaculture Ltd, CHLAMYS srl, SAMS, ltd, Centrale Nantes. Funded by EU Horizons 2020.

Ecosystem approach to make space for sustainable aquaculture
Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS)
Aquaspace (2015-2018) was a research project aiming to understand spatial and socio-economic constraints on the expansion of aquaculture, and to test tools to help overcome these constraints. Its full title was ‘Ecosystem Approach to making Space for Aquaculture’. It had 22 partners and 17 Case Studies in Europe, China, North America, Australia and New Zealand. One Case Study was of the farming of freshwater fish in Hungary, the others dealt with the marine farming of fin-fish and shell-fish.
Partners SAMS (lead - Prof Paul Tett); AFBI; AZTI-Tecnalia; Bluefarm s.r.l. (BF); Christian Michelsen Research AS; Council for Scientific Research; FAO; National Agricultural Research and Innovation Centre; IFREMER; Institute for Marine Research; James Hutton Institute; Longline Environmental Ltd.; Marine Scotland Science; Sagremarisco Lda (SGM); Thünen-Institute of Sea Fisheries (TI-SF); University College Cork; University of Crete; Biharugra Fish Farm Ltd (BHG); As unfunded partners: Dalhousie University; NOAA; Yellow Sea Fisheries Research Institute; University of Western Australia. Funded by EU Horizons 2020.

Circular Ocean
Environmental Research Institute (ERI)
In pursuit of innovative and sustainable solutions for marine plastic waste, the Circular Ocean project seeks to inspire enterprises and entrepreneurs to realise the hidden opportunities of discarded fishing nets and ropes in the Northern Periphery & Arctic (NPA) region. Led by the ERI, Circular Ocean has been funded to tackle the increasing problem of marine pollution by encouraging the ‘upcycling’ and ‘repurposing’ of plastic litter. The €1.5 million ‘Circular Ocean’ project is being led by the Environmental Research Institute (ERI) of the North Highland College UHI and aims to turn waste plastic from the sea into a useful resource and support the move to a more circular economy.
Partners: Rep. of Ireland (Macroom E), England (The Centre for Sustainable Design®, University for the Creative Arts), Greenland (Arctic Technology Centre), and Norway (Norwegian University of Science and Technology). Funded by ERDF Interreg VB Northern Periphery and Arctic (NPA) Programme

Sustainable Heritage Areas: Partnerships for Ecotourism
Centre for Mountain Studies
SHAPE project focused on a transnational set of Sustainable Heritage Areas (SHAs) with diverse experiences of sustainability and regional cooperation. The knowledge and tools created during the SHAPE project (2017-2020) are available for everyone interested in sustainable tourism. We continue the co-development of this resource on Sustainable Heritage Areas and their partnerships with communities on sustainable development.
SHAPE project partners were biosphere reserves and regional parks (Sustainable Heritage Areas, or SHAs) and universities from Finland, Norway, Greenland, Iceland  and Scotland  at it involved 33 associated partners from Canada, Faroes, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Norway, and Sweden. Funded by European Commission's Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme.