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Read about cutting edge techniques in hacking environmental science in the third regular subscription issue of the "Grassroots Mapping Forum", our community research journal/archive/zine/map, where we hope to share ideas, techniques, and stories from the Public Lab community.

The Grassroots Mapping Forum is printed on a two 22.75x35" sheets of acid-free paper, and includes a full color reproduction of a grassroots map along with essays, illustrated guides, and interviews. It's a great way to stay abreast of the latest in the DIY environmental science movement.

Issue #4 (fall 2013)


Issue 4 is focused on long term research in the New York City chapter.

  • Full color maps featuring sewage overflows in the Gowanus Canal and oyster reef restoration in the Bronx River
  • Jamaica Bay cover illustration by Gena Wirth
  • Interview with founding board member and New York City research lead Eymund Diegel by Shannon Dosemagen
  • Two-tether mapping method by Natasia Sidharta
  • GLAM Mission by Hans Hesselein
  • Five Borough Farm by Philip Silva and Liz Barry
  • and much more!

Issue #3 (spring 2013)

Grassroots Mapping Forum Issue 3 text

Issue 3 is an in depth look at community organizing in the Public Lab community.

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Issue #2 (summer 2012)

Grassroots Mapping Forum Issue 2

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Issue #1 (summer 2011)

Grassroots Mapping Forum Issue 1

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  • A full color wall-ready map of an island in Barataria Bay showing oil spilled from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
  • An interview with Gulf Coast resident Barbara Marcotte (Shannon Dosemagen
  • Details on how to get started balloon or kite mapping (Jeff Warren)

Get involved

Learn about and get involved in writing, editing, publishing, promoting, and distributing the forum on the forum planning page.

Using Content from Grassroots Mapping Forum

The Forum is a Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike licensed document. If you'd like to use content from it, go ahead! Mathew can provide high-res artwork and original files if those are helpful to you, just send an e-mail to GM_Forum_20131025_Page_2.jpg