The Salish Sea Map: How Cartography Contributed
to the Adoption of the Name Salish Sea

Salish Sea Map

Thursday, February 11, 2021
4:30 p.m.




Check out this video to watch the The Salish Sea Map: How Cartography Contributed to the Adoption of the Name Salish Sea.

Huxley Speaker Series & 
The Salish Sea Institute

Brought to you by Huxley College of the Environment and the Salish Sea Institute

Cartographer and geographer Stefan Freelan will discuss the process of the “Salish Sea” becoming recognized as an official name and the role that his map, The Salish Sea and Surrounding Basin, played in this process.

Maps help us to better understand our environment. They also serve political and cultural agendas. The Salish Sea map was created both as an educational aid and as a part of the naming campaign. In this talk Stefan will explore the choices and creative process that went into the creation of the map, why the map is the way it is and how it’s different from other maps of the area, and how the map contributed to the name adoption process at both the grassroots and governmental levels.

More information about the speaker series is available here.

Stefan Freelan

Stefan Freelan began sailing the Salish Sea as a teenager and has chosen to call the seashore home ever since. He is Assistant Director of the Spatial Institute at Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University and teaches courses in GIS (Geographic Information Systems), GPS (Global Positioning System) and Cartography. In 2008-09 he created the Salish Sea and Surrounding Basin map for Bert Webber as part of the (successful) campaign to get the name ‘Salish Sea’ officially recognized by the governments of Washington, British Columbia, Canada and the USA.

Questions and Accommodations

Stefan Freelan is the coordinator of the Huxley Speaker Series. Feel free to email or call (360) 650-2949 if you have any questions or comments.
There will be auto-captions available for this event. To request closed captions, please mark the request on the registration form. Advance notice of three days to one week is appreciated.