IsoMap Retirement

After more than 10 years in service the IsoMAP web-based spatial modeling platform has been retired. We appreciate everyone who contributed to the vision and implementation of this resource, and are gratified by all the science that it supported.

Most of the functionality that was embedded in IsoMAP has been or will be incorporated in R packages that are developed and maintained by members of the IsoMAP team and the broader community.

  • Tools to evaluate the region of origin of humans, animals, and other materials are currently available in the assignR package. This package provides much greater flexibility and more powerful and efficient analysis options than were possible in IsoMAP, while still offering a simple, structured, and accessible analysis workflow. An introductory guide to the package and many of its functions is available here.
  • Tools allowing development of customized water isoscapes are under development for incorporation in the isoWater package. You can also consider whether developing a custom isoscape is appropriate or necessary for your project, and opt to use existing data products such as those available here (which can also be downloaded directly in assignR using the getIsoscapes function). Research suggests that the added value of bespoke regional or time-constrained isoscapes may be limited in many applications.
Isoscapes: Understanding Movement, Pattern, and Process on Earth Through Isotope Mapping
(ed. West, Bowen, Dawson and Tu; Springer)
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