Happy St Paddy’s day. Its hard not to think of beer today.
As always GIS is also in my mind. I wondered how I might relate beer and GIS ….. ?
Let’s turn back the clock to London in the 1800’s and the English physician John Snow. Many of you may know the story of how Snow traced the source of a cholera outbreak using maps and GIS type analysis. Beer (alcohol) played a key part in his research:
“The men who worked in a brewery on Broad Street which made malt liquor also escaped getting cholera. The proprietor of the brewery, Mr. Huggins, told Snow that the men drank the liquor they made or water from the brewery’s own well and not water from the Broad Street pump. None of the men contracted cholera. A factory near the pump, at 37 Broad Street, wasn’t so lucky. The factory kept two tubs of water from the pump on hand for employees to drink and 16 of the workers died from cholera.”
Who says a “wee tipple” is not healthy. For those who don’t know the story go to the following link GIS Analyses of Snow’s Map
Oh and keep an eye out for those pesky leprechaun’s today!