Natural features changing advice?

After the Telford Bridge was built between Dunkeld and Little Dunkeld in 1809, the River Tay course changed, partly due to the bridge piers and partly due to land being reclaimed. Prior to the bridge, no island was mapped downstream. Today there are two. Why is this important? Well yesterday I was presenting to 9 year olds about what we can learn from historical maps and the changes in the river - the appearance of islands - really caught their imagination.

So, are there any mapped examples of watercourse changes in OHM? Do they work in time sequence?

The wiki page comments on the issue of start dates.

My guess is the sequence does not consider tagged areas that have no start_date but do have an end_date?

Or is it that natural tags are not considered to change by the time sequencer?


Hooray! Way to inspire the next generation!

Yes, there were some examples in the following thread:

Here are a couple of admittedly trivial examples of former courses that I’ve mapped so far:

The time slider doesn’t distinguish features by type. If something lacks a start_date=* tag, it’s assumed to have been around since the beginning of time. If it lacks an end_date=* tag, it’s assumed to exist in the present day. Most natural features in the database lack start and end dates, so we assume they’re extant features that have always been around in the current form. There’s certainly room for improvement.

A couple months ago, we added a validator rule to iD to remind mappers to add start dates to artificial features. However, we’ve exempted natural features because their dates are much more difficult to estimate; we didn’t want to shower mappers with these warnings, because they’d probably tune out the ones that matter. If you are able to determine dates on a waterway or other natural feature, please do tag it on the feature.

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@DunkeldHistory1 the example that @Minh_Nguyen cites is pretty close to what you want and traces the history of the port of Newcastle and its shoreline and the lower estuary of the Hunter River. I too am fascinated by shifting shorelines.
Unfortunately I got distracted by my PhD research and there are a few broken bits in the harbour area that will show as gaps in certain time periods. I will get back to it soon.
There are some other comprehensive harbour time sequences - check out Hong Kong, Melbourne and Seattle.


Thank-you, I will work through these. Really appreciate the reply :pray: