[Editor's note: Heat maps are a useful way to qualitatively represent densely clustered point locations on a map. This post from GeoChalkboard walks thru how to create using the Google Maps API and the HeatMap API.]
Republished from GeoChalkboard, there on March 11, 2009.
(Above) 2009 Starbucks Store Closures
HeatMapAPI can be used over the Internet or as a .NET DLL that runs in a local environment and allows you to integrate heat map images into Google Maps or other GIS systems. In this post we’re going to use HeatMapAPI to visualize the density of recent Starbucks store closures. In a recent statement, Starbucks announced the closure of 600+ stores in the United States due to economic conditions.