Mapping Smell & Smellscapes

“Smell is a “chemical” sense (like taste). Unlike taste, there are hundreds of olfactory receptors, each binding to a particular molecular feature. Odor molecules possess a variety of features and thus excite specific receptors more or less strongly. This combination of excitatory signals from different receptors makes up what we perceive as the molecule’s smell.” (source)

Ohio Wesleyan’s Smellscape


Columbus’s Smellscape (from Columbus Dispatch)


Doughnut Smellscape (Esther Wu)



4 Responses to Mapping Smell & Smellscapes

  1. […] memories of all kinds, not just intensely bad smells. I picked up Wu and Spencer’s maps via Mapping Weird Stuff which is worth a read for the title alone (!) but looks to be a collection of interesting spatial […]

  2. […] on mapping smells. Smell mapping fascinates me because, well it involves maps, but also because smell mapsare much more likely to change quickly. Seasons, winds, and business changes can change a smellscape […]

  3. […] Featured on and more information at: Mapping Weird Stuff […]

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