October 31 - November 2, 2017 | Esri Conference Center, Redlands, CA


Esri Headquarters
Tuesday, October 31
Time Presentation/Session Presenter(s) Room
7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Registration
7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. WebGIS Basics: ArcGIS Online Tools for Managers and GIS Professionals - Getting Started with ArcGIS Online
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Bathymetric Mapping and Data Analysis Made Easy
Room B
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
ArcGIS Pro Bootcamp M Triplex
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. WebGIS Basics: Field Data Capture with Survey123 Auditorium
noon - 1:30 p.m. Lunch Break

1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. WebGIS Basics Contiuned - Configurable Apps Auditorium
1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Using Drone2Map
Room B
1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Analysis with the Ecological Marine Units
M Triplex West
1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Scientific Tools for Atmospheric and Climate Analysis
M Triplex East
3:00 pm - 3:30 p.m. Networking Break
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. WebGIS Basics Continued - Working with StoryMaps Auditorium

Wednesday, November 1

Time Presentation/Session Presenter(s) Room
7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast Atrium
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Plenary Session Auditorium
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Networking Break Atrium
10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Plenary Session (cont) Auditorium
11:45 a.m. - noon Group Photo Building Q Steps
noon - 1:30 p.m. Lunch Esri Cafe
1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Hands-on Learning Lab Q1wD
1: 30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Drones and Imagery (Moderated Paper Session) Auditorium

Drones and Open Data to Understand Development and Conservation Challenges
We utilize drones, open data, Drone2Map, and ArcGIS Online to produce high-resolution imagery of Belize Barrier Reef islands. Current publicly available satellite imagery of the region suffers from poor resolution and is often outdated, making research initiatives difficult to undertake in this changing landscape. Through Open Reef, an initiative funded by the National Science Foundation, we discuss methods of collecting, processing, and sharing drone imagery.
Nicholas Altizer, Timothy Hawthorne
Use of Drone Technology in Ocean Research of the Saco River Estuary Supporting Student Research
Rapid changes have taken place in technology reducing cost,complexity and support of ocean monitoring. This is being applied at the University of New England to research a variety of marine, estuarine and freshwater habitats. One of our initiatives is to create underwater ROVs, RC boats, drifters and bouys to monitor these habitats. These are built using open source technology. ArcGIS is used to create search maps, search patterns, data reports and models that help us analyzing the data.
Michael Esty
Flood Inundation Mapping Using GIS Techniques
GIS has made substantial contribution in various fields including flood protection applications. GIS and Remote Sensing provide enormous potential for identification, monitoring and assessment of flood disaster. This paper covers analysis of satellite images, flood inundation and catchment delineation using ArcGIS. A Catastrophic flood of Thailand was taken as the case study. Satellite images were used with appropriate band composite to perform image classification and to derive the flood map.
Meera Sahibu Mohamed Rizwan
Mapping Deformation: Combined Tomographic and Morphometric Analysis, Gulf of Alaska
Locating and mapping underwater ERW can be challenging in complex seabeds. However, the use of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs), Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) and Esri ArcGIS have improved project tracking and management efficiencies. After a recent AUV survey, Esri ArcGIS tools were used to geospatially consolidate magnetic signatures, side scan sonar imagery, bathymetry, video and spatially referenced diagrams, providing an accurate underwater map of the ERW field.
Wes Clary, Lindsay Worthington, Louis Scuderi
1: 30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Planning and Coastal Protection (Moderated Paper Session) Room B
Adapting to Rising Tides: Bay Area Sea Level Rise Analysis and Mapping Project: Using Esri Story Maps to Inform Regional Adaptation Planning
Adapting to Rising Tides: Bay Area is a project to conduct a sea level rise (SLR) vulnerability assessment of the San Francisco Bay Area. A critical aspect of this project is the development of locally refined maps representing SLR and extreme tide combinations through a unique approach that communicates temporary and permanent flooding. Using ESRI Story Maps, the project is explaining key concepts about the data, informing the regional vulnerability assessment, and making the data accessible.
Heather Dennis, Todd Hallenbeck
“Keeping it Simple” One Coastal GIS Project at a Time
Concisely conveying the analysis results of project spanning 8 years offers many challenges. Typically, managers get reports with lots of maps and figures, but adding a GIS application to the package allows them to explore their data and provides them the ability to look at different scenarios when planning future projects. This presentation discusses the data simplification strategies and ArcGIS products used to create such application for a beach restoration project in Martin County, Florida.
Alexandra Carvalho, Ph.D, GISP, Kathy Fitzpatrick
Planning for Floating Offshore WindEnergy in California
BOEM is responsible for leasing federal waters for Renewable Energy Development. In California, we are in the early stages of selecting offshore areas suitable for Floating Wind Energy Development. At these early stages, key datasets for our GIS analysis include shipping traffic (AIS), wind speed, fishing, bathymetry, ports, and political boundaries. As the leasing process progresses, we will do finer scale GIS analyses involving birds, marine
mammals, sediments and other factors.
Frank Pendleton
Integrating Local Knowledge: Assessing Disaster Preparedness in Hopkins, Belize
Using ArcGIS, VGI data were collected to evaluate the preparedness of Hopkins, a coastal Garifuna village in Belize. The community participated in surveys about climate change and perception mapped flooding in the village; researchers evaluated the village’s infrastructure's ability to withstand natural disasters. Data were processed using overlay and statistical tools from ArcToolbox to create maps and datasets that were given back to the village to use as a base for disaster planning.
Kate Brandt
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Weather Climate and Water - Modeling and Visualizing with GIS
M1 Triplex

National Weather Service – GIS in support of National Climate Forecasts

These two National Weather Service Centers will present how they are incorporating GIS into their climate forecasts and flood prediction to support the mission of a “Weather Ready Nation”.
Triplex and via webcast
NOAA Climate Prediction Center

The Climate Prediction Center monitors and forecasts short-term climate fluctuations and provides information on the effects climate patterns can have on the nation. This session will focus on how CPC is utilizing ArcGIS to produce information products for drought monitoring.

Matt Rosencrans
NOAA Water Center

The National Water Center, as part of the NWS Office of Water Prediction, develops national hydrologic analyses and forecasts to support essential emergency services and water management decisions. This work is done in collaboration with the water enterprise and is coordinated with NWS River Forecast Centers and other NWS field offices located throughout the United States. This presentation will provide details on existing efforts to visualize and synthesize output form the new National Water Model.

Fernando Salas
3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Networking Break
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Lightning Talks Auditorium
Priority Areas for Marine Biodiversity Conservation in the Coral Triangle
To identify priority areas for conservation and management within the Coral Triangle (CT) region, our analysis included maps indicating the coverage of biogenic habitats, species ranges, species of conservation concern, restricted-range reef fish, and important areas for sea turtles. We performed a region-level and a site-based analysis, to assess the importance areas. Approximately 13% of the CT was clustered, and seven sites were considered as areas of highest biodiversity conservation values.
Irawan Asaad, Carolyn Lundquist, Mark Erdmann, Mark Costello
Olympic Coast Seafloor Ecological Marine Unit Mapping
We created seafloor maps using data compiled at Oregon State University for the coast of Washington, Oregon, and N. California for use by the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission. Our objective was to provide standardized nomenclature, maps and spatial data products using the Coastal and Marine Ecological Classification Standard (CMECS). We created maps for seafloor substrate and seafloor geomorphology and overlaid these to create a map of ecological marine units for the region.
Kathleen Goodin
Drainage Shape Classification in the Pamplona Zone, SE Alaska
In this study I apply Modelbuilder to semi-automate the generation of a stream and ridge network using high resolution bathymetric data. Here I discuss how I use the stream and ridge network to select drainage profiles. I also employ the use of a power fitting function to classify profile shapes and discuss possible interpretations of common profile shapes. Finally I present an interpolated map representing the distribution of drainage profile shape throughout the Pamplona Zone, SE Alaska.
Wes Clary
California’s Coastal Zoning: Social and Legal Considerations for Coastal Adaptation
To better integrate coastal vulnerability into land use planning, a statewide zoning layer was synthesized for California’s coastal zone. The new spatial layer provides the necessary context for policy changes based on coastal vulnerability assessment results. By reaching out to local planners, the project team distilled local zoning codes into generalized categories and merged them into one statewide layer. The final product features 93.1% coverage by area and is shared in an online viewer.
Sierra Killian, Lisa Wedding, Eric Hartge, Greg Verutes
Boating Use Patterns on the Coral Reefs of the Florida Keys
Vessel use patterns and their associated activities are of great interest to resource managers and stakeholders. A one-year study using aerial surveys was conducted in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (FKNMS) to estimate the number, locations, and activities of vessels along the coral reef tract. The spatial and temporal distribution of recreational fishing and diving boats were analyzed for correlations with benthic habitat, distance
from major channels, and depth.
Maria Cooksey
Microplastics in the Oceania Region
As part of US EPA’s responsibility, they have been providing support and research around Microplastics in the Oceania Region. This has included work on Tern Island that is approximately 490 miles North West of the Hawaiian Islands. Tern Island was heavily used by the US Navy from 1942 to 1946. This use caused a variety of environmental issues that are currently being addressed. In addition, Tern Island is also greatly affected by Microplastics and other floating ocean debris. This talk will focus on the work that is currently being done on Tern Island and also talk about some of the GIS analysis that is being done to determine the best ways effect change in this region.
Bill Robberson
Leveraging the Living Atlas Ocean Data For GIS Analysis of the Oceans
In a season of reduced funding for organization such as the US EPA, it is important to leverage as much existing data as possible. Creation of data and web services in usable format for analysis can be a timely/expensive process. At US EPA we are highly leveraging data held in the Living Atlas to make the best use of agency dollars. The lightning talk will show how we are using ArcGIS Pro with the Living Atlas ocean data to meet the agency’s needs.
Frank Roberts
Join the Ocean Sciences GeoNet Community!

Esri’s Chris Catania will share features of the new Ocean Sciences GeoNet Group, show everyone how to join, as well as covering other valuable community-building tools of GeoNet.

Chris Catania
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Expo Social Atrium
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Networking Dinner Esri Cafe

Thursday, November 2

Time Presentation/Session Presenter(s) Room
7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Registration
7:30 a..m. - 5:00 p.m. Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Technical Plenary Auditorium
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Networking Break
10:30 a.m. - noon Lightning Talks

Operational Search for MH370 2014-2017 (Special Presentation)
This presentation covers the technical accomplishments undertaken from a geospatial support perspective to support the search for MH370. Geospatial support embedded within ATSB over the last 3 years included visualisation of project data, creation of search areas, data management, statistical analysis and quality review of data collected. With over 157 TB of data acquired throughout the search the Operational Search for MH370 has become the largest search of survey of its kind ever.
Megan McCabe
Utilization of Visualization Tools in the Processing, Analysis & Fusion of Seafloor Information
Historically, processing, analyzing and fusing seafloor information has proven to be a challenging venture. Through the implementation of guided workflows and visualization QPS has improved this process by providing tools allow that the “data to tell the user what is there”. This talk will outline how visualization is implemented in all stages of the hydrographic workflow for the identification and removal of erroneous artifacts, discover of both seafloor and water column anomalies and how the fusion of additional data sources leads to a paradigm shift in the way we view the seafloor.
Chris Malzone
Modeling Threat of Runoff to Coastal Ocean Environments
As human activities intensify on coastlines worldwide, the potential for harmful impacts to coastal ocean ecosystems – via sediment, nutrient runoff and chemical pollution – is growing. In situ data on runoff is rarely available. I am designing a global geographically weighted regression model in ArcGIS that describes which threats pose the most harm to coastal oceans, using big data and information on runoff processes. The results will provide a tool for coastal managers to prioritize actions.
Paige Hoel
Using GIS to Identify Strategically Important British Columbian Wave Energy Sites
Selecting Wave Energy (WE) sites with minimal conflict with existing uses and marine conservation is a challenge. A multi-criteria GIS evaluation was developed to account for environmental, social, economic and technical aspects; adding/removing exclusion zones (e.g. protected areas) or altering weights of competing criteria will influence the resulting WE sites significantly. This evaluation enables stakeholders to identify WE sites that strike a good compromise between competing priorities.
Xinxin Xu
Visualizing Chesapeake Bay Water Quality in 3D
The Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) maintains over 30 years of three dimensional water quality data. CBP geographers and water quality experts are collaborating with ESRI to develop 4D visualizations of this data along with high resolution bathymetry. Lessons learned from the Ecological Marine Unit project as well as capabilities of ArcGIS Pro are being used to communicate a variety of story lines. This lightning talk will provide an overview of the project along with sample visualizations.
John Wolf
Mapping Underwater Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) using AUV-mounted Sensors, ROV Videos and ArcGIS in a Complex Seabed Environment
Locating and mapping underwater ERW can be challenging in complex seabeds. However, the use of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs), Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) and Esri ArcGIS have improved project tracking and management efficiencies. After a recent AUV survey, Esri ArcGIS tools were used to geospatially consolidate magnetic signatures, side scan sonar imagery, bathymetry, video and spatially referenced diagrams, providing an accurate underwater map of the ERW field.
Nate Novak
An Arctic Perspective- NCEI's Arctic Data Viewer
The NOAA NCEI Arctic Action Team developed a web map viewer, the NCEI Arctic Data Viewer Prototype, which ingests existing web map services from several data access endpoints across NCEI locations. The viewer holds a representative sampling of NCEIs Arctic data. Through this initial effort, we identified several compatibility issues and solutions, and explored ways to informatively display diverse data types, which will inform the ways in which we make our data useful and available to users.
Kate Rose
Linking Marine Geography and GIScience in an Advanced University Course
With the advent of oceans of geospatial data and the maturation of spatial analysis methodology, university curricula are now poised to synthesize the physical geography and spatial analysis traditions of geography and impart scientific and technical skills to the next generation of ocean stewards. This talk provides an overview of a new university course integrating GIScience with the pedagogical and problem-based needs of sustainable marine environments.
Dr. Thomas R. Allen
noon - 1:30 p.m. Lunch
Esri Cafe
1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Hands-On Learning Lab Q1wD
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

ArcGIS Community Engagement

Citizen Science GIS: Collaborating with Communities to Investigate Marine Debris in Belize
Marine debris poses health and safety hazards for humans and animals. We use participatory GIS, sketch mapping, beach surveys, and interviews to explore community perceptions of marine debris and potential solutions. We pay particular attention to sense of place and emotional attachment to understand how residents view debris and to create culturally sensitive spatial information. Our results provide implications for further coastal planning in Belize and beyond.
Michelle Chang, Timothy Hawthorne, Christy Viasggi
Using ArcGIS Online to Bring Hope to Ocean Conservation
Mission Blue has partnered with Esri and Beyond180 to create a unique ‘Big Data’ Information Platform based around ArcGIS Online to support the Hope Spot initiative. This paper will describe this initiative, paying attention to how ArcGIS Online and the Esri Living Atlas has been used as the foundation for such a system.
Graham Stickler
Protecting Communities and Open Space Through the Community Rating System
TNC, NOAA, & Esri are helping communities save on flood insurance while strengthening floodplains via the Community Rating System, a FEMA program that gives insurance discounts for reducing flood risk by protecting open space. A small percentage of communities participate due to capacity limitations. Attendees will explore a living atlas layer, how-to guide, and web app that enables GIS users & planners to maximize community participation in CRS, lower insurance costs, and improve resilience.
Melissa Rosa
Project Badweyn: Mapping Somali Coastal Resources
Project Badweyn is an online mapping tool for Somali communities, governments, and investors to visualize connections between coastal activities and resources, and identify places needing management and development plans. Data about Somali coastal resources are scarce, so we used publicly available data to display ranges of important species, habitats, and human activities. By surveying Somalis, we aim to verify the theoretical information and add original data to continuously improve the map.
Paige Roberts
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Supporting People and Animals
Room B
Exhibiting the Interconnections between Inuit, Narwhals, and Climate Change
NMNH opened an exhibit which focuses on the Inuit, narwhals and the changing climate of Arctic. We examine and display this cetacean in terms of its biology, distribution, population. The Inuit knowledge of the Arctic’s physical geography and zoogeography coupled with scientific research help us to better understand narwhals. And six reminders of “Climate Connections” are placed throughout the exhibit to learn how climate, narwhals, humans, and Arctic ecosystems are all connected.
Daniel Cole
Analyzing Sea Turtle Entrainment Risk (ASTER) Decision Support Tool
Technical insight was gathered from Sea Turtle and Dredge Expert communities, who have knowledge and understanding of the relationship of dredging entrainment risk relative to sea turtle distribution and behavior, dredge operational parameters, and the implementation of existing mitigation measures. This information is being used to inform the development of a standardized geographically and temporally based decision support tool to assess project-specific dredging entrainment risk.
Cherie Jarvis
Marine Turtle Conservation Management Strategies: From Local to Global Scale
Many scientists believe that Geographic Information System (GIS) methods and tools can be applied to almost every field, including conservation biology and management of marine turtles. Our organization, which is part of the IUCN, has helped the Taiwanese government since 1992. In this presentation, we demonstrate how GIS techniques, especially Esri products, help us to deliver policy-relevant information to the Taiwanese government and international meetings.
Wan-Hwa Cheng
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Weather, Climate and Water - Modeling and Visualizing with GIS M1 Triplex

“Visualizing and analyzing NCAR model's” National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

The GIS program at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) fosters interdisciplinary science, spatial data interoperability, and knowledge sharing using GIS. We are conducting research on the role of visualizing scientific information for risk communication, we are supporting the National Water Model Development, and are developing education resource to facilitate the integration of the atmospheric and geo sciences.

NCAR GIS Program

This talk will give an overview of the GIS program at NCAR and specifically describe a few key projects that demonstrate the integration between the geo and atmo sciences. Much of this work involves accessibility and understanding of NCAR model output through the development of web services, portals, and educational resources.

Jennifer Boehnert

Communication of Storm Surge Risk through 2D and 3D Visuals

To investigate the potential of geospatial visual technologies in communicating hurricane risk with members of the public, we developed prototypes of visual risk messages. New approaches for visualizing hurricane and storm surge risk focus on space-time dimensions of a hurricane hazard, including forecast uncertainty. To investigate effectiveness of 2D maps and 3D visualizations and to better understand how to communicate storm surge risks, we conducted focus groups in June 2017 with residents of three communities in Georgia and South Carolina that were affected by Hurricane Matthew. Participants of the focus groups included those from diverse communities in Beaufort, SC, Brunswick, GA, and Savannah, GA. In this talk, we present key findings from the focus group research and discuss recommendations for visual communication of storm surge.
Olga Wilhelmi

GIS in Support of National Water Model Development at NCAR

The National Center for Atmospheric Research is home to the WRF-Hydro hydrologic simulation model, a configuration of which is used in operations by the National Weather Service as the National Water Model. A suite of GIS pre-processing tools and workflows have been developed to support both National Water Model and WRF-Hydro modeling communities. Development of GIS tools in support of atmospheric and land surface models in the GIS desktop and supercomputing environments will be discussed, including challenges related to model data formats, coordinate system considerations, and data standards and conventions for netCDF.
Kevin Sampson
3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Networking Break
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Seafloor and Coral Reefs

A Web AppBuilder Widget for Spatial Prioritization
"Map once, use many times" has been a guiding principle at NOAA when planning data acquisition. But how do you determine the areas that will be most beneficial for the greatest number of stakeholders? NCCOS has used a collaborative GIS process to prioritize seafloor mapping needs. We have created a widget for the Web AppBuilder that can be configured to use either a high/medium/low or a token-based method to prioritize areas and additional selections to elicit the reason for their decisions.
Ken Buja
A Web-Based Geodatabase Tool for Seabed Mineral Exploration
The International Seabed Authority is an intergovernmental organization established to administer seabed resources in international water. GIS is a critical tool to manage and visualize the oceanographic resource data. Marine maps typically consist of navigation charts. For this project, a geodatabase was built to facilitate management of spatial and non-spatial data, with a web-based interface integrated with ESRI APIs so users can view and access seabed resource information.
Peggy Myre, Grace Peven, Sandar Muslow
Using ArcGIS to Analyze Ephemeral Nearshore Hardbottom for Mitigation Requirements
Ephemeral hardbottom plays a critical role in the health of nearshore environments. FDEP requires such habitats to be mitigated for during beach restoration. Utilizing several methods of analysis within ArcGIS, a better understanding of the spatial and temporal impacts was developed. Several variables were analyzed to help determine the long-term effects upon these habitats. This provided quantifiable acreages and risk assessment cartography to better plan for mitigation and management costs.
Heather Vollmer
Deep-sea Corals of the USA: Surveys, Maps, Models, and Visualization
Deep-sea corals and sponges provide valuable habitat, and have progressively gained protection in U.S. waters since the 1980s. NOAA’s Deep Sea Coral Research and Technology Program maintains a national database to inform exploration and resource management. Recently a regional GIS geodatabase for the Southeast U.S. has been created to display known coral and sponge locations, ROV dive tracks, seafloor maps, habitat suitability models, and managed area boundaries.
Heather Coleman, Robert McGuinn
A Spatially and Ecologically Balanced Approach to Artificial Reef Placement
An examination of spatial workflows and analyses to identify potential artificial reef placement areas within the Alabama Reef Permit Zone (ARPZ), utilizing spatial and ecological data collected during the Fisheries Independent Ecosystem Survey; a survey designed to assess populations of reef associated fish such as red snapper ( Lutjanus campechanus ) within the ARPZ.
Stan Bosarge
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Q&A with Esri Developers
Questions about how to use ArcGIS for your specific line of work? Having trouble getting ArcGIS to do exactly what you need it to do? Send us your questions and challenges and Esri developers will answer your questions and challenges, live in person. Plan on attending this session to gain the skills, knowledge, and insight to improve how you use GIS to achieve your mission. Email all your technical questions and challenges to jdonze@esri.com prior to this session so our developers can help you. If possible, come prepared to this session with your laptop, software, and data related to your question and challenge so our developers can better assist you.
Triplex and via webcast M1 Triplex
5:00 p.m. - 5:10 p.m. Transition Break
5:10 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Closing Session Auditorium