ArcWatch: GIS News, Views, and Insights

May 2011

Mapping an Arctic Adventure

By Carla Wheeler
Esri Writer

Esri UK Ltd. developed an online interactive map that allowed people to follow a historic trek to the North Pole by seven men, four of whom were ex-service members injured in war. The Walking with the Wounded (WWTW) team from the United Kingdom arrived at the North Pole on April 16, 2011, after a 13-day trip across the Arctic. A red line on the map traced the journey. Viewers could see the team's location in near real time based on GPS coordinates. The interactive map also included maps, charts, and stories related to famous polar expeditions. "We wanted people to see that the Walking with the Wounded team members are following in the footsteps of some incredibly notable Arctic explorers," said Peter Wilkinson at Esri UK. Read this article.

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This online interactive map developed by Esri UK shows the route the Walking with the Wounded team took to the North Pole.

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Tip of the Month

Easily Add GPS Data to ArcMap
You can use ArcGIS Explorer Desktop to add waypoints and tracks from your GPS into ArcMap, where you can do further analysis. Read this tip to learn how.

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