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November 2011


Keeping an Eye on the Storms

By Karen Richardson
Esri Writer

The 2011 hurricane season in the United States churned up many severe tropical storms such as Irene, Arlene, Bret, Emily, Harvey, Maria, and Rina.

Meteorologists always track these tropical storms, and so do insurers and reinsurers. They use ArcGIS technology and data from Esri for location intelligence, which helps them accurately calculate risk in their coverage areas and make the timely decisions needed to help their clients recover from hurricanes and other catastrophic events as quickly as possible.

Hurricane Irene, which caused severe flooding and wind damage in states such as New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut last August, exemplifies why it is important to know the exact location of both insured properties and the intensity of the storm.

In this article, Esri insurance industry solutions manager Mark McCoy details how and why location intelligence with ArcGIS is becoming so valuable to the insurance industry.

Amica Mutual Insurance is one of the companies that uses ArcGIS to track major storms. Read Amica's story.


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Viewing wind speed on a map helps insurers monitor how much they must pay based on the intensity of the storm at each location.

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Explore Raster Data Using Pixel Inspector

The Pixel Inspector tool lets you view pixel values in a raster dataset being displayed in ArcMap. The tool is similar to the Identify tool; however, it will display an array of pixel values instead of a single pixel value. Read this tip to learn how to use Pixel Inspector.

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ArcWatch is published monthly by Esri and contains GIS news, practical advice, and updates about the company's software and events. To submit article ideas, e-mail editor Carla Wheeler at arcwatch_editor@esri.com.

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