Briefly Noted

World Terrestrial Ecosystems Map Released

In partnership with Esri and The Nature Conservancy, the US Geological Survey (USGS) launched the World Terrestrial Ecosystems map, which breaks up the globe not by political boundaries but by areas of similar climate, landform, and land cover. “Ecosystems give us goods and services like food, water, [and] fuel…so we need to take care of them,” said Dr. Roger Sayre, senior scientist for ecosystems at USGS and the lead on the project. “A requirement for managing ecosystems is first knowing what they are and where they are on the planet. That’s why we classify and map ecosystems.” The map—which is available in ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World and as an explorer tool—can be used for conservation planning, analyzing ecosystem health and resilience, formulating how to make progress toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and more.

Esri Named Leader in Understanding Climate Risk

Independent research firm Forrester recognized Esri as a leader in offering advanced data processing and visualization to help decision-makers tackle climate risks in its report, The Forrester New Wave: Climate Risk Analytics, Q4 2022. Esri received a differentiated rating—the highest score possible—in 9 out of 10 criteria, including advanced data processing, visualization, and threat modeling. The report notes, “If you have physical assets that could be threatened by climate, Esri can bring the data and processes to bear to target operational resiliency opportunities.”