Briefly Noted

Agreement Makes NASA Data More Widely Available

Esri signed a Space Act Agreement with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to give the broader GIS community greater access to NASA’s geospatial content. New datasets from nearly 100 spaceborne sensors that measure atmospheric health, land-based phenomena, and characteristics of the oceans are getting added to ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World. The agreement makes NASA data increasingly available to more than 10 million GIS users in ArcGIS and Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC)-based formats.

Esri Joins Effort to Share Interoperable Open Map Data

To help build interoperable open map data, Esri joined the Overture Maps Foundation, a collaboration founded by Amazon Web Services (AWS), Meta, Microsoft, and TomTom that aims to give geospatial developers and professionals access to reliable map data under an open data license. Esri will help curate data from its well-established Community Maps Program that contributors have chosen to share as open data and will make Overture data available through its ArcGIS software and other services.

New Web App for Detecting Changes in Land

The new Sentinel-2 Land Cover Explorer is available in ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World. It is a dynamic, ready-to-use web app of Esri’s high-resolution global land-cover map. Derived from European Space Agency (ESA) Sentinel-2 satellite imagery, the app makes it easier for decision-makers to detect and report changes in land cover and use.