By Sheila Lakshmi Steinberg and Steven J. Steinberg
Communities around the world possess unique cultures, skills, and abilities within the context of their particular built and natural environments. Effective community planning, then, hinges on being able to identify communities’ strengths and resources—and mapping can help. Resilient Communities Across Geographies is a collection of case studies that examine how to apply GIS to environmental and socioeconomic challenges so communities can perform effective analysis; engage in valuable planning activities; and, ultimately, create more resilient communities. Each chapter in the book examines spatially driven approaches to tackling obstacles in geography, the social sciences, landscape architecture, urban planning, environmental studies, sociology, economics, migration, community development, meteorology, oceanography, and other fields. Foreword by Esri chief medical officer Este Geraghty. December 2020/January 2021, 350 pp. E-book ISBN: 9781589484825 and paperback ISBN: 9781589484818.
By the US National Park Service
Get an insider’s look at how the US National Park Service uses maps and geospatial technology to protect and manage national parks across the United States. The maps in Mapping America’s National Parks: Preserving Our Natural and Cultural Treasures are more than beautiful representations of special places. Within the maps are layers of geographic information that the National Park Service uses to perform myriad essential services, from providing security for individual wildlife species and entire ecosystems to sharing intelligence on wildlife trafficking, zoonotic diseases, and field medicine protocols. Go behind the scenes to see how mapping and geospatial analysis support the full range of natural resource stewardship and science activities at the National Park Service. December 2020/February 2021, 250 pp. E-book ISBN: 9781589485471 and paperback ISBN: 9781589485464.
The STEAM at Work! series encourages children in grades 1–5 to explore career paths in science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM). Each of the four books demonstrates different environmental and social issues, which the characters use their skills to solve. The series encourages critical and creative thinking about the world, and readers will be inspired to make a difference in their communities.
The first book in the series, Lindsey the GIS Professional, is available in six languages: English, Spanish, German, French, Russian, and Chinese. So no matter which language kids are comfortable with—or learning—they can follow along as Lindsey collects information about the world around her to make a map of her favorite park. The book includes a glossary and free, downloadable activities and teaching materials.