Dawn Wright

As Chief Scientist of Esri, Dawn Wright aids in strengthening the scientific foundation for Esri software and services, while also representing Esri to the scientific community. A specialist in marine geology, Dawn has authored and contributed to some of the most definitive literature on marine GIS. Dawn is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, of the Geological Society of America, of the California Academy of Sciences, of Stanford University's Leopold Leadership Program (now known as the Earth Leadership Program), and holds lifetime achievement awards from the American Association of Geographers, the Geological Society of America, and UC Santa Barbara. She maintains an affiliated faculty appointment as Professor of Geography and Oceanography in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University.

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Burning Man: An Ideal Lab for Microclimate Research and Climate Modeling

Micrometeorologists at San Francisco State University used GIS to investigate and model the climate impacts of Burning Man.

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Student-Led Mapping Locates Areas in Los Angeles in Need of Shade Equity

Armed with the understanding that trees and shade improve health, Los Angeles works with partners to plant new trees equitably.

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Equity and Inclusion: A Publisher’s Journey with GIS

Publisher of Black Voice News finds ways to use GIS mapping to advocate for the voiceless while promoting corporate social responsibility.

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How Esri Contributes to—and Advances—Science

Science is part of Esri’s DNA, and what the world needs now is the power of deep, integrative geographic science.

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Earth Day, Nature, and COVID-19: What We’re Learning

The scientific community will tap data about reduced human impact on the earth to provide perspective on the value of more sustainable choices.

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On 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, New App Engages Citizen Scientists

Earth Challenge 2020 involves map-based citizen science apps to collect key metrics for the fiftieth anniversary of Earth Day.

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Citizen Scientists Help Home In on Sea Turtle Home Ranges

Scientists gain new insight into sea turtle behavior by tracking and monitoring the animals, with input from citizen scientists.

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Innovasea Applies Location Intelligence to Optimize Aquaculture

The combination of GIS, remote sensing, and networks of sensors in pens has introduced the concept of precision aquaculture.

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XPRIZE Partners with Esri on Ocean Mapping Challenge

The Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE has ushered in a new era of autonomous seafloor mapping.

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Global Citizen Science Effort Marks the Fiftieth Anniversary of Earth Day

For the fiftieth anniversary of Earth Day, Earth Challenge 2020 aims to collect location-specific data to inform public policy.

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Esri, USGS Release First Truly 3D Map of World’s Oceans

The Ecological Marine Units (EMUs), composed of a point mesh framework of 52 million global ocean measurements, champion the wise use of ocean...

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Mapping the World’s Ecosystems

Using environmental data and sophisticated geospatial technologies, scientists are developing first-of-their-kind maps of global ecosystems

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What’s Killing Sea Grass on the West Coast?

Researchers use GIS to collect data from drones and other means to better understand eelgrass wasting disease.

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Deoxygenation of the Ocean Affects Everyone, So Act Now

The decline of oxygen in the ocean concerns absolutely everyone, no matter where we live.

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Downed Airliner Search Mission Yields Map with Lasting Purpose

Geoscience Australia deployed location technology to search methodically for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 aircraft.

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Reporters, Scientists, and Citizens Team to Map Virginia’s Highest Tide

Journalists sponsored the ‘Catch the King’ crowdsourcing event that rallied citizens to capture sea level rise data using an app on their phones.

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Spatial Analysis Ties Valley Fever Increase to Sea Temperature Rise

NOAA scientists use geography to integrate data and insight from five different disciplines to understand the rise of this fungal infection.

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