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Vessel Traffic Processing in ArcGIS Pro

Vessel traffic or AIS data is typically delivered as a massive collection of comma-separated text files.  Using the steps outlined in this blog,  you can summarize and transform these huge files into vessel tracks for use in your GIS projects.  We used the following workflow to create the vessel tracks presented in the U.S. Vessel Traffic Application.

Steps for creating Vessel Tracks:

WGET in Command Prompt
AIS Directory Structure
AIS Directory Structure post-unzip
Create Big Data Connection
Create Big Data Connection
Reconstruct Tracks
Reconstruct Tracks
Add Date Attributes
Add Date Attributes
Vessel Info Notebook
Vessel Info Notebook
Vessel Traffic Processing Time

Keep an eye out for an upcoming blog on how these AIS Tracks can be used to systematically create the Vector Tiles that support the U.S. Vessel Traffic App.

Feel free to reach out with any questions through email.

Vessel Tracks

About the authors

Keith is a Product Engineer at Esri. He serves as the Ocean Curator for the Living Atlas of the World team. Keith works to create foundational layers that can help marine researchers, scientists, and others gain a better understanding of our oceans.

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I have far too much fun looking for ways to understand and present data visually, hopefully driving product strategy and engaging users. I work in the ArcGIS Living Atlas team at Esri, pushing and pulling data in all sorts of absurd ways and then sharing the process. I also design user experiences for maps and apps. When I'm not doing those things, I'm chasing around toddlers and wrangling chickens, and generally getting into other ad-hoc adventures. Life is good. You might also like these Styles for ArcGIS Pro: esriurl.com/nelsonstyles

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