ArcGIS Living Atlas

How to use beta Living Atlas basemaps

Living Atlas basemaps are updated frequently and continue to evolve. The latest additions are considered to be in beta and are not part of the default Esri basemap gallery, or discoverable via the basemap categories at the Living Atlas website. But if you find any of these interesting, you can use them now by creating a custom basemap gallery for your organization.

What happens after beta?

Beta basemaps and associated layers will continue to evolve and be refined. You might notice that in certain parts of the world some of the beta basemaps are not yet complete. But the basemap URLs and item IDs are not expected to change, so you can begin using these now.

How do I add beta basemaps to a custom gallery?

To learn more about adding these to your organization’s basemap gallery, see Use ArcGIS Living Atlas to create a custom basemap gallery. Keep in mind you’ll need to have appropriate privileges to be able to modify your organization’s settings.

How do I find the beta basemaps?

To make things easier, here’s a list of all the current beta basemaps with short descriptions and links to the item page for each. From each item page you can learn more about the maps, try them out to see if you want to use them, and share the ones you like into your custom basemap group.

Outdoor Map

This web map provides a detailed basemap for the world symbolized with rich cartographic styling with an emphasis on the natural world. At small-to-mid-scales the landcover is presented by biome features.

Outdoor Map
View item page

Topographic (with Contours and Hillshade)

This web map provides a detailed vector basemap for the world symbolized with a classic Esri topographic map style including vector contours and vector hillshadeĀ for added context.

Topographic (with Countours and Hillshade)
View item page

Enhanced Contrast Map

This web map provides a detailed vector basemap for the world with light colors and enhanced contrast that aims to meet the standards for WCAG and US Government Section 508 compliance. The map detail is built with higher contrast and colors suited for those with color vision deficiency.

Enhanced Contrast Map
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Enhanced Contrast Dark Map

This web map provides a detailed vector basemap for the world with dark colors and enhanced contrast that aim to meet the standards for WCAG and US Government Section 508 compliance. The map detail is built with higher contrast and colors suited for those with color vision deficiency.

Enhanced Contrast Dark
View item page

OpenStreetMap Vector Basemap (Esri Navigation style)

OpenStreetMap (OSM) is a collaborative project to create a free editable map of the world. This vector basemap is based on the Daylight map distribution of OSM data and is hosted by Esri. The cartographic presentation is an Esri Navigation style of the OSM data.

OSM Esri Navigation style
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OpenStreetMap Vector Basemap (Esri Navigation style Dark Mode)

This vector basemap is based on the Daylight map distribution of OSM data and is hosted by Esri. The cartographic presentation is an Esri Navigation Dark Mode style of the OSM data.

OSM Esri Navigation style dark
View item page

 

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