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What's New in ArcGIS Image for ArcGIS Online (February 2024)

ArcGIS Image for ArcGIS Online is a software as a service (SaaS) that allows users and organizations to host, visualize, analyze, and share imagery in ArcGIS Online. As a component of the ArcGIS Image product suite, ArcGIS Image Online assists organizations in quickly managing and sharing their imagery data without the need for infrastructure. Once you have all your imagery data organized, ArcGIS Image Online allows for analysis workflows, including deep learning. For this release, we are adding the ability to access Raster Function Editor from Map Viewer, new raster functions, raster analysis tools, and the Image collection explorer to review your dynamic image collections.

Image collection explorer

Dynamic imagery layers with the image collection layer configuration maintain the metadata of the input images used to create the layer. With this release, you can now explore the input imagery with the Image collection explorer to see additional metadata about the input images. In addition to reviewing more metadata, you can also visualize the footprint of the individual image and then create an imagery layer with a selection of input images.

Image collection explorer
The Image collection explorer can be used to review the input images.

Once the input image layer is created, it can be used in further raster analysis and saved as a new item in your ArcGIS organization.

Raster function editor

Raster functions and raster function templates can be created or edited directly in Map Viewer. So any raster function template shared from ArcGIS Online or from ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World can be used or modified to create a custom visualization or analyze your imagery layers. All of the raster functions that are available in the Analysis pane can be used to create a new raster function template for your analysis workflows. Raster function template creation has been available from the Content section as a  New Item option for a while. Now, you can access the newly designed Raster function editor directly from Map Viewer. The New Raster function template button at the bottom of the Raster Functions panel launches the raster function editor.

Access Raster function editor from Map Viewer
Raster function editor can be accessed from Map Viewer.

Once the raster function editor launches, you can add functions and chain them together to create a raster function template. The newly created raster function templates can be stored in your ArcGIS organization.

Raster function editor creation
Raster function editor can create raster function templates.

Raster function templates can be created, and you can modify existing ones for your analysis needs. Once created, the raster function templates can be shared with other users through ArcGIS Online.

New raster functions

There are two new raster functions to augment your workflows. The new raster functions are as follows:

There are also a few raster functions that have been updated including the following:

New raster analysis tools

There are three raster analysis tools that have been added to the Analyze Terrain toolset in this release in ArcGIS Online.

Stream Link works in conjunction with the Derive Continuous Flow tool or the Flow Accumulation and to Flow Direction tools to assign unique IDs to stream segments. The Derive Stream as Raster and Derive Stream as Line tools allow you to specify how the stream segments should be designated and what accumulation threshold is considered a stream.

Derived stream as raster output
The output from the Derive Stream as Raster tool.

In addition to the new Hydrology tools, there are updates to the Geodesic Viewshed and Surface Parameters tools in this toolset:

The Draw input features button has been added to a number of raster analysis tools that can process feature data. Depending on the type of features supported by a particular tool, you have the option to create points, lines, or polygons on the fly and perform analysis. 

Draw input features
Draw input features has been added to several raster analysis tools.

Ready to take the next step?

As an ArcGIS Image Online user, you can start exploring these new capabilities today. The Product Team is interested in your thoughts and ideas as you explore. Influence the direction of future releases when you visit us and leave a comment via the ArcGIS Image for ArcGIS Online community on  Esri Community.

Are you interested in further exploration of what ArcGIS Image Online can do for you? Watch a demo and see what others are saying about the product, such as Skytec, LLC, the City of Johns Creek, and the City of Yakima. You can also read a case study from the National Trust from the United Kingdom.

About the authors

A Product Engineer on the Raster Team, who has been with Esri in various capacities since 2009, including as an Esri Support Analyst, and an Author for Esri Training Services.


Dr. Ling Tang has been exploring Remote Sensing and GIS for more than 20 years. She is a Senior Product Engineer for imagery at Esri where she focuses on the development of best practices for visualizing and analyzing scientific big data, machine learning and image classification on ArcGIS platform. Before joining Esri, she was a former research professional at NASA GSFC worked on a couple of precipitation missions.


Sarmistha is a Senior Product Engineer in the raster analysis group at Esri, and works on raster and scientific multidimensional data analysis. Her primary interest is in the application of GIS for environmental and climate change modeling to study changes for conservation and improved decision making. When not making maps, Sarmistha likes to experiment with her cooking skills!


Sydney is a Product Engineer on the Spatial Analyst team at Esri, working on tools for hydrological and distance analyses. Her primary interest is in the application of GIS for solving problems in sustainable development, water resource management, and climate change impacts.

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