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How to Visualize Uncertainty With Know-It-All Vector Data

It’s just the very nature of the vector data format to be absolute and binary. Yes here, cross a perfect line, no there. Such confidence, while a necessary component of storing vector polygon data, is often a lie. How do we truth up our maps so that they communicate the uncertainty inherent in any phenomenon?

Here are a handful of tips for doing just that in ArcGIS Pro. Give them a look and see if they can be helpful for your uncertain-phenomenon mapping adventures…

Happy Uncertain Mapping! John

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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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Alex Friant
Alex Friant

You are like the Bob Ross of cartographers; your videos are so chill. Plus, those are some handy carto tips! Keep them coming.

Tonita Haas
Tonita Haas

I didn’t know this method, I have to check in ArcGIS Pro.

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