Story Maps

An Ocean of Story Maps

Last update: November 18, 2018

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In a prior blog post, I mentioned that for the 2015 Esri Press research monograph Ocean Solutions, Earth Solutions, we encouraged the chapter authors to prepare a story map as another way to communicate their work. The story map is a new Esri medium for sharing not only data, photos, videos, sounds, and maps, but for telling a specific and compelling story by way of that content. This is all done with sophisticated cartographic functionality that does not require advanced training in cartography or GIS. Therefore the beauty of Esri story maps is that, depending on the chosen complexity, they can be built in anywhere from a few minutes to a few days, using the free public accounts and data available within ArcGIS Online. Story maps are essentially applications built from web maps which in turn are built from web-accessible data (including OGC WMS, WFS). With the beauty and utility of underlays such as the Esri Ocean Basemap, as well as a small tsunami of ocean content percolating up through free public accounts on ArcGIS Online, and on premium subscription accounts, it’s no wonder that we are seeing an “ocean” of interesting story maps.

See the January 2015 webinar An Ocean of Story Maps.

See the November 2015 video Interacting with Esri Story Maps Using Gestures.

Here is a small catalog of ocean/coastal story maps for your enjoyment (use the “Find” feature of your browser, normally control-F, to search the entries):

Made by Esri, Inc. – See also the new GROUP in ArcGIS Online and the new COLLECTION compiled for the 2017 Ocean GIS Forum

Made by Esri Distributors

Made by Esri Users

Please come back and visit as I will continue to add to this page throughout the year!

Thanks to Rupert Essinger for sharing several of the links.


Dawn Wright joined Esri as Chief Scientist in October 2011 and is responsible for strengthening the scientific foundation for Esri software and services, while representing Esri to the national and international scientific community. She is also professor of geography and oceanography at Oregon State University, and has participated in several initiatives around the world over the past 20 years to map, analyze, and preserve ocean terrains and ecosystems. Besides GIS, Dawn is very much into road cycling, apricot green tea gummy bears, 18th-century pirates, her puppy Riley, and SpongeBob Squarepants.


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