ArcWatch: GIS News, Views, and Insights

April 2014

Protecting the Oceans and Shores

By Barbara Shields
Esri Writer

Twenty-five years ago, the Exxon Valdez struck a reef, causing a massive oil spill off Alaska. Today oil tanker traffic maps created using ArcGIS inform countries such as China about where oil spills could occur in coastal waters. "Some counties don't know the amount of oil that is going past their coastlines and its potential threat," says Lisa Stevens from the International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation. Read the article.

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This schematic map from the International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation shows the movement of oil shipments in metric tons off the coasts of Cambodia, Vietnam, China, and Japan.

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Tip of the Month

Make Map Tours in Minutes

Esri just made making Map Tour story maps a very simple process, thanks to a new streamlined workflow that lets you launch the Map Tour builder directly from the ArcGIS for Storytelling website. Read this tip.

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