ArcWatch: GIS News, Views, and Insights

September 2018

Rooting for Our Planet

By Carla Wheeler
ArcWatch Editor

One trillion trees. That's how many trees Felix Finkbeiner and the Plant-for-the-Planet initiative he leads hope will be planted through the new Trillion Tree Campaign featured at the 2018 Esri User Conference. An app that lets people pledge to plant trees or donate to tree planting organizations and then map the planted trees was unveiled at the conference. Read the article.

Felix Finkbeiner began his tree-planting crusade when he was only nine years old. His inspiration: Wangari Maathai, founder of the Green Belt Movement.

The Tip

Learn to Use the New World Imagery Wayback Archive
The World Imagery Wayback app offers access to global imagery that has appeared in the World Imagery basemap over the past five years. Esri cartographer Aileen Buckley shows you how to use the archived imagery to visualize changes to terrain over time, add the images to a web map, and then share that map using an Esri Story Maps app. Read the tip.

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    Tech Time

    Six New Features in ArcGIS Enterprise

    Esri recently released ArcGIS Enterprise 10.6.1, which includes ArcGIS Enterprise Sites to develop custom websites for GIS content, new vector tile functionality, and a new orthomapping web app called Ortho Maker that can be used to make orthorectified imagery products from drone images. Read the blog.

    Rivers of Text

    Esri cartographer John Nelson explains how to use ArcGIS Pro to create a typographic map of rivers. Follow his directions to make a memorable map of rivers using text that will have everyone talking. Read the blog.

    Take the Insights for ArcGIS Training Seminar

    Esri's Scott Sandusky and Linda Beale will host a free, live training seminar called Insights for ArcGIS: Powerful Data Analytics Made Simple, on September 27, 2018. Receive a reminder.

    ArcGIS and Machine Learning in Action

    Learn how the machine learning tools in ArcGIS can be used to analyze issues such as identifying dangerous street intersections. Watch the video.

    Maps & More

    Redraw Political Boundaries with GIS

    Use Esri Redistricting and ArcGIS Online to create a redistricting plan and gather input from the public in this free Learn ArcGIS lesson, Redraw Political Boundaries with Public Participation. Take the lesson.

    Where the Wildfires Are

    The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) launched this handy Wildfire Status Dashboard that maps where wildfires are burning in the United States. Charts show wildfire percentages by state and cause, too. View the dashboard.

    Hardware Offer

    Esri offers to US customers only the Trimble TDC100. It's an all-in-one rugged GNSS handheld receiver and smartphone that supports Esri field apps such as Collector for ArcGIS. Order today.

    The Last Word

    Chasing the Solar Eclipse

    Attention, solar eclipse followers. Want to find the next eclipse? Use the Solar Eclipse Finder from Esri, which lists dates and times and even maps the locations. Where will you be April 7, 2024? Visit Solar Eclipse Finder.

    Coming Next in Mobile Apps

    Keep an eye out for three new mobile apps Esri is working on: Location Tracking, ArcGIS Indoors, and ArcGIS Runtime AR/VR. These apps will change how you work. Watch the video.