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Fall 2005
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Natural Resources, Conservation, Planning Highlighted in ArcIMS Sites

Esri's Internet mapping technologies add geographic data and analysis to a multitude of applications that serve organizations and communities in a variety of ways. Links to these and other Web sites powered by Esri technology are at To be included, send a description of your mapping site and the URL to

BlueSky is a product developed by the U.S. Forest Service that links computer models of fuel consumption and emissions, fire, weather, and smoke dispersion into one system for predicting the cumulative impacts of smoke from prescribed fire, wildland fire, and agricultural fire. It integrates the ClearSky system, an agricultural burn simulation system from Washington State University. Every night, BlueSky obtains a regional meteorological forecast and burn information from state and federal agency burn-reporting systems. The merging of the data with models of fuel consumption, emission, dispersion, and trajectory models results in a regional forecast of smoke concentrations for the following two days. The results of BlueSky are contained in an interactive Web-based regional forecast viewed via the Rapid Access Information System, a system developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which relies on ArcIMS, ArcSDE, and MS SQL Server technology. Details regarding BlueSky, including its operation and components, are at

The Inquiry and Supply System of Water Resources Data (Taiwan)
Visitors to this site can find water resource information about Taiwan. The ArcIMS site maps data about existing streams, rivers, reservoirs, and channels, and includes water elevation, stream flow, and rainfall information.

Southern Rockies Conservation Alliance Map Server
This ArcIMS conservation mapping tool provides critical and timely data to local groups working to preserve wildlands in the southern Rocky Mountains. The site gives these groups access to data on threatened and endangered species, roadless area delineations, and current and consistent U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management boundaries. Users can integrate local data with online data for display, query, and analysis in the Web browser.

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