NOAA’s IncidentNews website provides information about oil and hazardous material spills where NOAA has been involved in the response. The website is maintained by NOAA’s Emergency Response Division (ERD) and includes a GeoRSS feed that you can connect to using ArcGIS Explorer Desktop to map and learn more about recent events. Let’s take a closer look at how to use the feed.
At the website you’ll find a list of recent events; click an event to learn more about it. At the time we’re writing this post the latest event is a disabled ship carrying 98,000 gallons of fuel oil, and 2,800 gallons of diesel fuel near the mouth of the Columbia River in Oregon. NOAA was contacted for a trajectory analysis for a potential release of oil later today.
Wanting to map the incidents, we discovered the Newsfeed section with both Atom and RSS feeds.
To connect to the feed right-click to copy the link (either link will do), and in Explorer Desktop click Add Content, then GIS Services…
Click New Server Connection
Then choose GeoRSS from the drop-down list:
Paste the feed URL into the connection input box. Since the feed is dynamic, we decided to have it automatically refresh. Below we chose to trigger a refresh of the feed every 10 minutes:
Once connected, you can edit the layer properties to change the name, symbol, and more. Here’s our map showing the disabled ship off the Oregon coast with information about the incident from the feed displayed in the popup window.
For more information see the Subscribe to GeoRSS feeds help topic.
When spilled oil contaminates a shoreline, responders must survey the affected areas to determine the best response. Surveyors must follow standard forms set by NOAA for shoreline and wetland assessment. ArcGIS Mobile is the ideal solution for helping surveyors determine that response in a timely and efficient manner. It is simple, easy to use and deploy, requires little to no training for responders, and information collected can be synchronized to a Command Center in near real-time providing situational awareness and ultimately improving how decisions are made when it matters most.
Last week, the Mobile Team created a data model for the SCAT assessment form (short form) which is used by responders. After defining the data model, the Mobile Project Center was used to create a project that can leverage the intelligence of that data model directly inside of the ArcGIS Mobile 10.0 ready to use applications.Responders can now use the GPS capabilities of the application to capture segment lines and zone points, fill out a form that meets the SCAT specification and instantly synchronize their content to the command center.
The pre-release of ArcGIS Mobile 10.0 and a project centered around the SCAT model was then hosted in the cloud and is now being ground tested now in the Gulf and shown to responders.
The Mobile team is also working very closely with a key business partner in the efforts on the ground called URSCorp. Lori Cunningham and her staff have successfully deployed a custom 9.3.1 ArcGIS Mobile application to the attention of Coast Guard officials centered out of Mobile Alabama’s Command Center today (Sunday). Their application enables surveyors to collect segments using GPS, attach comments and photos that use the mobile service to synchronize content back to the server in real-time. A PDF for each surveyed segment can be generated from a web application for printing.
Stay tuned for more from the Mobile team on this and other emergency response efforts…
Here’s a couple of recent posts on the ESRI Education Community site that may be of interest to Explorer users.
Fun with GIS using AGX: prepping for hurricanes is a post by Charlie Fitzpatrick, ESRI education manager, that covers using NOAA’s nowCoast services. Those are published using ArcIMS, and are among the many kinds of mapping services that Explorer can use.
Joseph Kerski takes a look at the regional spatial distribution of two businesses in Explorer using business data imported from a spreadsheet.
In a recent post we showed Explorer with Hurricane Ike data published by NOAA. Here’s an update.
The white track to the lower left shows the previously predicted hurricane track as of two days ago. The magenta line is the current predicted course. You can see that things have shifted a bit east since the earlier prediction. The popup shows that Ike is predicted to reach land just southeast of Houston around 1:00 a.m. Saturday morning.
Hurricane Ike is expected to grow stronger as it travels across the Gulf of Mexico, and is predicted to head towards the Texas coast. Potentially millions could be impacted and/or evacuated.
ESRI has posted a hurricane support site with information and links to help get needed software or data.
We visited the site and found a link to NOAA’a National Hurricane Center, where we found GIS data that could be downloaded. Here we’ve used Explorer and the NOAA data to create a map showing the predicted track of the hurricane.
The attributes include information on predicted wind and time at a location. Clicking to view the attributes in the popup window, we can see on the right where the hurricane is predicted to be at 7:00 p.m. this evening, with winds of 90 mph and gusts up to 110 mph. On the left the popup shows where the hurricane is predicted to be at 7:00 a.m. Friday, with winds of 110 mph and gusts of 135 mph.
The data also includes predicted storm surge warnings. Below, the red outlines show areas threatened by the surge.