Last week’s blog was about five favorite ArcGIS Online maps of US data. This week I offer five favorite ArcGIS Online maps using world data. Like the US maps, these work on Mac or PC, tablet or smartphone. Each of these can be experienced by clicking on the map or using the short url.
1. Lat-Long Finder Tool, http://esriurl.com/latlongfinder
Many times, you just need a quick latitude and longitude. Use this app to zoom in to anywhere around the world, even plan out a field trip around in your community.
2. Elevation Profile, http://esriurl.com/elevation2
Use this app to draw a path in the neighborhood or across the world, and get a sideways look at the elevation, even out in the ocean, and trace to see the correspondence.
3. Recent Earthquakes, http://esriurl.com/recentquakes
Explore the last three months of earthquakes, classified by magnitude and containing attributes of date and depth. Watch local concentrations, identify global patterns.
4. World Climate, http://esriurl.com/climate
Characteristics of climate, presented in time series data, with anticipated shifts as projected through models.
5. World Bank Age & Population, http://esriurl.com/worldbankpop
This is a complex data set with multiple layers and multiple time slices, plus pop-ups spelling out info from the last half-century.
Again, innumerable lessons await teachers of science, social studies, math, and the holistically-minded educator. As with last week’s maps of the US, customize these maps, mix and match the data, seek out a project, focus on your specialarea of study. Examine the patterns and relationships that describe and influence all our lives.
- Charlie Fitzpatrick, Esri Education Manager