Esri 30/30: Stormwater for Sustainability

Today’s Story: Stormwater for Sustainability

Today we venture into the southern United States, to Georgia Institute of Technology, a leader in scientific and technological research and education. The campus has made an aggressive commitment to sustainability, including management of stormwater to protect rivers and streams.

Learn about stormwater management modeling from Georgia Tech at Esri UC.

At Esri UC, Rama Sivakumar will present how the team at Georgia Tech is using GIS to carry out a number of strategic initiatives and projects toward the university’s stormwater management goal. They have modeled scenarios and created a master plan for one basin on campus. The master plan assesses the scope for improved stormwater management on the campus at the system level.

Hear from Rama and and hundreds of other GIS professionals at Esri UC.

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Esri 30/30: Heat Maps and Green Dots

Today’s Story: Heat Maps and Green Dots

Today we visit Oakland, California where the public works department is using ArcGIS to make easy-to-read maps that help city managers find problem areas.

Learn more about ArcGIS for Public Works at Esri UC.

At Esri UC, Noushin Adabi and John McCabe from the City of Oakland will talk about how heat maps and dot maps are helping public works staff quickly communicate with managers. With heat maps, Oakland Public Works can easily show historical problems. Dot maps show areas that need to be fixed in red, and the fixed areas in green. The simple design shows managers not only where work is needed but how much is needed. Noushin’s and John’s talk is part of the moderated paper session: Data Visualization and Collaboration Drives Public Works.

Hear from Noushin and John, and hundreds of other GIS professionals at Esri UC.

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It’s All about You! (And Your App)

Judy Peppard talks about the User Software Applications Fair at Esri UC.

Share and show off your apps at Esri UC.

Judy Peppard works for Esri Professional Services and organizes the User Software Applications Fair where developers, students, educators, businesses, and anyone else can show off custom-made apps built on the ArcGIS platform. The fair is held in exhibition hall A/B at the San Diego Convention Center.

Q: What’s new and exciting about the User Software Applications Fair this year?
A: We get new app submissions every year so there’s always something new and exciting! This year we’ll be awarding participants with the best web-based applications, mobile GIS applications, desktop GIS applications, and multimedia maps. Visitors can vote for their favorite applications at the fair. Esri UC attendees can submit their apps through June 30.

Q: What do people usually like best about the Fair?
A: People love test driving apps written by other users. They can meet the author and ask questions about functionality and workflows or even the code behind the application.  It’s a great way to connect, share, and get inspired!

Q: How many times have you been to Esri UC?
A: This is my seventeenth year at Esri and I have been to the Esri UC every year that it’s been held in San Diego. I also attended as a user, the last year that it was held in Palm Springs.  That makes this my nineteenth Esri UC!

Q: What’s your favorite thing to do at Esri UC afterhours?
A: I like spending time with my friends in the Gaslamp Quarter and cruising in the bay on my friend’s sailboat. He takes a group out every year.

Q: What advice do you have for attendees?
A: Take time to plan out your schedule—if you don’t it’s easy to get overwhelmed once you’re there.  There’s so much to see and do. It’s also important to wear comfortable shoes!

Q: What are some of your favorite Esri UC memories?
A: I always enjoy meeting and becoming friends with people from all over the world who participate in the User Software Applications Fair. Once people have participated in the Fair they tend to stay in touch and stop by the booth every year to say hi and see the new apps. It’s nice to catch up with people year after year!

Submit your app by June 30 to be  part of the User Software Applications Fair at Esri UC!

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Esri 30/30: Fighting Elephant Poaching in Zambia

Today’s Story: Fighting Elephant Poaching in Zambia

Today we travel to the breathtaking South Luangwa National Park in Zambia, where wildlife conservationists are using GIS and remote sensing data to stop elephant poaching.

Learn about wildlife conservation at Esri UC.

At Esri UC, Michelle Kinzel from GIST3 will talk about how she mapped elephant movement within the park. By learning where elephants go, Michelle was able to coordinate mitigation efforts to combat poaching. Michelle’s talk is part of the moderated paper session: Parks, Natural Reserves and More: Habitat Management

Hear from Michelle and hundreds of other GIS professionals at Esri UC.

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Esri 30/30: Fighting Algae in Alpine Lakes

Today’s Story: Algae in Alpine Lakes

Today we travel to the Sierra Nevada mountain range and surrounding lakes in California’s Central Valley.

Learn about using Esri CityEngine beyond city limits, in places like the Sierra Nevada Mountains, at Esri UC.

Few things are as beautiful and pristine as a crystal-clear alpine lake—unless that lake is covered in algae.

At Esri UC, Micah Taylor, a graduate student from the University of Redlands MS GIS program, will present research on nutrient loading in the lakes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Nutrient loading occurs when high concentrations of chemicals like phosphate consume the oxygen supply of a lake.

Micah used 3D modeling with Esri CityEngine to find phosphate pathways in order to prevent algal blooms. Micah’s talk is part of the moderated paper session: 3D Modeling for Lakes, Wetlands and Sea-Level Rise Using ArcGIS.

Hear from Micah, and hundreds of other GIS professionals at Esri UC.

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Esri 30/30: LiDAR and 3D Models of Forests in India

Today’s Story: LiDAR and 3D Models of India’s Forests

Now we travel to India, where GIS professionals in forestry have discovered exciting new ways to determine tree height, tree species, and canopy volume using ArcGIS, LiDAR data, and 3D modeling.

Learn how to use 3D modeling and LiDAR data at Esri UC.

At this year’s Esri UC, Vinod Kumar will talk about how the Indian Forest Service maps India’s forests with airborne LiDAR data—making inventory practices faster and more precise. Vinod’s talk is part of the moderated paper session: Forestry: Applications in Lidar.

Here from Vinod, and hundreds of other GIS professionals at Esri UC.

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Esri 30/30: Counting Trees in Central Park

Today’s Story: Counting Trees in Central Park

Today we take you to New York City. Can you guess how many trees are in Central Park? Imagine being in charge of managing each one. Jacqueline Lu and her colleagues use ArcGIS to do just that, (a job also known as urban forestry and ecological restoration).

Learn how NYC manages its urban forest at Esri UC.

At Esri UC, Jacqueline will talk about the monumental challenge she and the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation faced when restoring areas of Central Park damaged by Superstorm Sandy. Jacqueline will present as part of the moderated paper session, Environmental Management: Urban Assessment.

Hear from Jacqueline, and hundreds of other GIS professionals at Esri UC.

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Esri 30/30: Gulf of Mexico Sea-Level Rise

Today’s Story: Gulf of Mexico Sea-Level Rise

Learn about modeling the affects of sea level rise at Esri UC.

Today we travel to the Gulf of Mexico where coastal ecosystems are in danger due to natural hazards such as sea-level rise.

At Esri UC, Michael Thompson of The Nature Conservancy will share how his organization, through collaborative research, made GIS models to show the affects sea-level rise will have on communities and ecosystems. These models show various scenarios that can be used to create management strategies. Thompson will present as part of the moderated paper session, Climate Change: Sustainable Communities

Hear from Thompson, and hundreds of other GIS professionals at Esri UC.

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Esri 30/30: Tsunami Evacuation Analysis

Today’s Story: Evacuation Analysis for Tsunami Hazards

Learn about tsumani evacuation analysis at Esri UC.

Today we discuss tsunamis, and specifically how emergency managers plan for potential catastrophe.

At Esri UC, Jeanne Jones of the U.S. Geological Survey will show you a modeling tool she and her team developed to give emergency managers information they really need including population size, locations, and potential evacuation challenges. The model estimates possible evacuation plans based on elevation, direction of movement, land cover, and travel speed. Jones will present as part of the moderated paper session: GIS for Hazard Mitigation.

Hear from Jones, and hundreds of other GIS professionals at Esri UC.

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Esri 30/30: Crop Water on the Gaza Strip


Today’s Story: Modeling Crop Water Needs on the Gaza Strip

Learn about modeling crop water needs at Esri UC.

Today we take you to the Gaza Strip where water demand exceeds supply. There are 4,000 agricultural water wells and 70 percent of them are illegal, making it (nearly) impossible to get accurate consumption information.

At Esri UC, Ali Salha, of Utah State University’s Utah Water Research Laboratory, will tell you how he used ArcGIS ModelBuilder, along with land use, rainfall, and other meteorological data, to map and display a spatial distribution of monthly crop water requirements.

Hear from Salha, and hundreds of other GIS professionals at Esri UC.

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