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Lawrie Jordan Talks about the Weather—the Weather Track at Esri UC, That is

Talking about the weather used to be something we did when there was nothing else to talk about. Now, the weather IS the thing to talk about and for good reasons. Lawrie Jordan, Director of Imagery at Esri, tells us why and gives a sneak preview of weather in this year’s special “Weather in GIS 2014” Track, to be held on Tuesday, July 15, in the SDCC Ballroom 20D, from 1:30p – 5:15p.

Meet Lawrie Jordan and attend the Weather in GIS track at Esri UC.

Q: Why is there a focus on weather this year at Esri UC?
A: Weather and GIS are a natural fit. GIS users need useful, real-time information quickly in order to move beyond traditional mapping, and towards supporting dynamic operations and situation awareness.  Together, weather in Esri’s maps & apps provides multiple benefits to the GIS community, driving workflows for emergency response, public safety, asset management, insurance, utilities, infrastructure repair, dispatch, storm water, and more.

Q: What will the weather track offer?
A: The agenda is very rich, with several unique real-world weather use cases, and we’re especially looking forward to the AccuWeather keynote. The format will focus on a very interesting set of lightning talks (no pun intended) plus a “Story Map for Stormy Weather” session and a compelling panel discussion.

Q: What’s the significance of weather data for Esri users?
A: Weather is one of the most dynamic and important data streams that feeds a modern GIS. It also drives the world’s largest industry: agriculture. Weather can give us early warning indications to allow us to plan for severe events, protect lives and property, and to be more resilient in adapting to potential environmental changes.  We can look at droughts, storms, and floods to help predict crop yields. And, weather is used to assist insurance companies and policy holders to better manage assets and minimize risk.

Q: What’s your favorite type of weather?
A: I love the weather in Southern California. I’m from the deep South—Georgia—where there’s a lot of humidity. I really enjoy the weather here in Redlands, especially in Fall and Winter.  In Summer, the evenings are always delightfully cool – my favorite time to take a spin in a classic sports car.

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Esri 30/30: Malaria Analysis in Sierra Leone

Today’s Story: Geospatial Analysis of Malaria Indicator Survey Data in Sierra Leone

Today we travel to West Africa where Catholic Relief Services and Johns Hopkins University conducted a study to assess prevalence, prevention, and control efforts of malaria in Sierra Leone.

Learn about GIS for fighting malaria at Esri UC.

At Esri UC, you will hear from how the team gathered data using mobile devices, then used ArcGIS Online to visualize the data. They used point density tools and choropleths to compare prevalence of malaria, preventative approaches, and access to health facilities across the country. With that information at hand, and easy to share, the team was able to demonstrate to stakeholders the effectiveness of preventative measures. This talk is part of the moderated paper session: GIS for Developing Healthy Societies and Environments.

Hear from hundreds of GIS professionals at Esri UC. Register today!

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Esri 30/30: Diving Deep in the Blautopfhöhle Cave of Germany

Today’s Story: ArcGIS Online for the Spelunking Community—Mapping Germany’s Blautopfhöhle

Hold your breath because today we’re diving into the water-filled Blautopfhöhle cave in Germany’s Swabian Alps. The cave entrance is concealed by sapphire-colored water and wasn’t discovered until the 1980s.

Above ground enterance to Blautopfhöhle cave system. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Since then, spelunkers and geologists have been exploring the underground river—or karst spring—that stretches a horizontal three-quarter mile distance before opening up into a vast, air-filled cave full of speleothem formations.

At Esri UC learn about how explorers Georg Dilk, Rainer Kettemann, and others mapped the cave by independently contributing data and maps to ArcGIS Online. The collaborative effort helped HFT-Stuttgart university reach a wider audience and integrate multimedia elements into the map for a more dynamic experience.

Learn about using ArcGIS Online for crowdsourcing at Esri UC. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Georg  and Rainer’s talk is part of the modified paper session ArcGIS Online: Successful Implementations.

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Esri 30/30: Grow Food Anywhere! Urban Gardens through GIS

Today’s Story: Let’s Grow! Gardens in Parking Lots and Yards

Now we travel to Tacoma, Washington where the people of Hilltop Urban Gardens are busy finding the best locales for community gardens. They use 3D analysis to focus their community outreach and planting plan.

Learn about modeling urban gardens at Esri UC.

Hilltop Urban Gardens, a community-based urban agriculture, justice, and equity organization, is working toward food independence by developing a network of urban farms planted within parking strips and yards. Food produced is shared with participating members of the community.

At Esri UC, Tonya Kauhi of GeoEngineers, Inc., and Dean Jackson, of Hilltop Urban Gardens, will explain how their team used GIS to perform 3D volumetric shadow analysis that identified planting areas with six or more hours of sunlight during the planting and growing season. They used this information to help focus expansion and outreach efforts.

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

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Esri 30/30: Decoding Insurgent Attacks in Afghanistan

Today’s Story: Building a Model to Predict Surprise Insurgent Attacks

Today we travel to Afghanistan, where it can be daunting to predict insurgent attacks on US and UN troops. Enemy forces strike at random, and they use the rugged terrain and dense cityscapes to their advantage. But what if the frequency and locations of attacks could be analyzed and put into a GIS? Would it tell a story?

GIS helps map areas of potential insurgent attacks. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

At Esri UC, Marcus Carwell and Manoj Jha of Morgan State University will talk about their ongoing work to map insurgency in Afghanistan and Iraq. The team developed mathematical models, and heat maps to help predict the likelihood and location of attacks. With their findings, Marcus and Manoj were able produce maps with safer routes for the movement of US and UN troops. This talk is part of the moderated paper session: Risks Posed in Sharing Data and Using GIS for Crisis Prevention and Public Safety.

Learn about GIS for defense and crisis prevention at Esri UC.

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Esri 30/30: Water Main Break! Live the Scenario, Learn How to Respond

Today’s Story: Experience a Water Main Break

Today we imagine ourselves in San Diego—beautiful beaches, fabulous restaurants, temperate weather. Then suddenly, a major water main breaks! Streets flood with water. City officials force evacuations from hotels in the Gaslamp District.

Learn about emergency response for water main breaks and more at Esri UC.

Luckily, in this scenario, emergency responders are using the Esri location platform. Ops Center officers can quickly assess the extent of the flooding, reroute traffic, and establish a perimeter. They alert the public using a public information map and Twitter alerts. They even identify and execute alternative housing options for evacuees.

At Esri UC, you can live through this scenario and see how each step of the emergency response can be enacted using ArcGIS. Find it in the Demo Theater, OPS Center Theater, National Security Showcase Exhibit Hall D.

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Esri 30/30: Crowdsourcing for Disaster Relief

Today’s Story: Disaster Relief Teams Use Tweets and Maps to Help People After Typhoon Yolanda

On November 8, 2013 the Philippines was ravaged by Typhoon Yolanda (also called Typhoon Haiyan), the strongest storm to ever make landfall. Over 6,000 people in the Philippines were killed by the storm. Tacloban City and Guiuan were among the areas hit the hardest. Widespread damage throughout the country affected vital services and infrastructure.

Without power, hospitals were unable to treat the wounded, road navigability issues disrupted aid efforts, and lack of access to clean drinking water posed significant health risks. To further complicate matters, aid workers didn’t have a full understanding of all of the locations needing aid and the kinds of aid needed.

Aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. Photo: International Transport Workers’ Federation via Flickr

One solution to this problem came in the form of combining tweets and maps. As a way to effectively communicate the need for aid in these areas, MicroMappers, a disaster response app developer, enlisted the help of digital humanitarian volunteers to sort, rate, and geocode tweets and images from the hurricane using the MicroMappers’ Clicker app.

Geocoded content was published to Esri Story Maps and shared online with humanitarian organizations and the media. Thanks to the digital volunteers, armed with the Clicker app, MicroMaps was able to organize a massive amount of social media data and display it in a visually intuitive story map that showed the severity of damage in any given area.

Learn how to make crowdsourced story maps at Esri UC.

At Esri UC, Ji Lucas from MicroMappers will demonstrate how digital humanitarian volunteers converted raw social media data from disaster events into intelligent maps to help coordinate relief efforts. Ji’s talk, Using Microtasking to Crisis Map Social Media During Disasters, is part of the Public Safety Showcase Demo Theater on Thursday.

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

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Esri 30/30: Fighting Fire with GIS

Today’s Story: The Jamaica Fire Brigade Identifies Risk

Today we visit Jamaica where the Jamaica Fire Brigade has been putting out blazes since 1871. Like any organization, the brigade’s resources are limited, so finding ways to do more with less is a necessity, especially when it comes to public safety.

Learn how GIS can help fight fires at Esri UC.

At Esri UC, Alvin Clarke from the University of Technology, Jamaica will present how GIS is helping the Jamaica Fire Brigade identify risk so they can better respond to incidents. Alvin will show the geospatial techniques used by the brigade. Alvin’s talk is part of the moderated paper session: Using GIS for Incident Response and Analysis.

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

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Esri 30/30: Where the Wild Whales Are

Today’s Story: Tracking Humpback Whales on a Wild (Migration) Rumpus

“There should be a place where only the things you want to happen, happen”
― Maurice Sendak
Perhaps that place is Esri UC.

Today we swim alongside humpback whales—the noisiest and most imaginative ocean crooners. How can marine mammal researchers and ocean conservationists help protect these amazing mammals?

At Esri UC, Esri’s Chief Scientist Dawn Wright and Esri’s ocean GIS product engineer Shaun Walbridge, will show you how to spatially visualize and map the ways that different humpback whale populations mix and move. Studying the resulting spatial patterns of genetic variability could be very important for conservation and associated management strategies, such as high-seas marine protected areas. This presentation is part of the tech demo, “Mapping Tools: Where the Wild Whales Are.”Hear from Dawn and Shaun, and hundreds of other GIS professionals at Esri UC.To find sessions for your industry, click here.

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Esri 30/30: Canyons, Comets, and a New Discovery

Today’s Story: Rethinking Underwater Canyon Formations

Today we head south, way south, to the Southern Ocean of Antarctica where scientists Michael Jaye and Kristen Tsolis of the Naval Postgraduate School are using GIS to study the formation of submarine canyons.

Were underwater canyons really formed above ground? Find out at Esri UC.

At Esri UC, Michael and Kristen will present an alternative theory about the formation of underwater canyons. They believe the canyons were formed above ground by water erosion. How did the canyons become submerged in water? Studies show a comet once struck the earth near Antarctica causing landmasses to sink beneath three kilometers of sea water. “Underwater Canyons: A Cosmic, Novel Explanation of their Formation” is part of the moderated paper session Seafloor Morphology and Coastal Management.

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

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