How to Smart Map in 3 Easy Steps

Smart Mapping is an exciting capability that can help you create beautiful and informative maps, quickly. It’s never been easier to craft visually stunning maps that tell the stories you want to tell. This guide will help you familiarize yourself with smart mapping and its overall workflow, so that you can get started making your own mapping masterpieces! To follow the same guide interactively, visit this story map.

In its simplest form, smart mapping is a solution custom created for your map and your data, which is why we call it “smart”! With just a few clicks, you can create a clear story about your data. Continue reading

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AppStudio for ArcGIS 1.3 Now Available


We’re pleased to announce that version 1.3 of AppStudio for ArcGIS is now available.  You can get the new version of AppStudio by logging into or downloading AppStudio Desktop and Player from the download page. This release includes new support for Android … Continue reading

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Exploit Your Basemap


Making vector basemap design changes that support your map or story. To experience this blog as an interactive story map, go here. For the last 12 months Esri has provided a set of vector basemaps of the world for you … Continue reading

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How To: Fake Plastic Maps


Existential Introduction This post will show you how to make realistic-looking fake maps by faking realism over something real, in order to make it look realistically fake. Got it? Let’s do this! I’m a big fan of using transparency-laden color … Continue reading

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Dartmouth Flood Observatory now in the Live Stream Gauge Map

In countries like the United States and Germany, federal agencies keep careful watch on the nation’s rivers, and disseminate their observations to the public. But in developing nations, many of the world’s major rivers remain un-gauged, despite the millions of people whose lives depend on them. The Dartmouth Flood Observatory hopes to help solve this problem with a concept they call “satellite gauging sites,” which makes it possible to monitor the flowrate of rivers using freely available satellite data, without the need to build or maintain expensive infrastructure.

Adding new gagues to the map

Animation showing the added gauges

They key to this method is the microwave sensors carried aboard satellites like AMSR, TRMM, and GPM. As the amount of water on the landscape increases, emissions in the microwave spectrum decrease – a clear signal that can be used to track flowrate. Microwaves are unaffected by cloud, but absorbed by liquid water, which means that Flood Observatory scientists can monitor river conditions even when the ground is visibly obscured by weather.

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Pop-up window showing data from a gauge

The numerical estimates are much less accurate than ground-based gauging, of course, but still extremely valuable. As a relative estimate of how the flowrate is changing over time, they can be used to track droughts and floods, and to analyze long-term changes in the flow regime.

In order to make them more easily available to the GIS community, Esri has added these satellite gauging sites to the Live Stream Gauge map. When you click on one, it displays an estimate of today’s average flowrate, a description of the status (e.g. low flow, moderate flood, major flood), and a graph showing the time series. There is also a link to the station page, where you can get monthly and annual flow estimates, as well as some information about the calibration and accuracy of that particular site.

This latest update also included new contributions from England’s Environment Agency, the State of Nebraska, the State of Oregon, and the Iowa Flood Center – over 3000 new gauges in total – so if you haven’t checked it out in a while, now is a great time to take another look. For those of you who have been using this map, please let us know your thoughts about it in the comments. Thank you to all our stream gauge contributors!

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Workforce for ArcGIS (Windows 10) 0.2.0 Beta release


We are pleased to announce the second beta release of Workforce for ArcGIS on the Windows 10 platform! This update includes a number of new capabilities: Support for viewing attachments for assignments and features Filter your To Do list by … Continue reading

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How To Cascade

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The Story Maps team is charging ahead improving and adding features to the newest template for storytelling with maps, Story Map Cascade. Ready to roll up your map-smudged storytelling sleeves? Here are four Cascade stories that show you how to … Continue reading

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Esri Maps for MicroStrategy 3.0 now supports MicroStrategy 10.5

In September 2016, the MicroStrategy Community announced the release of MicroStrategy 10.5, an incremental update release. Continue reading

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What’s the Point of Desktop Maintenance?

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ArcGIS Desktop 10.5 is just around the corner but if you’re not current on maintenance, you’re going to miss out. You might say, “What’s the big deal about maintenance? My current version of ArcGIS Desktop works just fine.” Maintenance is … Continue reading

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World Imagery Updated with more DigitalGlobe and Contributor Imagery


Last week, we updated the World Imagery basemap with more recent imagery from DigitalGlobe and other members of the GIS user community.  This latest update features DigitalGlobe imagery for Argentina, as well as the Caribbean and parts of Central America as shown … Continue reading

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