Seeing the World in a Fresh Way

GLDAS Evapotranspiration 2000 - Present

Check out Earth Observation Services updated in the Living Atlas Earth Observation image and map services have been updated in the Living Atlas of the World. This includes data from NASA’s Global Land Data Assimilation System (GLDAS) and NOAA’s National … Continue reading

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MarineCadastre.gov Has the Living Atlas Swimming in Ocean Data

Living Atlas Oceans

Contributions to ArcGIS Content Delivers Real-Time Data and Increases Government Efficiency “The make it once, use it many times model guarantees that our users have access to the most current data and it increases the efficiency among all levels of … Continue reading

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Esri Visualizes NOAA’s National Water Model

National Water Model

For the first time ever, you can visualize NOAA’s stream-flow forecasts throughout the continental U.S. in ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS for Desktop or freely via the REST endpoint. By accessing the National Water Model map services, hosted on Esri’s livefeeds2.arcgis.com server, … Continue reading

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April 2016 Living Atlas Community Webinar Recording Available


The April 2016 Living Atlas Community Webinar is now available!

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FREE Living Atlas Community Webinar Scheduled!

Living Atlas

Leverage NOAA’s Living Atlas Contribution

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The Living Atlas of the World now includes the Esri Drought Tracker App

Esri Drought Tracker - Overall

Esri Drought Tracker allows anyone to explore the current and historic levels of drought intensity affecting the USA from Jan 2000 to present. Drought is a prolonged period of less than normal water conditions. Drought can be recognized as a … Continue reading

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New Live Feeds in ArcGIS Online Include Oceans and Hydro Content


From the ArcGIS Content Team ArcGIS Online includes a living atlas of the world with beautiful and authoritative maps on many topics, including a rich collection of earth observation maps and layers that describe our planet’s current conditions, from earthquakes … Continue reading

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Hydrographic Special Interest Group sets sail at the Esri UC

Global Chart Viewer

More than 50 users from organizations ranging from the International Hydrographic Bureau (secretariat of the International Hydrographic Organization), NOAA Office of Coast Survey, Danish Geodata Agency (GST), and the Yangtze River Waterways Authority and several other users from the maritime … Continue reading

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Mapping NOAA's incident responses via GeoRSS


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.


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Gulf Oil Spill Response – Shoreline Assessment Forms

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…


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