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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 UC 30/30: Better Broadband Service. How?

Today’s Story: Better Broadband in India

Today we see how Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited, a broadband provider in India, handles its customer service.

Learn about customer service for telecommunications at Esri UC.

At Esri UC, Yestha Bhatt and the team at Jio Infocomm Limited will show how they use ArcGIS to quickly locate faults and give that information to customer sales representatives. The company’s GIS maps show cell towers, Wi-Fi hot-spots, and fiber routes where fault has occurred or network downtime is planned. This means staff and customers know exactly what’s going on. This talk is part of the moderated paper session: Operations and Customer Care

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

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Esri 30/30: Water Quality on the Coast

Today’s Story: Water Quality on the Coast

Now we venture to Southern California where scientists are working to monitor water quality in Salinas de San Pedro, a marsh near the busy Port of Los Angeles.

Learn about monitoring water quality at Esri UC.

At Esri UC, Hassan Rezaie-Boroon of California State University Los Angeles will talk about how GIS, coupled with computer modeling, is a useful tool in providing a solution for future water resources planning and management. GIS can help researchers monitor water quality parameters such as suspended matter, pH, salinity and temperature patterns, phytoplankton density, turbidity, dissolved organic matter in seawater, and more. Hassan’s talk is part of the moderated paper session: Seafloor Morphology and Coastal Management.

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

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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: 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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How to Be a Star at Esri UC, Win 10K and Maybe Save the World

Chris Thomas, Esri’s Director of Government Markets, talks about the Climate Resilience App Challenge—what it is and why you should get involved.

Q: Who can participate in Esri’s Climate Resilience App Challenge?
A: You don’t have to already be a developer or a user of ArcGIS. This challenge is open to anyone who wants to try to save the world. Esri is offering its ArcGIS platform—including maps, apps, services, and APIs.

Chris Thomas hopes you can save the world–and attend Esri UC.

Q: What prompted this app challenge?
A: We want to support President Obama’s Climate Data Initiative, encouraging tech innovators to use data about climate change risks and impacts in compelling ways to help citizens, businesses, and communities makes smart choices in the face of climate change.

Q: How can people use ArcGIS to help address climate change?
A: With ArcGIS, people can help answer important questions related to climate change. For example: How are changes in weather patterns going to impact the world? How do we start preparing for these changes? What makes cities more resilient to climate change? Climate impacts reach beyond crops and wildlife—what can city planners do to rethink infrastructure design? What impacts will climate have on public health and what do health care providers need to do to adapt?

Q: Let’s talk prizes. What can people win?
A: Esri will provide up to three winners with cash prizes, starting with $10,000 for First Place. If your organization is unable to receive cash prizes, Esri will provide the equivalent value in software. Plus, the winning apps will be featured at Esri International User Conference in front of more than 16,000 ArcGIS users.

Q: What sort of apps is Esri looking for?
A: The sky is the limit. Apps may help communities prepare for, react to, and recover from severe events caused by climate, or enable everyday changes to reduce our carbon footprint. They could address challenges in public safety, transportation, economic development, healthcare, and more. Apps will be judged on the creative and effective use of data, Esri apps, maps, services, and APIs.

Q: What’s the next step for someone who wants to enter?
A: Visit www.esri.com/climate-app. From there you can learn all about the challenge, how to enter, where to find Esri developer tools. Keep in mind, the deadline is June 2.

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