GIS for Science

GIS for Science

Applying Mapping and Spatial Analytics

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This site is the online companion to both volumes 1 and 2 of GIS for Science: Applying Mapping and Spatial Analytics. It contains online resources that complement the case studies featured in the books, and also the Technology Showcase vignettes in each appendix.

The book details the work of real-world scientists using geographic information systems (GIS) to expand our understanding of the world. They are part of a global effort to find ways to sustain a livable environment for all life on the planet. At Esri, we call this The Science of Where®, a concept that merges our impulse to dream, discover, and understand with the rigor and discipline of the scientific process and the foundation of geography. As such, GIS provides a framework for applying science to almost every human endeavor as we aspire to transform the world through mapping and analytics.

The stories in this book are written for professional scientists, the swelling ranks of citizen scientists, and anyone interested in science and geography. The contributors represent a cross section of scientists who employ data gathered from satellites, aircraft, ships, drones, and myriad other remote-sensing technologies. This data is brought to life with GIS to study a range of issues relevant to our understanding of planet Earth and beyond. Scientists are documenting an array of geographically oriented issues ranging from climate change, natural disasters, and loss of biodiversity to political strife, disease outbreaks, and resource shortages.

GIS for Science

Chapter Resources Volume 2


The Geography of Islands

Roger Sayre et al., US Geological Survey; Nick Holmes, The Nature Conservancy; Osgur McDermott Long, Lauren Weatherdon, UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Center; Dena Spatz, Pacific Rim Conservation; Keith VanGraafeiland, Esri; and David Will, Island Conservation.

Unlocking Ocean Intelligence

Lisa C. Wickliffe et al., NOAA; Seth J. Theuerkauf, The Nature Conservancy; and Christine M. Taylor, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

The Geography of Ocean Plastics

Orhun Aydin and Shaun Walbridge, Esri

Exploring Beneath the Basemap

Jennifer Bauer, Kelly Rose et al., National Energy Technology Laboratory

Mapping Human Dynamics

Amy Rose et al., Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Sustainable Food Production

Paul West, et al., University of Minnesota, Institute on the Environment; and Mauricio Castro Schmitz, The Nature Conservancy

Tracking Global Forest Loss

Elizabeth Goldman, Nancy Harris, World Resources Institute; Lauren Bennett, Esri; and Stephen Ansari, Christopher Gabris, and Michael Lippmann, Blue Raster

How to Feed the World

Daniel Roberts et al., USDA Agricultural Research Service; Chris Reberg-Horton, NC State Center for Environmental Farming Systems; Nick Short and Sudhir Shrestha, Esri

Monitoring Air Quality in the US

Liz Naess, Halil Cakir, Environmental Protection Agency; and Alberto Nieto, Esri

The Urban Tree Canopy

Jarlath O’Neil-Dunne, University of Vermont; Dexter Locke and J. Morgan Grove, US Forest Service; Michael Galvin, SavATree

Monitoring Disasters

Jeremy Kirkendall and Garrett Layne, NASA Disasters Program

Drones and GeoAI for Environmental Monitoring

William Shuart, Virginia Commonwealth University; Rohit Singh, Lain Graham and Gerald Kinn, Esri

Chapter Resources Volume 1


Global Ecosystem Mapping

Roger Sayre, US Geological Survey

What Lies Beneath

Daniel Coe, Washington Geological Survey

The Anatomy of Supervolcanoes

Melanie Brandmeier, Esri Germany

Predicting Global Seagrass Habitats

Orhun Aydin and Kevin A. Butler, Esri

Extreme Heat Events in a Changing Climate

Olga Wilhelmi and Jennifer Boehnert, NCAR

Finding a Way Home

Lauren Griffin and Este Geraghty, Esri

Restoring Coastal Marine Habitats

Zach Ferdaña, et al., The Nature Conservancy, Tom Brouwer, FloodTags; and Omar Abou-Samra, American Red Cross

Modeling Bird Responses to Climate Change

Gary Langham, Molly Bennet, with Brooke Bateman, et al., National Audubon Society

Mapping Ancient Landscapes

Jason Ur and Jeffrey Blossom, Harvard University

Identifying the Natural Efficient Frontier

Jeff Allenby, Chesapeake Conservancy; Lucas Joppa and Nebojsa Jojic, Microsoft Research

A Glacier in Retreat

Jacki Klancher, Todd Guenther, and Darran Wells, Central Wyoming College

Panamapping: GIS for Conservation Science

Dan Klooster, et al., University of Redlands; Experience Mamoní; and Fundación Geoversity