GIS for Science

GIS for Science

Applying Mapping and Spatial Analytics

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This site is the online companion to the book GIS for Science: Applying Mapping and Spatial Analytics. It contains online resources that complement the case studies featured in the book, and also the Technology Showcase feature articles in the 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


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; and 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