GIS for Science presents a collection of real-world stories about modern science and a cadre of scientists who use mapping and spatial analytics to expand their understanding of the world.
The accounts in this book are written for a broad audience including professional scientists, the swelling ranks of citizen scientists, and people generally interested in science and geography. Scientific data are brought to life with GIS technology to study a range of issues relevant to the functioning of planet Earth in a natural sense as well as the impacts of human activity. In a race against the clock, the scientists profiled in this volume are using remote sensing, web maps within a geospatial cloud, Esri StoryMaps, and spatial analysis to document and solve an array of issues with a geographic dimension, ranging from climate change, natural disasters, and loss of biodiversity, to homelessness, loss of green infrastructure, and resource shortages.
These stories present geospatial ideas and inspiration that readers can apply across many disciplines, making this volume relevant to a diverse scientific audience.
See how scientists working on the world's most pressing problems apply geographic information systemsGIS.
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About the Author
Dawn J. Wright is a geographer, oceanographer, and the Chief Scientist of Esri. She is a leading authority in the application of geographic information system (GIS) to environmental science and the author and editor of numerous scientific books and articles.
Christian Harder is a technology writer and information designer at Esri. He is the author or coauthor of numerous books on GIS, including The ArcGIS Book (Esri Press, 2017) and The ArcGIS Imagery Book (Esri Press, 2016).
Table of Contents
GIS for Science: A Framework and a Process
Introduction by the Editors
Reflections on a Blue Marble: An Astronaut’s View
PART 1: How Earth Works
Global Ecosystem Mapping
What Lies Beneath
The Anatomy of Super Volcanoes
Predicting Global Seagrass Habitats
PART 2: How Earth Looks
Extreme Heat Events in a Changing Climate
Finding a Way Home: An Analysis of Homelessness
Restoring Coastal Marine Habitats
Modeling Bird Responses to Climate Change
PART 3: How We Look at Earth
Mapping Ancient Landscapes
Identifying the Natural Efficient Frontier
PART 4: Training Future Generations of Scientists
A Glacier in Retreat
Panamapping: GIS for Conservation Science
PART 5: Technology Showcase
Emergence of the Geospatial Cloud
Equal Earth Projection
Science of the Hex
Modeling the Footprint of Human Settlement
Modelling Green Infrastructure
Python Notebook Analysis
3D Empirical Bayesian Kriging
National Water Model
A High-Resolution Martian Database
Sentinel-2 Imagery Viewer
The Power of Storytelling for Science