GIS for Science: Applying Mapping and Spatial Analytics

GIS for Science: Applying Mapping and Spatial Analytics


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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 systems—GIS.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781589485303
Publisher: ESRI Press
Publication date: 07/29/2019
Pages: 252
Sales rank: 933,349
Product dimensions: 9.90(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.60(d)

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


The Science of Where: A Framework and a Process

Introduction (How the Book and Website Work Together)

What's new in the 2nd Volume

New Reflections from Pulitzer-Prize Winner Jared Diamond

PART 1: How Earth Works

US OceanReports Tool: Intelligent Web Application for Ocean Neighborhoods

Global Islands

GIS as a Scientific Workbench: Pacific Gyre/Ocean Plastics

Subsurface Prediction for Earth Analytics

PART 2: How Earth Looks

Mapping Human Settlement

Diverse Farms, Diverse Foods

Emerging Hotspots of Forest Loss

Sustainable Precision Agriculture

Air Quality Monitoring with EPA's AirNow

PART 3: How We Look at Earth

Urban Tree Canopy Mapping (small areas, big data!)

Utilizing the NASA Atmospheric Science Data Center (ASDC) Geospatial Platform for Data Analysis

NASA Disaster Mapping Portal: Leveraging GIS for Disaster Response, Recovery, Resilience and Reporting

Machine Learning and Full Motion Video for Environmental Monitoring

PART 4: Training Future Generations of Scientists 

Evolution of Students’ Spatial Skills 

PART 5: Technology Showcase

Living Atlas

Spilhaus Projected Coordinate System

Excalibur (imagery platform)


Spatial Machine Learning

Raster Function Chains

Space-Time Cube

Accessing multidimensional data via OpenDap and Thredds

Time Series Clustering

ArcGIS Earth, or failing that, Voxels


Smart Mapping

Operations Dashboard

Atmospheric Modeling

Global Polio Eradication or Ebola

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