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News Roundup – January/February 2022

How can artificial intelligence help with habitat restoration? How can geospatial technology help monitor greenhouse gases? And how can GIS help municipalities manage snow removal? Learn more in the January and February News Roundup.

Feature Stories

January’s Map of the Month: Aviqtuuq
January 2022’s Map of the Month is “Aviqtuuq”, made by the Spence Bay Trappers and Hunters. It depicts an 85,750 km2 area, the Aviqtuuq Inuit Protected and Conserved Area, that represents locally developed efforts to create a conservation economy in the region. We’ve paired the Map of the Month with apps and stories that show how GIS is being used by Indigenous communities to bolster their success.

February’s Map of the Month: Sidney Spit—Image Classification
February 2022’s Map of the Month is “Sidney Spit—Image Classification” by the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve. The map shows how to use image classification to identify vegetated and non-vegetated areas found in high-resolution imagery. In other words, it’s an example of how we can use artificial intelligence to monitor plant life in this and other environmentally sensitive locations.

Geographical Thinking Podcast: Season 2 | Episode 10: Management Perspectives with Matt Lewin
Matt Lewin, Esri Canada’s director of management consulting, talks to Bill Shea, director, Toronto Water, Distribution and Collection about how GIS can be used more broadly to communicate and work with upper management. Want to expand your GIS team? What should you know to run one? This episode has the answers.

Listen to the latest episode of Geographical Thinking here.

Urban Planning in Charlotte: From Engagement to Equity with ArcGIS
Planners in Charlotte, North Carolina are using ArcGIS to visualize plans and incorporate equity metrics into scenario planning as well as inform and engage with stakeholders and the public. Learn more in this blog post by Esri Canada’s Josh Triantafilou.

How can geospatial technology help monitor greenhouse gases? Ask GHGSat
The World Meteorological Organization says that 26 of the 50 essential climate variables can only be effectively observed from space. GHGSat, a leading-edge Montréal-based space and data technology company, is the first to use satellites to monitor greenhouse gases. Adina Gillespie, GHGSat’s director of business development, explains how it works and how Esri technology fits in.

A Fresh Look at the Possibilities of ArcGIS
Over the years, ArcGIS has evolved from the powerful desktop application it was—and still is—to a complex but connected system of systems that delivers efficiency and insight way beyond making maps. Given the proliferation of software options, these possibilities can sometimes seem overwhelming. Read this blog post to learn about one path to greater efficiency and insight, minus the overwhelm.

Using IoT and Location Intelligence to Power Smart Cities
This blog post explains how the Integrated Smart City Ecosystem combines Canada's fastest 5G network and largest portfolio of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions with the leading location intelligence system.

Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx enable critical utility stakeholder coordination with ArcGIS
In this guest post by Paul Collins, utilities director of Metrolinx’s Capital Projects Group, learn how Metrolinx and Infrastructure Ontario leveraged ArcGIS to run a pilot project that verified new procedures and practices for managing and resolving conflicts with third-party utilities.

In British Columbia, ArcGIS Dashboards unify the pandemic response
It’s as important now as it was at the beginning of the pandemic for public health decision makers to act quickly and collaboratively. These rapid decisions depend heavily on up-to-date, standardized and democratized data, such as up-to-date case counts. The BC COVID-19 Dashboard Project uses ArcGIS Dashboards to monitor and respond to the pandemic. Learn more in this blog post.

Esri Canada News

I’m Ready HIV self-testing research program collaborates with Esri Canada
December 1, 2021

Esri News

Esri Book Demonstrates How Maps Enable Cross-Sector Civic Collaboration
January 11, 2022

Johns Creek, Georgia, Adopts ArcGIS Image for ArcGIS Online to Digitize Municipal Maps
January 6, 2022

Esri Launches New Solution to Help Communities Assess Social Equity
January 5, 2022

Esri North Africa (Esri NA) Becomes the Sole Esri Distributor to Serve Egypt, Libya, Sudan, South Sudan, and Chad Markets
January 4, 2022

Esri Releases New Book on Improving a Map's Aesthetics
January 4, 2022

New Esri Book Provides Beginners a Guide for Location Analytics
January 4, 2022

New Esri Workbook Introduces Health Professionals to Technology behind COVID-19 Maps
January 4, 2022

Esri and WorldPop Partner to Bring Updated Demographic Data to Policy Makers
December 17, 2021

Esri and National Geographic Society Announce Global Storytelling Challenge Winners
December 10, 2021

Microsoft and Esri Deliver Centralized Satellite Image Analysis in Azure Orbital
December 9, 2021

Orbital Insight Integrates with Esri's ArcGIS Platform to Streamline Satellite and Sensor Imagery Analysis
December 2, 2021


ArcUser: Fighting Snow More Effectively with GIS
For cities that receive significant snow, removing it from streets in a consistent and timely manner is important to the safety of residents and the economic well-being of businesses. The City of New York employs GIS and live feeds to provide near real-time situational awareness to manage snow removal activities.

Read the latest issue of ArcUser online.

ArcNews: ArcGIS StoryMaps Helps Students Show How Far Beach Litter Travels
In 2019, the NGO Sustainable Coastlines began working with students at New Zealand’s Campion College to measure and analyze beach litter and take steps to solve the problem by using geospatial technology. Learn about the litter intelligence project and how these school students’ work made it all the way to the United Nations.

Read the latest issue of ArcNews online.

WhereNext: Three Key Steps to Using EVs in Business
Whether a company delivers packages or deploys regional sales teams, electric vehicles will soon play a role. Smart maps help executives manage EV fleets profitably. Learn more in this article from Esri’s Frits van der Schaaf and Patrick Fowler.

Esri & The Science of Where Podcast: Our Planet: A Talk with Patagonia’s Mountaineer-Turned-Executive Rick Ridgeway
Rick Ridgeway, former Vice President of Public Engagement and Environmental Affairs at Patagonia, talks about how his experiences as a world-class adventurer shaped his views on the balance between business and environmental stewardship.

Video: Geo-Enabled Experiences: Helping Anglers Fish Responsibly at Gray’s Reef
Responsible recreation has kept Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary an ideal fishing destination for 40+ years. Preserving this marine resource requires that anglers know the fishing regulations, are using proper equipment, and are logging their catches appropriately. In this talk, Robert Crimian of the Nature Conservancy and Sid Pandey of Dewberry Engineers, Inc. explore how they used Esri’s Experience Builder to develop interactive resources to educate the public, specifically anglers, about how best to fish at Gray’s Reef.

This post was translated to French and can be viewed here.

About the Author

Dani Pacey is a Marketing Specialist for Esri Canada. She digitized her first map at the tender age of 10 and has been fascinated by the relationships between people and places ever since. An avid technical communicator with degrees in Science & Technology Studies from York University and History of Science & Technology from the University of King's College, Dani has always blended science, social science and the humanities and loves bringing them all together to tell great stories about human life.

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