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News Roundup—January 2024

How is the Missing Children Society of Canada using location technology to ensure more missing children are found faster? How was GIS technology used by Halifax Regional Municipality to assess the devastation left behind by the Upper Tantallon wildfire? How is GIS technology supporting the search for ideal locations for solar farms? Learn more in the News Roundup for January 2024.

Feature Stories

Map of the Month: Inuit Relocations in Canada: 1902–1978
This map details the Inuit relocations that took place in the Canadian Arctic in the 20th century. It shows the methods, reasons, years, outcomes and agents responsible.

Geographical Thinking: Season 4 | Episode 8: Finding Missing Children Using the Latest Location-Based Technology
Forty thousand children go missing in Canada every year. The Missing Children Society of Canada (MCSC) is leveraging the latest location technology to ensure more children are found faster. Amanda Pick, CEO of MCSC, updates Guan Yue on MCSC's progress and recent success.

Listen to the latest episode of Geographical Thinking here. 

Responding to wildfires with support from Esri’s Disaster Response Program
The Upper Tantallon wildfire destroyed over 200 structures and displaced over 16,400 people in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in late May and early June 2023. Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) worked to assess the devastation—and Esri’s Disaster Response Program supported them in doing so.

Esri News

Esri Book Shows How Earth Science Organizations Can Improve Decision-Making
December 21, 2023

Esri Releases 2023 Update of Ready-to-Use US Census Bureau Data for ArcGIS Users
December 21, 2023


ArcUser: A Data-Centric Approach Helps to Reduce Child Exploitation
The surreptitious nature of child sex trafficking makes it difficult to locate and protect children and track down those who exploit them. Offenders keep children on the move and often cross jurisdictional lines. Analysts at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) use GIS to track child traffickers and missing children.

Read the latest issue of ArcUser online.

ArcNews: Deep Learning Model Unlocks Potential of Solar Energy Development
Solar power presents an immense opportunity for generating sustainable and green energy. Realizing its full potential requires identifying suitable locations for solar panel installations. Pivot Energy, a national renewable energy provider headquartered in Colorado, needed assistance locating parking lots across various areas of interest that are appropriate for potential solar panel implementation. Using advanced GIS technology, a team from Esri partner Platte River Analytics helped Pivot Energy do this accurately and efficiently.

Read the latest issue of ArcNews online. 

WhereNext Magazine: Top Stories of 2023: Key Takeaways and Trends
In 2023, WhereNext revealed how successful companies have turned AI, GIS, and innovative thinking into business advantage.

Video: Urban Green Initiatives to Combat Our Warming Planet
In this video from the Redlands Forum, learn about the work of the University of Southern California Spatial Sciences Institute's Urban Trees Initiative. They analyze the existing tree canopy in six low-income Los Angeles neighborhoods. Dr. John P. Wilson discusses how GIS data and services identify the areas that benefit most from planting trees, as well as the science behind trees that mitigate air pollution.

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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