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News Roundup – October 2021

How is geospatial technology giving people the tools to better understand our oceans and coastal regions? What are public safety agencies doing with GIS to make our communities safer? How are Canadian jurisdictions using collaboration to better prepare for NG9-1-1? Learn more in the October News Roundup.

Feature Stories

App of the Month: Howe Sound/Átl’ḵa7tsem Marine Reference Guide
October’s App of the Month helps communities and government planners around Howe Sound/Átl’ḵa7tsem better understand the underwater world. Often, what lies beneath the water can be out of sight, out of mind, but this map brings together diverse knowledge systems, including Indigenous, local and Western science, into a holistic and integrated tool.

October’s Map of the Month: Move-Up Modelling—Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency
October’s Map of the Month features the work of public safety agencies, who are using geospatial technology to create authoritative data sources, visualize key information and maximize the use of limited resources.

Geographical Thinking Podcast: Interviews with Dr. Este Geraghty—Episode 1 | Episode 2
The Geographical Thinking Podcast kicks off its second season with a double header: two back-to-back episodes featuring Dr. Este Geraghty, chief medical officer and health solutions director at Esri. In Season 2, Episode 1, Este shares her insights about what a geo-enabled public health system should look like. In Episode 2, she continues the conversation by asking whether this geo-enabling approach could help us address bigger challenges within health systems, too.

Listen to the latest episode of Geographical Thinking here.

Collaboration is the key to saving lives and protecting property
Through an engagement with Esri Canada’s NG9-1-1 experts, the City of Kingston hosted a series of meetings with municipal representatives across the City, Frontenac County and Lennox & Addington County to assess the municipality’s readiness for NG9-1-1.

Seven GIS trends: A call to action for planners
At the American Planning Association's 2021 National Planning Conference closing keynote, Esri founder and CEO Jack Dangermond spoke about the importance of planners using technology to help advance sustainable communities. Read what he had to say about the seven GIS trends that will impact cities and planning.

Back to school during COVID-19: Why location matters
Layering data about people and sickness with school locations can help public health workers see where they should focus their efforts. Learn more by reading this ArcGIS StoryMaps story.

Maps selected for the 2022 Esri Canada Map Calendar
Learn about the 15 submissions we’ll be featuring in the 2022 Esri Canada Map Calendar, which come from many domains, including environmental conservation, disaster planning and management, and climate change.

Submit your app for our App of the Month
We’re looking for outstanding, publicly accessible ArcGIS-based apps to be featured in the Esri Canada Blog as our App of the Month. Could your app be it?


Esri News

Esri Redistricting Solution Now Includes 2020 Census Data
September 27, 2021



ArcUser: To Better Understand the Earth
Learn about ecological coastal units (ECUs), a new tool for understanding the Earth. Created for mapping and analyzing the world’s coastal regions, ECUs are part of a global framework for understanding Earth’s ecosystems in which GIS plays a vital role.

Read the latest issue of ArcUser online.

ArcNews: Spatial Analysis of Opioid Use Gets Lifesaving Medicine to the Right Places
Using GIS, a research team at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and its Interdisciplinary Geospatial Technology Lab analyzed opioid overdose trends in a Tennessee county and determined the most effective way to distribute naloxone kits among local EMS stations.

Read the latest issue of ArcNews online.

WhereNext: How Climate Change Is Shaping Real Estate Investments
A major real estate player introduces climate risk scores for homes listings, and the effects could ripple through industries far beyond residential real estate.

Esri & The Science of Where Podcast: Reexamining Humanity: The Correspondent Walking the World
Author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Paul Salopek discusses his decade-long walk from Africa to South America. Esri CMO Marianna Kantor investigates the story behind Salopek’s epic 21,000-mile odyssey to retrace humanity’s first steps as the former war correspondent walks the world.

Video: Esri User Conference 2021 – Kentucky Energy & Environment Cabinet: Solar Siting Potential Initiative
As part of the Environment & Natural Resources Special Interest Group meeting at the 2021 Esri User Conference, the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) shares their innovative work using GIS to develop a solar siting potential app. Their app, built with ArcGIS Web AppBuilder and showcased on the Kentucky EEC Solar Siting Potential ArcGIS Hub site, helps the state in their efforts to develop reclaimed coal mine lands to house a source of renewable energy.

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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