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News Roundup – August 2023

How is geographic information systems (GIS) technology becoming a game-changing tool for investment firms? How is GIS helping explore the effects of extreme heat on urban populations in Canada? What are some best practices for talking about geospatial topics with company leadership? Learn more in the News Roundup for August 2023.

Feature Stories

Map of the Month: Forest Fires in Québec, 2002–2021: Cumulative Number and Area
August 2023’s Map of the Month, “Forest Fires in Québec, 2002–2021: Cumulative Number and Area”, is by the Société de protection des forêts contre le feu. This map represents forest fires from 2002 to 2021 using a cumulative approach based on a hexagonal grid. It shows where the largest fires occurred, as well as the occurrences of fires during the study period.

Geographical Thinking: Season 3 | Episode 21: Geography in the Corporate Boardroom
GIS has entered the boardroom of investment firms and is now seen as a game-changer when it comes to better understanding climate change and the long-term prospects of corporations. Alex Martonik, business resilience, financial services and insurance lead for Esri, talks about why climate resilience matters to businesses.

Listen to the latest episode of Geographical Thinking here. 

Heat Waves & Vulnerability App Puts Mapping at the Centre
The Department of Geography at Laval University launched an online mapping app to explore the intersection of vulnerable communities and extreme heat waves in major Canadian cities. The app currently maps 156 census areas using dasymetric mapping to exclude uninhabited areas, and more accurately analyze the population’s exposure and vulnerability.

Talking geospatial to executives: Tactics to connect and communicate
GIS managers need to take a unique approach when to help executives understand the value that GIS brings to their organizations. In this blog post, Esri Canada manager of management consulting Allen Williams helps you prepare for conversations with executives by showing you how to position geospatial products and services.

Shine a new light on your geographic data with ArcGIS Insights
The longest daylight is upon us in summer, and all that solar illumination visually “enlightens” our world. Similarly, shine a light on your geographic data to gain luminous insights.

Esri Canada News

City of Ottawa wins 2023 Esri Special Achievement in GIS Award
July 13, 2023

Newfoundland Power receives 2023 Esri Special Achievement in GIS Award
July 13, 2023

2023 North American Indigenous Games to use advanced mapping technology
July 6, 2023

Esri News

2023 Esri User Conference Highlights
July 13, 2023

Esri Technology Powers The Washington Post’s “Heat Tracker”
July 12, 2023

Esri Releases Latest Land Cover Map with Improved AI Modelling
July 10, 2023


ArcUser: A Digital Twin Guides Underground Rail Expansion
In Brisbane, the most rapidly growing city in Australia, a digital twin and a virtual reality program guide the design and construction of an underground railway. 

Read the latest issue of ArcUser online.

ArcNews: Tactile Maps Built with GIS Help People Who Are Blind Gain Spatial Awareness
The Netherlands’ Cadastre, Land Registry and Mapping Agency—known as Kadaster—is working with Esri Nederland (Esri’s distributor in the Netherlands), several local accessibility organizations and several universities and academics to use ArcGIS technology to produce maps on swell paper that people with vision impairments can touch to get overviews of neighborhoods, regions, countries and the world.

Read the latest issue of ArcNews online. 

WhereNext Magazine: JLL Delivers Location Intelligence to Thousands of Employees
Through an innovative system of self-serve and full-serve analytics, real estate standout JLL equips its advisers with data to meet clients’ changing needs.

Video: A Digital Twin for Grenada
The country of Granada recently developed a digital twin. It’s now serving as the foundation for the country and is being used to improve decision making in many areas, from economic development to sustainability and resilience to disaster planning, preparedness and response.

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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