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  • 1. The Tide Is in for Ocean GeodesignSeaSketch Makes Marine Spatial Planning Easier and More CollaborativeBy Will McClintock and Evan Paul, Marine Science Institute, McClintock Laboratory, University of California, Santa BarbaraTechnology enables planners to conduct rapid and iterative analysisof the impacts of a potential initiative or project. This feedback ondesigns using geospatial technologies is called geodesign, and it hascome to play a large role in diverse fields of planning. By using geode-sign techniques and technologies to create plans, scientists and othersare better able to balance competing interests among the policymakers, resource managers, environmentalists, and stakeholders whomanage the earth’s resources.for OceansEsri NewsFall 2012 Geodesign is beginning to be used in planning for the oceans.Recently, Esri launched its Oceans GIS initiative, which includes im-proving the global Ocean Basemap, developing better oceanographiccharting capabilities, and creating a bathymetric data managementsolution. Another part of this initiative is Esri’s support of SeaSketch, anapplication that will be used in marine spatial planning efforts aroundthe world. SeaSketch is a Software as a Service (SaaS) solution that SeaSketch can be used to reroute shipping lanes so ships will avoid the feeding grounds and migratory routes of endangered whales.continued on page 3
  • 2. Fall 2012Esri News for Oceans is a publication of the OceansSolutions Group of Esri.To contact the Esri Desktop Order Center, call 1-800-447-9778within the United States or 909-793-2853, extension 1-1235,outside the United States.Visit the Esri website at esri.com.View Esri News for Oceans online at esri.com/oceans or scanthe code below with your smartphone.Advertise with UsE-mail ads@esri.com.Submit ContentTo submit articles for publication in Esri News for Oceans,contact Drew Stephens, industry solutions consultant atdstephens@esri.com, or Barbara Shields, editor, at bshields@esri.com.Manage Your SubscriptionTo update your mailing address or subscribe or unsubscribe toEsri publications, visit esri.com/manageyoursubscription.International customers should contact an Esri distributor tomanage their subscriptions.For a directory of distributors, visit esri.com/distributors.Circulation ServicesFor back issues, missed issues, and other circulation services,e-mail requests@esri.com; call 909-793-2853, extension 2778; orfax 909-798-0560.2 Esri News for Oceans  Fall 2012ContentsCover 1 The Tide Is in for Ocean GeodesignEsri Ocean GIS Initiative 4 Chief Scientist Announces Esri Ocean GIS Initiative5 ArcGIS Resource Center Offers Ocean GIS Services5 Esri Oceans Summit Guides GIS Development5 Esri Joins World Ocean Council6 Create Charts and Manage Bathymetric Data on the Platform7 Ocean Basemap Is on ArcGIS OnlineCase Study 8 Digital Maps Improve Polar Ice NavigationEsri News11 Esri Career Opportunities11 Esri on the Road11 GIS for the Oceans Is More Than a Sea TaleThe information contained in this work is the exclusive property of Esri or its licensors. This work is protectedunder United States copyright law and other international copyright treaties and conventions. No part of thiswork may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, includingphotocopying and recording, or by any information storage or retrieval system, except as expresslypermitted in writing by Esri. All requests should be sent to Attention: Contracts and Legal Services Manager,Esri, 380 New York Street, Redlands, CA 92373-8100  usa.The information contained in this work is subject to change without notice.Esri, the Esri globe logo, ArcGIS, arcgis.com, esri.com, and @esri.com are trademarks, registered marks, orservice marks of Esri in the United States, the European Community, or certain other jurisdictions.Other companies and products or services mentioned herein may be trademarks, service marks, orregistered marks of their respective mark owners.Copyright © 2012 Esri.All rights reserved.Printed in the United States of America.
  • 3. incorporates ArcGIS technologies. People will find SeaSketch usefulfor marine work such as aquaculture (fisheries) siting, offshore energydevelopment, and marine protected area management planning. Researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), re-cently finished the initial development of SeaSketch. It’s a GIS platformdesigned for marine spatial planners and ocean resource managerswho need to work with partner agencies and stakeholders to make de-cisions about ocean resources. In SeaSketch, planners set up an onlinecollaborative workspace where stakeholders sketch plan elements (e.g.,marine protected areas, aquaculture sites, offshore energy facilities),understand the designs’ potential consequences, and work with otherusers to find agreement. SeaSketch can be customized for particular planning tasks, andanalytical tools can be incorporated for the specific needs of planningprojects. Users can plan diverse sketch elements with tailored analyti-cal tools within SeaSketch. This workflow supports multiple-objectiveplanning by providing a venue for comprehensive data visualizationand analysis and a forum for productive, cross-disciplinary discus-sions. The designs can then be submitted for consideration within thedecision-making process to determine how best to protect marine life,manage fisheries, modify shipping lanes, and produce energy withinthe constraints of regulations, boundaries, timelines, and budgets. Traditional planning techniques have been constrained by time, dis-tance, and the availability of expertise. SeaSketch enables stakeholdersto participate remotely and in face-to-face meetings, at any time, anduse an intuitive mapping interface to better understand and discussproposals. The result is a more robust, authentic, and science-basedinvolvement of stakeholders in the planning process. SeaSketch developers built on the many strengths of MarineMap,their previous marine spatial planning tool. MarineMap was initiallydeveloped to support the planning process for California’s MarineLife Protection Act Initiative, which required the state to evaluate andredesign its system of marine protected areas. Users with web accesscan take advantage of MarineMap to display maps, sketch marineprotected area proposals, generate analytical reports, and shareproposals with others. SeaSketch is less expensive, easier to maintain, and faster to deploythan its predecessor. Project managers use an administrative interfaceto create and configure new projects. They also configure details suchas the study area, available data layers, and the feature classes to becollected from users. Because SeaSketch incorporates Esri’s ArcGISAPI for JavaScript, project managers move seamlessly from theirArcGIS for Desktop and ArcGIS for Server environments into SeaSketch. SeaSketch also leverages an agency’s investments in ArcGIS forServer by directly pulling in the agency’s published map services,ensuring that SeaSketch is using the organization’s most current data.Esri’s ArcGIS Online map service, which is a cloud-based, collaborativecontent management system for maps, applications, data, and othergeospatial information, plays a major role in SeaSketch by enablingproject managers to discover and view an enormous amount of ad-ditional geospatial data that may be helpful for their projects.For more information about SeaSketch,contact Will McClintock at mcclintock@msi.ucsb.edu. If you are interested inusing SeaSketch for an upcoming marine spatial planning project, contactEvan Paul at evan.paul@msi.ucsb.edu. Read more about geodesign at esri.com/geodesign.Ñ Stakeholders canpropose new designs,conduct analyses,and produce reports.3Fall 2012  esri.com/oceansThe Tide Is in for Ocean Geodesign  continued from page 1
  • 4. Chief Scientist AnnouncesEsri Ocean GIS InitiativeGIS technology, which has long provided effective solutions for theintegration, visualization, and analysis of information about land, is nowbeing similarly applied to oceans. Our ability to measure change inthe oceans (including open ocean, nearshore, and coast) is increasingnot only because of improved measuring devices and scientifictechniques but also because new GIS technology is aiding us in betterunderstanding this dynamic environment. The domain has progressedfrom applications that merely collect and display data to complexsimulation and modeling and the development of new researchmethods and concepts. Esri chief scientist Dawn Wright announced Esri’s Ocean GISInitiative at the 2012 Esri International User Conference. “The teamsupporting this initiative is composed of professional services staff, GISsoftware engineers, project managers, instructors, Esri partners, andmany others,” said Wright. For several years, Esri has provided GIS nautical chart productiontools and applications for commercial shipping and maritime defense/intelligence. With the Ocean GIS Initiative, Esri will develop technologyuseful for offshore energy (e.g., oil and gas, wind energy), ocean science,and resource management. Esri is pursuing a greater engagementwith the ocean science community, as complex questions and data areincreasingly used to inform the responsible use and governance of theoceans as well as effective management and conservation. Many of thefollowing ocean initiative activities are under way:•• Growing the Ocean Basemap•• Building a more integrated elevation service•• Providing intelligent bathymetry in the cloud•• Establishing ArcGIS Resource Center for oceans and maritime•• Convening an Oceans Summit to build consensus on GIS needs•• Updating and supporting the Arc Marine Data Model•• Developing vertical, time-dependent data transformations•• Improving support for multidimensional data analyses•• Supporting ocean numerical modelsFor more information aboutEsri’s Ocean GIS Initiative, download thee-book at esri.com/oceangis.“Esri has recently launcheda major Ocean GIS Initiative acrossthe entire company.”Dawn Wright, Esri Chief ScientistÔ Dawn Wright announced the Esri Ocean GIS Initiative at the EsriInternational User Conference.
  • 5. Esri Ocean GIS InitiativeEsri OceansSummit Guides GISDevelopmentThe Esri Oceans Summit is the first GIS event dedicated to oceans.Esri invited members of the international ocean science communityto Esri headquarters in Redlands, California, on November 7–8, 2012,to define and prioritize technology gaps in ocean science GIS andaddress data and method standards. Their input will help Esri bettersupport ocean data integration and develop analytical tools thatimprove standardization, workflows, and collaborative platforms forthe ocean science community.Esri JoinsWorld Ocean CouncilEsri has joined the ocean business alliance World Ocean Council(WOC) and will support its international initiatives for sustainable de-velopment and conservation of the ocean. Esri’s chief scientist DawnWright will share her geospatial expertise with WOC’s working groupsCoastal and Marine Spatial Planning (CMSP) and Ocean Science. WOC develops and implements programs that improve the sci-ence, data, and maps needed to address the challenges of sustain-able ocean use. For example, WOC helps ocean organizations un-derstand and participate in geospatial activities that support robustocean use maps. In addition, WOC has launched the Smart Ocean/Smart Industries program, which will increase the number and typesof industry vessels and ocean platforms that collect georeferencedocean, climate, and weather data. “Esri’s alliance with the World Ocean Council and participationin its working groups will help us advance our Ocean GIS Initiative,”said Wright. “The success of the council’s programs and objectivesrequires spatial thinking, spatial data, and spatial methods. GIS willplay a key role in meeting sustainability objectives and developinginternational ocean policy.“ArcGIS ResourceCenter Offers OceanGIS ServicesEsri’s ArcGIS Resource Center helps you stay up-to-date with what’strending with GIS. Access the community resource pages Ocean UsePlanning (resources) and ArcGIS for Maritime (charting). This portalputs web mapping data services, basemaps, and templates at yourfingertips. Join a forum discussion, share ideas, link to ocean agencyGIS sites, watch videos, stroll through the ocean map gallery, andfollow social media. We have put it all together for you in one place.Connect to anArcGIS Resource community atresources.arcgis.com/en/communities. Stay current with ocean technology at the ArcGIS Resource Center.5Fall 2012  esri.com/oceans
  • 6. Create Charts and Manage Bathymetric Dataon the PlatformArcGIS for Maritime is a comprehensive geospatial platform for chartproduction and nautical and bathymetric data management. The plat-form helps users manage maritime information systems and efficientlygenerate a variety of navigational and nonnavigational products incompliance with industry and organizational standards and require-ments. This platform supports a wide variety of users in port manage-ment, maritime transport, coastal management, offshore activities,nautical chart production, and maritime defense. Use the ArcGIS for Maritime platform to build, maintain, and createstandard nautical charts. Manage, visualize, and share bathymetric dataas measurements and surfaces. The platform provides multiuser searchtools to access massive collections of nautical information. ArcGIS forMaritime supports two products, ArcGIS for Maritime: Charting, whichhelps in creating map products, and ArcGIS for Maritime: Bathymetry,which helps in managing data. ArcGIS for Maritime: Charting makes it easier for users to create,edit, manage, and distribute nautical products. Useful for nationalhydrographic offices, charting agencies, and subcontractors, it sig-nificantly increases the speed and flexibility of production operations.It is interoperable and improves, standardizes, and expedites dataand workflow management from data acquisition to product creation.Users can produce charts in days, not weeks, and share data acrossthe organization and with other agencies. With ArcGIS for Maritime:Charting, users can do the following:•• Generate high-quality electronic, hard-copy, and raster prod-ucts directly from the database that comply with InternationalHydrographic Organization(IHO) M4 and S-57 standardsfor navigational products•• Allow the widest possible useof data by storing, managing,and sharing it efficiently andflexibly without the need toexport to a separate product•• Combine data for myriad uses,from real-time emergencyplanning to protected areaanalysis, using dynamic datasources that were previouslytrapped in static products•• Ensure the quality and timeli-ness of data by tracking whoupdated the data, what theupdates were, and why andwhen the updates were made•• Interact with other ArcGISproducts to enhance thevisualization and reportingexperience ArcGIS for Maritime: Bathymetry allows scientific, government, andcommercial organizations to simplify and unify management of theirbathymetric data. This makes it easier to use the same data for variouscommon bathymetric purposes. Use ArcGIS for Maritime: Bathymetryfor these tasks:•• Create a single bathymetric surface on the fly to visualize multiplesurfaces in one frame of reference.•• Control hydrographic survey footprints to identify data holdings andquickly see data gaps.•• Combine it with other extraction capabilities and geoprocessingtools for spatial analysis of bathymetric data.•• Work directly with ArcGIS for Maritime: Charting for a continuousand seamless workflow on the same platform.Learn how the ArcGIS for Maritimegeospatial platform can helporganizations significantly improve dataand chart workflow efficiency. Visit esri.com/maritime. ArcGIS for Maritime provides tools for creating, publishing, and distributing nautical charts.6 Esri News for Oceans  Fall 2012
  • 7. Esri Ocean GIS InitiativeOcean Basemap Is on ArcGIS OnlineThe Ocean Basemap is a global GIS map thatshows the seafloor of the oceans, along withboth surface and subsurface feature names.Esri developed the map service and hosts iton ArcGIS Online (ArcGIS.com) so that peopleinterested in bathymetry, marine science andresource conservation, and oceanic mappingin general have a superior cartographic refer-ence map of the ocean. The Ocean Basemap contains moreinformation about the ocean than any exist-ing terrestrial basemap service. It includesbathymetric portrayal, marine water bodynames, undersea feature names, and deriveddepth values in meters. The information inthe Ocean Basemap is a cached cartographicrepresentation of the seabed to be used asa basemap. Think of the Ocean Basemap asthe basement of the ocean. It shows coastalregions and ocean seafloor rather than dryland masses. The Ocean Basemap includes higher-res-olution bathymetric and altimetric data fromcoastal areas, which are the most surveyedparts of the ocean. Data tends to be plentifulalong the shore and becomes sparser awayfrom the coastline toward deeper seas. The Ocean Basemap currently providescoverage for the world with resolution downto a scale of around 1:577,000. Additional datacoverage for United States waters improvesresolution down to 1:72,000. A few data pro-viders have added bathymetry data at an evenhigher resolution of 1:9,000. This demonstrateshow the Ocean Basemap will be extendedwith higher-resolution bathymetric data.Information SourcesThe Ocean Basemap blends publicly available,authoritative ocean data sources into one car-tographically uniform basemap. Some OceanBasemap data contributors are the NationalOceanic and Atmospheric Administration(NOAA), National Geographic, DeLorme, andNAVTEQ. Worldwide coverage is sourcedfrom the General Bathymetric Chart of theOceans GEBCO_08 Grid version 20100927,International Hydrographic Organization—Intergovernmental OceanographicCommission (IHO-IOC) GEBCO Gazetteer ofUndersea Feature Names (August 2010 ver-sion), and Esri topographic content.to underlie their research and create maps.ArcGIS users can access the basemap throughArcGIS for Desktop or any of the ArcGIS ap-plications for smartphones and tablets (iOS,Android, and Windows Mobile). Users haveaccess to the same basemap anywhere, attheir desk or on the go. To make maps using the Ocean Basemap,go to ArcGIS.com and access the web service.To bring map service data into an ArcGIS 10.1for Desktop project, choose File > Add Data >Add Basemap (in version 9.3, choose File >Add Data From ArcGIS Online) and selectOcean Basemap. You can also add a layerpackage (LPK file) into your ArcGIS forDesktop map or globe. The LPK file combinesthe Ocean Basemap map service and theWorld Physical map service and its associatedreference layers.Find helpful hints andparticipate in Esri’socean GIS community atresources.arcgis.com/en /communities/oceans. Agencies, commercial concerns, academicinstitutions, and nongovernmental organiza-tions can contribute their authoritative datato the Ocean Basemap through Esri’sCommunity Maps Program. Esri makes suredata contributions are of high quality andthe datasets have permissions in place forpublic use. On the production side, Esri’scartographers build the map by integratingnewly contributed data with the existingproduct. They then publish it to ArcGIS Onlineas a map service. For example, the CanadianHydrographic Service (CHS) contributed addi-tional marine data of its vast coastline via EsriCanada Limited through the Community MapsProgram. Esri Canada updated the basemapwith CHS coastal area data at a resolutionbetween 1:500 meters and 1:1,000 meters.How to Use the Ocean BasemapThe Ocean Basemap was created with uniformcartography for consistency and a mutedcolor palette, which makes it ideal whenoverlaying additional user-specific contentor content from ArcGIS Online. Maritimeprofessionals, such as ocean scientists, portmanagers, and ocean use planners, now havea consolidated, uniform cartographic source The Ocean Basemap is part of Esri’s Community Maps Program. This map showing the AleutianTrench in the Bering Sea was built using data provided by Esri; GEBCO; NOAA; California StateUniversity, Monterey Bay (CSUMB); National Geographic; DeLorme; and NAVTEQ.7Fall 2012  esri.com/oceans
  • 8. Digital Maps Improve Polar Ice NavigationBy Barbara Shields, EsriThe Arctic polar ice cap is thinning and shrink-ing. This creates longer navigation seasons,which opens routes for commerce; makesnatural resources more accessible for drilling;and provides opportunities for shorter, moreefficient voyage routing, all of which lead toincreased ship traffic in icy arctic waters. Shipcommanders operating near, through, andbeneath sea ice rely on ice data supplied bythe National Ice Center (NIC). NIC is a cooperative partnership be-tween the US Navy, the US Coast Guard,and the National Oceanic and AtmosphericAdministration (NOAA). Residing in theNOAA Satellite Operations Facility inSuitland, Maryland, NIC is tucked into a cornerof a striking postmodern structure bedeckedwith satellite dishes. In an operations room,a staff of 15–18 ice analysts (most of whomhave a background in meteorology) study andinterpret ice images. They are supported bysmall teams of cryogenics scientists and GIS/IT technicians using ArcGIS from Esri. NIC experts analyze data from satellite im-agery and other sources to assess, on a daily, Each GeoPDF provides a quick visual display of the nutrient spreading restrictions currently in place. Determinations are based on slope, bodiesof water, infrastructure, and many other factors.weekly, and biweekly basis, sea ice conditionsin the Arctic, the Antarctic, the Great Lakes,and Chesapeake Bay. They decipher the typesof ice at the poles based primarily on imagesfrom a diverse number of satellite missionssuch as SCA, RADARSAT-1 and 2, ESA Envisat,and NASA Terra and Aqua. Making sense of ice data is very differentfrom deciphering land use. Images of sea icedo not have many traditionally recognizablefeatures, so interpretation requires differ-ent skills. Rather than vegetation, rivers, andhuman development, the ice analyst looksfor visual clues indicating characteristics suchas ice concentration, stage of development(age), and ice form (floe size). More than 95 percent of the data used insea ice analyses is derived from polar orbitingsatellites. Every day, the center receives ap-proximately 6,000 images, or roughly160 gigabytes of data, which automatedroutines migrate into GIS-ready files. Theseimages are cataloged and made availableto the individual analysts through a customimagery browser application. They load their“ArcGIS is providing uswith wonderful datamanagement, imageanalysis, output, anddissemination capabilities.”Semeon Sertsu, Director of InformationTechnology, NICÔ The National Ice Center is located inthe NOAA Satellite Operations Facility inSuitland, Maryland.
  • 9. imagery selections into an ArcGIS extensioncalled the Satellite Image Processing andAnalysis System (SIPAS). The majority of theanalysts’ work takes place in this environment. This extension makes the workflow moreefficient. The analyst opens SIPAS, zoomsto a polar sector, selects imagery from theImage Browser, and sets to work. The analystexamines and compares images and thenselects the most appropriate source fordetermining the significant characteristics ofthe ice for that particular location. Next, theanalyst carefully digitizes the edges of thevarious ice types (defined by thickness; floesize; and age—first year, second year, or older)to delineate each from different types of icenearby and from the open sea. Features suchas fractures, leads, and polynyas (FLAP) arealso captured. A fracture is a break or rupturein close-packed ice, a lead is a fracture or pas-sageway through sea ice that is navigable bysurface vessels, and a polynya is a nonlineararea of open water enclosed by ice. All thesedescriptors characterize the ice and surround-ing waters. With this information, the ship’smaster knows about conditions and risks thatCase Studylie ahead and can make informed decisionsabout how, or if, to proceed. SIPAS is designed to allow analysts to focuson the critical and difficult task of understand-ing the ice conditions they see by freeingthem from other concerns. For example,preconfigured constraints built into the at-tribute coding tools help ensure quality of thedata. Map topology rules are in place so thatsplinters or overlapping polygons aren’t cre-ated. Additional quality checks verify that anarea’s regional boundary edges and attributesmatch polygons already created in neighbor-ing regions. Digitized polygons are directlyinput to NIC’s enterprise geodatabase. “A great majority of NIC ice informationproducts are created using the ArcGIS SIPASeditor,” explained Mark Denil, GIS analyst, NIC.“This editing environment handles most of thedata shuffling, processing, and housekeepingoperations for ice analysts, allowing experts toconcentrate on interpreting ice conditions.” In addition to mapping sea ice, NIC alsonames, tracks, and reports weekly on largeicebergs in the Southern Hemisphere. Aniceberg must be at least 10 nautical milesacross to receive this attention, so these aremore ice islands than bergs. Still, NIC tracked41 of these through 2011 and has tracked 223since 1973. Iceberg tracking is one of the fewNIC analysis activities not handled throughSIPAS; it has its own ArcGIS software-baseddata creation and mapping tool. NIC usually generates between 70 and 80 standard output products each week thatare used by the US Navy as well as by organi-zations interested in cargo shipment, oil andgas exploration, fishing access, and scientificstudy. Almost all these products are madeavailable to the public via the NIC website. Inaddition to these automated products, NICalso creates ice analysis maps and reportson request in support of a variety of specialoperations. Special support products are made avail-able directly to the requesting customerthrough a variety of avenues. A consumervisiting the NIC website can, with a few clicks,access maps and data through interactivemap interfaces and/or download data informats such as a shapefile, geodatabaseÑ Using the ImageBrowser utility, theanalyst searches by area,date, and sensor to seeavailable images.9Fall 2012  esri.com/oceanscontinued on page 10
  • 10. feature class, raster layer, PDF, KML, andmovie loop. Since many NIC data consum-ers operate in remote regions with very lowbandwidth capabilities, the website providesoptions for selecting high- or low-bandwidthinterfaces. With either option, the user cansearch and query the data by date and areaof interest. A calendar tool facilitates accessto historical data so users can see how the icehas changed during the last 40 years. The sitealso has interactive user help and allows theuser to provide feedback. Because NIC has been keeping track ofpolar ice since 1972, it has built a baselinefor evaluating change. In the early days, NICproduced all its global ice condition chartsusing hard-copy cartography techniquesfor dissemination by fax. Starting in 1996,however, NIC began making its historical datamore useful for environmental research andstudying ice-related climatology by digitiz-ing the archive of older paper-based charts,reconfiguring its data so it could be used fordigital analysis. In 1999, Semeon Sertsu, the center’s directorof information technology, committed NIC tousing GIS because it had the greatest capacityto meet the center’s needs. “It was worth theeffort, because today ArcGIS is providing uswith wonderful data management, imageanalysis, output, and dissemination capabili-ties,” said Sertsu. “For instance, we have a GIStool that can perform a routine in about 30 seconds that once took us a week to do.” The analyst team includes US Navy civilianemployees and enlisted men and women.Most come to NIC with no previous GIS expe-rience, but they find they can easily step up tothe workflow requirements, because imageryhandling and data generation are integratedin a unified and accessible ArcGIS softwareenvironment. This means users no longerneed to learn to manipulate and integratemultiple types of imagery viewing and datageneration software and tools. Professionals, such as ice analyst BrianJackson, are assigned to analyze a specificarea. Using the graphic, menu-driven ImageBrowser, Jackson selects the best satelliteimagery and brings it into the SIPAS workenvironment. He then manually analyzes theimages using heads-up digitizing to drawboundaries of specific ice types. He doesnot have to transfer data between systems.He draws a line in ArcGIS and shares it in theexact same file so there is no loss of clarity. “One aspect of the software that I par-ticularly find amazing is that I can be workingon an Arctic polar section, click an icon, andwithin 20 seconds access Antarctic real-timesatellite data, within the same desktop envi-ronment,” Jackson said. Although Jackson sees polar regionschanging, he will not venture an opinion asto whether this is caused by climate change,nor will anyone else at NIC. They leave this tothe scientific community. However, they didcomment that there are notable changes inthe northern sea route (along the Asian coastnorth of Siberia), which in 2011 was open forfour weeks—the longest period in NIC’s40 years of analysis. This creates opportunityfor surrounding nations to develop shipping,fishing, and natural resource enterprises. Sertsu has been working with a collabora-tive committee to get nations located aroundthe poles to share their polar data for collabo-ration. “Nobody knows their own backyardbetter,” he said. “If nations agree to this idea,they will have a comprehensive polar map.Working together on such a map may welllead them to work together as a global com-munity to address polar ice cap concerns.”Digital Maps Improve Polar Ice Navigation  continued from page 9 A SIPAS interface makes it possible for the user to load a moderate-resolution imaging spectroradiometer (MODIS) image into GIS andedit this region for the Chukchi Sea. An ice analyst draws a polygon on the MODIS ice image and usesa SIPAS attributing tool to create an egg diagram that describes iceconcentration and type.10 Esri News for Oceans  Fall 2012
  • 11. Geodesign SummitJanuary 24–25, 2013Redlands, California, USAgeodesignsummit.comEsri Federal GIS ConferenceFebruary 25–27, 2013Washington, DC, USAesri.com/fedconEsri Developer SummitMarch 25–28, 2013Palm Springs, California, USAEsri Homeland Security SummitJuly 2013 date to be announcedSan Diego, California, USAesri.com/homelandEsri International User ConferenceJuly 8–12, 2013San Diego, California, USAesri.com.user-conferenceEsri on the Road11Fall 2012  esri.com/oceansGIS for the Oceans IsMore Than a Sea TaleDownload the free e-book at esri.com/library/ebooks/oceans.Consultant/Project Manager—Natural Resources/Environmental(Redlands, CA)—Use your consulting and project managementexperience in the natural resources and environmental markets tosupport our users with the implementation of solutions throughout theentire life cycle—from requirements to rollout. Our projects range fromsmall, focused technology transfer to large enterprise implementationsof mission-critical systems.Environmental Industry Solutions Manager (Redlands, CA)—Useyour years of industry experience and knowledge to assess and identifypractical applications of GIS in the environmental field. Lead andmanage Esri’s strategic marketing and community outreach efforts asthey relate to the development and use of GIS within the environmentalmarket globally.Learn more about a career on ournatural resources team and apply online atesri.com/careers/enviro.Esri CareerOpportunitiesEsri News Esri’s e-book GIS for the Oceans is an anthology of stories aboutpeople using GIS for exploration, ecosystems, energy, and climatechange in the unique environment of the ocean.
  • 12. PresortedStandardUS PostagePaidEsri380 New York StreetRedlands, California 92373-8100  usa132750 DUAL3.7M10/12tk30-day free trial: esri.com/agolCreating your own map from maps published by other users is just one of many ways to takeadvantage of the rich collection of data and resources ArcGISSMOnline makes available to you.Welcome to the new frontier in geographic information systems.ArcGIS OnlineCopyright © 2012 Esri. All rights reserved.30-day free trial: esri.com/agolCreating your own map from maps published by other users is just one of many ways to takeadvantage of the rich collection of data and resources ArcGISSMOnline makes available to you.Welcome to the new frontier in geographic information systems.ArcGIS OnlineMaps made better.(Some assembly required.)Copyright © 2012 Esri. All rights reserved.