A tool known as Isoscope allows users to see how far someone could travel within a particular time frame during different times of the day in major cities. The tool can show, for example, just how much farther people could travel in New York City if they started a trip at 5 a.m. than if they tried to get around during rush hour on a weekday.
Real estate broker National Land Realty is using Esri's ArcGIS platform to advance the process for identifying land parcels suitable for solar energy development. The online mapping system incorporates data from utility company maps, topographical information and local government land information. "In the past, you might have an analyst creating these maps and sharing them as a PDF. Now, you can share data into the cloud, have it password-protected, opened. They can pull in these layers, it opens up more possibilities," said David Beitz, president of Beitz and Daigh Geographics, which helped create the system.
There are a number of online tools available that allow users to keep tabs on the massive wildfire near Yosemite National Park. This article lists five such tools including an Esri map and a map from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
Google and Esri each have mapping tools that are tracking wildfires near Colorado Springs, Colo., and elsewhere around the country. Esri's map integrates information from social media sources including YouTube, Flickr and Twitter. For example, map users can view YouTube videos that depict the fires.
A topographic map covering 99% of the planet has been created by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and Japan. Japan's Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer, carried by NASA's Terra spacecraft, captured images for the map, which NASA says can be used for purposes such as infrastructure planning.