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Thursday, July 05, 2012

New Esri Maps Cover Crop Yields and East Coast Storms

Feeding the World

Our current story map was produced in collaboration with the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota. It charts current crop yields and explores how skyrocketing food demands can be met by boosting yields, increasing water efficiency, and changing how we use crops.

Social Media Map

Esri’s severe weather public information map illustrates the current state of storms in the Eastern United States through an interactive viewer. This map, which can be embedded on your news site or shared through social media, also features public reaction via geo-located content from Twitter, Flickr, and YouTube.

Social Vulnerability

Explore the impacts of the recent storms with the Esri Story Map to which you can link as part of your online coverage. Preconfigured views for Washington, D.C. and Baltimore provide an in-depth look at vulnerable populations and health care access in these metropolitan areas.

This thematic map summarizes the social vulnerability index for populations within each state or county in the United States. It answers the question “Where are the areas of relatively higher risk within this state or county?” from the perspective of social vulnerability.

Social vulnerability refers to potential exposure due to population and housing characteristics: age, low income, disability, home value or other factors. For example, low-income seniors may not have access to a car to simply drive away from an ongoing hazard such as a flood.

Esri applied a model from Susan Cutter, University of South Carolina, Hazards Research Lab, Department of Geography (, to generate this data using current year demographics at the block group level. The map is designed to be displayed with semi-transparency of about 50% for overlay on other basemaps, which is reflected in the legend for the map.

I'd be curious to know if any government or charity organizations have or are using this resource.

Olympic Cities - Bonus!

The Olympic Cities Story Map details the forty cities that have hosted the olympic games since 1896.

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/05 at 03:04 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

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