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Esri Announces Living Atlas Innovations to Revolutionize Digital Twin Technology


The Annual Esri User Conference Showcased New Features, Including the
Earth Systems Monitor App

Exciting new uses for GIS around the world were celebrated at the
thirty-eighth annual Esri User Conference in San Diego, California, held
July 9–13. Esri,
the global leader in location intelligence, recognized users of the
company's technology who are changing their organizations as well as the
world around them. One particular set of innovations showcased were
updates to ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World, the foremost collection of
geographic information from around the globe. These updates included new
data and capabilities for users to gain unprecedented insight for
helping in decision-making as well as a more complete and dynamic
picture of the world than ever before.

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The Earth Systems Monitor app, powered by Living Atlas data, showing Sea Surface Temperature. (Graph ...

The Earth Systems Monitor app, powered by Living Atlas data, showing Sea Surface Temperature. (Graphic: Business Wire)

New features introduced at this year's Esri User Conference included the

  • Earth Systems Monitor—This new app (currently in beta) is
    powered by Living Atlas data. It allows users to see—on a 2D map or a
    3D globe—historical, forecasting, and real-time data for depicting
    land, the oceans, and even the human footprint. Users can see where
    events or phenomena such as marine temperature shifts are occurring at
    any time on the planet, or even model global population growth and its
    effects. This configurable app will be released later this year. The
    app can be used with Living Atlas data layers or with other layers
    from an organization's own data or ArcGIS Online.
  • OpenStreetMap Vector Basemap—OpenStreetMap (OSM) is an open,
    collaborative project to create a free editable map of the world,
    built by a community of mappers who contribute and maintain data about
    roads, trails, buildings, restaurants, and more. Until now, OSM was
    only available as a raster basemap in ArcGIS Online. The new vector
    basemap, introduced in beta, will be available for free to all ArcGIS
    users and developers.
  • Wayback Imagery—This digital archive of the World Imagery
    basemap enables users to access more than 80 different versions of
    world imagery captured over the past five years. Each record in the
    archive represents a version of world imagery as it existed on the
    date it was published. Users can move back and forth in time and
    choose the imagery they want to use.

"The Living Atlas shows how our community of users continues to
contribute to the innovations that power our technology," said Jack
Dangermond, Esri founder and president. "The beauty of these new
features is that they transform the data that users are supplying into
valuable online services like Earth Systems Monitor."

Living Atlas can be used to create indexes displaying properties such as
vegetation health or soil moisture and quantifying the changes over
time, enabling better understanding of the environment. Earth Systems
Monitor, OSM Vector Basemap, and Wayback Imagery are all examples of how
online GIS technology is transforming traditional mapping organizations
into web service providers. These innovations are just the latest steps
in creating a living digital twin of the systems and processes that help
run organizations, cities, and even nations.

By fostering the adoption of apps, web maps, and collaborative efforts,
Living Atlas is supporting end users who face increasing geospatial data
demands, enabling them to be self-sufficient with the application of
location intelligence across their organizations.

Wayback Imagery is currently accessible, while both OSM Vector Basemap
and Earth Systems Monitor will be available soon in ArcGIS Online. For
more information, visit

About Esri

Esri, the global market leader in geographic information system (GIS)
software, offers the most powerful mapping and spatial analytics
technology available. Since 1969, Esri has helped customers unlock the
full potential of data to improve operational and business results.
Today, Esri software is deployed in more than 350,000 organizations
including the world's largest cities, most national governments, 75
percent of Fortune 500 companies, and more than 7,000 colleges and
universities. Esri engineers the most advanced solutions for digital
transformation, the Internet of Things (IoT), and location analytics to
inform the most authoritative maps in the world. Visit us at

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