August 7, 2015
The Aquarium has partnered with GIS (geographic information systems) mapping firm Esri to help translate current ocean science to the public. In July Esri presented its Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award to the Aquarium in recognition of its innovative use of Esri’s GIS technology.
Among the Aquarium’s programs that incorporate GIS are several interactive story maps using ArcGIS, a GIS software platform created by Esri to manage geographic information. Story maps gather data, images, and map locations to tell a story. Maps on the Aquarium’s site cover the backstory on our Magellanic Penguins, the Southern California steelhead, frequency and type of extreme weather events by coastal region, sea level rise, and whale research, among other topics.
In addition, Esri published a book, Ocean Solutions, Earth Solutions, presenting ocean science research from its inaugural Esri Ocean GIS Forum. . It includes sixteen peer-reviewed papers, including a chapter submitted by the Aquarium, that showcase the latest and best ocean and coastal science using spatial analysis and GIS. The Aquarium’s chapter is significant in that it was the only one contributed by an informal science institution and reflects the high level of expertise of the Aquarium’s education department in the realm of GIS.