A proven framework of GIS- ESRI UC 2020

Esri is working with organizations of all types & sizes. It has users and partners like the UN, Microsoft, National Geographic Society, IGC, E.O. Wilson Foundation, and SDSN/ SDGs.

A proven framework of GIS- ESRI UC 2020
ESRI UC 2020

A proven framework of GIS- ESRI UC 2020

Geographical Information System or GIS is an integrated platform that brings together and applies people's collective knowledge across the world. Its various components such as measurement, visualization & mapping, analysis & modeling, planning & GeoDesign involve and support many organizations and communities. 

You can create millions of maps by shared GIS content for public, research & education, NGOs, private sector, and governments. 

Esri leveraging and extending the global framework

Esri is working with organizations of all types & sizes. It has users and partners like the UN, Microsoft, National Geographic Society, IGC, E.O. Wilson Foundation, and SDSN/ SDGs.

On the third day of Esri UC 2020, Jack Dangermond interacted with Esri partners & users virtually. They showcased their successful projects and works based on GIS. They are integrating GIS in various fields like biodiversity conservation, education, earth science modeling, and forecasting.

If we see the cards of ArcGIS Living Atlas, there are several indicators of the planet like Air Quality, Drought, Wildlife, Conservation, Deforestation, COVID-19 cases, Global Temperature, and Women in Parliament. The data is being updated daily, weekly or monthly in each category. You can customize, extend, and make your own cards around topics that are important to you.

Stefan Schweinfest, Director of Statistics Division, UN explained how collaborating with Data for SDGs is crucial to fulfilling the goals. To combat the socio-economic impact of COVID-19 we need global, high-quality data that includes statistics as well as geo-information. 

The SDGs are the only globally agreed objectives that we share. Making the SDGs alive should be our priority. And using GIS we can measure SDGs in real-time. 

"SDGs today" of SDSN will give you real-time data on the Sustainable Development goals. All you have to do is click on the region on the map and you will get the statistics. 

Swarms of Locusts, a threat to food security an objective of SDGs. 

One of the leading participants is the Sustainable Development Solutions Network or SDSN which is a global initiative for the United Nations that powers SDGs by a Global GIS. Another participant is International Geodesign Collaboration (IGC) which is Implementing GeoDesign Everywhere such as forecasting 2050 scenarios. 

Geodesign was also an interesting topic largely discussed in the event. You can design your world for urban development, sustainable development, conservation, infrastructure, or flood studies. 

National Geographic Society is using GIS for creating compelling and engaging stories about our planet. It is empowering students and educators. Apart from exploration & science, they are using GIS tracking Earth's vital signs. Students can be the architects of the change said Dr. Vicki Phillips, Executive Vice President & Chief Education Officer National Geographic Society. With the help of high quality free curricular activities, they can Explore Climate Change Through GIS or perform activities like, Changing waters by swiping and comparing maps. 

It is important to make SDGs alive to know where deforestation is taking now, not in history where it took place said Jeffrey Sachs, President of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network.