GIS for
SCIENCE

Volume 3

Maps for Saving
the Planet

This site is the online companion to volume 3 of GIS for Science: Maps for Saving the Planet, as well as to both volumes 1 and 2 of GIS for Science: Applying Mapping and Spatial Analytics. It contains online resources that complement the case studies featured in the books, and also the Technology Showcase vignettes in each appendix.

At a time when so much is on the line for this kind of mapping, leading to science-informed decision-making about the forces affecting life on Earth, GIS for Science: Vol. 3, pivots even more sharply than the prior two volumes to a focus on biodiversity. It consists of real-world examples of scientists literally creating the maps that are saving the planet, showing biodiversity through the lens of global satellite observation, forestry, marine policy, artificial intelligence, and of course conservation biology and environmental education.

The stories in this book series are written for professional scientists, the swelling ranks of citizen or resident scientists, and anyone interested in science, geography, and the conservation of nature. The contributors represent a cross section of scientists who employ data gathered from satellites, aircraft, ships, drones, and myriad other remote-sensing technologies. Scientists are documenting an array of geographically oriented issues ranging from climate change, natural disasters, and loss of biodiversity to political strife, disease outbreaks, and resource shortages. The data and resources on this site present GIS ideas and inspiration that users can apply across many disciplines, so that you too can join in the effort to save planet Earth before it’s too late.

GIS for Science

Chapter Resources Volume 3


Earth’s Coastlines

Roger Sayre, U.S. Geological Survey et al.

Preventing Species Extinctions

Healy Hamilton and Regan Smyth, NatureServe

Mapping Half-Earth

D. Scott Rinnan, Yale University; Greta C. Vega, Estefanía Casal, Camellia Williams, Vizzuality; and Joel Johnson, Chris Heltne, E. O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation

From Plots to Pixels

Christopher Oswalt, Charles (Hobie) Perry, David Bell, Charles Werstak, and Barry Wilson, US Forest Service

Blueprint for a Better Future

Maryam Rabiee, United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network; and Ismini Ethridge, Columbia University

Conserving the Last Ocean Frontiers

Daniel Wagner, Conservation International et al.

AI for Geospatial Analysis

Bonnie Lei, Microsoft; Kate Longley-Wood and Zach Ferdana, The Nature Conservancy; Susanna De Beauville-Scott, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States; and Julian Engel, OceanMind

Mapping Extreme Events from Space

NASA Earth Science Division et al.

The Science of Ocean Acoustics

Chris Verlinden, Sarah Rosenthal, Jennifer Brandon, Kevin Heaney, and James Murray, Applied Ocean Sciences

Spatial Thinking Effects on the Human Brain

Bob Kolvoord, James Madison University

Fueling Curiosity to Foster a Healthy Planet

Vicki Phillips, National Geographic Society

Teaching Spatial Data Science and Deep Learning

Ilya Zaslavsky, UC San Diego and Dmitry Kudinov, Esri

Chapter Resources Volume 2


The Geography of Islands

Roger Sayre et al., US Geological Survey; Nick Holmes, The Nature Conservancy; Osgur McDermott Long, Lauren Weatherdon, UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Center; Dena Spatz, Pacific Rim Conservation; Keith VanGraafeiland, Esri; and David Will, Island Conservation.

Unlocking Ocean Intelligence

Lisa C. Wickliffe et al., NOAA; Seth J. Theuerkauf, The Nature Conservancy; and Christine M. Taylor, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

The Geography of Ocean Plastics

Orhun Aydin and Shaun Walbridge, Esri

Exploring Beneath the Basemap

Jennifer Bauer, Kelly Rose et al., National Energy Technology Laboratory

Mapping Human Dynamics

Amy Rose et al., Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Sustainable Food Production

Paul West, et al., University of Minnesota, Institute on the Environment; and Mauricio Castro Schmitz, The Nature Conservancy

Tracking Global Forest Loss

Elizabeth Goldman, Nancy Harris, World Resources Institute; Lauren Bennett, Esri; and Stephen Ansari, Christopher Gabris, and Michael Lippmann, Blue Raster

How to Feed the World

Daniel Roberts et al., USDA Agricultural Research Service; Chris Reberg-Horton, NC State Center for Environmental Farming Systems; Nick Short and Sudhir Shrestha, Esri

Monitoring Air Quality in the US

Liz Naess, Halil Cakir, Environmental Protection Agency; and Alberto Nieto, Esri

The Urban Tree Canopy

Jarlath O’Neil-Dunne, University of Vermont; Dexter Locke and J. Morgan Grove, US Forest Service; Michael Galvin, SavATree

Monitoring Disasters

Jeremy Kirkendall and Garrett Layne, NASA Disasters Program

Drones and GeoAI for Environmental Monitoring

William Shuart, Virginia Commonwealth University; Rohit Singh, Lain Graham and Gerald Kinn, Esri

Chapter Resources Volume 1


Global Ecosystem Mapping

Roger Sayre, US Geological Survey

What Lies Beneath

Daniel Coe, Washington Geological Survey

The Anatomy of Supervolcanoes

Melanie Brandmeier, Esri Germany

Predicting Global Seagrass Habitats

Orhun Aydin and Kevin A. Butler, Esri

Extreme Heat Events in a Changing Climate

Olga Wilhelmi and Jennifer Boehnert, NCAR

Finding a Way Home

Lauren Griffin and Este Geraghty, Esri

Restoring Coastal Marine Habitats

Zach Ferdaña, et al., The Nature Conservancy, Tom Brouwer, FloodTags; and Omar Abou-Samra, American Red Cross

Modeling Bird Responses to Climate Change

Gary Langham, Molly Bennet, with Brooke Bateman, et al., National Audubon Society

Mapping Ancient Landscapes

Jason Ur and Jeffrey Blossom, Harvard University

Identifying the Natural Efficient Frontier

Jeff Allenby, Chesapeake Conservancy; Lucas Joppa and Nebojsa Jojic, Microsoft Research

A Glacier in Retreat

Jacki Klancher, Todd Guenther, and Darran Wells, Central Wyoming College

Panamapping: GIS for Conservation Science

Dan Klooster, et al., University of Redlands; Experience Mamoní; and Fundación Geoversity