Esri’s Living Atlas of the World is the largest curation of authoritative maps, apps, and data from around the world.
You may not even know it. But if you have an Esri organizational account, then you are already sitting on a gold mine of data.
It’s “living” because it’s always being enhanced. Likewise, the data is always evolving with the introduction of new data layers.
Overall, there’s always something new and interesting with the Living Atlas of the World. Let’s find out more.
It’s all about the data
Something that people might not know about the Living Atlas of the World is that Esri owns just a small portion of the content.
Instead, it’s from contributors like the Census Bureau, John Hopkins, and millions more who participate in the curation of its data layers.
When you use a basemap like World Imagery or Hillshade from Esri, you are using the Living Atlas of the World. Here are some example themes and data layers that are part of it:
|Satellite/Aerial Imagery||Sentinel-2 views, world imagery, NAIP imagery, and multispectral imagery|
|Environment||SSURGO soils, land cover, forest types, protected areas, wetlands, and sea surface temperature|
|People||Unemployment, social vulnerability, COVID-19 cases, tapestry segmentation, and global human footprint|
|Infrastructure||World traffic, building footprints, and OpenStreetMap|
|Disasters||Wildfires, hurricanes, typhoons, earthquakes, and weather warnings|
|Elevation||Hillshade, terrain, ocean bathymetry, and world topographic map|
It’s all about the apps
The Living Atlas of the World is not just about the data. But it’s about how you can present the data or use it in a web application.
Because if you have decades of historical imagery, how useful would it be if you couldn’t view it all in a slick web app? Enter the World Imagery Wayback app which does exactly that.
Here are some of our other favorite apps that belong to the Living Atlas of the World.
It’s all about the maps
The Living Atlas of the World is not just about data. But it’s the fundamental layers that you can build authoritative maps from.
We live in the information age and one of the consequences is that we are barraged with truckloads of data sources each day.
Fortunately, one of the easier ways to find the authoritative data source for your maps is by using the Living Atlas of the World.
Although several apps from the Living Atlas of the World are available to access for free, data layers are available with your organizational account subscription with the Esri platform.