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Weekliii Round-Up: News on the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse, Georeferencing in ArcGIS Pro, and More

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The uptick in domestic natural gas production has been felt far and wide within the United States recently.

With more production, comes lower prices and better affordability for those who otherwise would not have the means.

This article speaks to those rural commodities who are now seeing this progress, finally being able to institute this low-carbon fuel in their energy plans.

This past Monday marked a true phenomenon. No, not a potential overdose on coffee. Instead, it was the day parts of the United States witnessed a total eclipse. As incredible as this event is, how might it have impacted solar energy? This article takes a stab at the eclipse’s effect on the grid.

Article on georeferencing in the Esri ArcGIS Pro software, particularly focusing on showing impervious surfaces in urban areas.

If you’ve jumped on the ArcGIS Pro bandwagon yet, you know how powerful of a Geographic Information System (GIS) force it can be – not to mention how visually stunning its maps have the potential to be. You may also know that it is, in fact, not the same as ArcMap. With a completely different User Interface (UI) and modified functionality, feats you may have otherwise accomplished in ArcMap may not have the same workflow going Pro. Because of this, this tutorial walks you through georeferencing – specifically for impervious surfaces – with Esri’s newest platform.

Location. Location. Location. Ever given thought to how the location of a business plays into its overall success? It’s a common worry when starting a new company. Factors like whether or not there’s a similar business nearby or general population density are things entrepreneurs often take into consideration. Based on this study though, it turns out that not only those – but also the region in which it is placed – speaks a lot to how booming and substantial businesses (especially tech start-ups) will fair.

Anyone who has spent time or lived in a large city is no stranger to those neighborhoods. You know the ones I’m talking about. The parts of town where you see multi-million dollar homes with perfectly manicured lawns, and then turning the corner, are greeted by smaller – often ragged and dilapidated – housing and buildings. Even if it shouldn’t be, it’s common place in large urban areas. This story map displays that wealth divide in several of America’s biggest cities, seeking to put this statistical phenomenon on the map.

Article on a map referencing noise pollution across the United States.

This week’s pick for #MapOfTheDay is a bit rowdy and even more noisy. Pulled from a reference discussing noise pollution, this shows the concentration of transportation-related noise in the Boston area. See those red and pink metro spots? They’re wicked loud.

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#DailyBrainCandiii and #WeekliiiRoundUp are inspired by brain candiii, a division of Integrated Informatics that develops Geographic Information System (GIS) training for Energy and Natural Resources professionals.


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