We’ve frequently asked been about our preferred use of ESRI’s ArcGIS Online mapping tools we use. The simple answer is… We do it for the Wildlandfire.com community! Because we are FireWhat is a Silver Level Business and Emerging Business Partner with Esri we get access to many features and have the ability to test what isn’t even available to the public. In return, we share that with the community!
Our main push for improved mapping solutions comes from the analytical nature of GIS. In most cases, a simple map showing location will suffice. But as the changing nature of funding and datastream advance, a simple map with location has no longer been the needed product, thus requiring a platform that provides the rich features of a GIS based solution.
Behind the scenes at FireWhat, there’s a lot that goes into producing a map, and we have the best team working behind the scenes to deliver to the community. Our maps have been used to power the FEMA White House briefing, emergency evacuation maps on a local level, critical impact maps on a regional level, and assisted with the revolutionizing the way mapping is done within the fire service.
Luckily for us, we have the day to day support of the Esri Disaster Response Program and our own very talented team of GIS Pros and Developers. If you’ve not heard, there are many changes coming to the Google Maps and Earth Engines, including the deprecation of the Application Programer Interface (API). What does this mean for the general public, not a huge change. But for the enterprise client, like FireWhat/WLF, it means that those solutions won’t be available for our types of use. And there are very few solutions that exist.
ArcGIS is ESRI’s Platform of choice for the analytical approach in Wildfire Mapping. With that said, every agency we interact with have been long time users of the ArcGIS platform! Which makes for integration of data, and sharing easier and easier!
Here’s a recent article about the Google Maps and Earth Engine deprecation.