GIS allows us to view, understand, question, interpret, and visualize data in many ways that reveal relationships, patterns, and trends in the form of maps, globes, reports, and charts. A GIS helps you answer questions and solve problems by looking at your data in a way that is quickly understood and easily shared.
GIS can extend investigations into the natural world, leveraging mapping and analysis tools to better understand and explore the Earth. Whether studying atmospheric science, geology, oceanography, or any other Earth systems science, GIS is the best approach to making sense of spatial data.
Top Earth science instructional resources
Mapping Our World - An award-winning, comprehensive set of physical and human geography computer activities. The free activities use ArcGIS Online to teach concepts in geology, climate, and population. Available for use on desktop computers (PC or Mac) as well as tablets.
ArcLessons - A collection of instructional resources, serving a variety of subject areas and software types. Search ArcLessons to find materials that meet your needs.
Earth Science Resources group at ArcGIS Online
Earth Science gallery at ArcGIS Online
Earth Science Week 2013
Since its inception in 1998, the American Geological Institute (AGI) has organized Earth Science Week (ESW), an international event to help the public gain a better understanding of and appreciation for the Earth Sciences and to encourage stewardship of the Earth. During each Earth Science Week, Esri has supported AGI's efforts through materials in the ESW packets such as software, posters, and curriculum.
Esri contributions to the 2013 ESW Packet include:
- "Geo-enable Your STEM Career" poster [PDF download]
- EdCommunity bookmark, directing educators to http://edcommunity.esri.com
- Calendar entry for November 2013, coinciding with GIS Day. [PDF download]