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Ceres Maps Analyze Drought and Ground Water Depletion in Shale Development Areas

With hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling on the rise  in the United States, many regions have become at risk for water availability. To help highlight these areas, Blue Raster created a series of Hydraulic Fracturing & Water Stress maps for Ceres using Esri’s ArcGIS Desktop software and Adobe Photoshop. Through these maps, users can view eight regions of intense shale development…  Read More

NAPSG Redesigns A Roadmap for Public Safety GIS

The NAPSG (National Alliance for Public Safety GIS Foundation), a not-for-profit organization specializing in preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery in the sphere of public safety, recently launched its redesigned website with the Capability and Readiness Assessment Tool (CARAT). Built in partnership with Blue Raster, Interra Group, and a number of other Geospatial Management Organizations, CARAT…  Read More

REL EdMaps Helps Analyze School Data in the Midwest

How has poverty changed in the Midwest region since 2000? This question as well as others related to education priorities in the Midwest can be answered with the REL Midwest’s newly launched EdMaps. EdMaps is a mapping application that displays educational data as “story maps” with the focus of building knowledge across the REL’s four…  Read More

New WRI map confirms long suspected notions of natural resource rights across sub-Saharan Africa

The World Resources Institute (WRI) announced today the launch of their newest online mapping application, the Rights to Resources map. Built by Blue Raster, the tool visualizes resource rights in Africa and allows users to compare findings across countries and resources: water, trees, wildlife, minerals and petroleum. The data displayed in the tool is the…  Read More

NFWF maps 12K Conservation Grants with ArcGIS

To help illustrate the extensive geographic reach of their mission and impact of their conservation programs, Blue Raster built the Where We Work web map for the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF). The mapping application allows supporters to visualize where NFWF is working and learn more about individual grants of interest. Matt Foster, Monitoring…  Read More

Famine Early Warning Systems Network New Website

How does USAID (U.S. Agency for International Development) prepare for famine assistance to the world’s neediest? One success story is the Famine Early Warning Systems Network at www.fews.net. Blue Raster assisted in releasing the new FEWS NET and is proud to partner with Chemonics International and Forum One in launching the new tool. Blue Raster…  Read More

National School Boundaries – Attendance Area Maps

Beginning in November 2013, school districts across the United States will be able to draw, upload, or update previous year school boundaries in a web-editing application as part of the Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Blue Raster developed NCES’s online feature-drawing and editing application using Esri’s ArcGIS for Server and JavaScript…  Read More

WRI: New Agricultural Exposure to Water Stress map

Blue Raster recently worked with the World Resources Institute (WRI) to build the Agricultural Exposure to Water Stress interactive map which highlights the intersection between 20 commodity crops, from coffee to cocoa to oranges, with different levels of baseline water stress. WRI describes water stress as “the ratio of total water withdrawals to the available…  Read More

Story Map for Amnesty International – “Will I Be Next?”

Using the Esri Geoblog template, Blue Raster helped Amnesty International  create the “Will I Be Next?” story map on the drone strikes in Pakistan. The map uses data collected by Amnesty International and displays it from an on-the-ground perspective via videos, images, and stories. Users can scroll through a journal of stories, as well as view positions of witnesses on the map.…  Read More


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