Esri Press

Arc Marine: GIS for a Blue Planet



"[Arc Marine] will be useful throughout the marine community--in governmental, industrial, military, and academic sectors--including providing a great aid to marine management. Potential users are bound to find analogies to their requirements in the wide range of cases considered in this book."

—Oceanography, Vol. 21, No. 3, September 2008

“This book is a valuable resource and comparable to other industry-related data model books, such as Arc Hydro, [based on] the hydrology data model. The authors are leaders in the Marine GIS field, the topics and case studies are cutting edge, and the book has an engaging presentation and appearance. One of the more unique aspects of this book is the companion website that is consistently being updated with new interfaces, schemas, presentations, links, and supporting tools. This book is a great starting point for marine GIS professionals converting from georelational data models to the more robust and customizable object-oriented data model or for students who want to learn about ESRI’s geodatabase format."

—Lagueux, Kerry M. "Arc Marine: GIS for a Blue Planet." Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing May 2008: 573-574.

"Assembled by expert researchers, Arc Marine: GIS for a Blue Planet is an advanced guide to working with marine research data in a geographic information system (GIS) using a new geodatabase model. Intended especially for oceanographers, fishery managers, and other marine scientists and researchers, Arc Marine explains its standardized marine data model (named "Arc Marine", hence the book’s title) for ESRI’s ArcGIS software. Chapters walk the reader through how to use the data structure to craft research results that lend themselves to quick and easy integration and collaboration with the work of other researchers. Full-color illustrations, including numerous computer screenshots, enhance Arc Marine. A detailed, no-nonsense discussion of an invaluable scientific tool, highly recommended for professionals in the field."

—The Midwest Book Review, January 2008

"This book is interesting from start-to-finish. It takes the reader into the world of the oceanography and marine studies, exploring topics that are often considered complex, in an easy-to-understand manner . . .Reading this kind of material in this format, causes me to wonder just how many young adults this book will cause to choose marine studies as a career – it is so intriguing."

—Vector1Media, September 2007

"It has been exciting to work with the Arc Marine team over the past few years to further the application of a marine data model: the GIS of the ocean. The construct presented in this book will enhance all ocean management resources."

—Margaret Davidson, Director, NOAA Coastal Services Center

"Combining an in-depth coverage of theory and practice, illustrated with case studies, this book provides valuable practical insight into the role and importance of data models in general, as well as being the most comprehensive source of information on the Arc Marine data model for anyone who needs to know more."

—David R. Green, Director, Marine and Coastal Resource Management Programme, University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK

"It is now possible to see the ocean—and thus the world—with new eyes, owing largely to the wondrous new ways of managing and accessing data that are eloquently described in this valuable new guide for professionals."

—Sylvia Earle, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence

"Arc Marine will be instrumental in advancing the application of GIS to the ocean sciences. [The design team has] done a remarkable job of capturing in data structures these 'geographic entities' like observation points and measurement tracks that exist for the purposes of georeferencing ocean observations but are otherwise not visible on the sea surface."

—David Maidment, director of the Center for Research in Water Resources of the University of Texas at Austin and editor of Arc Hydro: GIS for Water Resources

"We have reached an exciting crossroads where our ability to measure ocean phenomena is met by new ways to represent them. The data model presented here supports the vital work of marine researchers in mapping the uncharted territories, monuments, and sanctuaries so that we can build solutions for our oceans and seas."

—Jack Dangermond, President, Esri