2022 ASPRS Spring Tech Session

2022 Spring Technical Session Hosted by Pacific Southwest Region ASPRS. May 18, 2022 at 6pm in Concord, CA.

Please join colleagues, students and peers in the Remote Sensing profession for an evening of insightful presentations, thoughtful discussion and snacks!

Featured presentations include “Airborne Thermography for Bridge Decks”, “Statewide Ground Surface Subsidence: Precise Measurement via Remote Sensing Survey – 2015 through 2024”, and “Mapping Accuracy Assessment of UAS Platforms”.

Click here for more information and to RSVP.

New Stuff in ArcGIS Earth

Here are some new enhancements to ArcGIS Earth:

  • The new on-screen navigation controller offers a more flexible navigation of the globe by adding zoom functionality, viewport navigation, vantage point, and orientation control into a sleek and user-friendly on-screen component. It’s also great for navigating on laptops without a mouse!
  • Vector tile layers have been a highly requested and long-awaited addition to ArcGIS Earth—now you can add vector tile layers to the My Data or Startup layer folders or set them as the basemap, depending on the data and what suits your workflow. 
  • With the new 3D labeling capability in ArcGIS Earth, you can customize the style and visualization of 3D labels on the fly and set the label position and style in a 3D global view.

Click below to read the latest on new features and functionality including KML, multi-selection and batch editing, and attribute tables.

California’s Wild Spaces

Love maps and want to save California’s wild spaces? This site is for you!

California is making plans to protect 30% of its lands and coastal waters by 2030 (called 30×30). And with it is a new mapping tool to support their “30×30″ goal.

The CA Nature website allows you to explore the landscape and consider which areas you might want to see protected in the future. The site’s “conserved areas explorer” shows the 24.1 million acres that are already conserved, many of them as parks, forests, and preserves. Other interactive maps show which lands and waters offer the greatest biodiversity, and how rising temperatures and changing rainfall patterns are expected to alter the state’s landscapes. Check it out!

Taxes Due Today?

Usually April 15th is when our taxes are due, but not this year. Due to a holiday in Washington DC today, Emancipation Day, our taxes will be due on Monday the 18th.

Which brings up a question, which states pay the highest tax rates? Check out the map below:

Unfortunately California is the highest … probably not a good idea to retire in California! Note that Tennessee has joined seven other states that do not levy any individual income tax. Also note there are 10 states that have flat income tax. Click here for more info.

And one more thing. If you are in the CalPERS system for retirement, and you retire in another state, you can elect to have no California tax taken out of your retirement check!

If you are planning on retiring, check out this tool that you can use to compare states that have taxes on retirees.

GIS Under the Dome 2022 Q1

From the California GIS Council:

The latest edition of GIS Under the Dome (2022 Q1) is now available at this link:


Don’t forget to sign up for our quarterly GIS Policy Briefing on Friday, April 8 @ 12pm PST here:


Any questions? Reach out to Jacob Mark at jacob.mark@woolpert.com

Permanent Daylight Savings Time

Well, they did it. The US Senate passed a bill this week to make DST permanent by November 2023, except for states that do not observe DST … good for you Arizona and Hawaii!

The bill now has to pass in the House. If it does, enjoy the darkness in the winter months if you live near the western portion of your time zone! Here is a nice quote:

“Not many people have experienced daylight saving time during the winter, except for some during an experiment — which failed.”

Click the map below to read all about it. Check out the nice maps too!

Thanks goes to Bonnie at Manhattan Beach for finding this article!

ArcGIS Online Organization Home Page

If you have an ArcGIS Online for Organizations account, ESRI will be pushing out an update that will change your home page. If you do not switch to the new home page or request an extension (good to September 2022), your old (legacy) home page will be automatically replaced with a default home page at the next ArcGIS Online update, planned for March 22, 2022. To ensure that your home page looks and performs as desired, transition to the new home page before the legacy home page is automatically replaced. Organizations that do not use the ArcGIS Online home page as a landing page will be automatically transitioned to the default home page. No further action is required.

For more information and how to change your home page with the new editor, click below.

ArcGIS Online Update March 22

ESRI will be updating ArcGIS Online on March 22, 5pm to midnight (PDT).

Update Highlights


  • Editing enhancements including snapping controls and additional capabilities in the editor pane
  • Ability to duplicate feature layers in Map Viewer to customize the configuration of a layer without affecting the configuration of the source layer
  • New nested group capability, simplifying visualization and review of complex data

Content and Member Management

  • Administrators can allow members to transfer their own content to other members of the organization. 
  • Administrators can set up member categories to make it easy for the organization’s members to find each other by searching characteristics such as department or project.

Interact with Maps and Data Using ArcGIS Instant Apps

  • Exhibit, a new app template, follows a sequential order as it guides your audience through a map and tells a story with interactive slides.
  • Portfolio includes two new layouts for additional flexibility as you build one app to showcase maps, apps, and web pages about a topic or location. 
  • Attachment Viewer allows viewers to update the attribute information of the attached images or videos while navigating through each feature.

Home Page Replacement

Legacy ArcGIS Online home pages will automatically be replaced with a new default home page unless the administrator requests an extension through the Organization page. Transition to the new home page to ensure that your home page looks and performs as desired.

Early Adopter Community

Would you like to try the features planned for the upcoming ArcGIS Online update? Sign up for the ArcGIS Online Early Adopter Community (EAC) with your ArcGIS Online login. Within the ArcGIS Online testing environment, EAC members can try upcoming features, test compatibility with their existing workflows, influence product development, and engage with the ArcGIS Online development team and other members of the EAC.