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Mapping with ArcGIS Pro

By : Amy Rock, Ryan Malhoski
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Mapping with ArcGIS Pro

By: Amy Rock, Ryan Malhoski

Overview of this book

ArcGIS Pro is a geographic information system for working with maps and geographic information. This book will help you create visually stunning maps that increase the legibility of the stories being mapped and introduce visual and design concepts into a traditionally scientific, data-driven process. The book begins by outlining the steps of gathering data from authoritative sources and lays out the workflow of creating a great map. Once the plan is in place you will learn how to organize the Contents Pane in ArcGIS Pro and identify the steps involved in streamlining the production process. Then you will learn Cartographic Design techniques using ArcGIS Pro's feature set to organize the page structure and create a custom set of color swatches. You will be then exposed to the techniques required to ensure your data is clear and legible no matter the size or scale of your map. The later chapters will help you understand the various projection systems, trade-offs between them, and the proper applications of them to make sure your maps are accurate and visually appealing. Finally, you will be introduced to the ArcGIS Online ecosystem and how ArcGIS Pro can utilize it within the application. You will learn Smart Mapping, a new feature of ArcGIS Online that will help you to make maps that are visually stunning and useful. By the end of this book, you will feel more confident in making appropriate cartographic decisions.
Table of Contents (12 chapters)

Working with multiple data frames

Adding insets or small multiples can be as much about clarity as it is about leading your map reader through the map in a specific way. In Chapter 2Getting Started in ArcGIS Pro, we have added a Locator Map to remind our map reader of the general location of our map data. For some maps, this is not necessary if the audience is likely to know where it is already (for example, a local map for a city council meeting), or it is such a clearly recognizable place (for example, the African continent). It's important to assess your target audience and decide if a locator adds value. 

An inset map adds more detail about a specific area of the map. Insets are common on road maps, where the network of streets becomes too dense for clarity in urban centers, or to draw attention to a specific set of features on the map, as seen in the following figure. In this case, the inset is also floated over parts of the map to demonstrate its relative importance:

Figure 3.15: An...