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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)

Making symbols dynamic

Map readers interact with maps in more ways than we ever imagined just a few years ago. As they zoom, pan, shrink, or enlarge to plan routes, create reports, or display them on large screens, it's important for the design elements we have selected to be responsive to those changes. ArcGIS Pro has the ability to respond to changes in size or underlying data with ease.

Controlling visibility at scale

As the scale of our map changes, the level of generalization or abstraction must also change. For small-scale maps, we might represent a city with a circle; but at a large scale, it may be more appropriate to show the city boundaries. Rather than make several different maps, we can take advantage of ArcGIS Pro's ability to control visibility based on the scale at which the map is being viewed.

In our map of Sacramento, our symbol choices look pretty good up-close, but if we zoom out to the whole city, the school and hospital symbols are overwhelming, and we can barely see the...