Drone use has escalated in recent years. This popular hardware is revolutionizing how companies, governments, and researchers conduct their work. The Gulf of Mexico Alliance (Alliance) is excited to partner with Esri, the world leader in location intelligence technology, during the Gulf of Mexico Alliance’s annual 2019 All Hands conference. Attendees learn how to use drone imagery with Esri’s Drone2Map software, taking imagery and video and turning them into valuable data products.

Flying drones is not just for hobby enthusiasts. The drone’s aerial perspective can provide users new insights into problem-solving. It allows anyone, from a habitat scientist mapping invasive species to an emergency manager trying to look for storm damage, to analyze a situation and easily communicate back to those in need. Drone2Map helps users identify unique features and create 2D and 3D mosaics from drone photography. These new data products can prove critical insight when making expensive management decisions.

The Drone2Map workshop is part of a schedule of events with the Gulf of Mexico Alliance’s annual 2019 All Hands conference, located at The Lodge at Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores, Alabama. The Alliance network includes a vast partnership with representatives from businesses, federal agencies, non-profit organizations, academic institutions, state and local governments. The Alliance, All Hands conference, provides an inclusive opportunity for these differing interests to work together.

“The Alliance community has many Esri customers already in their membership, so we can help integrate existing data and technology, with the newer tools like Drone2Map,” said Drew Stephens, Esri industry manager for ocean and coastal environments. “Collaborating with the Alliance helps us understand what the larger Gulf of Mexico community needs are, so we can help develop best practices for these coastal communities.”

Of the many issues the Alliance addresses, data and monitoring are crucial to providing up to date information. A dedicated team provides guidance and coordination among partners on monitoring, mapping, and data sharing. Members of the Alliance staff and Data and Monitoring Team were invited to Esri’s Ocean GIS Forum in 2018.

“Our relationship with Esri formalized when we collectively realized Esri brings the technical expertise we need, while the Alliance provides the regional relationships, that they are looking for to get things accomplished,” said Laura Bowie, Executive Director for the Gulf of Mexico Alliance.

Each year, the Alliance’s Data and Monitoring Team facilitates a Tools Café that allows All Hands participants to showcase tools that address issues such as coastal resilience, water resources, and marine debris. Esri took their partnership with the Alliance one step further by sponsoring the event.

Get complete 2019 All Hands from the Gulf of Mexico Alliance on https://gulfofmexicoalliance.org/announcements/events/2019-hands-meeting/

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About the Gulf of Mexico Alliance: The Gulf of Mexico Alliance recognizes the economy and quality of life for citizens of the Gulf are linked to its ecological health.  As the result of a shared vision for a healthy and resilient Gulf of Mexico region, the states of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas formalized the Alliance in 2004.  A not-for-profit organization, the Alliance’s mission is to enhance the ecological and economic health of the Gulf region by encouraging collaboration among government agencies, businesses, education providers and non-governmental organizations.  Priority issues addressed by the Alliance include water resources, habitat resources, community resilience, data and monitoring, wildlife and fisheries, and education and engagement.  To learn more about the Gulf of Mexico Alliance, visit www.gulfofmexicoalliance.org.

About Esri:  

Esri, the global market leader in geographic information system (GIS) software, location intelligence, and mapping, offers the most powerful geospatial cloud available, to help customers unlock the full potential of data to improve operational and business results. Founded in 1969, Esri software is deployed in more than 350,000 organizations including 90 of the Fortune 100 companies, all 50 state governments, more than half of all counties (large and small), and 87 of the Forbes Top 100 Colleges in the U.S., as well as all 15 Executive Departments of the U.S. Government and dozens of independent agencies. With its pioneering commitment to geospatial information technology, Esri engineers the most advanced solutions for digital transformation, the Internet of Things (IoT), and advanced analytics. Visit us at esri.com.