Illuminating polar regions in 3D webscene

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04-12-2016 07:08 AM
New Contributor III

This question regards the webscene lighting model. I’m currently working on a Story Map Journal that focuses on human activity near the north pole. As the user scrolls through blocks (or "chapters") of written content, a companion map dynamically updates to show relevant data and areas of interest.

I'd like to use a webscene instead of a webmap for this project in order to minimize geographic distortion, to provide a sense of scale, and to allow for the display of features that wouldn't be visible with a polar stereographic/orthographic projection. Unfortunately, however, it is seemingly impossible to illuminate the entire north pole (or south pole, for that matter) using the webscene's lighting system. Even if I set the time to high noon in June or July, half of the pole remains obscured in darkness. I appreciate the realism, but in this case, it prohibits me from creating an effective webscene.

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Is it possible to disable the realistic lighting engine so that the entire planet is illuminated, as in ArcGIS Earth, Google Earth, Google Maps, Bing Maps 3D, etc.? I suspect not, but I thought I'd ask. If any folks on the webscene product team are here, I’d kindly ask you to consider adding this feature in a future update, as it would greatly increase th !e utility of the tool.

Thanks!

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Esri Regular Contributor

No, you currently can't do this. It's being talked about, but the only way to modify lighting is by setting the date.

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Esri Regular Contributor

No, you currently can't do this. It's being talked about, but the only way to modify lighting is by setting the date.

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New Contributor III

Thanks for your swift response, Kristian. Do you know if this feature will be included in a future update?

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Esri Regular Contributor

This hasn't been determined yet. Given this scenario, we'll discuss it some more.

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