Getting started with Ecological Marine Units (EMU’s) using ArcGIS Desktop

01-03-2017 02:16 PM
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In the Ecological Marine Unit ArcGIS Online Group, you have access to the EMU data to download and use to explore and visualize in ArcGIS Desktop (ArcMap or ArcGIS Pro).  The data are broken up by oceanic regions if you are interested in a particular subset or area of interest, or you can download the entire package.

Important: When you access the ArcGIS Online Group – Make Sure the “Show ArcGIS Desktop Content” box is checked (Left-hand side).

Checkbox to Show Desktop Content

EMU Global Ocean – the item description page for the Map Package that can be downloaded or used in ArcMap.  This file is 3.9GB.

EMU Global Ocean (Pro) –the item description page for the ArcGIS Pro Package that can be downloaded and used in ArcGIS Pro.  This file is 3.9GB.

When the download is complete, the files can be double clicked and they will launch in the respective application. 

ArcMap Packages – “Map Package” (.mpk).

ArcGIS Pro Packages – “Project Packages” (.ppkx).

The ArcMap Map Package takes about 15 minutes to unzip and open.  The ArcGIS Pro Project Package takes about 30 mins to unzip and open.  Once open you can spend some time orienting yourself with the data, etc.

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About the Author
Keith VanGraafeiland is a Principal Product Engineer with Esri in Washington D.C. He serves as the Ocean Content Lead for the ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World, a long-term projects whose emphasis is on visually appealing and useful map information products. In his role at Esri, he is responsible for curating, developing and implementing ocean related content for the GIS community. This includes maintaining a network of authoritative data providers and working with them towards nominating their layers, maps and apps for inclusion the Living Atlas of the World and working with the community to understand information needs.