US: NASA signed an enterprise license agreement (ELA) with Esri, making ArcGIS software tools available for unlimited use by authorised NASA employees and contractors. The agreement reflects NASA’s extensive and growing use of Esri’s ArcGIS software to bring geospatial intelligence to a wide variety of mission-critical efforts, from streamlining operations to enabling research and exploration.
Jack Dangermond, President, Esri, said, “NASA has demonstrated the power of geospatial thinking by applying GIS to a wide variety of areas to solve problems and advance understanding of our world and the universe.”
GIS plays a key role in NASA’s earth science research initiatives, which involve global efforts to monitor and study the factors of climate change. Esri technology supports collaboration between NASA and other organisations worldwide by providing a strong platform for sharing and analysing geospatial data.
“GIS increases our understanding of the world around us through the visualisation of information,” said Stennis Space Center environmental GIS lead Kelly Boyd. “Esri’s ArcGIS platform provides the tools to leverage this understanding each day to inform decisions in our work.”