“Today, to the southeast of Block Island, there are five new structures rising from the ocean. These are the towers of the Block Island Wind Farm, the first offshore wind energy installation in the United States. The turbines will generate 30 megawatts of energy; providing electricity to 17,000 households on Block Island and coastal Rhode Island (McCann, 2016), and replacing the diesel generators that previously powered the town New Shoreham.”
One of the overriding, major take-home points of this ESRI StoryMap, is that a project of this scale, scope, and magnitude requires geographic data across many disciplines (to see the largest off-shore wind farm in the world, click here).
Tags: mapping, Rhode Island, ESRI, StoryMap, GIS, resources, water, coastal, energy, environment depend.
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The share of local workers with jobs in manufacturing plunged from 40% in 1980 to 11% in 2014, a Fed researcher reports.
A new study illustrates just how drastically employment has plunged in Rhode Island’s historic industrial base over recent decades. Since 1980, the Providence metropolitan area has experienced the largest shift in the country away from manufacturing jobs and into work requiring college degrees, according to a paper by Stephan Whitaker, a research economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. “In 1980, 40% of workers in the Providence metro area worked in manufacturing and 25% worked in degree-intensive fields,” Whitaker writes. “By 2014, manufacturing had dropped to just 11%, and degree-intensive jobs had risen to 47%.”
Tags: urban, industry, manufacturing, labor, economic, Rhode Island.
As a part of a national map competition sponsored by ESRI, Rhode Island is having it’s own statewide map competition for students. All Rhode Island public, private, or home-schooled students (grades 4-12) are eligible to enter the contest. Maps can be submitted individually or as a team of two students. Limit of one entry per student or team.
Challenge: Your challenge is to create an original Rhode Island based map on a topic of interest or concern to you. The area mapped can range from the entire state to a smaller area, like a county or city. As an ESRI competition, you must use ArcGIS Online to create your original map. See the promotional flyer here and access more information on the competition website.
I am excited to see the full kit that National Geographic and Alliance leaders have put together. There are some fun lessons and plenty of room to individualize the activities and be as creative as you want to be. Here are some of files to explain the supplemental materials that are in the trunk (besides the map of course!).
I hope you enjoy bringing the map to your school!! Please email email@example.com to get the map to your school.
Resources about Roger Williams and his teachings to establish a sense of place, awareness, and pride for all Rhode Islanders.
Explore our collection of resources organized by topic areas related to Roger Williams’s life and teachings. View essays, videos, galleries, educational activities, lesson plans, or discussion starters in each of the topic areas below.
There is still space in the Alliance’s Oct 22nd and 29th mapping workshops. If you are new to digital mapping, this is for you. If you are hoping to deepen you ArcGIS online mapping skills, this is for you. Social studies, environmental science, STEM…all are welcome. Sign up and invite another educator! Registration: http://eepurl.com/cawr7D
WHERE: 101 Alger (ALG) Hall, Rhode Island College
“Welcome to the new online showcase for the collections of the Providence Public Library.”
These are some great historical images…perfect for exploring past historical geographies of the Ocean State with a special emphasis on the capital.
“This application was developed by The Providence Plan utilizing photos from the Rhode Island Geographic Information System.”
This map is a great archive of historic satellite imagery of the Ocean State, with a special nod to Providence. This is a great tool that can be used to show how and particular place in Rhode Island has changed over the years at the neighborhood scale. At the metropolitan scale, it is easy to see the population grown, development expansion, and urban sprawl. The years of data coverage are 1939, 1952, 1962, 1972, 1981, 1985, 2003, 2008, 2011, and 2014.
Additionally, here is an historical StoryMap of Virginia’s legacy of Redlining neighborhoods.
Tags: mapping, Rhode Island, ESRI, StoryMap, GIS, remote sensing.