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With ArcGIS Pro, you can create maps and scenes by adding data that is stored locally or shared through online sources, such as ArcGIS Online or Living Atlas of the World. Your GIS projects will need several different types of data, and it is important to understand how to incorporate them all effectively.
In this tutorial, you will add data from Living Atlas of the World, your project geodatabase, and a folder connection that you add to your project.
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Open the project
In this tutorial, you'll help a city planning group in Wellington, New Zealand, assess the impact of potential flooding using a 2D map and a 3D scene. Your data will include hillshade and slope layers to show relief, neighborhood boundaries and buildings, and a layer showing the area susceptible to flooding in an extreme weather event.
- Start ArcGIS Pro and sign in if necessary.
- On the start page, under your recent projects, click Open another project.
- On the Open page, under Open, click Computer and click Browse .
- On the Open Project dialog box, browse to Add_data_to_a_project.aprx and click OK.
The file will be in a tutorial data folder with the same name, such as C:\ArcGISProQuickstartData\Add_data_to_a_project.
The project opens with a map centered on Wellington, New Zealand. The map is the Oceans basemap, one of the default basemaps available in ArcGIS Pro. The project also contains a 3D scene.
Add data from the Living Atlas of the World
One source of high-quality data for your projects is the Living Atlas of the World. It contains a collection of ready-to-use maps and layers that cover hundreds of themes. To become part of the Living Atlas, an item is nominated, reviewed by a committee, and approved. You will search the Living Atlas for a hillshade layer, and add it to your map to accentuate the terrain relief.
- At the top of the Project pane, click Portal.
Under the Portal tab are four collections from which you can add data:
- My Content —Maps, layers, and other items you have added to your organization
- Groups —Items shared within the groups you are a member of
- All Portal —Items shared publicly on ArcGIS Online as well as items shared within your own organization
- Living Atlas —A subset of items shared publicly on ArcGIS Online as described in the introduction to this section
- Click Living Atlas .
- In the Project pane, in the search box, type hillshade and press Enter.
- In the list of search results, right-click the World Hillshade tile layer (not the World Hillshade map ) and click Add to Current Map .
The map zooms out to the extent of the new layer—the whole world. The shape of the map reflects the map projection used to represent New Zealand accurately at local scales.
- On the ribbon, click the Map tab, if necessary. In the Navigate group, click Previous Extent to return to Wellington.
- In the Contents pane, drag the World Hillshade layer beneath the Oceans basemap layer.
The Oceans basemap is partially transparent, so the World Hillshade layer shows through it to increase the visibility of terrain. You can turn the World Hillshade layer off and on in the Contents pane to see the difference.
Add data from a geodatabase
Every ArcGIS Pro project has its own geodatabase. The project geodatabase is a convenient location to store spatial data used in your project. In this project, there are two feature classes inside the project geodatabase: one representing Wellington building footprints and one representing suburb boundaries. You will add these feature classes to your map as layers.
- At the top of the Project pane, click Project and browse to Databases > Add_data_to_a_project.
The Add_data_to_a_project geodatabase contains two feature classes:
- Right-click Suburb_Boundaries and click Add to Current Map .
The suburbs layer is added to your map and is listed in the Contents pane.
- In the Contents pane, right-click Suburb_Boundaries and click Zoom To Layer to see all the features in the layer.
The suburb polygons have a solid fill color that prevents you from seeing layers underneath. You'll change the symbol fill color and outline.
- In the Contents pane, under Suburb_Boundaries, click the symbol to open the Symbology pane.
- In the Symbology pane, under Format Polygon Symbol, click Properties.
- On the Symbol tab , under Appearance, change Color to No Color.
- Change Outline color to Gray 50% and change Outline width to 2 pt. Click Apply at the bottom of the pane.
Add data from a folder connection
Another way to add data to your project is through a folder connection. Folder connections allow you to access spatial data stored on your computer or a network drive. The quick-start tutorial data includes a folder containing a shapefile that shows the flood risk zone for Wellington. You will connect to that folder and add the flood risk layer to your map.
- On the ribbon, click the Insert tab. In the Project group, click Add Folder .
- On the Add Folder Connection dialog box, browse to your quick-start tutorial data folder. Click Flood_Zone and click OK.
The folder connection is added to the Project pane.
- In the Project pane, browse to Folders > Flood_Zone. Right-click Flood_Zone_Wellington.shp and click Add to Current Map .
- In the Contents pane, click the Flood_Zone_Wellington symbol.
- In the Symbology pane, under Format Polygon Symbol, click Gallery.
You'll look for a blue symbol to represent the flood zone.
- In the Symbology pane, click in the search box and type blue. Press Enter.
- In the search results, click Blue (Bright).
On the map, the layer is updated with the new symbol. It shows the area at risk of flooding in Wellington.
- Close the Symbology pane.
- In the Contents pane, confirm that the Flood_Zone_Wellington layer is selected.
- On the ribbon, under Feature Layer, click the Appearance tab. In the Effects group, change the Layer Transparency to 20% and press Enter.
- On the Quick Access Toolbar, click Save to save the project.
Visualize your data in 3D
You'll look at your data in a 3D scene to better visualize the potential impact of flooding in the Te Aro suburb of Wellington, the neighborhood most affected by the flood zone. The 3D scene already exists in the project, but contains only the Topographic basemap. You'll copy and paste the flood zone layer into the scene.
- In the Contents pane, right-click the Flood_Zone_Wellington layer and click Copy.
- Click the Scene view tab to make the scene active.
- In the Contents pane, under Drawing Order, right-click Scene and click Paste.The layer is added to the scene. You'll add a layer of building footprints and a layer of slope as well.
- On the ribbon, click the Map tab. In the Layer group, click Add Data .
- On the Add Data dialog box, browse to Project > Folders > Add_data_to_a_project.
- Click BuildingFootprints.lyrx to select it. Press the Ctrl key and click Slope.lyrx to select it also. Click OK.
The two layers are added to the scene. You will use bookmarks to take a closer look at which buildings are impacted by the flood zone and to explore the relationship between slope and flooding in the Te Aro suburb.
- On the Map tab, in the Navigate group, click the Bookmarks drop-down menu and click Flood View 1.
The scene zooms to the first bookmark. If a flood were to occur, the damage would likely impact the buildings on these boulevards.
- Click Bookmarks again and click Flood View 2.
This view shows how the water may flow through the landscape. Use the Explore tool on the Map tab to pan, zoom, rotate, and tilt around the Te Aro suburb. You may want to create new bookmarks at locations where flooding may cause additional damage.
- On the Quick Access Toolbar, click the Save button to save the project.
For many projects, you will need to search for relevant data to complete your mapping and analysis. If the Living Atlas of the World doesn't fit your specific needs, try expanding your search to All Portal . You can also try ArcGIS Open Data; it provides open-access data from various organizations that have chosen to share their authoritative data on ArcGIS Online .