- Video length: 1:32
- This video was created with ArcGIS Pro 2.0.
With ArcGIS Pro, you can create maps and scenes by adding data that is stored on your own computer, a local network, or an online repository, such as ArcGIS Online or the Living Atlas of the World. Your GIS projects may need different types of data from different sources, and it's important to know how to access them.
In this tutorial, you will add data from Living Atlas, from your project geodatabase, and from 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 the World Ocean basemap centered on Wellington, New Zealand. The project also contains a 3D scene.
Add data from the Living Atlas of the World
The World Ocean basemap shows topographic relief, but a more detailed layer would make it easier to visualize the impact of potential flooding. A layer of place names would add helpful context to the geography of Wellington. You can find map layers to meet these needs in the Living Atlas of the World, a curated collection of global geographic information. Maps and layers from the Living Atlas can be added directly to ArcGIS Pro.
- At the top of the Catalog pane, click the Portal tab.
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 ArcGIS Online or Portal for ArcGIS account
- Groups —Items shared with groups of which you are a member
- All Portal —Items shared publicly on ArcGIS Online as well as items shared within your own organization
- Living Atlas —Curated items shared through the Living Atlas of the World
- Under the Portal tab, click the Living Atlas tab .
- Click the Categories drop-down menu and browse to Landscape > Elevation.
In the Catalog pane, the list of Living Atlas items is filtered to show maps and layers related to elevation.
- In the list of items, right-click the World Hillshade tile layer and click Add to Current Map .
By default, the map zooms to the extent of the new layer, which covers the whole world. The extent is constrained by the local New Zealand map projection that has been set for the map.
- On the ribbon, click the Map tab if necessary. In the Navigate group, click the Previous Extent button to return to Wellington.
- In the Contents pane, drag the World Hillshade layer beneath the World Ocean Base layer.
Partial transparency has been applied to the World Ocean Base layer, so the World Hillshade layer shows through it. You can turn the World Hillshade layer off and on in the Contents pane to see the difference in terrain detail.
- In the Catalog pane, click the Categories drop-down menu again and browse to Boundaries & Places > Places.
- In the filtered list of items, right-click the World Boundaries and Places Alternate tile layer (not the World Boundaries and Places layer), and click Add to Current Map .
You don't immediately see the place names on the map because the layer has a default visibility range setting.
- In the Contents pane, confirm that the World_Boundaries_and_Places_Alternate layer is selected (highlighted in blue).
- On the ribbon, under Layer, click the Appearance tab.
The layer does not display at map scales larger (closer) than 1:144,448. Your current map scale is shown in the lower-left corner of the map view.
- On the Appearance tab, in the Visibility Range group, click the drop-down menu next to In Beyond and click 1:24,000.
The place names appear on the map.
- In the Effects group, change Layer Transparency to 25%.
- In the Contents pane, right-click the World Ocean Reference layer and click Remove .
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 in the project geodatabase: one representing Wellington building footprints and one representing suburb boundaries. You will add these feature classes to your map as layers.
- In the Catalog pane, click the Project tab. Browse to Databases > Add_data_to_a_project.gdb.
The project geodatabase contains two feature classes: Building_Footprints and Suburb_Boundaries.
- Right-click Suburb_Boundaries and click Add to Current Map .
- In the Contents pane, drag the Suburb_Boundaries layer beneath the World_Boundaries_and_Places_Alternate layer.
- Right-click the Suburb_Boundaries layer and click Zoom To Layer to see all the features in the layer.
The Suburb_Boundaries layer has a solid fill color that prevents you from seeing the basemap under it. You'll change the symbol fill color and outline.
- In the Contents pane, click the symbol patch under the Suburb_Boundaries layer to open the Symbology pane.
- In the Symbology pane, under Format Polygon Symbol, click the Properties tab.
- On the Symbol tab , under Appearance, change Color to No Color.
- Change Outline color to Black and change Outline width to 1 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 tutorial data includes a shapefile that shows the flood risk zone for Wellington. You will connect to the folder containing this shapefile, and add the data to the 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 the Flood_Zone folder to select it and click OK.
The folder connection is added to the Catalog pane.
- In the Catalog pane, browse to Folders > Flood_Zone. Right-click Flood_Zone_Wellington.shp and click Add to Current Map .
- In the Contents pane, drag the Flood_Zone_Wellington layer beneath the Suburb_Boundaries layer.
- Click the symbol patch under the Flood_Zone_Wellington layer.
- In the Symbology pane, under Format Polygon Symbol, confirm that the Properties tab is selected and the Symbol tab is selected under it.
- Under Appearance, change Color to Big Sky Blue.
- Change Outline width to 0 pt and click Apply.
- Close the Symbology pane.
The map shows that most of the flood risk zone lies within one suburb.
- On the map, click the suburb containing most of the flood risk zone.
A pop-up identifies the suburb as Te Aro.
- Close the pop-up.
- On the Quick Access Toolbar, click the Save button to save the project. If you get an ArcGIS Project prompt asking if you want to proceed, click Yes.
Visualize your data in 3D
You'll look at your data in a 3D scene to visualize the potential impact of flooding in the Te Aro suburb. 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 want to know which buildings may be affected by flooding, so you'll add a layer of building footprints. You'll also add a slope layer to get a better visual sense of why flood water flows and accumulates in the areas shown by the Flood_Zone_Wellington layer.
- 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'll use bookmarks to look at buildings 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 Bookmarks and click Flood View 1.
The scene zooms to the bookmark. A flood would probably affect the buildings on these boulevards. This view faces south southeast, as shown by the North indicator on the navigator.
- Click Bookmarks again and click Flood View 2.
This view shows how flood water may flow through the landscape at the eastern end of the suburb. Use the Explore tool on the Map tab or the on-screen navigator to explore 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. In addition to the Living Atlas of the World, you can use the All Portal tab in the Catalog pane to search for maps and layers shared through ArcGIS Online. You can also use ArcGIS Open Data to find open-access data from thousands of organizations that share their authoritative data.