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Living Atlas

The ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World is the foremost collection of global geographic information. Curated by Esri with contributions from its partner and user communities, the Living Atlas contains valuable maps, data layers, tools, services, and apps for geographic analysis. It is available throughout the platform, meaning ArcGIS Desktop (ArcGIS Pro and ArcMap), ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Enterprise, and other Esri products.

The Living Atlas gallery provides access to all available content. These items can be used on their own, combined with other Living Atlas items, or with your own data to complete visualization and analysis tasks. The types of items that are available depend on how you are accessing the Living Atlas.


While a majority of the items in the Living Atlas are free, some items are considered subscriber and premium content.

The Living Atlas is continually growing and evolving. You can also contribute your own maps, layers, scenes, and apps. For more information, see My Contributions.

Use Living Atlas content in ArcGIS Pro

You access Living Atlas content in ArcGIS Pro from the active portal. First connect to a portal, then sign in. The availability of the Living Atlas and the content it includes depends on the type of portal that is currently active and how it is configured.

If the active portal is ArcGIS Online, you can access Living Atlas content that is supported by ArcGIS Pro and is available to you based on your credentials. If you are connected to an ArcGIS Enterprise portal and it has been configured to provide access to Living Atlas content, you can access the content it includes that is supported by ArcGIS Pro.

You can add maps from the Living Atlas to your project, and add layers to your own maps. The Living Atlas also provides other items that can be used in ArcGIS Pro, such as rule packages that provide textures for 3D features in a scene. Whether you are using the Catalog pane, a catalog view or a browse dialog box, you can browse or search to find content in Living Atlas related to your work.

  1. Browse to the Living Atlas Living Atlas collection.
    • In the Catalog pane, on the Portal tab, click the Living Atlas tab.
    • In a catalog view, click Living Atlas in the Contents pane.
    • In a browse dialog box, click Living Atlas in the left panel.

    If Living Atlas content is not available from the active portal, the Living Atlas collection will be disabled.

    A preliminary list of items is displayed.

  2. Show the different content categories that are available in the Living Atlas.
    • In the Catalog pane, click the Categories menu above the search text box.
    • In the catalog view, click the Categories menu between the location bar and the search text box.
    • In a browse dialog box, click the Categories menu under the search text box.
  3. Click a category. For example, click the triangle to expand the Landscape category, and click Climate & Weather.
  4. Learn more about the items using the Catalog pane's pop-up, by viewing their metadata in the catalog view, or using the browse dialog box's details panel.
  5. Use the item in your work. In the Catalog pane or a catalog view, right-click an item and use the available options to add a map to your project or add a layer to your map. Or, in a browse dialog box that was opened from a geoprocessing tool, select an item and click OK to analyze its data.