Hey GIS, Give me a map of the recent natural disasters

Local, State, National or even foreign governments need support to implement short-term emergency response, and long-term hazard mitigation measures at the occurrence of natural disasters. The sample notebook takes advantage of NASA's Earth Observatory Natural Event Tracker (EONET) API to collect a curated and continuously updated set of natural event metadata, and transform them into ArcGIS FeatureCollection(s) and save them into Web Maps in your GIS.

Using the temporal and location information of the event occurrence, this notebook queries the before- and after- disaster satellite images of the prone areas, and adds as overlay layers along with the FeatureCollection generated at the first step. The differences between the two fore and aft images can be used to build a training dataset. Thus when there are sufficient numbers of these images (or labels), you can build a model to predict, from the satellite images, if there was a natural disaster (e.g. tropical cyclone) or not.

With the sample notebook run in a scheduled fashion, you can produce a web map that contains the up-to-date list of natural disasters at any given time. For example, the eruption of Karymsky Volcano in Russia on Feb 15th, 2019 appears as one of the recent events in the EONET API Feed, and it would be represented in three forms - as an event vector, a pre-disaster satellite imagery, and a post-disaster satellite image (as shown in Figs 1, 2 and 3), in the resulting web map.

A Volcano eruption event in Russia Fig 1. A Volcano eruption event in Russia

Satellite Image of the area before the volcano eruption event Fig 2. Satellite Image of the area before the volcano eruption event

Satellite Image of the area after the volcano eruption event Fig 3. Satellite Image of the area after the volcano eruption event

Step 1. Preparation

In order to access the Land Remote-Sensing Satellite (System) (in short, Landsat) dataset, the first step is to connect to ArcGIS Online organization. The esri livingatlas account publishes a series of good-to-use Landsat products in forms of imagery layers ready that you can query, visualize and analyze. You can do so via an existing online profile, or just enter username/password as in gis = GIS('https://www.arcgis.com',"arcgis_python","P@ssword123").

Create another GIS connection to your ArcGIS Enterprise deployment to save the target web map. Same here, the GIS connection can be created via a profile, or using u/p (portal_gis = GIS('https://pythonapi.playground.esri.com/portal','arcgis_python','amazing_arcgis_123')).

from arcgis.gis import GIS

gis = GIS('home', verify_cert = False)

portal_gis = GIS(url='https://pythonapi.playground.esri.com/portal')

The exact_search function below extends the generic search method and returns you a single match instead of a list. It uses fields such as title, owner and item type, to loop through all the query results and gets an exact match. As seen here, the output of the exact_search is a Imagery Layer item titled "Multispectral Landsat".

def exact_search(my_gis, title, owner_value, item_type_value):
    final_match = None
    search_result = my_gis.content.search(query= title + ' AND owner:' + owner_value, item_type=item_type_value, outside_org=True)
    if "Imagery Layer" in item_type_value:
        item_type_value = item_type_value.replace("Imagery Layer", "Image Service")
    elif "Layer" in item_type_value:
        item_type_value = item_type_value.replace("Layer", "Service")
    for result in search_result:
        if result.title == title and result.type == item_type_value :
            final_match = result
    return final_match

landsat_item = exact_search(gis, 'Multispectral Landsat', 'esri', 'Imagery Layer')
landsat = landsat_item.layers[0]
Multispectral Landsat
Landsat 8 OLI, 30m multispectral and multitemporal 8-band imagery, with on-the-fly renderings and indices. This imagery layer is sourced from the Landsat on AWS collections and is updated daily with new imagery.Imagery Layer by esri
Last Modified: May 03, 2018
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Step 2. Understanding the data structure of EONET Feed

Carefully studying the geodata feed at https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events, we notice the JSON feed does not strictly follow the GeoJSON standard, which requires a tree structure of FeatureCollection > features > Feature > geometry. In order to make the EONET feed easier for parsing, we rewrite the JSON feed to conform to the GeoJSON standard.

We can then use from_geojson() of the ArcGIS API for Python to create a FeatureSet object, and eventually a FeatureCollection object to save into the Web Map.

import json
from arcgis.geometry import Geometry
import requests
import pandas as pd
from arcgis.features import Feature, FeatureSet, FeatureCollection, GeoAccessor
""" read the response from HTTP request, and load as JSON object;
    all "events" in original JSON will be stored as "features"
response = requests.get("https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events")  
obj = json.loads(response.text)
features = obj['events']
obj['features'] = features

Preview the feed data:

from pprint import pprint
print(len(obj['features']), "\n")
dict_keys(['title', 'description', 'link', 'events', 'features'])

{'categories': [{'id': 8, 'title': 'Wildfires'}],
 'description': '',
 'geometries': [{'coordinates': [34.99872, 31.41316],
                 'date': '2019-05-24T13:41:00Z',
                 'type': 'Point'}],
 'id': 'EONET_4196',
 'link': 'https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4196',
 'sources': [{'id': 'PDC',
              'url': 'http://emops.pdc.org/emops/?hazard_id=92664'}],
 'title': 'Wildfires - Central Israel'}

We have obtained 124 events from the EO feed.

Note: The number of events may vary depending on the time you execute this sample and the number of disasters detected at that time.

Each "event" shall be stored as "Feature", and its geometry will be rewritten here based on its geometry type.

for feature in features:
    feature['type'] = "Feature"
    feature['objectIdFieldName'] = feature['id']
    feature["properties"] = {}
    feature["properties"]["id"] = feature["id"]
    feature["properties"]["title"] = feature["title"]
    feature["properties"]["date"] = feature["geometries"][0]['date']
    feature["properties"]["link"] = feature["link"]
    if len(feature["sources"]) > 0:
        feature["properties"]["source_id"] = feature["sources"][0]["id"]
        feature["properties"]["source_url"] = feature["sources"][0]["url"]
    feature["name"] = feature["title"]
    feature['geometry'] = {}
    if len(feature["geometries"]) == 1 and feature["geometries"][0]["type"] == "Point":
        feature["geometryType"] = "esriGeometryPoint"
        feature['geometry']['type'] = "Point"
        feature['geometry']['coordinates'] = feature["geometries"][0]['coordinates']
        feature['geometry']['date'] = feature["geometries"][0]['date']
    elif len(feature["geometries"]) > 1 and feature["geometries"][0]["type"] == "Point":
        feature["geometryType"] = "esriGeometryPolyline"
        feature['geometry']['type'] = "LineString"
        feature['geometry']['coordinates'] = []
        feature['geometry']['date'] = []
        for g in feature["geometries"]:
    elif len(feature["geometries"]) > 1 and feature["geometries"][0]["type"] == "Point":
        feature["geometryType"] = "esriGeometryMultiPoint" 
        feature['geometry']['type'] = "MultiPoint" 
        feature['geometry']['points'] = []
        feature['geometry']['date'] = []
        for g in feature["geometries"]:
            tmp = {'type': 'Point',
                   'coordinates': None}
            tmp['coordinates'] = g['coordinates']
    elif feature["geometries"][0]["type"] == "Polygon":
        feature["geometryType"] = "esriGeometryPolygon"
        feature['geometry']['type'] = "Polygon"
        feature['geometry']['coordinates'] = []
        feature['geometry']['date'] = []
        for g in feature["geometries"]:

Next, give the JSON object a root node called features and set the type to FeatureCollection

obj['features'] = features
obj['type'] = "FeatureCollection"

Now that we standardized the GeoJSON, we can use from_geojson method directly to create the FeatureSet object, which can be later be used as input as to create a FeatureCollection object using the from_featureset() method.

fset = FeatureSet.from_geojson(obj)
fc = FeatureCollection.from_featureset(fset, symbol=None, 
                                       name="Natural Disaster Feed Events Feature Collection")
<FeatureSet> 124 features

Read the data as a spatially enabled data frame (SeDF)

df = fc.query().sdf

# Visualize the top 5 records
OBJECTID SHAPE date id link source_id source_url title
0 1 {"x": 34.99872, "y": 31.41316, "spatialReferen... 2019-05-24T13:41:00Z EONET_4196 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/event... PDC http://emops.pdc.org/emops/?hazard_id=92664 Wildfires - Central Israel
1 2 {"x": -68.7, "y": 28.8, "spatialReference": {"... 2019-05-21T00:00:00Z EONET_4192 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/event... NOAA_NHC https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/archive/2019/ANDREA.s... Subtropical Storm Andrea
2 3 {"x": -120.4293365, "y": 58.204834, "spatialRe... 2019-05-21T00:00:00Z EONET_4195 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/event... BCWILDFIRE http://bcfireinfo.for.gov.bc.ca/hprScripts/Wil... Fontas River Fire, British Columbia, Canada
3 4 {"x": -114.40635, "y": 55.716367, "spatialRefe... 2019-05-18T14:46:00Z EONET_4190 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/event... ABFIRE http://wildfire.alberta.ca/reports/activedd.csv Wildfire SWF049-2019 Slave Lake, Alberta, Canada
4 5 {"x": -114.544067, "y": 55.655167, "spatialRef... 2019-05-18T14:46:00Z EONET_4191 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/event... ABFIRE http://wildfire.alberta.ca/reports/activedd.csv Wildfire SWF050-2019 Slave Lake, Alberta, Canada

Make URLs clickable

The columns link and source_url both contain HTTP URLs. Users will understand the data and source of the feed better if they are made into clickable links. The cells below demonstrate how to display these two columns in clickable hyperlink texts. Further, we split the DataFrame based on the disaster type.

def make_clickable(val):
    return '<a href="{}">{}</a>'.format(val,val)

# query for rows with "Fire" or "Wildfire" in its "title" column
df1 = df[df['title'].str.contains("Fire|Wildfire") == True]
# drop unnecessary columns
cols = [col for col in df.columns if col not in ['OBJECTID', 'SHAPE', 'index']]
df1 = df1[cols]
# attach the two columns with clickable hyperlinks
df1.reset_index().style.format({'link': make_clickable, 'source_url': make_clickable})
index date id link source_id source_url title
0 0 2019-05-13T15:40:00Z EONET_4182 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4182 PDC http://emops.pdc.org/emops/?hazard_id=92189 Wildfires - Southern Switzerland
1 1 2019-05-13T00:00:00Z EONET_4183 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4183 MBFIRE http://www.gov.mb.ca/sd/fire/Fire-Statistic/2019/MBFIRE19.txt Wildfire MB-CE038, Manitoba, Canada
2 2 2019-05-13T00:00:00Z EONET_4184 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4184 MBFIRE http://www.gov.mb.ca/sd/fire/Fire-Statistic/2019/MBFIRE19.txt Wildfire MB-CE039, Manitoba, Canada
3 3 2019-05-13T00:00:00Z EONET_4185 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4185 BCWILDFIRE http://bcfireinfo.for.gov.bc.ca/hprScripts/WildfireNews/OneFire.asp?ID=796 Richter Creek Fire, British Columbia, Canada
4 4 2019-05-11T22:18:00Z EONET_4181 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4181 ABFIRE http://wildfire.alberta.ca/reports/activedd.csv Wildfire PWF052-2019 Peace River, Alberta, Canada
5 6 2019-05-10T15:47:00Z EONET_4179 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4179 PDC http://emops.pdc.org/emops/?hazard_id=92097 Wildfires - Mexico
6 7 2019-05-07T16:27:00Z EONET_4178 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4178 PDC http://emops.pdc.org/emops/?hazard_id=91989 Wildfires - Lithuania and Latvia
7 8 2019-05-03T00:00:00Z EONET_4174 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4174 MBFIRE http://www.gov.mb.ca/sd/fire/Fire-Statistic/2019/MBFIRE19.txt Wildfire MB-CE018, Manitoba, Canada
8 9 2019-04-30T14:22:00Z EONET_4170 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4170 PDC http://emops.pdc.org/emops/?hazard_id=91717 Wildfires - Mexico
9 10 2019-04-30T13:00:00Z EONET_4173 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4173 InciWeb http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6308/ Oregon Lakes Fire
10 11 2019-04-30T00:00:00Z EONET_4172 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4172 MBFIRE http://www.gov.mb.ca/sd/fire/Fire-Statistic/2019/MBFIRE19.txt Wildfire MB-CE015, Manitoba, Canada
11 12 2019-04-29T00:00:00Z EONET_4171 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4171 MBFIRE http://www.gov.mb.ca/sd/fire/Fire-Statistic/2019/MBFIRE19.txt Wildfire MB-CE013, Manitoba, Canada
12 13 2019-04-26T15:51:00Z EONET_4168 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4168 PDC http://emops.pdc.org/emops/?hazard_id=91596 Wildfires - Southern Uruguay
13 14 2019-04-25T17:27:00Z EONET_4167 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4167 PDC http://emops.pdc.org/emops/?hazard_id=91557 Wildfires - Southern Sweden
14 15 2019-04-24T17:25:00Z EONET_4165 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4165 PDC http://emops.pdc.org/emops/?hazard_id=91507 Wildfires - Southern Norway
15 16 2019-04-22T15:40:00Z EONET_4161 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4161 PDC http://emops.pdc.org/emops/?hazard_id=91432 Wildfires - Switzerland
16 18 2019-04-12T16:48:00Z EONET_4159 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4159 PDC http://emops.pdc.org/emops/?hazard_id=91030 Wildfires - Macarao National Park, Venezuela
17 20 2019-03-29T16:21:00Z EONET_4155 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4155 PDC http://emops.pdc.org/emops/?hazard_id=90680 Wildfires - Central and Northern Portugal
18 22 2019-03-21T14:30:00Z EONET_4154 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4154 PDC http://emops.pdc.org/emops/?hazard_id=90525 Wildfires - Paredones, Chile
19 23 2019-03-18T16:24:00Z EONET_4149 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4149 PDC http://emops.pdc.org/emops/?hazard_id=90465 Wildfires - Southern Switzerland
20 24 2019-03-18T16:00:00Z EONET_4150 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4150 PDC http://emops.pdc.org/emops/?hazard_id=90455 Wildfires - Northwestern South Africa
21 52 2019-03-11T17:02:00Z EONET_4118 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4118 PDC http://emops.pdc.org/emops/?hazard_id=90299 Wildfires - Traiguén, Chile
22 53 2019-03-11T16:56:00Z EONET_4117 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4117 PDC http://emops.pdc.org/emops/?hazard_id=90298 Wildfire - Cautín, Chile
23 54 2019-03-11T16:48:00Z EONET_4116 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4116 PDC http://emops.pdc.org/emops/?hazard_id=90296 Wildfire - Ercilla, Chile
24 55 2019-03-11T16:14:00Z EONET_4119 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4119 PDC http://emops.pdc.org/emops/?hazard_id=90288 Wildfire - Woodgate, Queensland, Australia
25 56 2019-03-07T15:34:00Z EONET_4114 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4114 PDC http://emops.pdc.org/emops/?hazard_id=90193 Wildfires - Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia
26 57 2019-03-05T15:44:00Z EONET_4113 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4113 PDC http://emops.pdc.org/emops/?hazard_id=90130 Wildfires - Southeastern Victoria, Australia
27 58 2019-03-05T15:41:00Z EONET_4112 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4112 PDC http://emops.pdc.org/emops/?hazard_id=90129 Wildfires - Western Basque Country, Cantabria and Asturias, Spain
28 59 2019-03-04T15:40:00Z EONET_4111 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4111 PDC http://emops.pdc.org/emops/?hazard_id=90105 Wildfire - Bullsbrook, Western Australia, Australia
29 60 2019-03-04T15:23:00Z EONET_4110 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4110 PDC http://emops.pdc.org/emops/?hazard_id=90103 Wildfire - Mount Kenya, Kenya
30 61 2019-03-01T18:39:00Z EONET_4108 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4108 PDC http://emops.pdc.org/emops/?hazard_id=90023 Wildfires - Ercilla and Collipulli, Chile
31 62 2019-03-01T18:34:00Z EONET_4107 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4107 PDC http://emops.pdc.org/emops/?hazard_id=90021 Wildfires - Esperance, Western Australia
32 63 2019-03-01T18:27:00Z EONET_4106 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4106 PDC http://emops.pdc.org/emops/?hazard_id=90018 Wildfires - Slovenia
33 64 2019-03-01T18:24:00Z EONET_4105 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4105 PDC http://emops.pdc.org/emops/?hazard_id=90017 Wildfires - South Africa
34 65 2019-02-27T15:41:00Z EONET_4103 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4103 PDC http://emops.pdc.org/emops/?hazard_id=89969 Wildfires - Saddleworth Moor, United Kingdom
35 66 2019-02-25T16:29:00Z EONET_4101 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4101 PDC http://emops.pdc.org/emops/?hazard_id=89922 Wildfires - Corsica, France
36 68 2019-02-20T15:26:00Z EONET_4097 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4097 PDC http://emops.pdc.org/emops/?hazard_id=89779 Wildfire - Southampton, Western Australia, Australia
37 69 2019-02-19T17:44:00Z EONET_4096 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4096 PDC http://emops.pdc.org/emops/?hazard_id=89746 Wildfire - Nelson Tasman Region (Pigeon Valley Fire), New Zealand
38 73 2019-02-15T16:47:00Z EONET_4094 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4094 PDC http://emops.pdc.org/emops/?hazard_id=89665 Wildfires - Southern Switzerland
39 74 2019-02-14T16:38:00Z EONET_4093 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4093 PDC http://emops.pdc.org/emops/?hazard_id=89628 Wildfire - Laingsburg, South Africa
40 75 2019-02-11T16:42:00Z EONET_4090 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4090 PDC http://emops.pdc.org/emops/?hazard_id=89507 Wildfires - Galvarino, Chile
41 78 2019-02-07T19:43:00Z EONET_4088 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4088 PDC http://emops.pdc.org/emops/?hazard_id=89420 Wildfire - Cochamo, Chile
42 79 2019-02-06T16:51:00Z EONET_4086 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4086 PDC http://emops.pdc.org/emops/?hazard_id=89381 Wildfires - Nelson - Tasman, New Zealand
43 80 2019-02-06T16:37:00Z EONET_4087 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4087 PDC http://emops.pdc.org/emops/?hazard_id=89378 Wildfires - Southwestern, South Africa
44 81 2019-02-05T15:42:00Z EONET_4081 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4081 PDC http://emops.pdc.org/emops/?hazard_id=89352 Wildfires - Southern Chile
45 87 2019-01-07T04:20:00Z EONET_4072 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4072 PDC http://emops.pdc.org/emops/?hazard_id=88644 Wildfire - Wailea, Hawaii, United States
df2 = df[df['title'].str.contains("Cyclone") == True]
df2 = df2[cols]
df2.reset_index().style.format({'link': make_clickable, 'source_url': make_clickable})
index date id link source_id source_url title
0 5 2019-05-11T00:00:00Z EONET_4180 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4180 JTWC http://www.metoc.navy.mil/jtwc/products/sh2719.tcw Tropical Cyclone Ann
df3 = df[df['title'].str.contains("Volcano") == True]
df3 = df3[cols]
df3.reset_index().style.format({'link': make_clickable, 'source_url': make_clickable})
index date id link source_id source_url title
0 17 2019-04-16T10:12:29Z EONET_4160 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4160 SIVolcano http://volcano.si.edu/volcano.cfm?vn=282110 Asosan Volcano, Japan
1 19 2019-04-09T00:00:00Z EONET_4158 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4158 SIVolcano http://volcano.si.edu/volcano.cfm?vn=300260 Klyuchevskoy Volcano, Russia
2 21 2019-03-26T09:19:10Z EONET_4156 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4156 SIVolcano http://volcano.si.edu/volcano.cfm?vn=352090 Sangay Volcano, Ecuador
3 25 2019-03-17T00:00:00Z EONET_4152 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4152 nan nan Villarica Volcano, Chile
4 67 2019-02-24T10:58:37Z EONET_4104 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4104 SIVolcano http://volcano.si.edu/volcano.cfm?vn=263300 Semeru Volcano, Indonesia
5 70 2019-02-18T00:00:00Z EONET_4098 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4098 SIVolcano http://volcano.si.edu/volcano.cfm?vn=263310 Tengger Caldera Volcano, Indonesia
6 71 2019-02-16T00:00:00Z EONET_4099 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4099 SIVolcano http://volcano.si.edu/volcano.cfm?vn=300130 Karymsky Volcano, Russia
7 72 2019-02-16T00:00:00Z EONET_4100 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4100 SIVolcano http://volcano.si.edu/volcano.cfm?vn=233020 Piton de la Fournaise Volcano, Réunion (France)
8 76 2019-02-11T09:50:08Z EONET_4092 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4092 SIVolcano http://volcano.si.edu/volcano.cfm?vn=345040 Poas Volcano, Costa Rica
9 82 2019-01-29T00:00:00Z EONET_4085 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4085 SIVolcano http://volcano.si.edu/volcano.cfm?vn=263250 Merapi Volcano, Indonesia
10 83 2019-01-20T00:00:00Z EONET_4075 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4075 SIVolcano http://volcano.si.edu/volcano.cfm?vn=300250 Bezymianny Volcano, Russia
11 84 2019-01-19T08:49:43Z EONET_4074 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4074 SIVolcano http://volcano.si.edu/volcano.cfm?vn=261170 Kerinci Volcano, Indonesia
12 85 2019-01-11T00:00:00Z EONET_4079 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4079 SIVolcano http://volcano.si.edu/volcano.cfm?vn=344020 San Cristobal Volcano
13 86 2019-01-10T00:00:00Z EONET_4073 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4073 SIVolcano http://volcano.si.edu/volcano.cfm?vn=264020 Agung Volcano, Indonesia
14 88 2019-01-06T08:15:24Z EONET_4069 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4069 SIVolcano http://volcano.si.edu/volcano.cfm?vn=352010 Reventador Volcano, Ecuador
15 89 2019-01-05T00:00:00Z EONET_4070 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4070 SIVolcano http://volcano.si.edu/volcano.cfm?vn=357040 Planchón-Peteroa Volcano, Chile
16 90 2019-01-02T09:05:32Z EONET_4071 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4071 SIVolcano http://volcano.si.edu/volcano.cfm?vn=211040 Stromboli Volcano, Italy
17 91 2018-12-02T00:00:00Z EONET_4049 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4049 SIVolcano http://volcano.si.edu/volcano.cfm?vn=341090 Popocatepetl Volcano, Mexico
18 92 2018-11-25T00:00:00Z EONET_4044 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4044 SIVolcano http://volcano.si.edu/volcano.cfm?vn=267020 Karangetang Volcano, Indonesia
19 94 2018-11-09T00:00:00Z EONET_4048 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4048 SIVolcano http://volcano.si.edu/volcano.cfm?vn=282030 Suwanosejima Volcano, Japan
20 95 2018-09-28T00:00:00Z EONET_3999 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_3999 SIVolcano http://volcano.si.edu/volcano.cfm?vn=251002 Kadovar Volcano, Papua New Guinea
21 96 2018-08-25T06:00:00Z EONET_3934 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_3934 NASA_DISP https://disasters.nasa.gov/manam-island-eruption-august-2018 Manam Volcano, Papua New Guinea
22 97 2018-08-01T00:00:00Z EONET_3867 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_3867 EO https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/144493/etna-awakens-on-its-side Etna Volcano, Italy
23 98 2018-07-23T00:00:00Z EONET_3871 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_3871 SIVolcano http://volcano.si.edu/volcano.cfm?vn=345070 Turrialba Volcano, Costa Rica
24 99 2018-07-11T00:00:00Z EONET_3868 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_3868 SIVolcano http://volcano.si.edu/volcano.cfm?vn=357070 Nevados de Chillan Volcano, Chile
25 100 2018-06-18T00:00:00Z EONET_3618 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_3618 SIVolcano http://volcano.si.edu/volcano.cfm?vn=262000 Krakatau Volcano, Indonesia
26 101 2018-05-01T00:00:00Z EONET_3674 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_3674 SIVolcano http://volcano.si.edu/volcano.cfm?vn=342030 Santa Maria Volcano, Guatemala
27 102 2018-03-07T00:00:00Z EONET_3491 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_3491 SIVolcano http://volcano.si.edu/volcano.cfm?vn=268030 Ibu Volcano, Indonesia
28 103 2017-08-12T00:00:00Z EONET_3390 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_3390 SIVolcano http://volcano.si.edu/volcano.cfm?vn=342110 Pacaya Volcano, Guatemala
29 109 2017-03-25T00:00:00Z EONET_2761 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_2761 SIVolcano http://volcano.si.edu/volcano.cfm?vn=282080 Aira Volcano, Japan
30 110 2016-12-08T00:00:00Z EONET_2693 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_2693 SIVolcano http://volcano.si.edu/volcano.cfm?vn=290380 Ebeko Volcano, Russia
31 111 2016-11-07T00:00:00Z EONET_2654 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_2654 EO https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/event.php?id=90273 Sabancaya Volcano, Peru
32 112 2016-09-18T00:00:00Z EONET_2632 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_2632 EO https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=90242 Sheveluch Volcano, Russia
33 113 2016-03-16T00:00:00Z EONET_354 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_354 EO http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=87762 Dukono Volcano, Indonesia
34 126 2002-01-04T00:00:00Z EONET_980 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_980 CEMS http://emergency.copernicus.eu/mapping/list-of-components/EMSR289 Fuego Volcano, Guatemala
df4 = df[df['title'].str.contains("Iceberg") == True]
df4 = df4[cols]
df4.reset_index().style.format({'link': make_clickable, 'source_url': make_clickable})
index date id link source_id source_url title
0 26 2019-03-13T00:00:00Z EONET_4129 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4129 NATICE http://www.natice.noaa.gov/pub/icebergs/Iceberg_Tabular.csv Iceberg B38
1 27 2019-03-13T00:00:00Z EONET_4130 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4130 NATICE http://www.natice.noaa.gov/pub/icebergs/Iceberg_Tabular.csv Iceberg B39
2 28 2019-03-13T00:00:00Z EONET_4131 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4131 NATICE http://www.natice.noaa.gov/pub/icebergs/Iceberg_Tabular.csv Iceberg B40
3 29 2019-03-13T00:00:00Z EONET_4132 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4132 NATICE http://www.natice.noaa.gov/pub/icebergs/Iceberg_Tabular.csv Iceberg B45
4 30 2019-03-13T00:00:00Z EONET_4133 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4133 NATICE http://www.natice.noaa.gov/pub/icebergs/Iceberg_Tabular.csv Iceberg C18B
5 31 2019-03-13T00:00:00Z EONET_4134 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4134 NATICE http://www.natice.noaa.gov/pub/icebergs/Iceberg_Tabular.csv Iceberg C24
6 32 2019-03-13T00:00:00Z EONET_4135 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4135 NATICE http://www.natice.noaa.gov/pub/icebergs/Iceberg_Tabular.csv Iceberg C29
7 33 2019-03-13T00:00:00Z EONET_4136 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4136 NATICE http://www.natice.noaa.gov/pub/icebergs/Iceberg_Tabular.csv Iceberg C30
8 34 2019-03-13T00:00:00Z EONET_4137 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4137 NATICE http://www.natice.noaa.gov/pub/icebergs/Iceberg_Tabular.csv Iceberg C31
9 35 2019-03-13T00:00:00Z EONET_4138 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4138 NATICE http://www.natice.noaa.gov/pub/icebergs/Iceberg_Tabular.csv Iceberg C32
10 36 2019-03-13T00:00:00Z EONET_4139 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4139 NATICE http://www.natice.noaa.gov/pub/icebergs/Iceberg_Tabular.csv Iceberg C33
11 37 2019-03-13T00:00:00Z EONET_4140 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4140 NATICE http://www.natice.noaa.gov/pub/icebergs/Iceberg_Tabular.csv Iceberg C35
12 38 2019-03-13T00:00:00Z EONET_4141 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4141 NATICE http://www.natice.noaa.gov/pub/icebergs/Iceberg_Tabular.csv Iceberg D21B
13 39 2019-03-13T00:00:00Z EONET_4142 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4142 NATICE http://www.natice.noaa.gov/pub/icebergs/Iceberg_Tabular.csv Iceberg D22
14 40 2019-03-13T00:00:00Z EONET_4143 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4143 NATICE http://www.natice.noaa.gov/pub/icebergs/Iceberg_Tabular.csv Iceberg D23
15 41 2019-03-13T00:00:00Z EONET_4144 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4144 NATICE http://www.natice.noaa.gov/pub/icebergs/Iceberg_Tabular.csv Iceberg D26
16 42 2019-03-13T00:00:00Z EONET_4145 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4145 NATICE http://www.natice.noaa.gov/pub/icebergs/Iceberg_Tabular.csv Iceberg D27
17 43 2019-03-12T00:00:00Z EONET_4120 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4120 NATICE http://www.natice.noaa.gov/pub/icebergs/Iceberg_Tabular.csv Iceberg A57A
18 44 2019-03-12T00:00:00Z EONET_4121 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4121 NATICE http://www.natice.noaa.gov/pub/icebergs/Iceberg_Tabular.csv Iceberg A63
19 45 2019-03-12T00:00:00Z EONET_4122 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4122 NATICE http://www.natice.noaa.gov/pub/icebergs/Iceberg_Tabular.csv Iceberg B09G
20 46 2019-03-12T00:00:00Z EONET_4123 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4123 NATICE http://www.natice.noaa.gov/pub/icebergs/Iceberg_Tabular.csv Iceberg B09I
21 47 2019-03-12T00:00:00Z EONET_4124 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4124 NATICE http://www.natice.noaa.gov/pub/icebergs/Iceberg_Tabular.csv Iceberg B15AA
22 48 2019-03-12T00:00:00Z EONET_4125 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4125 NATICE http://www.natice.noaa.gov/pub/icebergs/Iceberg_Tabular.csv Iceberg B15AB
23 49 2019-03-12T00:00:00Z EONET_4126 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4126 NATICE http://www.natice.noaa.gov/pub/icebergs/Iceberg_Tabular.csv Iceberg B28
24 50 2019-03-12T00:00:00Z EONET_4127 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4127 NATICE http://www.natice.noaa.gov/pub/icebergs/Iceberg_Tabular.csv Iceberg B29
25 51 2019-03-12T00:00:00Z EONET_4128 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4128 NATICE http://www.natice.noaa.gov/pub/icebergs/Iceberg_Tabular.csv Iceberg B37
26 77 2019-02-11T00:00:00Z EONET_4089 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4089 NATICE http://www.natice.noaa.gov/pub/icebergs/Iceberg_Tabular.csv Iceberg C36
27 93 2018-11-09T00:00:00Z EONET_4031 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_4031 EO https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/144212/pine-island-glacier-quickly-drops-another-iceberg Iceberg B46
28 104 2017-07-21T00:00:00Z EONET_2998 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_2998 NATICE http://www.natice.noaa.gov/pub/icebergs/Iceberg_Tabular.csv Iceberg A68B
29 105 2017-07-12T00:00:00Z EONET_2934 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_2934 EO https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/event.php?id=90556 Iceberg A68A
30 106 2017-05-19T00:00:00Z EONET_2883 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_2883 NATICE http://www.natice.noaa.gov/pub/icebergs/Iceberg_Tabular.csv Iceberg C34
31 107 2017-04-21T00:00:00Z EONET_2881 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_2881 NATICE http://www.natice.noaa.gov/pub/icebergs/Iceberg_Tabular.csv Iceberg B42
32 108 2017-04-21T00:00:00Z EONET_2882 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_2882 NATICE http://www.natice.noaa.gov/pub/icebergs/Iceberg_Tabular.csv Iceberg B43
33 114 2016-02-01T00:00:00Z EONET_2871 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_2871 BYU_ICE http://www.scp.byu.edu/data/iceberg/ascat/d15b.ascat Iceberg D15B
34 115 2016-01-31T00:00:00Z EONET_2870 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_2870 BYU_ICE http://www.scp.byu.edu/data/iceberg/ascat/d15a.ascat Iceberg D15A
35 116 2014-07-23T00:00:00Z EONET_2880 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_2880 BYU_ICE http://www.scp.byu.edu/data/iceberg/ascat/a64.ascat Iceberg A64
36 117 2012-05-24T00:00:00Z EONET_2733 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_2733 BYU_ICE http://www.scp.byu.edu/data/iceberg/ascat/b30.ascat Iceberg B30
37 118 2012-02-03T00:00:00Z EONET_2874 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_2874 BYU_ICE http://www.scp.byu.edu/data/iceberg/ascat/b09f.ascat Iceberg B09F
38 119 2011-08-30T00:00:00Z EONET_2734 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_2734 BYU_ICE http://www.scp.byu.edu/data/iceberg/ascat/a23a.ascat Iceberg A23A
39 120 2011-08-30T00:00:00Z EONET_2736 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_2736 BYU_ICE http://www.scp.byu.edu/data/iceberg/ascat/b22a.ascat Iceberg B22A
40 121 2011-08-30T00:00:00Z EONET_2876 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_2876 BYU_ICE http://www.scp.byu.edu/data/iceberg/ascat/c15.ascat Iceberg C15
41 122 2011-08-30T00:00:00Z EONET_2878 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_2878 BYU_ICE http://www.scp.byu.edu/data/iceberg/ascat/b09b.ascat Iceberg B09B
42 123 2011-08-30T00:00:00Z EONET_2879 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_2879 BYU_ICE http://www.scp.byu.edu/data/iceberg/ascat/d20a.ascat Iceberg D20A
43 124 2011-08-30T00:00:00Z EONET_2996 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_2996 BYU_ICE http://www.scp.byu.edu/data/iceberg/ascat/b16.ascat Iceberg B16
44 125 2011-08-30T00:00:00Z EONET_2997 https://eonet.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/api/v2.1/events/EONET_2997 BYU_ICE http://www.scp.byu.edu/data/iceberg/ascat/c21b.ascat Iceberg C21B

Step 3. Plot the features

So far, we have transformed and read the EONet feed into a Spatially Enabled DataFrame object. We noticed that features of different disaster types have different geometry types, properties, and data structures. We can use these properties to symbolize these disasters and draw them on a map.

Before plotting on a map, let's take a look at the built-in symbol styles that comes with the arcgis.mapping module. Symbol styles come in different sets for Points, Lines and Polygons as shown below.

from arcgis.mapping import show_styles

for idx, style in show_styles('Point').iterrows():
    print(style['ESRI_STYLE'] + " : " + style['MARKER'])
    style_volcano = style['MARKER']
for idx, style in show_styles('Line').iterrows():
    print(style['ESRI_STYLE'] + " : " + style['MARKER'])
    style_cyclone = style['MARKER']
for idx, style in show_styles('Polygon').iterrows():
    print(style['ESRI_STYLE'] + " : " + style['MARKER'])
    style_iceburg = style['MARKER']
Circle (default) : o
Cross : +
Diamond : d
Square : s
X : x
Solid (default) : s
Dash : -
Dash Dot : -.
Dash Dot Dot : -..
Dot : .
Long Dash : --
Long Dash Dot : --.
Null : n
Short Dash : s-
Short Dash Dot : s-.
Short Dash Dot Dot : s-..
Short Dot : s.
Backward Diagonal : \
Forward Diagonal : /
Vertical Bar : |
Horizontal Bar : -
Diagonal Cross : x
Cross : +
Solid Fill (default) : s

Create a temporary map object.

map_g = portal_gis.map()

The EONet takes liberty in varying the geometry type used to record events of the same type. Thus an Iceburg could be a point or a polygon. The cell below handles this uncertainity. It also picks an appropriate symbol for each geometry type.

The boolean variable if_Changed is used to represent if the geometry of the features inside the FeatureSet has been changed during the parsing or execution process. A hint here: If you are interested to find out the details of each feature stored in the FeatureSet Class object, use print(ea.get_value('title'), " - ", ea.geometry_type, " - ", ea.geometry) to display information of each entry.

Also note that, there are three kinds of representations for cyclones - namely, "Cyclone", "Typhoon", and "Tropical Storm". To determine if the disaster is of type cyclones, we need to confirm it falls within one of three categories.

if_Changed = False

# Filter based on disaster type, and each type is assigned a different symbology
for ea in fc.query():
    title = ea.get_value('title')
    obj_id = ea.attributes['OBJECTID']
    obj_type = ea.geometry_type
    if any(disaster_type in title for disaster_type in ["Cyclone", "Typhoon", "Tropical Storm"]):
        df_sel = df[df['OBJECTID']==obj_id]
                            symbol_type = 'simple',
                            symbol_style = style_cyclone)
    elif "Volcano" in title:
        if obj_type == 'Point':
            df_sel = df[df['OBJECTID']==obj_id]
            df_sel.spatial.plot(map_widget= map_g,
                                symbol_type = 'simple',
                                symbol_style = style_volcano)
        else: # Polygon
            if not if_Changed and 'rings' in ea.geometry:
                if isinstance(ea.geometry['rings'], list) and not isinstance(ea.geometry['rings'][0], float):
                    ea.geometry['rings'] = ea.geometry['rings'][0]
                    ea.geometry['rings'] = ea.attributes['SHAPE']['rings'][0]
                if_Changed = True
            df_sel = df[df['OBJECTID']==obj_id]
            df_sel.spatial.plot(map_widget= map_g,
                                symbol_type = 'simple',
                                symbol_style = style_volcano,
    elif "Wildfire" in title or "Fire" in title:
        df_sel = df[df['OBJECTID']==obj_id]
        df_sel.spatial.plot(map_widget= map_g,
                            symbol_type = 'simple',
                            symbol_style = 'd')
    elif "Iceberg" in title:
        if obj_type == 'Point':
            df_sel = df[df['OBJECTID']==obj_id]
            df_sel.spatial.plot(map_widget= map_g,
                                symbol_type = 'simple',
                                symbol_style = style_iceburg)
        else: # Polyline
            df_sel = df[df['OBJECTID']==obj_id]
            df_sel.spatial.plot(map_widget= map_g,
                                symbol_type = 'simple',
                                symbol_style = style_iceburg)
        print(" - Not recognized - ", title)
# map_g
map_g1 = gis.map()
for lyr in map_g.layers:

The map view can be saved as a web map item:

web_map_properties = {'title': "Natural Disasters (FC only) Collection",
                      'snippet':'This web map contains multiple FC',
                      'tags':'ArcGIS Python API'}

Natural Disasters (FC only) Collection
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In preparation for the next step in which satellite imageries of the same extent and temporal range will be also added to the web map, let's run the cell below to validate that all Feature(s) inside the FeatureCollection object have valid extent and date properties.

# validation cell
for ea in fc.query():
    if if_Changed and ea.geometry_type == "Polygon":
        if 'rings' in ea.geometry:
                tmp = ea.geometry['rings']
                ea.geometry['rings'] = []
                if_Changed = False

    if not isinstance(Geometry(ea.geometry).extent, tuple): 
        print("Not able to get geoextent from ", ea.geometry_type, 
              " - ", ea.get_value('title'), " - ", ea.geometry, " - ", ea.get_value('date'))

Step 4. Creating the web map

This part of the notebook creates the following 3 functions:

  1. parse the metadata feed (in GeoJSON) and create one FeatureClass per event, and add the FeatureClass to a map,
  2. obtain the temporal range and the spatial boundingbox of the FeatureClass, perform filter_by(...) to the landsat imagery layer with the criteria, and add the before- and after- disaster imageries to the map, and
  3. store the current map as web map.

The filter_images function defined below accepts a temporal range and a spatial boundingbox of the FeatureCollection.It then calls filter_by(...) on the LandSat Imagery Layer, and when one or more mosiac tiles meet the requirements, it gets the mean of these tiles and adds it to the current map. It also returns the filter result as a DataFrame.

import arcgis
from arcgis import geometry
from arcgis.geometry import Geometry
import datetime as dt

def filter_images(fc, my_map, start_datetime, end_datetime):
    geom_obj = Geometry(fc.geometry)
    selected = landsat.filter_by(where="(Category = 1) AND (CloudCover <=0.2)",
                                 time=[start_datetime, end_datetime],
    if not selected._mosaic_rule.get("lockRasterIds"):
        return None
        date_title_from = start_datetime.strftime("%m/%d/%Y")
        date_title_to = end_datetime.strftime("%m/%d/%Y")
        extents = Geometry(fc.geometry).extent

        my_map.add_layer(selected.mean(), {"title": date_title_from + "-" + date_title_to + " @ [" + str(extents) + "]"})

        fs = selected.query(out_fields="AcquisitionDate, GroupName, Month, DayOfYear, WRS_Row, WRS_Path")
        tdf = fs.sdf  
        return tdf

Next, the cell below will loop through all features in the FeatureCollection, and automatically invoke filter_images to get the before- and after- disaster satellite images to the map, when images are available.

(A hint here, use print(ea.get_value('title'), " - ", ea.geometry_type, " - ", Geometry(ea.geometry).extent, " - ", ea.get_value('date')) to get more information of the features being queried.)


""" Use `fclist_l` to save a reference of which feature has a corresponding raster image before event happens;
    `fclist_r` for the list of features that have corresponding imageries after event happens;
    and `fclist_lr` representing the list of features that have both.
fclist_l = []
fclist_r = []
fclist_lr = []
add_to_map = map_g
gap = 21

for ea in fc.query():
    datetime_object = dt.datetime.strptime(ea.get_value('date'), '%Y-%m-%dT%H:%M:%SZ')
    start_datetime = datetime_object - dt.timedelta(days=gap*3)
    end_datetime = datetime_object - dt.timedelta(days=gap)
    tdf1 = filter_images(ea, add_to_map, start_datetime, end_datetime)
    if tdf1 is not None:

    start_datetime = datetime_object - dt.timedelta(days=gap)
    end_datetime = datetime_object + dt.timedelta(days=gap)
    tdf2 = filter_images(ea, add_to_map, start_datetime, end_datetime)
    if tdf2 is not None:
        if tdf1 is not None:
Wall time: 1min 38s

We then call the save method to save the map view as a web map. This web map contains recent natural disasters as FeatureCollection objects, and their corresponding before- and after-disaster satellite images.

web_map_properties = {'title': "Natural Disasters (FC and Imagery) Collection",
                      'snippet':'This web map contains multiple FC and imageries',
                      'tags':'ArcGIS Python API'}

Natural Disasters (FC and Imagery) Collection
This web map contains multiple FC and imageriesWeb Map by arcgis_python
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Due to the limitations in the spatial and temporal coverage of lansat dataset, not all of the features created from the natual disaster feed is accompanied with its satellite image. The percentage of features having both before- and post- disaster images is shown as:

print("Out of ", len(fc.query()), " natural disaster events:")
print("# of features with pre- img: ", len(fclist_l))
print("# of features with post- img: ", len(fclist_r))
print("# of features with both img: ", len(fclist_lr))
Out of  127  natural disaster events:
# of features with pre- img:  59
# of features with post- img:  56
# of features with both img:  44

Step 5. Explore the data and the maps

You can either access the web map item from opening the link, or simply drawing the map in the current map view.

Use visit_features_on_map_widget function defined below to explore the places programmatically:

"""# Helper functions to change the extent of a web map 
   # based on point's location, or envelope's bbox
import time
from arcgis.geometry import project

""" Zoom to the center if feature is of Point type, 
    else, zoom to the extents.
def visit_site(m, fc, timesleep, zoom_level=15):
    m.zoom = zoom_level
    site = Geometry(fc.geometry).extent
    if fc.geometry_type == 'Point':
        m_center = [site[1], site[0]]
        # print("title: ", fc.get_value('title'), ", center: ", m_center)
        m.center = m_center
        m_extent = [[site[0], site[1]], [site[2], site[3]]]
        # print("title: ", fc.get_value('title'), ", extent: ", m_extent)
        m.extent = m_extent

""" Loop through all features in the map view
def visit_features_on_map_widget(map_obj, fclist_sel, zoom_level=15,  
    for ea in fclist_sel:
        visit_site(map_obj, ea, timesleep, zoom_level)

The automaitic map traversal of natural disaster events can be saved as animations, e.g.

map_h = gis.map()
for lyr in map_g.layers:
visit_features_on_map_widget(map_h, fclist_lr, zoom_level=5, timesleep=10)

Besides creating a long animation that visits all feature classes in the collection, you can also view an individual event only. For example, the cells below demonstrates a short animation for the Volcano eruption event in Russia:

lock_ids = [1022215, 1085347]
map_i = gis.map()

map_i.extent = {'spatialReference': {'latestWkid': 3857, 'wkid': 102100},
 'xmin': 17695788.32155422,
 'ymin': 7149265.133738836,
 'xmax': 17846216.39321951,
 'ymax': 7210414.756367}
map_i.zoom = 10
for lyr in map_g.layers:
    if 'featureSet' in lyr.properties:
        title = lyr.properties.featureSet.features[0]['attributes']['title']
        if 'Karymsky Volcano, Russia' in title:
    elif lyr._mosaic_rule.get("lockRasterIds")[0] == lock_ids[0]:
    elif lyr._mosaic_rule.get("lockRasterIds")[0] == lock_ids[1]:

Or, if you know the exact location (center or extents) of the event, set the map to display the area manually.

Note: Depending on when you run this notebook, the disasters mentioned below may not be part of your feed. Hence, use the cells below as a hypothetical example.

# Tropical Cyclone Ann
map_h.zoom = 13
map_h.extent = [[146.3, -16.3], [159.5, -13.9]]
# Wildfire, Spain
map_h.zoom = 13
map_h.center = [43.10972, -4.85376]
# Wildfire, Mexico
map_h.center = [17.474261478, -92.414422489]
# Sabancaya Volcano, Peru
map_h.zoom = 12
map_h.center = [-15.779999999986844,  -71.85000000002958]
# Or Aira Volcano, Japan
map_h.zoom = 12.5
map_h.center = [31.592999999761126, 130.6570000002089]

Alternatively, you can either take a screenshot of the current map, or export it to a local HTML file.

from pathlib import Path

filename = Path('output/screenshots/volcano.png')

map_h.take_screenshot(file_path = str(filename))

Step 6. Statistics of natural disaster occurrences

Finally, you can loop through the events stored in the web map, count the number of occurrences for each type and produce a bar chart:

def count_features(feature_list):
    counter_c, counter_v, counter_i, counter_w = (0,)*4

    for ea in feature_list:
        title = ea.attributes['title']
        if 'Cyclone' in title:
            counter_c += 1
        elif 'Volcano' in title:
            counter_v += 1
        elif 'Iceberg' in title:
            counter_i += 1
        elif 'Wildfire' in title or 'Fire' in title:
            counter_w += 1
    return [counter_c, counter_v, counter_i, counter_w]
data = [count_features(fc.query()),

index = ['Cyclone', 'Volcano', 'Iceburg','Wildfire']
df1 = pd.DataFrame({"# of Features": data[0], \
                   "# of Fs w| pre-img": data[1], \
                   "# of Fs w| post-img": data[2], \
                   "# of Fs w| both-img": data[3]}, index=index)

ax = df1.plot.bar(rot=4, figsize=(10,8))

for i in ax.patches:
    # get_x pulls left or right; get_height pushes up or down
    ax.text(i.get_x()-.03, i.get_height()+.15, \
            str(i.get_height()), fontsize=11,


This sample showcases an automated workflow to aggregate the recent ocurrences of natural disasters from NASA's EONET API. It creates FeatureCollections based on the events and adds the before- and post- disaster Landsat satellite images related to the event, and saves all such layers in a web map item on ArcGIS enterprise. Decision makers or Emergency Response crew members can take advantage of this web map to perform disaster impact analysis or other operations.

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