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Sharing and visualizing environmental data using Virtual Globes

Blower, J. D., Gemmell, A., Haines, K. ORCID:, Kirsch, P., Cunningham, N., Fleming, A. and Lowry, R. (2007) Sharing and visualizing environmental data using Virtual Globes. In: UK e-Science All Hands Meeting 2007, 10-13 September 2007, Nottingham, UK, pp. 102-109.

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Virtual globe technology holds many exciting possibilities for environmental science. These easy-to-use, intuitive systems provide means for simultaneously visualizing four-dimensional environmental data from many different sources, enabling the generation of new hypotheses and driving greater understanding of the Earth system. Through the use of simple markup languages, scientists can publish and consume data in interoperable formats without the need for technical assistance. In this paper we give, with examples from our own work, a number of scientific uses for virtual globes, demonstrating their particular advantages. We explain how we have used Web Services to connect virtual globes with diverse data sources and enable more sophisticated usage such as data analysis and collaborative visualization. We also discuss the current limitations of the technology, with particular regard to the visualization of subsurface data and vertical sections.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Divisions:Science > School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences > Environmental Systems Science Centre
ID Code:803
Uncontrolled Keywords:virtual globes, google earth, geographic information systems, kml, visualization, e-science
Additional Information:ISBN for conference proceedings (published on CD): 978-0-9553988-3-4


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