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3 November 2008Visualization of NASA Earth science data in Google Earth
Google Earth, as one of most popular geospatial data visualization environment, has been used to augment the research
value of Earth science data at NASA Goddard Earth Science Data and Information Service Center. The solutions of how
to use Google Earth to facilitate the sharing and interaction of geospatial data are described and summarized in this
paper first. Some of solutions are applied to two-dimensional mapped data to render the data into Google Earth via
Earth science-specific software and keyhole markup language. A 3D model based innovative method is proposed here
to visualize and display the three-dimensional atmospheric vertical profiles derived from A-Train constellation satellites
in the form of 3D orbit curtain in Google Earth. This visualization capability extends awareness and visibility of NASA
Earth science data to massive Google Earth user groups, including the general public. The availability of many scientific
results in Google Earth enables easy and convenient synergistic research, advancing collaborative and globalized
scientific research on a virtual platform.
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Aijun Chen, Gregory Leptoukh, Steven Kempler, Liping Di, "Visualization of NASA Earth science data in Google Earth," Proc. SPIE 7143, Geoinformatics 2008 and Joint Conference on GIS and Built Environment: Geo-Simulation and Virtual GIS Environments, 714329 (3 November 2008);