NASA paints Google Earth with near real-time information

NASA paints Google Earth with near real-time information

Summary: NASA is now providing some interesting KML files that add near real-time overlays to Google Earth.  The information they are using comes from MODIS (Moderate-resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) -- some data from this source (updated daily) can be viewed on Google Earth by clicking here.

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NASA is now providing some interesting KML files that add near real-time overlays to Google Earth.  The information they are using comes from MODIS (Moderate-resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) -- some data from this source (updated daily) can be viewed on Google Earth by clicking here.

One example of the new data is temperature maps [KML].  This overlay shows a graphically pleasing representation of temperature for large bodies of water around the globe -- the colors remind me of Google Mars.

In addition to sea temperatures, NASA is also now providing near real-time information for global chlorophyll levels, cloud fraction and snow cover.

Even though I probably will not use this information in real life, this information about sea temperature, chlorophyll levels, cloud fraction and snow cover is now only a click away -- it's scary to think how much information we "know" actually lives on the internet, or at least in databases other than our brain.

[via Google Earth Blog

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  • Good news on real time mapping data

    This is a great idea, and one I've waited for. I've recently created a site for tracking environmental issues in my geopgraphic area, and have used Google Earth to show locations of oil spills, and other environmental issues. Having real time data of temperature and snow pack is an excellent add on. I know I will use it, probably sooner than later.
    8string
  • RE: NASA paints Google Earth with near real-time information

    is beautiful
    is good very good
    is inportant forme
    tankz
    gustavo tumba