Blue Marble next generation layer for GE

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Blue Marble next generation layer for GE baker99 10/16/05 11:42 AM
Blue Marble: Next Generation offers greater spatial detail of the surface and spans a longer data collection period than the original. The original Blue Marble was a composite of four months of MODIS observations with a spatial resolution (level of detail) of 1 square kilometer per pixel. Blue Marble: Next Generation offers a year's worth of monthly composites at a spatial resolution of 500 meters. These monthly images reveal seasonal changes to the land surface: the green-up and dying-back of vegetation in temperate regions such as North America and Europe; dry and wet seasons in the tropics, and advancing and retreating Northern Hemisphere snow cover.

Blue Marble: Next Generation improves the techniques for turning satellite data into digital images. Among the key improvements is greater detail in areas that usually appear very dark to the satellite (because a large amount of sunlight is being absorbed), for example in dense tropical forests. The ability to create a digital image that provides great detail in darker regions without 'washing out' brighter regions, like glaciers, snow-covered areas, and deserts is one of the great challenges of visualizing satellite data. The new version also improves image clarity, and gives highly reflective bodies of water, such as salt lakes, a more realistic appearance.


Download this GE kmz file to view this cool new data -

http://download.worldwindcentral.com/Blue_Marble_NG.kmz


For more information please visit -

http://www.worldwindcentral.com/wiki/Add-on:Blue_Marble_NG
Re: Blue Marble next generation layer for GE AnimAlu 10/16/05 3:05 PM
Thanks a ton for this. Very cool to see the changes in the landscape over time!
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Re: Blue Marble next generation layer for GE jtea84 10/16/05 7:00 PM
Thats very cool. But why does my PageFile almost reached 950 MB? Luckly I have 512 MB of RAM to run the Blue Marble. You might make it for the Seven Continents instead of the Entire Globe.
Re: Blue Marble next generation layer for GE Frank4 10/17/05 9:27 AM
I've written about the Blue Marble NG for GE at the Google Earth Blog.

You can read the story here.
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Re: Blue Marble next generation layer for GE baker99 10/17/05 9:46 AM
Excellen thanks for the blog entry, hopefully the server can handle the load, it is a community funded server so of course it isn't extremely powerful, but so far our sysadmin has kept it running smoothly.
Re: Blue Marble next generation layer for GE baker99 10/18/05 1:25 PM
We are currently experiencing some hardware problems, but Google Earth access should be back soon, World Wind users should not be affected as the data is on a different server, thanks for your patience.
Re: Blue Marble next generation layer for GE baker99 10/18/05 4:09 PM
Ok you will need to update (re-download) the kmz file as it now points to a different server, enjoy.
Re: Blue Marble next generation layer for GE Frank4 11/15/06 6:19 AM
The Blue Marble images described in this thread have not been working for some time. I'm hoping to see something new done soon.
Re: Blue Marble next generation layer for GE OnEarthWMS 1/17/07 9:30 PM
A KML 2.1 implementation that uses a WMS to KML translator to fetch the full resolution data:

BMNG from OnEarth WMS

Lucian
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Re: Blue Marble next generation layer for GE Forkboy2 1/18/07 12:36 AM
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Nice.....Frank will be very happy I'm sure
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Re: Blue Marble next generation layer for GE Frank4 1/18/07 5:17 PM
Yes indeed! I like the new WMS server for the Blue Marble NG. I especially like the fact the images have been time stamped and that you can do a time animation of the different months of Blue Marbles. It even works well when zoomed in close (after you've given time for each month to load). Very cool!

I do see some weird anomalies when zoomed out to full globe views - where some of the images fail to load (get black areas).

I do wish the images were a bit brighter with stronger color saturation. But, otherwise this is a great move in the right direction.

The only other thing would be to use the <region> tags to cause the image to fade out when you zoom in close so you can see Google's normal images.
Re: Blue Marble next generation layer for GE OnEarthWMS 1/18/07 9:30 PM
More dynamic data via WMS:

The daily MODIS composites, full 250m resolution, available directly from the source server:
TERRA MODIS daily, data collected yesterday around 10AM local, updates every day around 11AM Zulu
AQUA MODIS daily, data collected yesterday around 2PM local, updates every day at about 1PM Zulu
These layers use the raw, full resolution composites. They are generated every day from all the MODIS subsets available at MODIS Rapid Response System.
The composites are created as JPEGs, producing transparent PNGs would be larger and slower, and would also take longer to create.
Yesterday's TERRA MODIS on the current month BMNG This is a pre-blended layer that updates much later than the TERRA composite (if at all).

Lucian
Re: Blue Marble next generation layer for GE Valery35 1/19/07 1:17 AM
My congratulation.
This sites
http://onmars.jpl.nasa.gov/
http://onearth.jpl.nasa.gov/KML.html
See great!

I check
http://onmoon.jpl.nasa.gov/ and see while Mars.
You think about this also?
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Re: Blue Marble next generation layer for GE Frank4 1/20/07 5:36 AM
These MODIS network links are great! Thank you so much for releasing these! I see lots of possibilities!