The University of California at Berkley is leading an effort to coordinate scientists and citizen scientists in gathering images of the sune and its atmosphere, the corona. Volunteers armed with standard photography equipment—a camera, telephoto lens, and tripod—will capture photos of the eclipse as the moon’s shadow passes over their part of the country. Once this huge dataset is collected, it’s Google’s turn. We’ll use our technology to algorithmically align and process the images submitted by citizen scientists to create a continuous view of the eclipse: the Eclipse Megamovie. More on what this effort is: https://www.blog.google/topics/innovation-technology/eclipse-megamovie-citizen-science-2017-total-solar-eclipse/
NASA’s World Wind is a free, open source platform for creating interactive 3D globes. It can be used as a tool for visualizing global data on top of a fully interactive 3D globe or 2D map.
You can get a good idea of the capabilities of NASA World Wind by looking at some of the applications that have been built using its API. WorldWind Explorer is a basic demo which shows how different base maps can be used and how different overlays and datasets can then be visualized on top of these base maps. NASA World Weather uses World Wind to visualize and display climate and weather data around the world. SpaceBirds is an impressive visualization of all the satellites orbiting the Earth.
To get started with World Wind you will probably want to have a look at the web Developers Guide. You also might like to check out the WebWorldWind GitHub repository and the World Wind Forum to get help from other users of NASA’s interactive 3D globe platform.
From our friends at Geoawesomeness (http://geoawesomeness.com/) they have compiled a nice list of what they consider the top 10 sources of free remote sensing data (http://geoawesomeness.com/list-of-top-10-sources-of-free-remote-sensing-data/) including:
◦NASA Earth Observation (NEO),
◦USGS Earth Explorer (also has de-collared 24K GeoTIFFs for the USA),
◦ESA’s Sentinel data (Europe),
◦NASA Earth Data,
◦NOAA Digital Coast, IPPMUS Terra (world population),
◦LANCE (NASA Near Real Time Atmospheric), and
◦VITO Vision (coarse vegetation).
Spent some time reading through the document from Oxford University Press on Alan Turing – he was so far ahead of his time. A code breaker, but did you know he laid the foundation for modern computer science? Or mechanical analogue computer? Or automatic computing engine? What about the electronic calculator? Maybe the debut of artificial intelligence?? And intelligent machinery? He is named the father of artificial intelligence and his last paper was “Solvable and Unsolvable Problems”…. died at 42…