Oceans added to Google Earth

Google’s decision to add seabed data to Google Earth is welcome. It is now conventional wisdom to argue that humanity knows less about the open oceans than we do about many of the stellar bodies in the solar system. That being said, given the level of pressure humanity is placing upon the oceans, coupled with the vital role they play in the planet’s biological functioning, gaining an appreciation for the nature and importance of the oceans is a critical medium-term undertaking for humanity.

One decidedly welcome thing about my new computer is that it has the processing and graphics power to make the Google Earth flight simulator smooth and visually compelling. It is neat to do something similar with the Mariana Trench.

Author: Milan

In the spring of 2005, I graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in International Relations and a general focus in the area of environmental politics. In the fall of 2005, I began reading for an M.Phil in IR at Wadham College, Oxford. Outside school, I am very interested in photography, writing, and the outdoors. I am writing this blog to keep in touch with friends and family around the world, provide a more personal view of graduate student life in Oxford, and pass on some lessons I've learned here.

5 thoughts on “Oceans added to Google Earth”

  1. As it appears now, the undersea view is pretty gloomy and colourless.

    It’s not too clear how Google could improve that. They aren’t going to get comprehensive full-colour images of the seafloor any time soon.

  2. Vulcan minds meld with Google

    Lucky American readers can now get an instant carbon-guilt trip, all courtesy of Google and NASA.

    Researchers at Purdue University in Indiana, with funding from NASA, have shoehorned a wealth of data on carbon dioxide emissions into the interactive globe tool that is Google Earth. It’s a timely move, given that the Environmental Protection Agency seems to be preparing to regulate carbon dioxide for the first time (NY Times) and NASA is about to launch its Orbiting Carbon Observatory (Nature Reports Climate Change).

    The data for this new addition to Google Earth comes from the Vulcan system which graced this blog last year (see: ‘Vulcan’ shows carbon dioxide’s death-grip – April 08, 2008).

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