News Roundup: AGU, Superoverlay tools, Marijuana bust, Sensor web update, Burning Man

Stil catching up on things after my trip – here are a few news items of note:

  • AGU – The American Geophysical Union is having a conference on Virtual Globes on December 11-15 in San Francisco. Their schedule of presentations (click on the photos for more details on each one) looks very interesting. I’m going to have to consider going to this. Especially because I see Valery Hronusov from Russia will be presenting – I’ve been admiring his innovative Google Earth content for a year now and we haven’t met yet.
  • Superoverlay tools – Two tools have come out for helping people create large high resolution image overlays for Google Earth using the new GE 4 region features (which breaks the images up into tiles different zoom levels). OgleEarth has a very good review with links to both tools.
  • Marijuana bust - this one has been spread all over the blogosphere already. But, just in case you missed it: A guy was pulled over by a sheriff in Racine, Wisconsin. The sheriff smelled marijuana and discovered two large bags of the stuff. During the arrest, he found a GPS on the driver and later loaded the GPS data into Google Earth. They found several sites where he was growing the stuff. He now faces a lot jail time and fines. Read the story here from the local news web page.
  • Sensor web update – Jeremy Cothran wrote me last week that he had updated his ocean-related real-time sensor data which I wrote about back in April. I was too busy last week to get to write about it, but Stefan at OgleEarth writes a glowing report for why Jeremy’s methods serve as a model for any scientific organization to share real-time data through Google Earth.
  • Burning Man – Scott, one of the guys who works on the USGS Google Earth content, wrote me that he has created an image overlay of a kite-based aerial photo he took while at the Burning Man 2006. Google has already inserted a recent aerial photo of the site. Check out Scott’s cool gallery of kite photos of the event.

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  1. Well,in addition to the 2 softwares that provide superoverlay.There is now in the market a third one called,tiles2kml,i tested this one, and it shows a great potential in providing the superoverlay functionality. Very good software,indeed

  2. it even provide a smaple for testing.
    download the demo version “tiles2kml 2.31″
    using the software convert the sample image below:
    and here it shows the sample image in google earth

  3. How we can find the satellite and sensor type in an special location in the Google earth?

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