Geobrowsers at AGU – The American Geophysical Union (AGU) has its annual fall meeting in San Francisco. This year the fall meeting is on December 10-14. Like last year, there will be a special series of presentations focused on using virtual globes (or “Geobrowsers”) like Google Earth for science. Here is a schedule of the many presentations which will be referencing the use of virtual globes. Yours truly will be presenting on using “Google Earth for the Advancement of Science“. See you there!
Your Town in 3D – Google describes how a small town in Tennessee has started a project to model their town in 3D. Google has even donated Google Earth Pro and SketchUp Pro licenses and is providing training to help locals do the work. Of course, the goal is to put all their buildings in the 3D Warehouse so they can appear in Google Earth. Google is encouraging other towns to do the same.
MGD Monitor Layer – Google is working with the United Nations and Cisco to provide a system to track the status of many countries towards meeting a set of goals called the Millennium Development Goals which address poverty, AIDS/HIV, and other related problems in developing countries. The new MDGMonitor.org web site includes a prominent link to a Google Earth layer which is a collection of placemarks showing the status of each country. Each placemark contains good information summarizing the status of each country with links to more information.