Nature Cover Story on Google Earth

Nature Cover Story on Google EarthNature Magazine has just published a new issue with a cover story on Google Earth and other Virtual Globes. The announcement was made by one of the primary authors of the stories Declan Butler (who has appeared here for his excellent Avian Flu Outbreak Map for GE).
[EDIT: 7:30PM – it turns out the cover screenshot was done by Kathryn Cramer when she was doing work on the Pakistan Earthquake efforts to provide high resolution satellite photos to help rescuers. She says at her blog that they had to get a special version of GE to make a 300dpi resolution screenshot suitable for the Nature cover. Her blog has a link to the higher-resolution versions of the screenshot.]
You can read the …

You can read the cover story “Virtual globes: The web-wide world” at the Nature magazine web site now. The article is currently available for online viewing. The other articles you have to pay for, or buy the issue when it hits the stands. In the cover story, there are some interesting interviews with Brian McClendon, VP of Engineering of Google Earth and with Jack Dangermond, founder and president of ESRI. I particularly like the quote from Jack Dangermond: “Google Earth is just the most fantastic thing I have ever seen”. He goes on to say the increased exposure Google Earth (and other mapping applications) has given to the GIS world has been great for his business. There are also several interviews with scientists who are using Google Earth for visualization. There will probably be several follow-on stories here at this blog as a result of this issue.
Declan Butler is also in the process of doing a major update to his Avian Flu Outbreak Map and will be publishing it in a few days.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. That is my picture on the cover! I made that! (I’ve inquired how to buy 5 copies for my mother.) I’m quite elated.
    (Randy Sargent of the Global Connection project had to recreate the image using a premium edition of GE to rez it up t 300 dpi for publication.)

  2. That’s great Kathryn, congratulations!

  3. Good article; I didn’t know ESRI was based in Redlands, Virginia… 🙂

  4. Congratulations Kathryn, well done.
    So apart from more data and filling holes where will /could Google Earth go?
    I’m not suggesting it’s reached a dead end, just feeling in an innovative mood…….

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