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.

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. 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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