Links: Virtual Globes at AGU, Your Town in 3D, MGD Monitor Layer

  • 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 3DGoogle 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 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.

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. Kees P. Winter says:

    I had a previous version of Google Earth that I enjoyed!
    The mother board and monitor gave up, consequently we bougt a new computor,but it has no Google world in it,
    Therefore would like an updated version. Thank you.

  2. 3D-model of first Russian town for Google Earth is available since Sept. 2007. Complete town 3D-model with partial photovisualization can be downloaded.
    Also see

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