Links: Bioneers, Science Apps, Ogle Catchup, Google Ocean, GreenPeace, Geocoding

  • Bioneers – The Google Earth Outreach team attended the Bioneers Conference (a conference of non-profit and public benefit groups) in San Rafael, California. They recruited many Outreach members to share their story of success in using Google earth to spread their word about their causes. Read more about their experience in this series of blog posts: one, two, and three. And, here’s another summary of the Google Earth presentations from TreeHugger.

  • Science Apps – The Scientific Applicatioons with Google Earth Conference was held this week at the University of Michigan. I wish I could have attended as it appears several folks I know from AGU conferences were there presenting. Here is a summary of day 1 by ‘HayleyM”. I haven’t seen any other blog postings. If anyone runs across some, let me know.

  • Ogle Catchup – Stefan Geens says he’s been really busy the last few months, and this is why his blog postings have dropped off at OgleEarth. Yesterday he posted a giant-sized catch up post with lots of interesting links.

  • Google Ocean – Last April, a CNET article revealed rumors that Google was working on “Google Ocean” – the by either adding new capabilities to Google Earth to enable it to share ocean data (3D bathymetry and more), or maybe a separate applications. I’ve heard from many oceanographers that the rumors are true. There are some interesting Google Earth ocean-related KML files listed in this blog post at Discovery Channel, and for a long time Peio Essilades at Magic Instinct has been sharing Ocean related data for Google Earth. There are some great KML files here, so check it out if you have interest in the oceans. He’s even been calling his site “Google Ocean” since 2006 (before the rumors). Links via OgleEarth.

  • GreenPeace – Got an E-mail from James Woolley who is on a GreenPeace ship touring Indonesia to raise awareness about environmental issues – particularly forest logging – there. Noel Jenkins at Digital Geography also got the E-mail and has posted the whole thing along with photos. You can view the GE KML file from GreenPeace which shows their ship’s journey around Indonesia with placemarks and links back to their blog posts.

  • Reverse GeoCoding – Google Maps has had an API for sometime allowing you to Geocode – turn addresses into coordinates. Now, Google has released reverse-geocoding (see Pamela Fox’s announcement post). This allows you to give coordinates, and Google gives you the nearest address to those coordinates. This opens up lots of possible applications. Mapperz sent me an E-mail about his post on this first. GoogleMapsMania has an excellent summary post of what this means along with nice links to sample applications from Google. My favorite is the Reverse Geocoding Game. I’d like to see this reverse geocoding work inside Google Earth – I’m sure someone could put together a network link to make it work, but it would be even better if there was a function built-in somehow.

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. What I’d love to see developed is not only the ability to reverse geocode a single address, but to be able to select an entire area with a box tool within GE and export all of the addresses.

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