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Mapping Apps

Google Earth App

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Google Earth let's you explore the whole world from above with satellite imagery, 3D buildings in hundreds of cities and 3D terrain of the entire globe. Zoom to your house or anywhere else, then dive in for a 360° perspective with Street View. Set off on a unique adventure by rolling the dice and hopping between random locations. And see the world from a new point of view with Voyager guided tours from BBC Earth, NASA, National Geographic and more.

EarthViewer app

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EarthViewer is like a time machine for exploring Earth’s deep history. Based on the latest scientific research, it lets you scroll through the last 4.5 billion years with your fingertips. Follow a favorite landmark, be it Greenland or New York City, as its position shifts through time, or watch a famous fossil like Tiktaalik make an incredible journey from its origin to its current location. Layer your view of shifting continents with data on atmospheric composition, temperature, biodiversity, day length, and solar luminosity, to get a more complete view of our dynamic planet.

Earth Now app

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NASA's Earth Now is an application that visualizes recent global climate data from Earth Science satellites, including surface air temperature, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, ozone, and water vapor as well as gravity and sea level variations. Data sets are visually described using "false color" maps. Color-coded legends are provided to indicate relative strength or weakness of an environmental condition. The resulting 3D model of the Earth may be rotated by a single finger stroke, and may also be zoomed in or out by pinching 2 fingers. It was developed by the Earth Science Communications and Visualization Technology Applications and Development Teams at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, with support from NASA Headquarters.

Geo field book app

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GeoFieldBook is designed for use in structural geology field mapping projects as a complement or replacement for the traditional paper field notebook and maps. The App integrates the iPad's GPS, camera, data management and mapping capabilities to allow geologists to record structural and formation information, automatically log geo-located data, link images to each record and input pre-defined formation names for different mapping areas. The records are then displayed in real-time on an image base (Apple) with strikes and dips displayed in the correct orientation and color-coded to the formation list. Field measurements and notes can be exported in csv format for integration into analysis software. Existing data sets (records and formation lists) can also be imported into the App.


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Ocean Data Base
Choose a location in the ocean and this application will show profiles and diagrams of following climatological oceanographic parameters: temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, temperature x salinity (TS diagram), density, Brunt-Väisälä, Phosphate, silicate, nitriate. Data contained in this application were obtained from WOA09 (5° and 1° grid) and ETOPO1.

Earth as art app

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The NASA Earth As Art app features stunning images of Earth from the Terra, Landsat 5, Landsat 7, EO-1, and Aqua satellites. Sensors on these satellites can measure light outside of the visible range, so the images show more than what is visible to the naked eye. The app draws on several images from the USGS Landsat image gallery and introduces many new images.

geotools app

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geoTools is a set of tools to use in geologic, geophysical, engineering and geographic work. It includes the estimation of important geophysical quantities, such as Bouguer anomaly, topography, magnetic declination, and so on, and a quick coordinate converter. The ideal companion for a geologist, a geophysicist, an engineer, a geographer, and to any person interested in the Earth Sciences.

Mapping software at MQ

There are geospatial imagery tools available through AppStream, the university's new application streaming service. Log in with your MQ OneID, and then click on the AppStream - Student Applications button;

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ArcGlobe 10.6

This application is generally designed to be used with very large datasets and allows for seamless visualization of both raster and feature data. It is based on a global view, with all data projected into a global Cube projection and displayed at varying levels of detail (LODs), organized into tiles.


Arc Map

ArcMap 10.6

ArcMap is where you display and explore GIS datasets for your study area, where you assign symbols, and where you create map layouts for printing or publication. ArcMap is also the application you use to create and edit datasets.



ArcScene 10.6

ArcScene is a 3D viewer that is well suited to generating perspective scenes that allow you to navigate and interact with your 3D feature and raster data.

There may be additional mapping and GIS software available via Departmental subscriptions. Check with your Faculty IT or Department Administration for more information.