Title

A Google Earth Tour Perspective on Modern Volcanic Eruptions and Earthquake Events

Date

5-26-2016 1:30 PM

End Time

26-5-2016 3:30 PM

Location

WUC Pacific Room

Department

Earth and Physical Science

Session Chair

Melinda Shimizu

Session Chair

Philip Wade

Session Title

Applications of Geospatial Technology

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Melinda Shimizu and Philip Wade

Abstract

Google Earth was initially released as a product called EarthViewer 3D in June 11, 2001. In the nearly 15 years since that time, besides getting a new name, Google Earth has become one of the most prolific and user-friendly geospatial tools available for viewing and analyzing spatial (space) and temporal (time) data. Additionally, the user-friendly interface and ability to display, map, and analyze data makes it an excellent tool for education and geoscience outreach. This project focuses on the latter with development of a Google Earth Tour of recent volcanic eruptions and earthquake events. The information for each event is presented in a slideshow that can be set to run automatically in the tour, or be navigated interactively by a user. Each event is presented at its location on Earth, giving viewers an appreciation of the spatial aspect of each eruption or earthquake. The slideshows included in the tour are compiled from the collective work of several terms of the Honors Science course GS202H. This project is a pilot study demonstrating a new venue for student presentation of information pertaining to geologic events.

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May 26th, 1:30 PM May 26th, 3:30 PM

A Google Earth Tour Perspective on Modern Volcanic Eruptions and Earthquake Events

WUC Pacific Room

Google Earth was initially released as a product called EarthViewer 3D in June 11, 2001. In the nearly 15 years since that time, besides getting a new name, Google Earth has become one of the most prolific and user-friendly geospatial tools available for viewing and analyzing spatial (space) and temporal (time) data. Additionally, the user-friendly interface and ability to display, map, and analyze data makes it an excellent tool for education and geoscience outreach. This project focuses on the latter with development of a Google Earth Tour of recent volcanic eruptions and earthquake events. The information for each event is presented in a slideshow that can be set to run automatically in the tour, or be navigated interactively by a user. Each event is presented at its location on Earth, giving viewers an appreciation of the spatial aspect of each eruption or earthquake. The slideshows included in the tour are compiled from the collective work of several terms of the Honors Science course GS202H. This project is a pilot study demonstrating a new venue for student presentation of information pertaining to geologic events.