Mapping the Planet from Outer Space


Over the past 50+ years, NASA has built dozens of spacecraft to study the Earth across a range of scientific disciplines. The data from these missions is freely and openly available to the public and, in recent years, has been made to be more accessible to the geospatial community. Via the Global Imagery Browse Services (GIBS), this data has been converted to imagery and used for a diverse array of applications including wildfire monitoring, air quality research, finding frozen lakes for skating, and soaring above the Earth through immersive planetarium shows. In addition to demonstrating these applications, this talk will present the open source solutions used to process, archive, and distribute this imagery. This resulting stack is, in turn, entirely open source. This talk will also demonstrate Worldview, its open source mapping client used to interactively browse and download imagery within hours of it being acquired from outer space. Upcoming work will also be previewed which includes visualizing vector-based datasets, "data curtains", and the release of new datasets.

Slides (External URL)

Schedule info
Session Time Slot(s):
Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 11:15 to 11:50