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International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) Plug-in for SERVIR-Viz
Entry ID: SERVIR_VIZ3D_IRI
Abstract: Scientists at the Institute for the Application of Geospatial Technology (IAGT) and the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) developed a plug-in for SERVIR-Viz that allows users of IRI's Malaria Map Room and desert locust monitoring tools for Africa to click on any point on a 3D globe to get detailed time series of rainfall and other data.
Users of IRI's Malaria Map ... Room and desert locust monitoring tools for Africa can now take advantage of SERVIR, NASA/USAID's high-tech satellite visualization system, thanks to a new plugin developed by scientists at the Institute for the Application of Geospatial Technology [IAGT] and IRI.
In helping to port over the data sets to SERVIR, IRI researchers have also expanded the capabilities of the tool: the ability to click on any point on the map to get detailed time series of rainfall and other data.
As with other mapping browsers such as Google Earth, SERVIR allows users to zoom from satellite altitude to any place on Earth, and even tilt their viewing angle so that they can "fly" across a 3-D terrain. What's more, the software taps into dozens of high-resolution satellite-image sources such as MODIS and Landsat. Users can add layers that show temperature, rainfall, cloud cover over the entire globe. They can even overlay animated weather events, such as hurricanes.
Not only is SERVIR very user-friendly and easy to navigate, says Ceccato, but it gives Map Room users the opportunity to explore data sets not currently available in IRI's Data Library, such as fire activity, volcanoes and floods.
The ability to render a terrain in 3-D is extremely useful for some societal applications. For example, a pilot who uses the desert-locust monitoring maps to determine which areas to spray can first make a virtual flight, to see exactly where those areas fall in the local topography.
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