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CalView — Satellite Imagery Visualization & Analysis System for the State of California

Click for a full-size imageAerial images of California are useful for a variety of tasks ranging from managing wildfires and urban growth to monitoring streams, estuaries, and air. Professionals trained in GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and RS (Remote Sensing) use aerial imagery on a daily basis to solve challenges facing society. Until recently, this typically required complex and expensive GIS/image analysis software, and high-end desktop workstations, greatly limiting public access to this valuable geographic resource. CalView makes working with geographic information easy and fun for everyone. CalView uses Maplicity and MapImager, the ground-breaking web geospatial visualization & analysis tools from Telemorphic, Inc., to provide affordable on-line public access to RS/GIS tools and extensive archives of imagery through the California Spatial Information Library (CaSIL). CalView is California's implementation of AmericaView, a partnership between the US Geological Survey and the AmericaView Consortium. The California Resources Agency, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and CalSpace at University of California - Davis, are working together to bring images from space into classrooms and workplaces around the state.

The Planetary Interactive GIS on-the-Web Analyzable Database (PIGWAD) for USGS and NASA

Click for full-size imageNASA's recent successes in space exploration have resulted in immense archives of imagery and mapping data about neighboring planets in our solar system. Most notably, the Mars rover delivered stunning views of a very small portion of the surface of the planet, re-igniting public interest and enthusiasm in space exploration. Other systems, such as the Mars orbiter, have mapped the entire surface of the red planet, as well as other extraterrestrial bodies including Earth's Moon, Venus, and even portions of Jupiter's moons Europa, Io, and Ganymeade. USGS' Planetary Interactive GIS on-the-Web Analyzable Database (PIGWAD) supports research by scientists around the world, as well as practical on-line public access to this remarkable planetary spatial database AND the GIS/geospatial visualization tools necessary to make use of the data. PIGWAD's Internet GIS implementation is unique in that it provides optional GIS and image analysis/visualization interfaces depending on the specific user's Internet connectivity and level of mapping/GIS experience (Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced GIS). PIGWAD uses Telemorphic's Maplicity™ as their Advanced GIS for the web.

USGS Maps-On-Line - Interactive Maps for the Greater San Francisco Bay Area

Click for a full-size imageThe USGS Western Geographic Science Centers "Maps-On-Line" provides public access to web based maps and GIS tools for the San Francisco Bay Area Regional Database (BARD), a seamless baseline of maps and imagery including topographic maps, aerial photos, and satellite imagery for the ten county San Francisco Bay Area, one of the largest metro areas on the West coast. Powered by Telemorphic's Java-based Maplicity and ESRI's ArcIMS, USGS Maps-On-Line was the first public access Internet mapping site to provide web browser-based users with geospatial content AND the interactive GIS and imagery visualization/analysis tools required to make use of the content. Such broad web accessibility to maps & tools introduce geospatial technologies to a much larger audience. Telemorphic also provides public access to an enhanced version of USGS BARD, which includes historical maps and aerial photos, vector GIS overlays, expanded satellite imagery archives, and additional on-line viewing options/tools available to web browser users based on their level of experience and Internet connectivity.