2007 Hurricane Katrina

Update 11/2009

This archive of Hurricane Katrina data has been removed.  The aerial photographs of New Orleans shortly after the flooding can now be found using the historical imagery in Google Earth.  The MODIS satellite imagery of Katrina can still be found using the MODIS Satellite Gallery.  Much of the other data previously contained in this archive was hosted on other websites and is no longer available.

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Ordnance Survey Map Overlays for the UK

Gavin Brock has created an excellent overlay of the UK Ordnance Survey maps for the United Kingdom. The maps appear to be provided in several different detail levels which increase in detail as you zoom in.

Original Data From: UK Ordnance Surfey
KML Content Created By: Gavin Brock’s Google Earth Hacks
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Global Tree Cover Map

Overlay showing the percentage of tree cover for North America, Europe, Oceania and Africa at a scale of 1 km.

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KML Content Created By: Gerardo64 at Google Earth BBS
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Naval Research Lab Overlays

A collection of several near-real-time global satellite images from the Naval Research Laboratory Monterey Marine Meteorology Division.   Includes:

  • Global Infra-Red
  • Global Visible
  • Water Vapor
  • Several others

Warning, a few of the files are very large.   Overlays with “Big File” in the description are about 4 megabytes. The overlays that says “HUGE File” is 40 megabytes and will only work if you have very fast connection and good video card.

Original Data From: Naval Resarch Laboratory Monterey Marine Meteorology Division
KML Content Created By: GE Library
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World Trade Center Aerial – 9/23/2001

Collection of several aerial photographs of the Pentagon and WTC sites taken before and after 9/11.  Includes a very high resolution (9,372 x 9,372) aerial photograph overlay of the World Trade Center site taken on September 23, 2001. A site plan showing the locations of the former buildings and an aerial overlay from pre 9/11 are also included.

Original Data From: National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
KML Content Created By: GE Library
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CIA World Factbook 2007

Data from the 2007 CIA World Factbook indexed geographically using Google Earth. The CIA World Factbook contains information and statistics on Geography, Population, Economy, Military, Government, etc. for all of the countries in the world.

Original Data From: CIA World Factbook
KML Content Created By: BZoltan at GE Community
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Wikipedia World

Network link that will pull 1,000’s of articles with georeferencing information into Google Earth with links to the applicable Wikipedia page. English version included with this post, but several other languages are available from their website. Also included is a thumbnail mode that will display pictures from Wikipedia in Google Earth.

KML Content Created By: Wikipedia World
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Landsat Image Mosaic of Antarctica (LIMA)

High resolution satellite imagery of Antarctica brought to Google Earth via WMS. Collection includes several different overlays including Color IR and Natural Color at different contrast levels. Also includes some other misc. Antarctica data, such as Glacier names, RadarSat DEM, MOA Satellite overlays, etc.

I did not create any of this data. I’ve simply taken the information for WMS servers provided by the LIMA project and organized it into an easy to use KML file.

WMS will only load a small area at a time. Each time you stop moving the view around, wait a few seconds and it will load a new area. It works best if you are looking straight down at the earth’s surface. There are several different versions of the LIMA overlays available. The 1X, 3X, 10X, etc. represent different contrast levels, which can improve the visibility in some areas.

Original Data From: USGS/NASA/NSF/BAS LIMA Webpage
KML Content Created By: GE Library
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