Database of over 600 places of interest in Tokyo, Japan compiled by www.japaneselifestyle.com. The Places of Interest list database includes the locations of hotels, landmarks, museums, restaurants, shopping areas, etc, etc, etc.
Clicking on a location will provide additional details such as the address, room rates for hotels, and a photograph of the location.
Database of about 12,000 man made objects orbiting the Earth. These object are tracked by the United States Strategic Command and include miscellaneous debris, retired satellites, and rocket bodies left over from launches.
The database is updated in real time every 30 seconds and details about each object, including the owner, the launch date, and a visualization of its orbit can be viewed in Google Earth by clicking on the object.
Database of approximately 15,000 Aeronautical Terminal Procedure Charts for the United States. These charts consist of Airport Diagrams, Instrument Approach (IAP) Diagrams, Arrival (STAR) Diagrams, and Departure (DP) Diagrams for large and medium sized airports in the US and its territories. These diagrams provide standard procedures for navigating to and from the airports.
To access a diagram, simply click on the blue dot at the airport of interest. A list of all the available diagrams for that airport will pop up. Choose the diagram that you wish to view and a pop up window with the diagram will open up. Click on the diagram to view it in a web browser window. You can filter the type of chart displayed by selecting the various boxes under your Places menu. By default, on the Airport Diagrams will be visible.
These are optimized for a high resolution wide screen monitor. Let me know if they don’t work right on your monitor set up and I can try to provide additional versions for different monitor configurations.
Note, that these charts and diagrams are not current!!. The FAA releases updates to these on a regular basis and I have no plans on maintaining a current version of the charts and diagrams. These are to be used for educational and simulation purposes only. They must not be used for real world navigation.
Major Land Resource Areas (MLRA) and Land Resource Regions (LRR) are areas of the United States with similar geography (physiography, climate, geology, etc.), as defined by the US Department of Agriculture and the Natural Resources Conservation Service. These areas are used for large scale interstate planning. There are approximately 280 MLRAs in the United States, and its territories.
Detailed polygons of each MLRA are displayed in Google Earth. The polygons are clickable when you zoom in close enough for the detailed polygons to become visible (they are also semi-transparent) Click on a polygon to see the name of the MLRA, the name of the LRR, and a link which will load a PDF file containing several pages of detailed information about that particular MLRA and LRR.
Low Altitude Enroute Charts are used for aircraft navigation below 18,000 feet in the United States. The charts show the locations of radionavigations aids (VORs, etc.), airports, intersections, airways, etc. Unlike Sectional, these charts do not show ground topographic and visual navigation features.
The charts have been merged together to create seamless coverage for the entire lower 48 United States. I hope to add Alaska soon. I probably will not be able to add the Caribbean.
On Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 4:53 PM, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck near Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. Relief agencies and scientific agencies from all over the world have been compiling maps and other data to aid in relief efforts. Over the last several days I’ve been trying to help compile maps and other GIS data into KML format for Google Earth. I will try to continue to update this web page as more maps and data become available.
If you are simply looking to view maps and other data related to Haiti and the Earthquake, then you should use the Google Earth link below (download and install Google Earth first). This will add numerous map/data layers to Google Earth. Simply check the boxes next to the map/data layer that you want to view and it will become visible. Some of the layers may take a minute or two to load, depending on the speed of your internet connection.
A detailed list of all the layers is included below. Every time you restart Google Earth, any new map/data layers will automatically be added to Google Earth on your computer.
If you are a GIS professional or relief worker, then you might find some additional useful information below, including offline version of the Google Earth KML files, GeoTIFFs of the source maps, and SHP files of the vector data. If you’re not a GIS Professional, then you should probably only use the Google Earth version of the maps/data from above. Pretty much everything listed below is included with the Google Earth version above.
Layers marked with a ** are included as KML in a single zip file that can be downloaded and used offline with Google Earth – Offline KML zip (Version 2)
Update 1/16 – Here is a zip file with 19 layers of data from MINUSTAH in KMZ format for Google Earth. Layers include hospitals, wells, rivers, roads, landmarks, etc, etc. These are not yet included in the main KML link above (ran out of time today). I’ll try to add later tonight. In meantime, you can download the zip file and just load the KMZ files individually.
Update 1/16 – Here is a zip file with 50K topographic maps covering pretty much the entire country of Haiti. The zip file is about 390 megabytes. These are 8-bit GeoTIFFs. I should have KMZs of them all tomorrow.
Geo Eye satellite images of the PAP area on 1/13/2010
This is a collection of historic maps and birds eye images of Washington DC during the late 1800s and early 1900s. The collection includes 58 highly-detailed topographic maps that appear to have been completed in the 1870s and 1880s of the outlying areas of Washington DC. These were a bit tricky to georeference, but they turned out to be amazingly accurate given the time period in which they were originally surveyed. The topographic maps show the locations of buildings, military installations, horse race tracks, etc, as well as general land use.
The birds eye images have been placed in the approximate location of the original artist’s perspective. These are very high resolution images so go ahead and zoom in to see all the detail.
All of the maps and images are about 3-5 megabytes and may take a minute or two to load. The following maps/images are included.
58 topographic maps from the 1870s/1880s (from NOAA Historic Maps)
1792 plan of Washington DC (from NOAA Historic Maps)
1851 map of Washington DC (from David Rumsey Historic Maps)
1861 map of Washington DC (from David Rumsey Historic Maps)
1871, 1883, 1888, 1916, and 1923 Birds Eye images from various locations around Washington DC (from Library of Congress)
High Altitude Enroute Charts are used for aircraft navigation above 18,000 feet in the United States. The charts show the locations of radionavigations aids (VORs, etc.), airports, intersections, airways, etc. Unlike Sectional Charts, these charts do not show ground topographic and visual navigation features.
These charts have been merged together to create seamless coverage for the entire lower 48 United States and Alaska. Unfortunately, it does not look like I will be able to add the Caribbean, as those maps use an unknown projection system (if anyone happens to know how to georeference the Caribbean maps, let me know and I’ll add them).