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The Census of Marine Life was a global network of researchers in more than 80 nations engaged in a 10-year scientific initiative to assess and explain the diversity, distribution, and abundance of life in the oceans.  The world's first comprehensive census of the past, present, and future of life in the oceans was released in October 2010.


Google Earth 5 Fly-through Animation Showcases

These downloads demonstrate the new touring features in Google Earth 5. Take a look at them and come up with your own animation ideas. CoML Mapping and Visualization Team are happy to help you build animations. FAQ is found at the bottom.

Flexible touring features in Google Earth 5

What will CoML M&V Team do? What will CoML projects do?

CoML M&V Team is eager to collaborate with CoML projects to build fly-through animations on Google Earth. The basic idea of how we collaborate is:

  • Your CoML project builds a storyboard (where and when to visit, and what to show).
  • Your CoML project prepares materials (text, pictures, videos, model outputs, sounds etc.)
  • CoML M&V Team provides consultation on what you can do with Google Earth Touring features.
  • CoML M&V Team provides technical support in your preparation of materials.
  • CoML M&V Team creates a basic KML Tour based on the storyboard.

Note that, as all creative works do, this work requires very close communication between the CoML project and M&V Team, especially in making fine tune to the animation. Also this is a time consuming work, so expect at least a few weeks of back-and-forth between your project and the M&V team.

Please contact us to discuss how we move forward.



Title Features to look for as the animation plays
CoML Global Tour 2010
  • Visit places of interest in the order you specify
  • Custom designed balloon (popup) to narrate the story.
  • Custom-made slideshows embedded in a balloon (Hatakejima and Aininkappu).
  • Zoom-in  closely to area with impressive elevation (Knight Island).
  • Embed video stored on external site (YouTube @ Knight Island).
  • Embed video stored on your own server (CNN footage stored in our server @ Duke, Durham)
  • Next generation photo gallery on a 3D wall (CoML pictures @ Univ. of Rhode Island)
This tour showcases the basics of GE Tour features where you can get a good understanding of them.
The photo gallery at the end of the tour is a must-see. This is a flash application available free. As with any Flash, it might ask the person viewing to update their Flash software).

Multimedia contents (videos, photos etc.) play smoothly. These can be pulled from public services such as YouTube or Flickr or from your own web servers.

The other two tours are linked from the introduction balloon, which is a good idea for putting a list of stories (i.e. Table of Contents) and letting users choose one or adding "Next story" and "Previous story" links in a balloon. The introduction balloon can be opened by going to [Tour itinerary]-[Introduction].

approx. 2 minutes 30 seconds.
Trans-Pacific Turtle Migration
  • Smooth fly-through above the sea surface.
  • At first the object (turtle) moves, and the camera postion stays still.
  • Then turtle moves while the  camera position moves.
  • Story balloons open while moving.
  • Bring up an external KML (Pop-up comes from theCoML layer in Google Earth 5).
  • Bring up a georeferenced image overlay (Sea Surface Temperature layer).
  • Directional placemark icon (turtle icon turns to the direction it is moving to).
  • Display polylines (the international dateline).
  • Submerge below the sea surface.
  • Underwater photos.
This is a good example on how smoothly you can fly-through over a globe-wide distance. Also good example for animating animal/ship/airplane movements.
Bringing up external KML or georeferenced image overlay will be particularly useful to show detail information, scientific data, related stories or even changing data (e.g. current in-situ measurement).
While this animation goes underwater, take a look at "Dive-through" below for an actual "dive-through" animation.

approx. 2 minutes 50 seconds.

Turtle travels
  • Dive underwater.
  • Georeferenced underwater photos.
  • Varying imagery along the water column.
This is a small sample to show how you can fly-through (or dive-through) underwater.
This also displays layers of georeferenced imagery underwater which will be useful to show variable changes along the water column.

approx. 1 minutes 50 seconds.



Is it possible to move multiple placemarks simultaneously?

Yes. Here is a small sample "Multiple turtles travel," altered from "Trans-Pacific Turtle Migration." In this sample, you'll see three turtles move simultaneously. We haven't tested how many placemarks can be moved smoothly, though.

Thank you for taking time. Any questions, suggestions or comments are welcome.


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