Masters student Jian Zhou presented his work on integrating Ferret with the Google Earth API at the Annual GEOIDE meeting.
Design and Implementation of a Script to Integrate Ferret with KML
Jian Zhou and Renee Sieber
Climate change is considered an urgent concern for society yet a very complex and difficult process to understand scientifically. Computer-driven climate models are simplifications of the real world and the primary tools used today in climate change research. Many excellent visualization and data analysis tools have been developed for the study and evaluation of large climate model outputs that are mainly in NetCDF format.
Recent years have seen scientists publicize climate data on earth browsers (e.g., Google Earth, NASA World Wind) for the users to visualize and analysis in three dimensional spaces. The data is being transferred into the earth browsers via KML. KML, an international standard maintained by the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC year). Because climate data is georegistered to a common base, KML files allow users to overlay and expose this data in new ways.