Posts Tagged ‘Team Google Earth’

Failure is Not an Option

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Team Google Earth

This week we finished picking out some points of interest and put them in Google Earth. Each point of interest is an event that happened with the glider such as a change in deflection depths, fin offset, or bio blips.


We labeled each point of interest with the month, day, and caption that shows what the point represents. If you click one of the points of interest you then get a summary of what happened. Below is an example, but the snapshot does not show the text which fills the box. The points of interest are along the gliders path all the way across the Atlantic, and we will continue to add more points of interest as our project continues.


We are still working on the vertical axis plot of RU27s path underwater, but it is going to take a lot of time and work to complete so it is still in the planning stages.

Dave, Chris, & Jason

The Pilgrims Crossed the Atlantic and so will RU27!

Monday, November 16th, 2009


RU27 successfully crossed the EEZ into the waters of Spain over the weekend!

Team Google Earth has begun collecting .kmz's from the groups and organizing them for the new webpage. We are asking any group that has not sent their .kmz's to one of us (Dave, Chris, or Jason). Please do so as soon as possible, as we would like to send Igor the .kmz's before Thanksgiving. Also, send any .kmz's that you may have already sent to Igor because we would like to organize and design the webpage in a deliberate fashion.

We have also been working on compiling data for the vertical Google Earth profile of RU27.

A sample of data we recently recorded is:

On June 17, the glider increased to full speed by changing the buoyancy pump from 90% to its full range, and by increasing the dive and climb angles from 26 to 35 degrees. This change was designed to get out of a counter-clockwise rotating eddy. The glider velocity was recorded at 62 cm/sec.

Additionally we are finalizing an email to Google asking for a resource to better plot a vertical path in Google Earth.

If any group needs help with one of their projects or help with working with Google Earth, please feel free to ask a team member.

We now have a new data source for use by the glider team: SST (Sea Surface Temperature) off the coasts of Europe (specifically Spain) and Africa. Below is an image of the new SST imagery:


We are working with ULPGC (Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria) to get the data and manipulate it for use in Google Earth. This data imagery, along with the MODIS Chlorophyll-A data imagery from ULPGC, will be vital towards piloting RU27 in the last leg of her voyage off the coast of Spain.

-Dave, Chris, & Jason

And She May Go All The WAYYYYYY! (and you’ll be able to see it all in Google Earth!)

Monday, November 2nd, 2009


This week, Team Google Earth has been working hard on making headway on our new mission. We are doing what has never been done in Google Earth: Plot a vertical axis path of RU27! While Google Earth is great for horizontal overlays, we are pushing the boundaries by using Google SketchUp. SketchUp is normally used to create 3D objects such as buildings in the New York skyline, but we are learning to work with only one of the planes (2D) to make a vertical plot.

To start our long process of adding these plots we are currently researching through the Atlantic Crossing Blog major changes in RU27s course. Bio-blips, dive and climb angles, and deflection depths are all examples of pieces of data that are paramount for showing the gliders course under the water (see below for preview).

Underwater path of RU27

Underwater path of RU27

Here is a sample of data we are looking/collecting at:

Blog Post Date: July 8, 2009 "Biology Blip Compilation: YO Anomalies"

Biology Blips on June 4, July 4, and July 7, 2009.

Depth of occurances at 40-100m (3 events); 61.4-61.6m (1 event); 60-130m (1 event), respectively.

From this data we can find important events which will we then visualize on the glider's vertical flight path!

In addition to the vertical profile, since we are currently working on a web page, to help Igor, we are going to ask everyone to submit their Kmzs for Google Earth via email to Dave Kaminsky, Chris Filosa, or Jason Werrell. We will then organize them by categorizing them and adding a short description of each. We want the .kmzs to be easy to find for anyone who wants to follow our research here in the COOLroom, whether they are a regular scientific follower or a newcomer with little or no science background. With all the .kmzs categorized, visitors to the site can pick data that they want to follow, understand what the data represents, and how to read it.

Finally, we thought up a team description/mission statement:

Team Google Earth: Dave Kaminsky, Chris Filosa, Jason Werrell

Being that Google Earth has become a primary visual data compilation source for the Rutgers Glider Fleet, our team's mission has three main goals. Our first goal is to make data downloading, reading, and understanding easy for the general public, and our second goal is to organize and keep data up-to-date for the glider and science teams. Our final goal is to work to unlock and advance the capabilities of Google Earth for data manipulation, visualization, and application.