This page contains links to various examples of using VRML for
geographic visualization. Some of these use GeoVRML and some
use plain old VRML.
Please e-mail the maintainers (below) if you know of any work
that should be included in this list.
GeoVRML 1.0 Examples
- This web page contains a collection of example content that uses
the GeoVRML 1.0 nodes, such as GeoElevationGrid, GeoViewpoint, GeoLOD,
The Great VRML Model
- Peter Graf of Blaxxun has put together a VRML model of the planet
earth using the USGS GTOPO30 DEM (30 arc second resolution) and
overlaying data from the Digital Chart of the World dataset. This
currently requires the Blaxxun VRML browser.
- Interactive 3D airspace models for several of the busiest terminal
areas in the US using VRML.
COAST VRML Bathymetry Modeler
- This web page lets you create bathymetric models for any region of
the planet. It is produced by COAST, the Consortium for Oceanographic
Activities for Students and Teachers. You can specify parameters such
as model extent, coordinate system, scale, sampling interval,
inclusion of sea level, etc. The model is be output in VRML format.
USGS Virtual Earth Science VRML Models
- The Virtual Earth Science web site at the US Geological Survey
features visualizations that use VRML to create and model 3-D
information. You can explore and interact with models that depict a
wide range of earth science topics such as earthquakes and
volcanoes. Examples include Recent Earthquake Epicenters, Mt St Helens
Before and After, Mt Rainer, Kamchatka Earthquakes, and many more.
NPS Monterey Bay Sanctuary in VRML
The VRML terrain model of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
(MBNMS) is the result of the collaborative efforts of Greg Leaver and
Don Brutzman of the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey and Ray
McClain of Moss Landing Marine Labs - all in California. The project
is documented in a thesis advised by Don and authored by Greg. The
terrain model consists of numerous terrain tiles, terrain trees, and
jpg images to support three levels of topographic resolution (2000m,
1000m, and 500m). The model uses an earler prototype of the GeoVRML 1.0
GeoLOD node which was called QuadLOD.
- SRI's VRML
- This page contains links to a number of
large, multi-resolution terrain databases that have been generated in
VRML97 format. These have been created as part of the terrain
visualization work being performed at the Artificial Intelligence
Center at SRI International.
- NASA Goddard Space
- Jeff de La Beaujardiere has been
experimenting with VRML representations of the earth. This
web page includes the Earth Today Exhibition,
the Global Vegetation Index, and
the Hurrican Linda visualization.
UCSC PET Slug
- The University of California Santa Cruz PET Slug meteorology
station data visualization. Produces VRML models for the earth
with weather data from around the Santa Cruz and Monterey area.
- A project of the Image Processing Group at
the University of Zagreb, Croatia. It consists of tiled satellite
imagery draped over a terrain elevation map.