Updating land cover maps satellite images

Maps include certain points of interest built in, such as metro stations, stadiums, hospitals, and other facilities.

It is also possible to browse public user-created points of interest.

To get some ideas of the features we hope to see in this future implementation : Note : waiting the arrival of seafloor DTM in future versions of GE (3D ocean mapping is on a to-do list of possible future enhancements, according to Google Earth CTO Michael Jones's GIS day talk), all the geographical positions of the submarine cables are given in negative altitudes (depths).

Bing Maps (previously Live Search Maps, Windows Live Maps, Windows Live Local, and MSN Virtual Earth) is a web mapping service provided as a part of Microsoft's Bing suite of search engines and powered by the Bing Maps for Enterprise framework.

Users can browse and search topographically-shaded street maps for many cities worldwide.

Road view is the default map view and displays vector imagery of roads, buildings, and geography.

The data from which the default road map is rendered is licensed from Navteq.

Bird's-eye view displays aerial imagery captured from low-flying aircraft.

Unlike the top-down aerial view captured by satellite, Bird's-eye images are taken at an oblique 45-degree angle, showing the sides and roofs of buildings giving better depth perception for geography.

11/21/2006 : Google gives the ability to show simple kml/kmz files (as made in GE) in GM : so you can add your own imagery directly on top of GM.

To view a kml or kmz file on GM, just go to GM, and instead of searching for a geographical address, search for a complete web address (including the " part) of your kmz file.

These coastal low tide orthophotographies (different from those presented on the Geoportail french national geoportal) covering all the Atlantic and Channel French littoral area represents 31.34 Gb of Mr Sid compressed image data (322 Gb in Geo TIFF format)from Brest Metropole Oceane : tiles originally in Lambert I / NGF (jpeg format) available under Creatice Commons license (Brest Moulin Blanc Harbour with Oceanopolis, aerial photo realized in september 2004 -resolution : 20 cm-) data from SHOM : French aerial photos of the French Atlantic (252 pictures from Spanish border to Saint Malo) and Mediterranean (648 pictures) coasts (GE markers with direct hyperlinks to French Hydrographic Service website which sells these photos in high resolution -30 x 40 cm or 40 x 50 cm format-) data from Francecoastline (2006) : about 15000 French aerial photos of the all the French coasts (Channel, Atlantic and Medterranean) (GE markers with direct hyperlinks to Pascal Le Fichant website which sells these photos in high resolution - 45 x 30 cm or 30 x 20 cm professional quality paper-) data from 1yachtua : Mediterranean nautical charts including different scales maps (Port Monaco 000 / Menton 1 : 20000) originally in GIF format, Mercator projection / ED50, manually georeferenced The original chart has been cut horizontally in several pieces to keep its original resolution in GE v.3 because of the size of the raster chart leading to significant slowdowns : waiting a possible implementation in Google Earth of ISO-standard JPEG2000 image compression format storing geo-location metadata (using for example some KMLJP2 implementation such as GMLJP2 Open GIS GML grammar...)About 1018 NOAA raster nautical charts (RNC/BSB/KAP format) stored in the Geo Garage can be viewed online with Google Maps (public access) or Google Earth (private access) with advanced quilting process (mosaic image with removed borders -map collars- for a seamless rendering display of multiple charts).

So the user can access through Google viewers to all the range of NOAA raster maps, zooming in and out, panning in a continuous way for selecting the specified map scale automatically (so the appropriate map), by simply sliding the mouse roll.

In all parts of the UK, road data from the Ordnance Survey can also be displayed.

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