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  • KML;
  • Google Earth;
  • Fortran

In recent years, visualization for the Earth and environmental sciences has developed significantly. Among the most notable advances has been the rise of Web-based tools colloquially called “geobrowsers.” These tools enable users from a range of sciences to access an enormous quantity of satellite and aerial photography with detailed maps to create a high-quality “virtual Earth” [e.g., McCaffrey et al., 2008; Oberlies et al., 2009]. One important geobrowser is Google Earth (http://earth.google.com/). It provides free tools for most major computing platforms and handheld devices, together with the ability to incorporate data from users.