RealEarth™ is a data discovery and visualization platform developed at SSEC/CIMSS at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to support outreach and collaboration efforts of scientists.
The goal is to allow quick and continuous visualization of Earth observation imagery and data in a common and familiar map-based interface. Because the system is built with geographic information system or GIS awareness AND the needs of meteorologic and atmospheric scientists in mind, a wide variety of land, oceanic, and atmospheric remote sensing imagery and related data are available to be layered, compared, and animated in time-series loops.
The purpose is not to collect and archive data, but rather to provide rapid visual access to recent and near real-time data in standards-based web mapping formats. The system can be configured to accommodate long-term access and longitudinal studies, but its strength is the programmatic production of near real-time weather web services in OGC-GIS formats that can be accessed directly through our API, browser interface or mobile apps.
Users can upload their own data and view it almost immediately, assuming the data are properly formatted. Views of the data can be shared through social media with a simple click or even our simple shared-screen collaboration mode. Our API allows users to embed live maps in their own websites to highlight their own work or ongoing projects.
At RealEarth, we don’t make the data; we make the data easier to see.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.