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Fledermaus and iView3D part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Data, Simulations and Models:Tool Sheets
submitted by Erin Heffron, IVS 3D Fledermaus is an interactive 3D data visualization system that is used for a variety of applications including environmental impact assessment, mining, geology, oceanography, and ...

The Visualization Tool Kit (VTK) part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Data, Simulations and Models:Tool Sheets
An image created with the Visualization Toolkit showing ice surface velocity from a modeled collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. Image by Chuck Anderson, Penn State University. submitted by Chuck Anderson, ...

GeoMapApp part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Data, Simulations and Models:Tool Sheets
Submitted by Andrew Goodwillie, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory General description GeoMapApp, a free Java(tm)-based tool which works on any type of computer, allows a broad range of geoscience data sets (digital ...

Dynamic Digital Maps part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Data, Simulations and Models:Tool Sheets
submitted by Christopher D. Condit, University of Massachusetts Amherst General Description A Dynamic Digital Map (DDM) is a computer program that provides a framework for displaying the high quality color maps of ...

Google SketchUp part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Data, Simulations and Models:Tool Sheets
submitted by Jaime Toro, West Virginia University General Description SketchUp is a 3D drawing tool designed primarily for architectural applications, however with a little bit of ingenuity it can be used to make ...

Google Earth part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Data, Simulations and Models:Tool Sheets
submitted by Glenn Richard, Stony Brook University General Description Google Earth is a virtual globe that enables users to pan and zoom to any location on Earth to view satellite and aerial imagery, map ...

Exploring Seismology in the Classroom Using the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program Data part of Datasheets
Earthquake Data from the USGS Earthquakes Hazards Program (EHP) provide data on global earthquakes for the last 7 days and highlights the history of earthquake occurrences around the world. Earthquakes are ...

Exploring the Applications of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Data part of Datasheets
This DataSheet was prepared by Aleshia Mueller in collaboration with Charles Burrows, Claude Duguay, Melanie Engram, Carlos Rios, and Anton Sommer. The Dataset Use and Relevance Use in ...

Exploring Aerosol Optical Thickness Using MODIS Satellite Imagery in NEO part of Datasheets
"Aerosol Optical Thickness is the degree to which aerosols prevent the transmission of light" in the atmoshpere.1 "An aerosol optical thickness of less than 0.1 indicates a crystal clear sky with ...

Exploring Oceanographic Data in the Classroom Using the Laboratory for Ocean Color Users part of Datasheets
Data from NASA's Laboratory for Ocean Color Users is intended to provide a guided pathway to aid in the utilization of ocean color data for oceanographic and environmental research. Ocean color data provides ...