World Wind is an open-source API developed for Java, Android, and browsers that is designed to visualize and interact with geospatial data. The Web World Wind client is composed of four major components: the HTML template, the globe, geospatial features, and application features. The template was implemented using Bootstrap and hosts the globe provided by World Wind. This globe draws its data from multiple imagery sources, including the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Web Map Service and Web Map Tile Service. This enables the application to perform and visualize complex calculations with multiple types of data such as weather and terrain. With World Wind handling the visualization, features can then be implemented to interact with the data and solve problems specific to the domain of the software engineer. The compound elevation feature is in development to allow for the observation and display of multiple elevations. This dynamic creation and removal of elevations in response to UI actions enhances the surface shape rendering and performance when navigating around terrain on the globe. These enhancements to the core functionality improve the viability of World Wind as a platform for developing mobile applications and an educational tool for interacting with geospatial phenomena.


Environmental Monitoring | Geology | Graphics and Human Computer Interfaces | Science and Mathematics Education | Software Engineering


Parul Agrawal

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NASA Ames Research Center (ARC)

Funding Acknowledgement

The 2018 STEM Teacher and Researcher Program and this project have been made possible through support from Chevron (www.chevron.com), the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation (www.marinesanctuary.org), the National Science Foundation through the Robert Noyce Program under Grant #1836335 and 1340110, the California State University Office of the Chancellor, and California Polytechnic State University in partnership with NASA Ames Research Center. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the funders.



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