iGlobe is a unified framework that allows integration of disparate geospatial data sources that include remotely sensed observation data, climate model outputs, population and critical infrastructure data, and provide an interface for both client visual analytics and the sever-side data mining capabilities. We see several benefits of such unified framework for both scientists and policy makers. First, it hides complex transformations that are required to overlay climate variables on geospatial data layers like land use and land cover. Second, it allows visual analytics capabilities where users can directly observe and correlate disparate events, for example, proximity of temperature extremes to the population and precipitation extremes over croplands. Thus the tool is invaluable to scientists, policy makers and general public alike.
The webGlobe project combines the rich capabilities of Web World Wind with the NetCDF data access capabilities of iGlobe. Just like Web World Wind, webGlobe runs on all major operating systems, desktop and mobile devices, and web browsers. The video below demonstrates how webGlobe allows access and visualization of remotely available NetCDF data. However, the key capability of webGlobe is under the hood. To allow visualization and analysis of a wide variety of geospatial data sets, webGlobe has a decoupled client-server architecture.