Geo Data Abstraction

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Tools for Visualizing Geo Data

Geo Layers 2

FreeForm Pro

Cinema 4D relief modelling, or using plugin DEM Earth

EarthExplorer – useful tool for me to obtain Landsat and DEM data. The data is downloaded in tiles.

ESRI Storymaps

Quick Terrain Modeller allows to export videos and images of GIS data

Global Mapper is a GIS tool for visualising maps and DEM data.

 

 

 

Articles and Inspirations

Digital Story Mapping to Advance Educational Atlas Design and Enable Student Engagement

Metrocosm

ESRI Storymaps

 

 

Courses on LinkedIn

Learning ArcGIS

Real-World GIS

Learning Data Visualization

Learning Data Science: Understanding the Basics

 

 

Example Workflow

This workflow was used for visualising information on sustainable food systems in North Ghana.

Selecting an area in Earth Explorer – earthexplorer.usgs.gov

Downloading Tiles vis Earth Explorer

 

Global Mapper import shapefile

 

DEM layer in Global Mapper

 

Cropping DEM data to the shapefile in Global Mapper

 

Exporting GeoTiff from Global Mapper

 

Applying texture to Relief object in Cinema 4D creates a terrain

 

Can change parameters of height and width for terrain in C4D

 

Shape of Ghana in C4D (alpha chanel). Ghana North satellite view.

 

After Effects GeoLayers 2 plugin – Ghana satellite view

 

 

Printing Physical Earth Model

( View Source Project )

Terrain data can be printed out using a 3D printer, or CNC. These two methods are quite different. CNC results in a more detailed physical model because it carves the material into the desired shape. 3D printer, on the other hand, builds from scratch and cannot produce very detailed formation and can even fail.

 

 

 

Examples

Elevation path across the quarry visualised in Quick Terrain Modeller

Elevation path across the quarry visualised in Quick Terrain Modeller

Rendered in Afterr Effects using GeoLayers and FreeForm Pro plugins

Rendered in Afterr Effects using FreeForm Pro plugin (Mesh tool)

Rendered in Afterr Effects using FreeForm Pro plugin (Mesh tool)

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