Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Mapping with NASA


NASA'a Global Imagery Browse Services (GIBS) provides access to satellite imagery of the Earth. This includes NASA's most recently captured satellite imagery, available just a few hours after an overpass. It also includes access to historical satellite imagery spanning back 30 years.

You can view GIBS satellite imagery in NASA's own interactive Worldview map. Alternatively you can use the data in your own online maps. NASA's GIBS imagery is available in common online map tiling formats, including Web Map Tile Service (WMTS), Tiled Web Map Service (TWMS), Keyhole Markup Language (KML) and Geospatial Data Abstraction Library (GDAL). The imagery is also available in different map projections, including Geographic / Equirectangular (EPSG:4326), Web Mercator (EPSG:3857), Arctic Polar Stereographic (EPSG:3413) and Antarctic Polar Stereographic (EPSG:3031).

If you want to use GIBS in your maps then you should check out the GIBS API for Developers.

If you don't like reading documentation then you might want to skip straight to NASA's GIBS Web Examples on GitHub. This page includes working examples of NASA's GIBS imagery being used with some of the most popular mapping libraries, including the Google Maps API, Leaflet, OpenLayers, Cesium and the Bing Maps API. For each of these libraries NASA has provided a demo map featuring three different map projections. It has also included a demo for each JavaScript mapping library of recent satellite imagery with a slide date control for viewing the satellite imagery by date.
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