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X3D-EarthBrowser: Visualize our earth in your web browser

: Herzig, Pasquale; Englert, Michael; Wagner, Sebastian; Jung, Yvonne; Bockholt, Ulrich


Posada, J. ; Association for Computing Machinery -ACM-, Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques -SIGGRAPH-:
Web3D 2013, 18th International Conference on 3D Web Technology. Proceedings : 20-22 June 2013, San Sebastian, Spain
New York: ACM, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-4503-2133-4
International Conference on 3D Web Technology (Web3D) <18, 2013, San Sebastian>
Fraunhofer IGD ()
WebGL; HTML5; compression; terrain rendering

Earth data covering geodetic, meteorological and oceanographic information provides petabyte volumes of multi-dimensional data that can be accessed via dynamic data queries specifying the data subset to be processed and rendered in real-time. Our proposed X3D-EarthBrowser interfaces these queries that are standardized by the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) to real-time visualization technologies based on WebGL and X3D. In this context, we have developed rendering technologies for terrain and raster data to be used in standard web browsers, which have been evaluated in different use cases and run on various operating systems. Besides interfacing these technologies we have developed data streaming components that instantaneously offer pre-renderings in lower LODs of the requested data volume while providing high responsiveness and smooth interaction.