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Innovation - Space Weather with KML

KML, or Keyhole Markup Language, is an XML-based language schema for expressing geographic annotation and visualization. It provides an unprecedented capability for displaying and comparing the real-time space environment. SET has extensive capabilities for developing KML file creation software to meet space weather users specific needs.

ES4D example

SET provides links to several KML files developed by SET and other institutions that can be used by Google Earth, World WInd, or Satellite Tool Kit to display real-time space weather conditions. This comparative capability was developed as a part of the NASA Living With a Star program and as a result of the Ionosphere, Thermosphere, Mesosphere Research workshop in 2009 that was organized by The Aerospace Corporation.

AGI thumbnailThe global satellites files come from AGI and provide the entire NORAD catalog of Earth-orbiting satellites.

ES4D thumbnailThe ionosphere files come from SET's and SEC's CAPS system for displaying communication outages.

CCMC thumbnailThe polar cap files come from CCMC and the models that provide polar electric field conditions.

IGRF thumbnailThe magnetic main field files come from University of Illinois (Jonathan Makela) and displays the IGRF11 main field for 1 January 2010.

AVHRR2The troposphere (1) files come from AVHRR surface and cloud files developed by the Space Science and Engineering Center of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

StratTropo1 thumbnailThe troposphere files (2) come from MODIS AQUA and TERRA observations hosted by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

StratTropo1 thumbnailThe magnetic main field dip equator file comes from NOAA NGDC (Rob Redmon) and displays the dip equator from 1900-2010.



StratTropo1 thumbnailThe geographic and geomagnetic coordinates file comes from NOAA NGDC (Rob Redmon) and displays both coordinate systems.

StratTropo1 thumbnailThe ionosonde file comes from NOAA NGDC (Rob Redmon) and displays locations of realtime and reference ionosondes.