- #: 13900
- Price: $2.99 In Apple Store
- Category: Education
- Updated: 2010-12-23
- Current Version: 1.1
- 1.1 (iOS 4.0 Tested)
- Size: 6.30 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Columbia University
- Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1 or later
- © 2011 Columbia University in the City of New York
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Explore your planet as never before with the mobility of EarthObserver. Use your fingertips to travel through terrestrial landscapes and across the ocean floor. Visit frozen icecaps, study geological maps, scout mountains to climb and trips on…..
Rated 5/5 based on 3 customer reviews.
Earth Observer is Great!!
Samantha Chan write:
This new app is a wonderful and useful tool on the go!
A perfect app for any earth scientist or science geek
Let me start by saying that I am already a very active user of LDEO's GeoMapApp, and it has helped me to locate high-resolution sonar data that I am currently using for my PhD research. Therefore, I was very, very excited when I heard this app was available.
The amount of layers and datasets available to overlay on the basemap is astounding, and the app is surprisingly fast. I can easily zoom into an area of interest and within a few seconds, the image has updated to show me the data at resolution appropriate for that zoom level. A green rectangle around the data indicates that you can zoom in for an even higher resolution image. A red rectangle means you have already maxed-out the resolution. You also have options to highlight where higher resolution data has been incorporated into the basemap just like in the GeoMapApp desktop version. When looking at sea floor data, the low resolution predicted bathymetry data will be slightly darker, and higher resolution multibeam sonar data from ship track lines will be brighter.
Within seconds of downloading the app, I was creating overlays with earthquake locations, getting actual depth estimates from the seafloor (a elevation in meters pops up when you click on the basemap) and saving out images.
The one quirky thing I noticed is the camera icon to save out a JPG image. The camera icon is located on the menu tab, accessible by clicking the > button. If you click the camera icon, you see the familiar screen flash that lets you know a screen grab has been taken. It appears that all you have done is taken a screen grab of the menu, but it actually takes a screen grab of the data that was viewable on your screen right before hitting the > button. I found this a bit counterintuitive as it seems that having the camera icon on the actual map view would make more sense, though it would take up a slight bit of screen real estate. That said however, the screen capture features works very well and screen grabs are automatically saved in your camera roll.
I cannot wait to get home and try this out on my iPad. I see this app being extremely useful not just to me, but to anyone in oceanography, geology, geophysics, or any type of earth science. Now, the next time I'm in an impromptu meeting with my advisor sans computer and we're discussing one of my focus sites, I can just pull out my phone and we can zoom right to to it!
Slick Wreck the Ruler write:
Maps Illustrated w/ # of underweight children, carbon monoxide, human footprint, ocean floors, DAILY view from NASA... and more ! These nerds are awesome for making this & putting it up for free!
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