This ability to explore our world from the comfort of a local coffee-house is truly a remarkable achievement - and it will only get better. With a new generation of remote sensing satellites, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and geotagged social media - the global archive of high-resolution imagery and GIS data is growing fast.
While Google Earth, NASA's WorldWind and ArcGIS Explorer are fun, they also hold tremendous promise in science, education, business, government and society in general. With the ability to post and extract any georeferenced information, virtual globes provide a framework for organizing, managing, and sharing the world's geospatial information.
Geospatial technology is changing our world; the way we live and work, the way we educate our students, and the way we "do" science.
Once again, please join in this new age of global exploration and scientific discovery.
Center for Geospatial Technology
Texas Tech University