Monthly Archives: August 2012

Lightblueline photos on Flickr


Here is the archive of photos from the original Santa Barbara lightblueline project on Flickr.

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Google Earth layers for Santa Barbara sea level rise

At 3 meters, the airport is under water.

Here are the 1 meter, 3 meter, 5 meter, and 7 meter sea-level rise data display layers (KMZ) for Santa Barbara and Goleta.

To use: open these in Google Earth.

Created by Darren Hardy and Frew.

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World Ocean Atlas Viewer

Above: Screenshot from the WOA Viewer 2005

NOTE: this was completed in 2008, but it still (for now) works.

The WOA viewer brings the entire NOAA World Ocean Atlas 2005 ocean chemistry climatologies into one easy to use viewer.

This downloadable application for the MAC or PC is free to use for educational purposes.

DOWNLOAD: World Ocean Atlas Viewer NOTE: 500 MB download.

For more information on the dataset, visit the NODC website FAQ page .
More WOA information at Wikipedia: World Ocean Atlas.

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Hey Microsoft, that’s our logo!

We’ve been using this for 13 years:


And now you have to do this?


How 2000 can you get?

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NMRI Technologies

The Institute has staff and partners who are expert in a wide range of media and information technologies, as well as earth science, geography, sociology, and marine science.

The New Media Research Institute has wide-ranging interests in the theories and applications of information technology in education. We are particularly interested in the promise of geographic information systems (GIS) and in the future role of digital libraries. Below is a partial list of our current interests.

  • Drupal development
  • Data access software applications for education
  • Data visualization theories and application development
  • Data metadata and server-side and middleware issues
  • Multicasting in education
  • Digital library organization
  • Smart clients for digital library users
  • Personal digital collections
  • Sharable personal digital libraries
  • 3- and 4D displays of information
  • Data fusion between raster and vector data sources
  • Distributed delivery systems
  • Open access publishing informatics and sociology
  • Social organization of digital communities

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NASA ACCESS DIAL Project Technology Real-Time ZACA Fire Animation 2007

Screenshot of the Zaca fire animation

Started July 4, 2007, the Zaca fire burned for nearly two months before it was contained on September 2, 2007. Nearby Santa Barbara City residents watched and waited while this, the largest fire in the history of the county (240,207 acres total), moved ever closer to the inhabited front country. As firefighters battled, NASA’s MODIS Active Fire Mapping Program captured the active burn area several times a day. At the end of August, with towering heat clouds in the sky and ash covering the ground in Santa Barbara City, ACCESS DIAL project technical lead, Marty Landsfeld, noticed satellite data images in the local papers and determined that an animation of the progression of the fire would help inform the population. In one afternoon, using the DIAL technology, he was able to assemble an animation of 104 MODIS data images, including their date and time information. On August 28, the Zaca Fire NASA Data Animation was hosted on the web at NASA Zaca fire data animation.

The URL was seeded to local media outlets. Within 48 hours more than 1000 information-hungry users viewed this resource. The DIAL technology leverages ITTVis’s IDL software for data access and analysis with Adobe Director’s user interface authoring tools.

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A New VISION for the Research Institute!

NMRI created the interactive visuals for this lab

In August, 2009, The Instititute received word that the Phase II STTR project, Volumetric Imaging for Science Instruction of an Open Nature, has been funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development.

The goal of this Phase II Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) project is to adapt an advanced technology employed in biomedical research and practice—volumetric image processing and analysis (VIPA)—for science and mathematics education in formal secondary school settings. VIPA is used in biomedicine to display, model, and analyze volumetric data—typically imaging data that has been created by making two-dimensional digital “slices” of an object of interest—such as in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), functional MRI (fMRI), computed tomography (CT), and single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT). VIPA is also employed in non-biomedical disciplines where volumetric analyses are of interest, for instance, Earth science, engineering, hydrology, oceanography, and oil and gas exploration.

This project will create five e-Learning modules designed to supplement high school biology, Advanced Placement (AP) anatomy and physiology, and AP Biology instruction. The modules will be developed in an inquiry learning (IL) format in which students play the role of imaging scientists. Students will explore fascinating 3-D images; expand spatial thinking abilities by navigating 3-D data visualizations and changing the way the data is represented; master new quantification and technology skills by selecting and measuring features in microscopic and macroscopic specimens; enhance science process skills by working through all stages of a virtual research project; and learn standards-based science content.

The materials will be developed by the New Media Research Institute, in collaboration with Science Approach, LLC, the Biomedical Imaging Resource at the Mayo Clinic, ten experienced teachers, five researchers, a commercialization advisor from the Carolina Biological Supply Company, and the West Texas Office of Evaluation and Research. The VISION modules will be released as a online Moodle courses available for a nominal cost by subscription.

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