NASA fly-by portal monitors rainforest

NASA administrator Sean O'Keefe last month inaugurated a 3-D visualization portal for fly-through surveys of Central America's data layers, captured by satellites.

The Mesoamerican Monitoring and Visualization System, at servir.nsstc.nasa.gov, received funding from seven nations, the Agency for International Development and the World Bank. It uses Terra mapping software from Skyline Software Systems Inc. of Woburn, Mass.

Users can access either English or Spanish versions of the site to view near-real-time satellite readings of fires, agriculture, soil and urban areas. The site, scheduled for completion around August, will have decision-support tools, a map server and a large archive of downloadable data for geographic information systems.

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