Google Earth Virtual Globe Tour

Kate Smith, Rob Berry and Lucy Clarke developed and evaluated a Google Earth ‘virtual globe’ tour which aimed to communicate spatial data and engage stakeholders in the early stages of a natural flood management (NFM) planning scenario. This is based on the Isbourne River in the UK that suffered significant flooding in 2007 and was in collaboration with the Isbourne Catchment Group. The results of this have been accepted for publication in the Geographical Journal and the tour can be downloaded below.

Instructions on how to view the Google Earth ‘virtual globe’ tour

A link to the ‘virtual globe’ tour will be included in the final paper. The KMZ file has been made available for review through a Dropbox account accessed via the following URL:

Please note: this file can be opened using Google Earth or Google Earth Pro desktop (versions 6 and above). It is NOT supported for use through the web version, Google Earth for Google Chrome (v9), or by the Google Earth App for Android or iOS.

The latest version of Google Earth can be downloaded here:

To activate the tour:

  • Open Google Earth.
  • Go to File > Open, and navigate to the downloaded KMZ file to open it.
  • Carefully follow the on-screen instructions to run the tour.
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