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Google Earth Thematic Mapping Engine

By July 1, 2008 2 Comments

Every now and again a web based service comes along that takes our breath away, Bjørn Sandvik’s Thematic Mapping Engine is one of those services.

Bjorn is a project manager at United Nations Association (UNA) of Norway who is currently on study leave to undertaking a master’s in Geography Information Science (GIS) at University of Edinburgh. His Thematic Mapping Engine enables you to visualise global statistics on Google Earth in a way that only a few years ago would of been a showstopper using high end tools such as ESRI’s ArcGlobe.

Its is quick easy with a colour scale that fits the mapping well, our movie below illustrates Global Population in 2005.

It is simple to use – go the the main page of the Thematic Engine and select a required indicator – we picked Population. You can then choose your technique of mapping – we chose Prism – and date etc. Its self explanatory with a KML provided to open in Google Earth.

For anyone interesting in mapping the Thematic Mapping Engine is well worth a look.


Andy is Professor of Digital Urban Systems at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London.