google maps

Animating Urban Pollution in Google Maps

By September 28, 2006 No Comments

Richard Milton, a researcher at CASA working on our GeoVUE project (funded by NCESS), has produced an interesting use of Google Maps to visualise urban pollution trails.

As a result of the write up of his work, in New Scientist, the BBC got in touch to film a sequence based on measuring carbon monoxide levels from a cyclists perspective.

The Google Map features a colour coded time line of pollution, animating along the path linked to a java applet. The peak of carbon monoxide emissions is as the presenter got stuck behind a bus..

You can view the Google Maps example from here

Richard has written up his account of the experiment on the CASA Blog.


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