Robin Edwards, a student on our MRes in Advanced Spatial Analysis and Visualisation here at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, University College London, has used Processing to create a visualisation using data from The clip below visualises approx 50,000 active flight-paths,interpolating motion along great circle paths for dynamic effect:

Robin notes that it does not account for multiple airlines or scheduled flights, but the path data still seems a reasonable proxy for flight visualisation.

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We like it so much it is slide one in our lecture on Geography in a Web 3.0 World at the Research Methods Festival 2012 at Oxford University next week…


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