Google Mapping Workshop: Mapping Conservation

Google Mapping Workshop: Mapping Conservation
Co-hosted by Google Earth Outreach and LightHawk
October 8, 2012, 9:30am - 4:00pm
Google Office at 2590 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO (map)
Using what you learn during the workshop (or in the slide deck)...
  • Exercise #1: You are a member of the Friends of Rocky Mountain National Park, and are leading a project to add a new trail to the Bear Lake area. [this is a fictitious example.]
      1. Search for "Bear Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park."
      2. Create a placemark, and add text in the balloon: "Bear Lake is located in Rocky Mountain National Park, which is a national park located in the north-central region of the U.S. state of Colorado."
      3. Change the icon of the placemark, choosing an icon from the Google Earth icon gallery.
      4. Add a custom icon of a hiker: click to link to image
      5. Create two more placemarks. 
      6. Modify the style of your placemark labels.
      7. Add a link to one or more balloon(s): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bear_Lake_(Colorado)
      8. Add a photo of Bear Lake to one of your placemark(s): click to link to image (source page)
      9. Download the image of Bear Lake in the winter to your computer by clicking here, and then add it to the balloon of one of your placemarks. (source page)
      10. Embed a YouTube video of bear sighting in a placemark: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wwet7oALbec
      11. Create a path (for a trail), and change color and width of the path.
      12. Create a polygon (around the lake), and change color and opacity of the polygon.
      13. Add height to your trail or lake ("extrude to ground") to make it "stand out."
      14. Create a folder to hold everything you've created for this project.
      15. Save your project as a KMZ file.
  • Exercise #2: You want to create a tour to show at a presentation to NPS, and potentially to record and upload to YouTube.
      1. Add a view / perspective to each placemark.
      2. Create a tour of your project using the placemarks (record yourself double-clicking on the placemarks).
      3. Save your project as a KMZ file.
  • Exercise #3: You recently joined LightHawk for a flight down in Central America, and would like to depict your GPS tracks in Google Earth.
      1. Add GPS data to Google Earth: click to download GPS .log file (source: Lee Pagni, LightHawk pilot)
      2. Add a placemark to the island, and add a photo to the balloon: click to link to image (source page)
      3. Create a tour using the "Play tour of path" button
      4. Save your project as a KMZ file.
  • Extra Credit:
    • Overlay the Rocky Mountain National Park map (using image overlay tool): click to link to image (source page)
    • Overlay a logo or legend, using this tutorial.
    • Learn how to import GIS data (if you have Google Earth Pro), using this tutorial.
    • Learn how to use the Spreadsheet Mapper to map many points at a time, using this tutorial.
    • Open up the KML file of the GPS file, and add a 3D model of a Cessna plane, but inserting the following KML near the end of the KML file before the line that reads: </gx:Track>
        <Model id="model_11">
          <Orientation>
            <heading>180</heading>
            <tilt>0</tilt>
            <roll>0</roll>
          </Orientation>
          <Scale>
            <x>1</x>
            <y>1</y>
            <z>1</z>
          </Scale>
          <Link>
            <href>https://sites.google.com/a/earthoutreach.org/workshops/boulder/cessna.dae</href>
          </Link>
          <ResourceMap>
          </ResourceMap>
        </Model>

  • Useful Resources for the future
  • Where can you learn more?
      • Take tutorials here!
      • Watch a Google Earth tour about the Arctic Tern on Youtube or in Google Earth via KMZ.
      • Apply for a nonprofit software grant of Google Earth Pro here
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