The Explorer geo-browser provides a convenient interface for interacting with maps, imagery and geospatial data in the context of a 3D globe or a 2D map. Several components allow you to control the display of the Explorer.
The layout of the Explorer is comprised of four components:
Displays collections of domain specific data. The left panel can be resized by dragging the window splitter.
Displays collections of data for the selected item on the globe. The bottom panel can be resized by dragging the window splitter.
Displays the virtual globe or a 3D map projection.
The position under the crosshairs is display in the Location Widget (lower right) and is used to compute the current time displayed in the Time Widget (lower left).
Displays the temporal data for the position under the crosshairs.
Displays the spatial data for the position under the crosshairs.
Markers can be added to the globe to provide quick navigation to a place or to call out an interesting location. - Open the dropdown list to select a marker style for the marker tool - To add a marker to the globe, click the currently selected marker icon and then click globe at the location the marker should be placed
Weather Scouts can be added to the globe which display US National Weather Service point weather forecast at their location. - To add a weather scout to the globe, click the cloud icon and then click globe at the location the weather forecast is should be made
A set of view controls are displayed in the upper left that provide buttons to zoom, tilt, rotate the globe and to apply vertical exaggeration to the terrain.