NASA: Access Near Real Time Satellite Imagery using The Earth Observatory Natural Event Tracker (EONET), Version 2 of API Released
More and more NASA imagery is being made available via web services (WMS, WMTS, etc.) and a significant percentage of it is being produced and published in near real time (within a few hours after acquisition). This ability means that NASA imagery can be used more routinely to examine current natural events as they happen.
The public can currently browse the entire globe using specialized client applications (e.g., NASA WorldView, Google Earth) to look for natural events as they occur. Storms are regularly spotted in the tropics, dust storms over deserts, forest fires in the summers.
These events are occurring constantly and NASA imagery can represent them all using a variety of different data parameters. However, the user’s experience is guided, and therefore restricted, by the client application.
What if there was an API that provided a curated collection of natural events and provided a way to link those events to event-related image layers? What if this API enabled developers to build their own client applications? Enter EONET.
EONET is a repository of metadata about natural events. EONET is accessible via web services. EONET will drive your natural event application.
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Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.