Google Earth™ Integration Tools Help
The GeoFUSE Google Earth™ Integration Tools leverage the popular Google Earth™ software platform
to provide an engaging and simple-to-use interface to locate GeoEye imagery anywhere
in the world. Users familiar with Google Earth™ will find the interface to be simple
If you are new to Google Earth™, we encourage you to explore Google™-provided
help resources to provide you with a basic understanding of the interface. A link to
download the Google Earth™ software is also provided.
› Google Earth
› Google Earth™ Download
How to Use Google Earth™ to Locate GeoEye Imagery
To assist you in familiarizing yourself with the process of using Google Earth
to locate GeoEye Imagery, we have provided two resources:
› Getting Started
› Screen Layout
If this help documentation does not answer your questions, additional assistance can be obtained by sending an e-mail
to GeoFUSE Support.
Following is a step-by-step tutorial on how to use Google Earth™ to locate GeoEye imagery.
IMPORTANT: The satellite imagery shown in default views
within Google Earth™ is delivered by Google Earth™ and is not necessarily reflective
of GeoEye archive image availability, quality or conditions. Preview-quality images of GeoEye archive images
are available and can be overlaid on the map surface upon completion of an Image Catalog search
as detailed below.
- Open the GeoEye Google Earth™ Services KML File
To load the GeoEye Image Catalog Search services into Google Earth, you must open the
GeoEye Google Earth™ Services KML file. (KML is a Google Earth™ file format.)
For best results, we recommend that you launch the Google Earth™ application prior to
downloading/opening the GeoEye Image Catalog KML file. To open the GeoEye Image Catalog Search Services,
simply click the Google Earth™ Integration Tools link on the left side of this page.
If Google Earth™ is properly installed, it should load automatically. As an alternative, the KML file
can be saved to your local computer and opened from within Google Earth™ using the "File" menu and the
You may return to the GeoFUSE Google Earth™ Integration Tools site at any time to access the most recent
version of the KML file.
TIP: If you have not used Google Earth™ before, be sure
that you download and install it or you will be unable to open the KML file.
- Find a Place on the Globe
Using any combination of the tools provided by Google Earth™ (e.g., "fly to"
geocoding, zoom, pan, etc.), find a place on the globe where you wish to search
for GeoEye archive imagery.
NOTE: Before an Image Catalog search can be initiated, please make sure you
have zoomed-in to the globe sufficiently. Searches cannot be performed when this message is visible:
- Perform an Image Catalog Search
Once you have zoomed-in to your area of interest, you will see the following
Click the red box icon. An information bubble will appear, displaying options for cloud cover preferences.
Click the link located to the right of the desired cloud cover preference to initiate
an Image Catalog Search.
- Browse the Image Catalog Search Results
After selecting a cloud cover preference, Google Earth™ will transparently query
the GeoEye Image Catalog for available archive imagery. Within a few moments, footprints
will be displayed (if available) showing available archive imagery.
NOTE: Depending on the speed of your Internet connection
and/or other factors, it may take a few moments for the search results to appear.
Thank you for your patience during any brief delays.
Image Catalog Search results are identified by cloud cover as follows:
- A green border box with
a green sun icon in its center
indicates an image footprint with 20% cloud cover or less.
- If applicable to your search, a blue border box with a
blue cloud and sun icon in its center
indicates an image footprint with 20% to 50% cloud cover.
- If applicable to your search, a white border box
light blue cloud icon in its center indicates an image footprint
with 50% to 100% cloud cover.
- A red border box shows the area
of interest upon which the Image Catalog search was based(the original extent of your Google Maps
view, which may be auto-zoomed outward when available footprints are displayed).
To reduce or increase the number of footprints displayed by date range, adjust
the date slider bar at the top of the screen. Footprints will be dynamically displayed or
suppressed as you make changes.
Click the icon at the center of a footprint to display an information bubble with additional
options, such as viewing a preview-quality version of the image or
to view full image metadata as shown here:
The following is a screen layout diagram of the Google Earth™ application to include
callouts defining the screen elements.
- GeoEye Integration References
The grouping under Places is the integration point between Google Earth™ and
the GeoEye Image Catalog. This can be saved or removed following your Google Earth™ session (you will be
asked whether you wish to keep this and/or other Temporary Places when you exit Google Earth.)
- Image Catalog Search Results Integration References
For each Image Catalog search initiated within Google Earth™ a folder hierarchy
will be displayed in the Places list. The structure defines the area of interest and corresponding image footprints
grouped by year. When use of a specific search result dataset is complete, right-clicking
the highest folder in the hierarchy (labeled "GeoEye Image Catalog Search Results"),
and selecting Delete from the context menu will delete the directory and keep your
Google Earth™ Temporary Places list from becoming cluttered.
- Footprint Legend
When footprints are displayed, a legend will indicate the meaning of cloud
cover symbology and coloring (the outline color of the footprints displayed depend upon the cloud
cover preference selected at the beginning of the search).
- Date Slider
Use the date slider bar to expand, contract, or move the date range within which corresponding
image footprints are displayed.
- Area of Interest
A red border symbolizes the area of interest used for your search. Because the
view may be automatically zoomed-out to display matching footprints, the red box clearly displays the search
- Search Initiation Icon (Red Box)
Clicking the small red box allows you to initiate a new Image Catalog Search at any
TIP: Remove old searches prior to initiating new ones
to keep your places list from becoming cluttered (as described in #2, above).
Green, blue and white boxes represent the footprints of images corresponding to your
Image Catalog search.
- Footprint Center Icon
Click the icon in the center of any footprint to display an information bubble with the options to
view a preview-quality image or to see the full image metadata.
- Standard Google Earth™ View Controls
Standard Google Earth™ controls for manipulating the current view.
To learn about these controls, consult Google Earth™ help.