Remember how in The Perfect Storm Sebastian Junger writes evocatively about the sea buoys out in the Atlantic ocean and how they come to record amazing wave heights? Now you can monitor these very same buoys in near real-time in Google Earth, and much more besides.
The network link that makes this possible is the work of Jeremy Cothran at the University of South Carolina’s Advanced Solutions Group. He’s posted details on Google Earth Community. The file is a direct download here.
What I find especially nice is how if you click on a buoy’s current wave height data you are taken to a web page that shows you a historical data series. This works for any data point, in fact.
And the network link actually covers both ocean- and land-based measurement platforms across the western hemisphere. This is truly the sensor web in action, and how.