The California Ocean Protection Council, in partnership with USGS and NOAA Coastal Services Center, funded a LiDAR data collection effort along the California coast and San Francisco Bay, between 2009-2011. The data were made available last year through the NOAA Coastal Service Center’s Digital Coast Data Access Viewer.
The entire LiDAR [...]
NOAA provides a wealth of GIS data, including updates of its weather predictions.
Here are some useful links:
The NWS GIS Data Portal, where you can download kml and shapefiles. From there, you can go to: The NWS Web Services Page, where you can get the connection information for live [...]
Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP), low, earth-orbiting satellites have provided the military with important environmental information.
Some cool things you can find:
Nighttime lights of the world – – here’s a KMZ file I downloaded: DMSP_Nighttime_Lights.kmz Visible and Infrared imagery
Link to their sensors: http://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/dmsp/sensors.html
The DMSP satellites “see” such environmental [...]