Geoscience data sharing and processing is very advanced in terms of surface data. Subsurface data sharing has not received the attention that surface data sharing has received and so there are fewer applications or software packages which focus on it. This research is funded by the NSF EarthCube GEO Domain program in an effort to develop a continental-scale repository of 3D subsurface data to facilitate the sharing of complex 3D data and to enable the development of geoprocessing tools and workflows that operate on that data. The work in this thesis is a small part of the EarthCube project with two parts. The first part is to research current tools for 3D subsurface data visualization, specifically virtual globes, and to recommend one for use in the development of the EarthCube project. The second part is to develop an online prototype visualization platform for the EarthCube project referred to as the "Digital Crust" using the recommended virtual globe. Additional work was done with the Digital Crust to develop geoprocessing tools to show the ability for the Digital Crust to work with a data repository. These tools convert geoscience data file types, and interpolate soil cross-sections from borehole log data.
College and Department
Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology; Civil and Environmental Engineering
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Whitman, Derek C., "Investigating Virtual Globes for a Prototype Community Archive of 3D Subsurface Data" (2014). All Theses and Dissertations. 4105.
AHGW, virtual globe, geoprocessing, cloud, Digital Crust, EarthCube, CUAHSI, GIS, ArcGIS