Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Good News for Virtual Globe Travellers

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Good News for Virtual Globe Travellers

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Byline: Tony Henderson

THE growing taste for travelling the globe via desktop computer will come under the spotlight at North-East conference next week.

Experts from rivals Google Earth and Virtual Earth will take part in the event at Newcastle University from September 11-14 to examine how this new technology will develop.

The conference on geomatics technology will also hear from NASA scientist Bill Krabill, who will talk about latest findings concerning melting glaciers in Greenland.

Geomatics, which enables people to travel the virtual globe from their computer, is set to expand in the next few years to allow virtual navigation of a town or city as if the visitor was on the ground in the location.

Jon Mills, Professor of Geomatic Engineering at the university's School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, said: "All of our geomatics research revolves around this kind of technology, and bringing it to people's desktops has gone a long way towards raising awareness. …

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