California 3D: Visualization of California State-wide 3D Orthophotography Dataset

The California 3D project will process a California state-wide 3D orthophotography dataset and prepare it for visualization on advanced displays in Calit2’s Immersive Visualization Lab, including the StarCAVE and HIPerSpace systems. The ability to view the entire state in 3D, including changes over time, provides a paradigm shift for a number of Catli2’s applications in the Environment thrust area. This project lies at the intersection of Calit2’s Cyberspace and Environment strategic areas.

In 2005, the State of California commissioned the California Geologic Survey (CGS) to perform a full state-wide survey with high resolution orthophotographic images to serve multiple objectives, resulting in a 24 terabyte dataset for the entire state. The datasets were to be used by the CGS Seismic Hazards Mapping Program, for detailed mapping of seismic hazards across the state; for damage assessment after the 2005 Southern California Winter Storms; and, by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) for their National Agriculture Imagery Program (NAIP). Through the California-3D project, we are working with the CGS to re-purpose these data for other broader use by the academic community in research and education.

Principal Investigators: 

Chaitan Baru
Co-investigator: Jurgen Schulze, Calit2


Jurgen Schultze, CalIT2
Charles Real, Supervising Engineering Geologist, CGS
Tim McCrink, Geologist, CGS

Past ACID Participants: 
Funding Source: 

Calit2 Science Research Opportunities Program (CSRO)