Google Maps and Google Earth are morphing into visualization tools for marine data, called, oddly enough, Google Ocean. Google Maps (GM) on the web and Google Earth (GE) as a 3D interactive atlas software application are ideal tools for sharing geographical information in a simple way. Google Ocean is rumored to contain 3D oceanographic maps with underwater topography, search features for spots and attractions, and also have zooming and panning features. Much like Google Earth and Sky, you will be able to overlay layers on top of the oceanographic maps, such as weather patterns, currents, temperatures, shipwrecks, coral reefs, worldwide tide predictions, weather, magnetic declination and algae blooms.
Posted by Casey Kazan. Image shows Shipwrecks off Coast of France.