Collaborative Ocean Visualization Environment (COVE)

I love finding exciting new software! And I have a very special place in my heart for open-source software. Alright, this isn’t open source quite yet – it’s actually someone’s PhD project. (I don’t actually know his name, or I’d give him credit here – I’ll try to track it down). So what is it? The quickest description I heard was from Mark Stoermer, who described it as “google earth for the oceans”. This description really doesn’t give it enough justice – it is much more than that. From what I can tell (not having tried it out yet), it has some overlap with other software suites, like Fledermaus, ArcMap, and especially EonFusion. I think that for my purposes, I could most likely use one of the commercially available options, with no loss in the quality of the final product, but the BIG difference? The price. But don’t let that fool you into thinking it’s cheap-o, low quality. I saw some demo’s, and it looks every bit as professional as any viz software I’ve used.

Here’s a little taste, from the COVE website:

Dax is soon going to be working with Mark Stoermer to get the whale tracks into this software.  I can’t wait to see how that looks!

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