Monthly NASA Blue Marble Second Generation

Contact Mark Mulligan Click here to access the visualisation (requires Google Earth version 4+)


This is a Google Earth implementation of the MODIS natural colour mosaic known as Blue Marble: Next Generation. The Google Earth KML was produced by Dr Mark Mulligan of King's College London. These data show land surface and snow dynamics on the basis of monthly composites of MODIS imagery for 2004. Use the 'Click for month' radio buttons to view a month at a time. 
NASA Blue Marble SG (January)


Use the 'Time-animation' radio button and then press play in the Google Earth time controller to animate through the months. You can view seasonal changes in land cover at high spatial resolution (upto 500m pixels) for a small area or lower spatial resolution for a larger area.

Data were obtained from NASA's NASA’s Earth Observatory 

Blue Marble: Next Generation was produced by Reto Stöckli, NASA Earth Observatory (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center). See The Blue Marble Next Generation—A true color Earth dataset including seasonal dynamics from MODIS (880 kB PDF) for full acknowledgments.

NASA Blue Marble : British Columbia (January)


NASA Blue Marble : British Columbia (July)