National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NOAA OceanGIS: 3D GIS for Ocean Data

OceanGIS is meant to be a Proof-of-Concept only! Please don't expect too much! OceanGIS is an oceanography-specific 3D data viewer based on GIS technology (using GeoTools), and 3D-support using the Visualization Toolkit (VTK).

Take a look at a screensnap or two, and then download the application and sample data as described below. You can view slides from a presentation at the 2005 American Meteorological Society meeting here or download the paper here (pdf).

Have fun, The PMEL Viz folks

To install/run OceanGIS:

Install Java 1.5 or higher:

1. go to

2. install Java 1.5 or higher (at least the Java Runtime Environment Version 5.0)


download (currently ver is 04)
open OceanGIS folder
double-click OceanGIS.exe


download OceanGIS_ver_linux.tar.gz (currently ver is 04)
gzip -d < OceanGIS_ver_linux.tar.gz | tar xvf -
cd OceanGIS

Note! sample data files are available for download: (provides shapefile CTD collections, some bathymetry, various model output, sample DEMS, sample ascii-grid files, etc).

download (about 150 Mb)
unzip if necessary (linux users)
run OceanGIS
click Edit->Global Settings
click "Data Directory" button
select folder/directory that you unpacked the data in
(default is OceanGISdata)

Contact Info:
Christopher Moore
NOAA - PMEL, Bldg 3
7600 Sand Point Way, NE
Seattle, WA 98115

Phone: 206-526-6779
Fax:   206-526-6744


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