“GeoMapApp and Virtual Ocean: Free tools for exploring and visualising geosciences data” with Andrew Goodwillie (Feb 2009)

by | Jul 24, 2023 | GeoMapApp

Originally presented 7 Feb 2009

GeoMapApp and Virtual Ocean are free tools developed by Lamont scientists for exploring and discovering geoscience data. They are used by middle and high school teachers as well as research scientists. In addition to containing a wealth of built-in data sets, users can import, view and manipulate their own data tables.

Use these tools to teach introductory earth sciences and oceanography such as seafloor spreading, contours, gravity, 3-D geospatial awareness and so on. Create short projects for your students.

In the workshop, we’ll provide an introduction and plenty of hands-on demonstrations. Please bring your own laptops. Materials will be provided for free.

URLs: www.geomapapp.org , www.virtualocean.org

Introduction to this Workshop

Dr. Andrew Goodwillie provides all necessary introduction to GeoMapApp and VirtualOcean,

so nothing else is needed for this session.

Cutting-Edge Research

Dr. Goodwillie is an Associate Research Scientist in LDEO’s Division of Marine Geology & Geophysics. His research has focused on innovative tools to visualise the hidden ocean floor, and use these to help educate the next generation of scientists and students.

Link to Dr. Goodwillie’s Oct 2006 E2C Workshop

Classroom Resources

Marine Geoscience Data System:

Search for Data:

Other “really neat” tools you can try:


Ridge 2000

Other Resources for This Topic

MGDS: Marine Geoscience Data System

MGDS: GeoMapApp

 GeoMapApp tutorials

MGDS: Virtual Ocean

MGDS: Search for Data


MGDS: RIDGE 2000 Data Portal

MGDS: Global Multi-Resolution Topography Data Portal
VIS Lab: Remote Sensing Image Analysis Laboratory

PetDB: Petrological Database of the Ocean Floor

SedDB: Data Collection for Marine Sediment Geochemistry

SESAR: System for Earth Sample Registration

Integrating Educational Technologies

Integrating GeoMapApp and Virtual Ocean Educational Technologies into Your Classrooms

Your assignment:

1) What characteristics make  the resources available through GeoMapApp and Virtual Ocean effective as a classroom teaching strategy?

2) When should these tools be used for full-class instruction, and when should they be used for small groups or individual projects?

3) Describe some strategies to locate suitable activities that utilize GeoMapApp and Virtual Ocean for your classes.


4) Design a lesson plan that incorporates at least one or more applications of GeoMapApp and/or Virtual Ocean.

E2C Follow-up:

You may send your model lesson and other responses to this “assignment” to michael@earth2class.org. If suitable, we will post your work in the E2C lesson plans and/or add them to this section of the Workshop website.


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