International MODIS/AIRS Processing Package

 MODIS Direct Broadcast Google Earth (DBGE) Software Package v1.1 release     21 January 2009

   Direct Broadcast Google Earth (DBGE) is a software package that uses Terra or Aqua MODIS Level 1B 1km, 500m, 250m and geolocation files as input to create true color imagery in a format which is compatible with the Google Earth geobrowser. To obtain the free Google Earth software, please visit:

The requirements are:

Level 1B files created by either MODISL1DB or SeaDAS are compatible with DBGE as well as files created at the NASA MODIS LAADS archive.

DBGE reads MODIS Level 1B image and geolocation data, and creates tiled MODIS true color images at 250 meter resolution, along with the Keyhole Markup Language (KML) files which allow the imagery to be displayed in Google Earth. To make the MODIS images and KML files viewable on the Internet, you will need a web server where the images and KML files can be stored. It does not have to be the same system where you run DBGE. Any computer which runs a web server (even a Windows computer) may be used to serve the images to Google Earth.

For an example of a real-time web page containing 250m true color images along with the option to view them in Google Earth, please see the University of Wisconsin Direct Broadcast MODIS today web page:

For more information on this release, please see the top level README file that accompanies the software.

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