3D Visualisation of World Flight Paths

Robin Edwards, a student on our MRes in Advanced Spatial Analysis and Visualisation here at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, University College London, has used Processing to create a visualisation using data from OpenFlights.org.

The clip below visualises approx 50,000 active flight-paths,interpolating motion along great circle paths for dynamic effect:

Robin notes that it does not account for multiple airlines or scheduled flights, but the path data still seems a reasonable proxy for flight visualisation.

For more head over to http://geotheory.org/ 
We like it so much it is slide one in our lecture on Geography in a Web 3.0 World at the Research Methods Festival 2012 at Oxford University next week…