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About Geographic Visualization Lab

Geographic Visualization Lab aims to transform the way people experience, understand, and appreciate natural and cultural diversity. Engaging audiences through immersive digital experiences, this Lab fuels innovative conservation solutions by revealing the status and evolving patterns of the planet’s vital signs.

Geographic Visualization


Geographic Visualization Lab is developing the Vital Signs of the Planet to spatially and temporally track, in real time, biodiversity, migration, extreme environments, critical ecosystems, human pressures, and protected areas. These vital signs will provide new insights about the state of the planet and inform conservation solutions.

Geographic Visualization

Earth Pulse

Geographic Visualization Lab is building Earth Pulse, a cutting-edge four-dimensional, multi-resolution, “living and breathing” digital planet Earth. Earth Pulse will leverage National Geographic’s rich content as well as the latest technological advances in mixed reality to allow people to engage with the natural and cultural world through next generation immersive experiences.




Experience the Okavango River Basin with NationaL Geographic & google 

In partnership with Google, our Google Voyager story uses the newly visualized Human Impact data and on-the-ground data and storytelling from National Geographic’s Okavango Wilderness Project expeditions to see how we can better protect the natural resources and wildlife of regions like the Okavango watershed.

View the Voyager Story




Making an Impact for the Planet

Photographs by Terry Virts/NASA (Top Image) ; (3d Photogrammetry scan) ; David Doubilet (Vital signs) ; Scott Kelly/NASA (Earth Pulse) ;  Dave McAloney (Exploration Technology), Karine Aigner (Citizen Explorer), Manu San Félix (Impact Programs), Kenneth Geiger (Drone)