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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.


Fly-through of 3D data from high-resolution Aircraft-mounted scanner used in Garamba National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo.

Geographic Visualization


Geographic Visualization Lab is developing the Vital Signs of the Planet to spatially and temporally track biodiversity, migration, extreme environments, critical ecosystems, human pressures, and protected areas. These impact-driven indices 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 combines the uniquely rich National Geographic-curated content with technological advances in data visualization and mixed reality to tell the story of the world and its people, and bring protected areas to life.




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) ; Corey Jaskolski (3d Photogrammetry scan) ; David Doubilet (Vital signs) ; Scott Kelly/NASA (Earth Pulse) ;  LUCAS FOGLIA (Earth Live) ; Cory Richards (Okavango Voyager Story) ; Dave McAloney (Exploration Technology) ; Karine Aigner (Citizen Explorer) ; Manu San Félix (Impact Programs)