Department of Earth Sciences
Newton Horace Winchell School of Earth Sciences



Ever look down at Earth from an airplane and ask yourself, "That's really cool, I wonder how that happened?"  Well, now you can find out...


LacCore's Shane Loeffler, Amy Myrbo, Sijia Ai, along with senior software development consultant Reed McEwan (MS 1991), have develop a mobile app for geosciences outreach. 


Flyover Country is a National Science Foundation funded offline mobile app for geoscience outreach and data discovery. The app exposes interactive geologic maps from, fossil localities from and, Wikipedia articles, offline base maps, and the user’s current GPS determined location, altitude, speed, and heading. The app analyzes a given flight path and caches relevant map data and points of interest (POI), and displays these data during the flight, without in flight wifi. By downloading only the data relevant to a particular flightpath, cache sizes remain reasonable, allowing for a robust experience without an internet connection.

Flyover Country is not limited to the window seat of airplanes. It is also ideal for road trips, hiking, and other outdoor activities such as field trips and geologic field work.






Atmospheric conditions on campus now