This Plug-in is the result of a collaborative effort between The International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) at Columbia University, and The Institute for the Application of Geospatial Technology (IAGT) a Cayuga Community College, with funding provided by USAID to support the SERVIR project.
From the description –
This Plug-in integrates The International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) data for Africa in WorldWind.
In WorldWind, you can view the IRI datasets, clicking on points brings up graphs of variables such as rainfall.
I have only played around with this Plug-in for a short time, but I’m already very impressed, do beware though it is not a simple plug-in some features are tricky to find.
The Data comes from a variety of places, MODIS, MEWS and others, the Plug-in can display a simple static image (with legend) for the latest available data, select a specific date, or you can select a time range for an animation.
Another important feature is the ‘Get info..’ button, this places pushpins on the map, which when clicked display detailed data n World Winds internal browser (looks great on a widescreen monitor), there is probably a lot I have missed and no doubt more data sources will be added, but from what I have seen this will be a very useful tool for scientists and government agencies.
For more information visit the WorldWind Central wiki page.