Transferring Google Earth observations to GIS-software: example from gully erosion study
Frankl, Amaury × Zwertvaegher, Ann Poesen, Jean Nyssen, Jan #
Taylor & Francis Ltd.
International Journal of Digital Earth vol:6 issue:2 pages:196-201
High-resolution images available on Google Earth are increasingly being consulted in geographic studies. However, most studies limit themselves to visualizations or on-screen measurements. Google Earth allows users to create points, lines, and polygons on-screen, which can be saved as Keyhole Markup Language (KML) files. Here, the use of R statistics freeware is proposed to easily convert these files to
the shapefile format [or ‘.shp file format’], which can be loaded into Geographic Information System (GIS) software (ESRI ArcGIS 9 in our example). The geospatial data integration in GIS strongly increases the analysis possibilities.