This is our video tutorial for AgroSphere. More information can also be found in the tutorial section of the app, or on our Github page.

Mobile Demo

This is AgroSphere running on mobile. All of the functionalities of the app are available in your hands!

Lesson Plan

For a guide on how this app may be used in the classroom, click the button below. This lesson plan focuses on the use of the app in a larger unit on climate change. It is based on 90-minute classes.

Link to the Lesson Plan


Examples of our application in action.

Geo-Comparison Data

Interactive Global Agriculture Data

Historical Country and Weather Data

Crops, Livestock, Pesticides, Emissions, and more

Global Image Layers

And Finding Current Weather

Data Workflow

And Technologies Used


Timeline for our project.

  • JUNE 5, 2017

    First Day

    The World Wind 2017 summer interns arrived at the orientation! They familiarized themselves with the WorldWind SDK and began exploring ideas for a project.

  • JUNE 10, 2017

    Brainstorming for the Application

    The interns came up with the idea of researching the effect of climate on agriculture!

    They worked on wireframing and prototyping possible scenarios for the app. Additionally, they researched what types of data would be accurate indicators of climate change and its effects.

  • JUNE 2017

    Scavenging for Data

    They began researching for relevant datasets and making data visible on the 3D globe using the Web World Wind SDK. Development on the project began during this period.

  • July 2017

    Transition to Development

    The web app was finessed: the interns added features such as geocomparison, opacity/time sliders, country-specific data, and improved aesthetics. This period was mostly focused on adding functionality to the project.

  • August 7, 2017


    The interns deployed the finished project and its informational website online, and submitted the project to the NASA Europa Challenge.

The Team

NASA WorldWind 2017 Interns

John Nguyen

University of Queensland

Mingda Tang

University of Michigan

Stacey Chen

Saratoga High School

Atreya Iyer

Menlo School

Nick Rubel

University of Texas - Arlington

We discussed our web app and work-in-progress with Martin C. Heller from the Center for Sustainable Systems at University of Michigan. He offered us critiques from a researcher's point of view. One suggestion was to add more data that would be more relevant for a researcher's point of view. We also tested our app on NASA interns from the STEM Teacher and Researcher (STAR) program to receive suggestions from an educational perspective.

In addition, a STAR Teacher suggested a way to use the app in the classroom. An alumni from the University of Pennsylvania commented on the app's user interface design and changes were made accordingly. Finally, the app was tested with members of the educational institutes that each intern was affiliated with.