Desalination in the US: A movie and multidimensional map in KMZ format

This page provides supplemental information for this paper:

Geospatial Analysis of Desalination in the US -
An Interactive Tool for Socio-Economic Evaluations and Decision Support
doi:10.1016/j.apgeog.2016.04.013

One link is a movie made with Google Earth using US_Desal.kmz
The second link is to map US_Desal.kmz file for use in Google Earth.

Click here for link to movie (mp4 format).

The map US_Desal.kmz is for viewing and learning purposes only.
The map file US_Desal.kmz should not be used for anything else
without written permission from the author Jad Ziolkowska.
The US_Desal.kmz file is based on selected data from Desaldata.com.
This data was modified by the authors and made into a structured KMZ
map with permission from Desaldata.com. The code and example structures
in the KMZ file are free to use but not the data.

You will need Google Earth or some other virtual globe to view this KMZ file.
We recommend using Google Earth if you dont have it installed here is a link:
Click here for link to Google Earth for download and installation.

Click here for US temporal desalination plants map US_Desal.kmz

Below is a default view after loading map US_Desal.kmz
This is a map of US Desalination plants over time. Data points in the map are displayed
by height by year. The closer (lower) to the surface the older the plant and the higher
the plant the more recent. To better view plants by elevation the map must be tilted.
Four views are provided in the US_Desal.kmz file to view plants over time (temporal)
with a tilted view. The views are listed at the bottom of the sidebar and provide fly
throughs to California, Texas, Florida, and Chicago.
default loaded view image of US desalination plants in the US

Instructions on how to navigate after loading map file US_Desal.kmz:
Make sure you have Sidebar selected.
Sidebar image


From the slide bar you can switch to Plant Status 5D, Raw Water Type 5D,
User Category 5D, or the default MGD 4D circle selector.
Desalination radio select image


To change from the default view select any view below
Default view
by double clicking any part of the text name in the view.
Desalination over time select view image

The design and construction of the KML/KMZ file was setup to allow easy
access to more details within each data folder. We set up many folders
with multiple levels of subfolders to allow deeper folder level access
and selection control of what desal plants are visible on the map.
The core of the desal data is contained within a radioFolder. For this data
set we have 4 folders ( Plant Status 5D, Raw Water Type 5D, MGD 4D ).
The radioFolder type only allows one folder at the base level to be selected.
Within each radioFolder are more sorted levels of detail. For example
if "Plant Status 5D" is selected this has 8 subfolders (Cancelled,
Construction, Offline, On Hold, Online, Planned, Presumed Offline,
Presumed Online) and at this level and beyond folders can be selected on
or off by check box. Each of the 8 subfolders also have an additional 10
subfolders of MGD (Millions of Gallons per Day) sorted by the lowest MGD
to the highest MGD.

For example if you wanted to show only "Plant Status 5D" and only plants
that were "Online" and only the plants with the largest MGD output
"MGD range: 4:31 to 73.21" you could select only the subfolder "Online" and
only the subfolder "MGD range: 4:31 to 73.21" as in the example below.
Desal subfolder image
The last level of subfolders all have MGD sorted by size.

The map file US_Desal.kmz has been tested on Google Earth, NASA World Wind 2.0,
ArcGIS Explorer 3400, and ArcGIS Earth 1.0 but we recommend using
Google Earth for stability.

Below are 3 screen save examples of
NASA World Wind 2.0, ArcGIS Explorer 3400 and ArcGIS Earth 1.0.

Desal NASA World Wind image
Desal ArcGIS Explorer image
Desal ArcGIS Earth image

Please note map US_Desal.kmz is for viewing and learning purposes only.
The map file US_Desal.kmz should not be used for anything else
without written permission from the author Jad Ziolkowska.
The US_Desal.kmz file is based on selected data from Desaldata.com.
This data was modified by the authors and made into a structured KMZ
map with permission from Desaldata.com. The code and example structures
in the KMZ file are free to use but not the data.

An iPhone with a view after loading US_Desal.kmz
US desalination on an iPhone view
This will also work with Android devices.

We also tested KML files in Ceisum and the results were good and no need for plugins.
Below is one screen save from Cesium 1.16.
US desalination using Cesium screen view

Click here for experminental link in Cesium 1.16
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