EarthSci - 3D Data visualisation tool

EarthSci is a digital globe, built for visualising 3D geoscience data, both on and under the surface of the Earth. It allows users to display multiple GIS data and gocad models, to view multiple datasets together from a small, local scale, right out to a large, national or continental scale.

Developed at Geoscience Australia using the NASA World Wind SDK and the gdal library, EarthSci is capable of viewing most standard GIS Raster and Vector formats, including Web Mapping Services (WMS). The application is shipped with numerous regional and national Australian datasets and allows the user to import their own datasets for visualisation.


EarthSci is currently only distributed in the Common Earth Model, a package of regional and national Australian geoscience data that can be downloaded here. EarthSci is distributed as open source software also available through GitHub.

System Requirements

EarthSci is a cross-platform application that runs in the Java Runtime Environment. Due to its graphically intense nature, the application requires a modern graphics card running recent drivers.

The application may not run on low-end computers with integrated graphics acceleration.

The following are the minimum system requirements for EarthSci:

  1. Java JRE 7 or greater
  2. Windows, Mac OS X, or linux
  3. A modern graphics card which supports at least OpenGL 2.0
  4. Up to date graphics card drivers

Note that some datasets require an internet connection. Without access to the internet you may not be able to view all of the datasets and/or their associated information pages.

Launching the application

Launchers are provided for the three supported platforms. The application can be started by running the appropriate launcher, outlined below. The launchers are located in the Source Data\EarthSci - Data Visualisation Tool folder, which you can get to by opening the USB in Windows Explorer, Finder on a Mac, or through either a file browser or the terminal on linux.

For Windows users, start the application by entering the win_64 or win_32 folder, and double-clicking earthsci.exe. If the 64-bit version fails to run, try the 32-bit version.

For Mac users, start the application by entering the mac_64 or mac_32 folder, and double clicking the earthsci application.

Linux users can run the earthsci binary from a file browser, or from the terminal within the directory the binary sits in.

Further Information

Geoscience Australia has tried to make the information in this product as accurate as possible. However, Geoscience Australia does not guarantee that the information is totally accurate or complete. You should be aware that the data appearing in this product may have been altered for visualisation purposes and may differ from the original source data. You therefore should not rely solely on this product when making any decision, but refer to the original data source as cited for each resource.

Whilst every care has been taken to test this product across a variety of operating systems, some content may not display correctly. Content accessed as links to external websites is beyond the control of the publishers and may be subject to change over time.