EGU24-4485, updated on 08 Mar 2024
EGU General Assembly 2024
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WebGPlates: A Unity-based Tool For Enhancing Paleogeographic Research

Haipeng Li1,2, Han Cheng1, Sabin Zahirovic3, and Yisa Wang4
Haipeng Li et al.
  • 1Deep-time Digital Earth Research Center of Excellence (Suzhou), Suzhou, China
  • 2Deep-time Digital Earth Research Center of Excellence (Hangzhou), Hangzhou, China
  • 3School of Geosciences, The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
  • 4Elemental Particles, Hangzhou, China
GPlates, an open-source, cross-platform GIS software, has been pivotal in plate tectonics and paleogeography. The recent browser-based implementation of GPlates, facilitated by pyGPlates and Cesium, offers real-time rotation of online datasets. Yet, this approach encounters limitations in data rotation efficiency and integration with diverse datasets. To address this issue, we introduce the Unity-based WebGPlates (, which harnesses the capabilities of the Web Assembly and Unity framework for enhanced computing efficiency and browser-based rendering. More importantly, WebGPlates integrates with the Deep-time Digital Earth Platform, ensuring comprehensive data access and services. Our preliminary results highlight the potential of WebGPlates as an indispensable tool in paleogeographic research. We extend an invitation to the whole community to engage and collaborate utilizing this enhanced platform.

How to cite: Li, H., Cheng, H., Zahirovic, S., and Wang, Y.: WebGPlates: A Unity-based Tool For Enhancing Paleogeographic Research, EGU General Assembly 2024, Vienna, Austria, 14–19 Apr 2024, EGU24-4485,, 2024.