Brian Timoney of The Timoney Group just launched a great web site that gives a feel for the types of analysis that can be done with Google Earth. The site, entitled Energy Impact of Rita and Katrina, lays out a multitude of geographic views (available as .kml files in Google Earth) that show the hurricanes’ devastation in the Gulf region. For example, here’s a look at the Gas Production in 2004 vs. 2005:
That’s just the eye candy. Even better, Brian has developed a series of Google Earth tools that let you analyze the actual geographic data. Below is the description of the a tool that lets you choose a buffer distance around a path.