Available with 3D Analyst license.
There are many potential sources of data for use in ArcGlobe. Some data may contain elevation or height information. This information is stored as z-values within their geometry, as cell values of a raster surface, or within the components of a triangulated irregular network (TIN). Other data may use feature attributes to define its elevation or to drape itself on a separate surface layer. Some data may work together to define a terrain surface. Other data can be served from ArcGIS for Server, a globe service, or an ArcIMS service layer.
The data formats supported by ArcGlobe can vary based on their role within the 3D view. For example, multiband raster data cannot be used as a source for elevation, while a single band raster can.
You can use 3D data to conduct analysis using the geoprocessing tools, a rich set of tools for a wide variety of tasks including creating, modifying, and analyzing TIN, raster, and terrain surfaces, then extracting information and features from them.
There are also interactive tools on the 3D Analyst toolbar that are, however, only available in ArcMap and ArcScene. The results can be copied and pasted into the ArcGlobe 3D view for visualization.
In addition, you can visualize your 3D data in ArcGlobe. Visualization of your 3D data helps you gain a better understanding of subtleties not apparent when examined in 2D. The 3D globe surface can display large amounts of data covering a global extent or a highly detailed, localized set of data. The globe can be manipulated to enhance features and display 3D symbology, adding realism to your GIS data and animation files.