Google has introduced a new timelapse feature as part of its Google Earth product. Partnering with the CREATE Lab at Carnegie Mellon University, the feature shows the earth and climate changes between 1984 and 2021.
Google says it’s the most significant update to the platform since 2017. The timelapse uses data from 24 million satellite photos. Google Earth Timelapse can be found here.
“Now anyone can watch time unfold and witness nearly four decades of planetary change,” shared Rebecca Moore, the Director, Google Earth, Earth Engine and Outreach. “Our planet has seen rapid environmental change in the past half-century — more than any other point in human history… With Timelapse in Google Earth, we have a clearer picture of our changing planet right at our fingertips — one that shows not just problems but also solutions, as well as mesmerizingly beautiful natural phenomena that unfold over decades.”
Timelapse in Google Earth is the visual evidence of dynamic change on our planet from climate change and human behavior. Our hope is that it will be used to educate and inspire.
— Google Earth (@googleearth) April 15, 2021
The function is designed to help users understand climate change and the changing scope of weather and the heart. “As we looked at what was happening, five themes emerged: forest change, urban growth, warming temperatures, sources of energy, and our world’s fragile beauty. Google Earth takes you on a guided tour of each topic to better understand them,” Moore wrote.
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