Millions of satellite photos were used to make the project.
Google Earth has been my go-to app when exploring other places around the world from looking up the house where I grew up, to the various places I’ve visited. It also allowed everyone to get a glimpse of the Earth in a way that was never before possible, and a new update called Timelapse is about to make it even better.
Just this weekend, a blog post revealed a new feature called Timelapse in Google Earth, which utilized more than 24 million satellite photos from the past 37 years and have been compiled to make an interactive 4D experience. This allows you to see how places have changed over the years in a bid to entertain and even educate users about the effects of climate change.
“Our planet has seen rapid environmental change in the past half-century — more than any other point in human history. Many of us have experienced these changes in our own communities; I myself was among the thousands of Californians evacuated from their homes during the state’s wildfires last year,” said Rebecca Moore, Director, Google Earth, Earth Engine & Outreach.
You can head to g.co/Timelapse http://goo.gle/timelapse to check out the feature. From the search bar, you can look up any place and see years of changes that happen in just a few seconds or you can also utilize Voyager and see an interactive guided tour. Google says that more than 800 Timelapse videos viewable in 2D and 3D are readily accessible and can be used by the public.
Additionally, Google has worked with Carnegie Mellon University’s CREATE Lab to create the technology that helped make Timelapse. The feature also highlighted some of the current trends that are happening to our Earth, including forest change, urban growth, warming temperatures, and climate change.
That’s just the start, Google has also promised that Timelapse will be continually updated on annual basis up until the next decade. “We hope that this perspective of the planet will ground debates, encourage discovery and shift perspectives about some of our most pressing global issues,” Moore concluded.