Nature water unveiling detailed view water earth

Nature water unveiling detailed view water earth

B)Nature water unveiling detailed view water earth In 1926. The Mississippi river flooded to its highest level in history, destroying towns and leaving hundreds of thousands homeless. Since then. Dams and thousands of kilometers of levees have been built to control the mighty Mississippi. 60 years on, another effect of the historic flood is becoming apparent. As the river has become calmer. It now also carries a lot less of the sediment that created and replenished the delta. Without that. More than 13 thousand square kilometers of the delta — an area 10 times the size of London — is slowly slipping into the Gulf of Mexico. Once again the river is threatening to displace thousands and drown the fragile delta wetlands. Nature water unveiling detailed view water earth

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C)Mississippi delta sinking into the Gulf of Mexico. (Source: EC JRC / Google)

The change of the Mississippi over decades is just one of the hundreds of stories of similarly dramatic change around the globe; from the draining of the Aral Sea in the Middle East for crops, to the effects of dam construction in China, or the impacts of the multi-year drought on the Western U.S.  Water has been shaping our planet since it was formed, and still plays a direct and crucial role in all of oThanks to a partnership between the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre and Google. We can now get a view into the past three decades of water on the surface of Earth and see how stories like these have shaped the world over time, in unprecedented detail. Nature water unveiling detailed view water earthnature water unveiling detailed view water earth

D)This project has been a monumental undertaking and was made possible by new data processing methods, running the analysis on thousands of high performance computers at the same time. It took three years to download 1.8 petabytes of data from the USGS/NASA. Landsat satellite program and prepare that for analysis. Each pixel in 3 million satellite images. Going all the way back to 1984, was examined by a computer algorithm developed by the Joint Research Center running on the Google Earth Engine platform. More than 10 million hours of computing time was needed for this, roughly equivalent to a modern 2-core computer running day and night for 600 years. Nature water unveiling detailed view water earth

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E)Karkheh River in Iran backing up behind a dam from 1984 to 2015 (Source: EC JRC / Google)

The results for the first time allow us to map and measure changes in the water surface over time with a 30-meter accuracy, month-by-month, over 32 years. Here are some of our findings:

  • 90 thousand square kilometers of water – the equivalent of half of the lakes in Europe – have vanished altogether. Over 200 thousand square kilometers of new, mostly man-made water bodies came into existence.
  • The continuing drying up of the Aral Sea in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan accounts for the biggest loss in the world.
  • Iran and Afghanistan lost over a half, Iraq over a third of its water area.
  • Although the area covered by water in the U.S. has overall increased a little, a combination of drought and sustained demand for water have seen six western states, Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, account for a third of the loss in U.S. water surface.

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Lakes throughout the Tibetan Plateau have expanded in size over the past 30 years. (Source: EC JRC / Google)

F)The research findings and the maps. Published today in the journal Nature, are available for you to explore on this new website.  The data are also freely available in. Google Earth Engine for further research, use. And download.  These new maps. Statistics and the stories of change they reveal provide essential information which can aid global water security, agricultural planning. Disaster preparedness. Public health, climate understanding and more. Offering the most detailed view to date of one of our planet’s most vital resources. Nature water unveiling detailed view water earth

With contributions from Alan Belward. Andrew Cottam and Jean-François Pekel. Joint Research Centre. European Commission

Nature water unveiling most detailed view water earth

Nature water unveiling most detailed view water earth

In 1926, the Mississippi river flooded to its highest level in history, destroying towns and leaving hundreds of thousands homeless. Since then, dams and thousands of kilometers of levees have been built to control the mighty Mississippi. 60 years on, another effect of the historic flood is becoming apparent. As the river has become calmer, it now also carries a lot less of the sediment that created and replenished the delta. Without that, more than 13 thousand square kilometers of the delta — an area 10 times the size of London — is slowly slipping into the Gulf of Mexico. Once again the river is threatening to displace thousands and drown the fragile delta wetlands.

Mississippi delta gif
Mississippi delta sinking into the Gulf of Mexico. Blue is water, white is land, red shows areas of transition. (Source: EC JRC / Google)

The change of the Mississippi over decades is just one of the hundreds of stories of similarly dramatic change around the globe; from the draining of the Aral Sea in the Middle East for crops, to the effects of dam construction in China, or the impacts of the multi-year drought on the Western U.S.  Water has been shaping our planet since it was formed, and still plays a direct and crucial role in all of oThanks to a partnership between the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre and Google, we can now get a view into the past three decades of water on the surface of Earth and see how stories like these have shaped the world over time, in unprecedented detail.   Poyang Lake, Jiangxi China

This project has been a monumental undertaking and was made possible by new data processing methods, running the analysis on thousands of high performance computers at the same time. It took three years to download 1.8 petabytes of data from the USGS/NASA Landsat satellite program and prepare that for analysis. Each pixel in 3 million satellite images, going all the way back to 1984, was examined by a computer algorithm developed by the Joint Research Center running on the Google Earth Engine platform. More than 10 million hours of computing time was needed for this, roughly equivalent to a modern 2-core computer running day and night for 600 years.

Karkheh River
Karkheh River in Iran backing up behind a dam from 1984 to 2015 (Source: EC JRC / Google)

The results for the first time allow us to map and measure changes in the water surface over time with a 30-meter accuracy, month-by-month, over 32 years. Here are some of our findings:

  • 90 thousand square kilometers of water – the equivalent of half of the lakes in Europe – have vanished altogether. Over 200 thousand square kilometers of new, mostly man-made water bodies came into existence.
  • The continuing drying up of the Aral Sea in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan accounts for the biggest loss in the world.
  • Iran and Afghanistan lost over a half, Iraq over a third of its water area.
  • Although the area covered by water in the U.S. has overall increased a little, a combination of drought and sustained demand for water have seen six western states, Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, account for a third of the loss in U.S. water surface.

Tibetan plateau
Lakes throughout the Tibetan Plateau have expanded in size over the past 30 years. (Source: EC JRC / Google)

The research findings and the maps, published today in the journal Nature, are available for you to explore on this new website.  The data are also freely available in Google Earth Engine for further research, use, and download.  These new maps, statistics and the stories of change they reveal provide essential information which can aid global water security, agricultural planning, disaster preparedness, public health, climate understanding and more, offering the most detailed view to date of one of our planet’s most vital resources.

With contributions from Alan Belward, Andrew Cottam and Jean-François Pekel, Joint Research Centre, European Commission

Google Earth Voyager turns 10 today Earth Voyager

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When Google Earth was first introduced 10 years ago. It immediately stole my heart. Beyond the freedom to fly anywhere in the world. I was captivated by the ability to paint and visualize geographic data on this incredible global canvas. Google Earth Voyager.

E)Google Earth Voyager turns 10 today Earth Voyager Google earth voyager turns 10 today Vint Cerf saw my work, which eventually led to a job on theGoogle Earth Outreach team. Drawn to datasets backed by real human stories. I started making my own maps with KML a few weeks after Earth’s release in 2005. For my master’s degree. I used Google Earth to build a virtual representation of a high-tech biologicalresearch reserve. Vint Cerf saw my work, which eventually led to a job on theGoogle Earth Outreach team. Vint Cerf saw my work, which eventually led to a job on theGoogle Earth Outreach team.
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F)2005 was the beginning of Google Earth’s evolution. As well. In August of that year. Hurricane Katrina showed us how useful mapping tools like Earth could be for crisis response efforts. Rescue workers compared before and after Satellite imagery in Google Earth to better locate where people were stranded. And in the years after. With more than 2 billion downloads by people in nearly every country in the world. Earth has enabled people to discover new coral reefs. Journey to theMoon and into deep space, find long-lost parents. Clear landmines and much more.

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Google Earth Voyager turns 10 today Earth Voyager Google Earth images of Gulfport. Mississippi’s shoreline before and after Hurricane Katrina

G)The ability to empower groups as diverse as school children and NASA scientiststo learn more about the world is what I love about Google Earth. It has the potential to make the planet a far more connected place. If you take the time to explore. Discover and share what you learn. So to celebrate how far Google Earth has come and our leap into the next 10 years. We’ve created a few new ways to help you better see places from around (and above) the most interesting imagery around the globe with a new layer. Voyager, available in desktop versions of Google Earth.

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Google Earth Voyager turns 10 today Earth Voyager Different imagery types in Voyager are shown by color

H)In this first edition of Voyager, you’ll find five sections to explore:

  • Street View: highlights from Street View, including the Taj Mahal and the Grand Canyon
  • Earth View: striking landscapes around the globe as seen from space (more below)
  • 3D cities: a showcase of cities and towns available in photorealistic 3D (don’t forget to tilt!)
  • Satellite imagery updates: a map of our most recently published satellite imagery
  • Highlight tour: with thousands of Voyager locations to choose from, take a quick tour of a few to whet your appetite
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The Kemgon Gompa—available in the Street View layer—is a Buddhist monastery in Lukla, Nepal

Earth View. The Hammar Marshes.

Thank you for the last 10 years exploring your world with Google Earth.

Landscapes from every continent and ocean and making it accessible to even more people.

Thank you for the last 10 years exploring your world with Google Earth.

It also lays bare the Earth’s staggering and often surreal beauty.

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Google Earth Voyager turns 10 today Earth Voyager The Hammar Marshes of Iran are an uncharacteristic yet beautiful wetland feature in the otherwise arid climate.

Of Iran are an uncharacteristic yet beautiful wetland feature in the otherwise arid climate. It started as a 20 percent project last year by a few Googlers who enjoyed scouring satellite imagery for these gems. The Hammar Marshes .These images soon made their way onto Android phones, Chromecast and Chromebooks as a distinctive kind of wallpaper.

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Landscapes from every continent and ocean and making it accessible to even more people.

Islands surrounding Cuba seen in the Earth View Chrome Extension

K)For Earth’s 10th birthday. We’re expanding the Earth View collection to 1,500. Landscapes from every continent and ocean and making it accessible to even more people. The new imagery is available with an updated version. Download high-resolution wallpapers for your mobile and desktop devices. Or better yet. Print them up for your walls!

The coastline near Ningaloo, Australia in the new Earth View web gallery

L)Thank you for the last 10 years exploring your world with Google Earth. We look forward to seeing what the next decade brings!             earthtopomaps

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