Google Mapping Only clear skies on Google Maps

Google Mapping Only clear skies on Google Maps and Earth

June 26, 2016
To celebrate the sunny days of summer (in the northern hemisphere at least). We’re unveiling new satellite imagery for all Google mapping products today. This stunning new imagery of the earth from space virtually eliminates clouds, includes refreshed imagery for regions of the world where high-resolution imagery is not yet available. And offers a more comprehensive and accurate view of the texture of our planet’s landscape. Google mapping 2

The new, even more beautiful global view in Maps and Earth.

In 2002 NASA released the Blue Marble, a global image of the earth with a resolution of one kilometer per pixel, based on data from NASA’s MODIS instrument. Updated in 2005 to twice the resolution, it has remained the canonical globally-uniform picture of the earth for over a decade.

With the Blue Marble as inspiration, we used Google Earth Engine technology to mine hundreds of terabytes of data from the USGS’s and NASA’s Landsat 7 satellite. The result is a seamless, globally-consistent image of the entire planet with a resolution of 15 meters per pixel, far finer than is possible with MODIS data alone.

To get a feel for the difference, here’s a comparison of the Grand Canyon, first from the Blue Marble Next Generation (courtesy NASA’s Earth Observatory), and then in our new Landsat-based imagery.Google mapping

The Grand Canyon, as seen by MODIS and by Landsat 7.

The Landsat 7 satellite suffered a hardware failure early in its life that introduced striped artifacts into all of its images. By analyzing a large number of images we were able to virtually eliminate these stripes, as well as clouds and other atmospheric effects. The process was very similar to how we produced theglobal time-lapse imagery of the earth that we released last month. Google mapping castellon

Castellón, Spain: One example Landsat 7 image, and the final combined image.

The resulting 800,000 megapixel global image is so big that if you wanted to print it at a standard resolution of 300 dots per inch. You would need a piece of paper the size of a city block! Google mappingGoogle mapping south america

Northwestern South America: before and after.

Mining data from a large number of Landsat images of each area allowed. Us to reconstruct cloud-free imagery even in tropical regions that are always at least partly cloudy. Google mapping papua

Central Papua, Indonesia: before and after.

We prioritized recent data when it was available. So this update also includes refreshed imagery in many regions of the world. Especially in areas where high-resolution imagery is not available. Including parts of Russia, Indonesia, and central Africa. Google mappingGoogle mapping saudi arabia

Agricultural expansion in Saudi Arabia: before and after.

This new picture of the earth also reveals the texture of the landscape with greater clarity than ever before. Google mapping brazil deforestation

Continuing deforestation in Brazil: before and after. Google mapping

We’re proud of the progress we have made, but there is always room to keep improving. For example, although we have tried to minimize the impact of the stripe artifacts in the Landsat 7 images. They are still visible in some areas. There is more good news though: the new Landsat 8 satellite. Launched earlier this year, promises to capture even more beautiful and up-to-date imagery in the months and years ahead.
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Mongolia and surrounds, before and after. Google mapping

You can see our new satellite imagery by going to Google Maps and turning on satellite view. Or by launching Google Earth. And zooming out. Have fun exploring!                                                                                                                                                    

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Street View Dubai Drive by Dubai

Street View Dubai Drive by Dubai with Street View

 Street View Dubai December 8, 2014
Dubai is home to the world’s tallest tower. Street View Dubai Largest mall and the planet’s only seven-star hotel. With all these modern wonders, it’s no surprise that Dubai hosted 10 million global visitors last year—and aims to hit a record-breaking 20 million visitors in 2020. Starting today. It can add virtual visitors to that list, as Dubai becomes the first city in an Arab country to be added to Street View in Google Maps. Street View Dubai

Start your tour with a drive on Sheikh Zayed Road. Street View Dubai the longest road in the Emirates that runs in parallel to the coastline. Peer up at the city’s iconic skyscrapers and high-rise towers that. In some cases, reach more than 1,000 feet into the clouds. On one side, you can see the city’s elevated and driverless metro system. earthtopomaps.com

Along Financial Road. Pass Dubai Mall, home to thousands of shops. But with an average of 75 million visitors every year. The mall is more than just a retail space. Inside is a 10 million-liter aquarium — one of the largest suspended tanks in the world. — and a facing it there is a flock of famous dancing fountains.
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It’s hard to believe that a city not much larger than 4,000. square kilometers has become such a hub of modern culture with more than 200. nationalities mingling daily. As well as a center for trade and tourism in just four short decades. We hope that you’ll be inspired to explore its wonders in person, but until then. They’re just a click away. Street View Dubaistreet view Dubai Screen Shot at
Most of Dubai’s buildings were constructed in the last decade. But if you’re curious to go back to where it all began. vVsit Deira. Here, the great-grandfathers of present-day merchants set up shop. Creating one of the region’s biggest markets and establishing a major link in the time’s global trade routes.
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Finally, no visit of Dubai is complete without touring the Dubai Creek. Known for its fusion of past and present cultures, and its trading connections with countries around and beyond the Arabian Gulf. Along its banks you can see merchant dhows docked and bazaars bustling with silks and spices.
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It’s hard to believe that a city not much larger than 4,000. square kilometers has become such a hub of modern culture with more than 200 nationalities mingling daily. As well as a center for trade and tourism in just four short decades. But with an average of 75 million visitors every year. The mall is more than just a retail space. But with an average of 75 million visitors every year. The mall is more than just a retail space.street view Dubai Screen Shot at
It’s hard to believe that a city not much larger than 4,000. square kilometers has become such a hub of modern culture with more than 200 nationalities mingling daily. As well as a center for trade and tourism in just four short decades.  

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View College Basketball Shooting for three

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Also, teaming up with a few other March Madness enthusiasts. For all the times when I can’t be planted in front of my television watching the action. (or during those pesky commercial breaks). these tools will keep my head in the game!


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Therefore I’ve embarked on mythird.This My Map also shows you all the key locations for the Madness, color-coded for your viewing pleasure.consecutive. journey into mapping the NCAA College Basketball tournament. This may have caused a bit of personal March madness – a lot of long nights. And triple-checking each arena placemark – but I hope you’ll enjoy the result. I’ve made a Google Earth KMZ file that includes the home arenas of the field of 65, and the 14 tournament venues. Each entry in the field of 65 is color coded by region and the game sites have a special basketball icon this year.Also, teaming up with a few other March Madness enthusiasts, we’ve created a page,google.com/collegebasketball2010, where all of you basketball fans can find additional Google tools to help you track the tournament.You can also see real time search results so you never miss any March Madnessnews or chatter.

View College Basketball You may wonder why I’ve kept this up for three years  well, aside from the fundamental fact that I’m a college hoops nut. Where all of you basketball fans can find additional Google tools to help you track the tournament. View College Basketball I just so happen to also love seeing the geo-spatial distribution of the teams. The research and compliation of the information led me to several interesting facts you can see for yourself in the layer and then use to wow your friends, such as:.Today, the wonderful chaos that is March Madness returns, and with it, comes abrand new college basketball KML like the one I built last year.

  • There are two first-round matchups that pit two teams which have the same mascots
  • Bears, Eagles, Gophers, Grizzlies, and Lions have a common trait: they are all ‘Golden’
  • This year’s tournament is quite colorful: Blue Devils, Mean Green, Orangemen, Big Red, and Yellow Jackets

 View College Basketball this My Map also shows you all the key locations for the Madness. Color-coded for your viewing pleasure. The East division is indicated by a blue pin; South with green; Midwest with red; and West with cyan. The pins with a dot in the center tell you who the #1 seeds are:

Mapping the Madness returns

March 19, 2009
Today, the wonderful chaos that is March Madness returns, and with it, comes abrand new college basketball KML like the one I built last year. To celebrate this annual moment of basketball bliss, I’ve added the locations of this year’s 13 tournament venues. In addition to the locations of the 65 tournament teams’ campuses.Why, you might ask, did I decide to burn the midnight oil again to map these locations? Because I’m a a die-hard college hoops nut, plain and simple. As you’re watching the games over the next few weeks, take a minute during a break in the action to do some March Madness geo-browsing and see if you can find these spots in Google Earth:
  • A tournament venue with an airplane silhouette on top of it
  • The tournament team based in Moon Township, PA
  • The two tournament teams that play in arenas that have their school logos on the roofs

I’ve also included these placemarks on a My Map – check it out:

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Also, teaming up with a few other March Madness enthusiasts, we’ve created a page google.com/collegebasketball2010 View College Basketball Where all of you basketball fans can find additional Google tools to help you track the tournament. Travel to the tournament without leaving home! All 14 arenas are in the “3D Buildings” layer in Google Earth. Ready for you to explore. Take a tour of these 3D models by watching the video below or download this kml tour and open it in Google Earth 5 Google Earth KMZ file. Be sure to check out the Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City — even the court is modeled.



 
Also, teaming up with a few other March Madness enthusiasts.  We’ve created a page google.com/collegebasketball2010 Where all of you basketball fans can find additional Google tools to help you track the tournament. Keep up with your favorite teams and get up-to-date information on scores, schedules, and brackets with our iGoogle gadgetBy doing a quick search for your favorite team  you can see
live scores.. If you haven’t already made a bracket. Check out our Google docs tournament.bracket template to help you create and manage your pool in an online spreadsheet you can also see real time search results so you never miss any March Madness news or chatter! Google Earth KMZ file

For all the times when I can’t be planted in front of my television watching the action. (or during those pesky commercial breaks). these tools will keep my head in the game!

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Google Street View Zoo and Google Maps

Visit lion, tigers and (panda) bears – Oh, my! – with Street View

Google Street View Zoo August 21, 2013

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Animal-lovers, rejoice!. Google Street View Zoo If you enjoy watching wildlife, but find yourself stuck in the urban jungle. Never fear. You can now use Google Maps and Street View. To preview the must-see spots at zoos around the world before heading there in person.  earthtopomaps.com

Lions and tigers may be standard attractions. Google Street View Zoo but starting today, you can also use Street View to see the panda bears noshing on bamboo. More than 30 percent of this endangered species calls this important conservation and breeding facility home. Known as the first zoo to simulate natural habitats by using open enclosures surrounded by moats instead of cages. Such as the Zoo Aquarium de Madrid and Parc Zoologic de Barcelona in Spain.

And still more exotic animals await your virtual discovery on the other side of the globe.

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Giant pandas at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding

Google street view zoo Google Street And for those who just can’t get enough of pandas, the site is also a refuge to other endangered animals including the smaller red panda! earthtopomaps.com

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Red pandas at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding

And still more exotic animals await your virtual discovery on the other side of the globe.

You can also check out a number of other animal parks around the world. Google street view zoo As well as those in Houston. You can also explore the Chapultepec Zoo in Mexico, and the Toronto Zoo and Jungle Cat World Wildlife Park in Ontario. Canada.

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Virtually explore the animal exhibits at the Houston Zoo

And still more exotic animals await your virtual discovery on the other side of the globe.

In South America. We welcome Buin Zoo in Chile and Zoologico de Bauru in Brazil to our existing collection of global zoos and animal parks. And still more exotic animals await your virtual discovery on the other side of the globe. Check out tigers and kangaroos at the Shou Shan Zoo in Taiwan. Polar bears and penguins at the Asahiyama Zoo in Japan. The world’s largest captive colony of orangutans at the Singapore Zoo. And giraffes, chimpanzees and even Asian elephants at the Taronga Zoo in Sydney. Australia.

Known as the first zoo to simulate natural habitats by using open enclosures surrounded by moats instead of cages. Such as the Zoo Aquarium de Madrid and Parc Zoologic de Barcelona in Spain. La Ferme aux Crocodiles in France. Olmense Zoo in Belgium and Whipsnade Zoo in the UK.
So get out there and take in the wildlife or visit our latest gallery of zoo and animal park imagery on our new Views site. Just remember, please don’t feed the animals! Known as the first zoo to simulate natural habitats by using open enclosures surrounded by moats instead of cages. Such as the Zoo Aquarium de Madrid and Parc Zoologic de Barcelona in Spain.
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Vertical Street View world’s most iconic rock wall

Vertical Street View of the world’s most iconic rock wall: Yosemite’s El Capitan. earthtopomaps.comVertical Street View Screen Shot at

Vertical Street View June 24, 2015

Today we’re launching our first-ever vertical Street View collection. Giving you the opportunity to climb 3,000 feet up the world’s most famous rock wall: Yosemite’s El Capitan. Vertical Street View To bring you this new imagery, we partnered with legendary climbers Lynn Hill. Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell. Read more about the project from Tommy Caldwell, who completed the world’s hardest climb in Yosemite in January of 2015. -Ed.

“That is awesome. I definitely have to be a part of that.”.

Maybe it was the sheer exhaustion from being in the middle of a 19-day climb of the Dawn Wall. But when the guys at Google Maps and Yosemite National Parkasked if I wanted to help them with their first-ever vertical Street View collection of El Capitan in Yosemite. I didn’t hesitate. Yosemite has been such an important part of my life that telling the story of El Capitan through Street View was right up my alley—especially when it meant working with the Google engineers to figure out some absurd challenges.

Hear the legendary Lynn Hill explain describe the gear she uses as she starts up El Cap. earthtopomaps.com These 360-degree panoramic images are the closest thing I’ve ever witnessed to actually being thousands of feet up a vertical rock face.—better than any video or photo. But my hope is that this new imagery will inspire you to get out there and see Yosemite for yourself… whether you travel up a rock wall or just down the trail.
Climbing is all about flirting with the impossible and pushing the boundaries of what you think you can be done. Capturing Street View imagery 3,000 feet up El Capitan proved to be an extension of that, especially when you take a camera meant for the inside of a restaurant and mount it thousands of feet up the world’s most iconic rock wall.
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Brett Lowell and Corey Rich capturing Street View of Alex Honnold on the King Swing.
Doing anything thousands of feet high on a sheer granite face is complicated. But everyone up there had spent years of their lives on a rope and knew exactly what they were doing. After some testing. We used our tried-and-true climbing gear like cams and ropes to make sure the camera wouldn’t fall to the ground in the middle of our Street View collection.

Once we figured out how to keep the camera on El Cap, we created two sets of vertical Street View.

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Lynn Hill, Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell camp out 1,140 feet up El Capitan.
Lynn Hill’s ascent of El Capitan changed the paradigm of climbing. And she had an extraordinary effect on my climbing career. I’ll never forget when she became the first person. Man or woman, to free-climb (using only her hands and feet)“The Nose” back in 1993. Now, you can see her navigate these epic moves.— like climbing sideways on tiny holds of the Jardine Traverse, inventing a “Houdini” maneuver on the Changing Corners and traversing under the Great Roof. Vertical Street View.
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Lynn’s epic ascent up El Cap is now in Street View.
Any story of El Capitan had to include my good friend Alex Honnold. He holds the speed record for climbing the Nose at 2 hours. And 23 minutes – most people take 3-5 days. His unwavering confidence in himself is contagious; when. I’m with him, I feel like the mountain has shrunk to half its size. As you make your way around Yosemite in Street View, you’ll see Alex doing what he does best:. chimneying up the “Texas Flake.” racing up the bolt ladder. Or getting dinner ready in the solar-powered van he calls home. earthtopomaps.com  But years of setting ropes proved pretty helpful in figuring out how to get the equipment rigged and ready to collect Street View.
Just a normal day on on the Texas Flake for Alex Honnold.
You’ll also see a glimpse of yours truly on the Dawn Wall. I spent some of my rest days during my January climb of the Dawn Wall testing out the Street View technology the Google team had sent me that month. El Cap is an intimidating environment for experimentation. But years of setting ropes proved pretty helpful in figuring out how to get the equipment rigged and ready to collect Street View. earthtopomaps.com
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Tommy Caldwell climbing the sheer face of the Dawn Wall.
Then, we really put Alex to work to collect the second set of Street View: the entire vertical route of “The Nose” on El Capitan. One of the few people that could do this efficiently and quickly. Alex took the camera and pretty much ran 3,000 feet up with photographer partner Brett Lowell. Now, anyone can get the beta (climbing speak for insider advice) before they climb the entire route. Vertical Street View. Then, we really put Alex to work to collect the second set of Street View: the entire vertical route of “The Nose” on El Capitan. You’ll also see a glimpse of yours truly on the Dawn Wall.
Alex Honnold and Brett Lowell climbed 3,000 feet to get the entire route in Google Maps.
Yosemite when Google brings students to the park through NatureBridge later this year as a part of this project. Lynn, Alex and I also helped create a new Yosemite Treks page. Where you can take a tour up El Cap and learn more about climbing, from what a “hand jam” is to why we wear such tiny shoes. And as a father. I’m excited kids will learn more about. Yosemite when Google brings students to the park through NatureBridge later this year as a part of this project. Plus, its pretty awesome that students who can’t make it to Yosemite yet will be go on a virtual reality field trip to the Park with Google Expeditions. Lynn, Alex and I also helped create a new Yosemite Treks page. Yosemite’s driven so much of my life that I’m excited to be able to share it with the world through my eyes.
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Hear the legendary Lynn Hill explain describe the gear she uses as she starts up El Cap. earthtopomaps.com These 360-degree panoramic images are the closest thing I’ve ever witnessed to actually being thousands of feet up a vertical rock face.—better than any video or photo. But my hope is that this new imagery will inspire you to get out there and see Yosemite for yourself… whether you travel up a rock wall or just down the trail.
Tommy Caldwell, Lynn Hill, and Alex Honnold hanging out in Yosemite Hear the legendary Lynn Hill explain describe the gear she uses as she starts up El Cap. earthtopomaps.com These 360-degree panoramic images are the closest thing I’ve ever witnessed to actually being thousands of feet up a vertical rock face.—better than any video or photo. But my hope is that this new imagery will inspire you to get out there and see Yosemite for yourself… whether you travel up a rock wall or just down the trail.

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Explore the wonders of Thailand with Street View

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March 28, 2016

Street View Nestled in northern Thailand, Sukhothai Historical Park was once the capital of ancient Siam. Sukhothai means “dawn of happiness”, and now you too can explore this happy place from the palm of your hand with Google Maps. Today, the park joins over 150 new places and national treasures that are now available in 360-degree panoramic imagery on Google Street View.

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Trekking around the Chai Watthanaram Temple at Ayutthaya Historical Park in Central Thailand

Temple visits are a must for any visitor to Thailand. Street View

You can also explore the Chinese architecture of the Viharn Sien Chinese Cultural and Religion Museum. Street View

Or take a whirlwind tour around Thailand’s most famous monuments and architectural attractions all in one place at Ancient Siam.

For good fortune, why not head over to the Erawan Museum just outside the capital? There you’ll find a giant Erawan statue, a mythological three-headed elephant, filled with antiquities and artifacts. earthtopomaps.com

Our trekker also found some real elephants on his travels, too. As well as bringing the ‘retirement home’ for elephants to Street View, we also had a chance to say hi to this big feller while capturing the Thai Thani Art & Culture Village in Eastern Thailand. earthtopomaps.comStreet View elephant
Trekker says hi to the elephants at the Thai Thani Art & Culture Village. earthtopomaps.com

Those strawberry fields really do feel like forever when you’re carrying the trekker: Street ViewStreet View strawberries

No trip to Thailand is complete without a tour of The Kingdom’s stunning southern beaches. There’s no shortage of inspiration for your next diving or beach get away. earthtopomaps.comStreet View trekkeron the cliff

Taking in the views at Koh Nang Yuan Posted by Cynthia Wei, Program Manager, Google Street View Whether you continue your journey in Google Maps or are inspired to visit in person, we invite you to enjoy exploring the wonders of Thailand.You can laze around Koh Samui’s white stretches of sand, take in the lagoons, cliffs and islets of Hin Ta Hin Yai and Koh Nang Yuan, or finda quiet grotto to watch the boats go by earthtopomaps.com

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