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.
Street View Dubai earthtopomaps.com
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.
Street View Dubai earthtopomaps.com
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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.
Street View Dubai earthtopomaps.com
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.  

Street View Dubai Drive by Dubai was originally published on Earthtopomaps

View College Basketball Shooting for three

view-college-basketball-091615statehoopsView College Basketball Shooting for three: Keeping up with the Madness

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!


View College Basketball Shooting for three: Keeping up with the Madness

 

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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:

Tournament 2010 in a larger map earthtopomaps.com


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!

View College Basketball Shooting for three was originally published on Earthtopomaps

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