Google Earth Timelapse earth changing

A)Google Earth Timelapse Earth changing.A)USING GOOGLE EARTH ENGINE, WE SIFTED THROUGH ABOUT THREE QUADRILLION PIXELS THAT’S 3 FOLLOWED BY 15 ZEROES—FROM MORE THAN 5,000,000 SATELLITE IMAGES.
Google Earth Timelapse Earth’s changing surface 2013.                                                  google earth timelapse

B)Google Earth Timelapse Earth changing. WE THEN ENCODED THESE NEW 3.95 TERAPIXEL GLOBAL IMAGES INTO JUST OVER 25,000,000 OVERLAPPING MULTI-RESOLUTION VIDEO TILES. MADE INTERACTIVELY EXPLORABLE BY CARNEGIE MELLON CREATE LAB’S TIME MACHINE LIBRARY.

C)Google Earth Timelapse Earth’s changing surface 2013 In 2013. We released. D)Google Earth Timelapse. Our most comprehensive picture of the Earth’s changing surface. This interactive experience enabled people to explore these changes like never before—to watch the sprouting of Dubai’s artificial Palm Islands, the retreat of Alaska’s Columbia Glacier. D)And the impressive urban expansion of Las Vegas, Nevada. Today, we’re making our largest update to Timelapse yet, with four additional years of imagery. Petabytes of new data. And a sharper view of the Earth from 1984 to 2016. We’ve even teamed up again with our friends at TIME to give you an updated take on compelling locations. D)WE SIFTED THROUGH ABOUT THREE QUADRILLION PIXELS—THAT’S 3 FOLLOWED BY 15 ZEROES—FROM MORE THAN 5,000,000 SATELLITE IMAGES.

E)Leveraging the same techniques we used to improve Google Maps and Google Earth back in June. The new Timelapse reveals a sharper view of our planet. With truer colors and fewer distracting artifacts. A great example of this is San Francisco and Oakland in California:.

F)San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge reconstruction [view in Timelapse] (Image credit: Landsat / Copernicus*).

There’s much more to see, including glacial movement in Antarctica, urban growth. Forest gain and loss. And infrastructure development:.

L)WE TOOK THE BEST OF ALL THOSE PIXELS TO CREATE 33 IMAGES OF THE ENTIRE PLANET, ONE FOR EACH YEAR. I)We then encoded these new 3.95 terapixel global images into just over 25,000,000 overlapping multi-resolution video tiles.  Made interactively explorable by Carnegie Mellon CREATE Lab’s Time machine library. A technology for creating. And viewing zoomable and pannable timelapses over space and time. P)Google Earth Timelapse Earth changing.

M)Alberta Tar Sands. Canada [View in Timelapse] (Image credit: Landsat / Copernicus*). To view the new Timelapse, head over to the Earth Engine website. You can also view the new annual mosaics in Google Earth’s historical imagery feature on desktop. Or spend a mesmerizing 40 minutes watching this YouTube playlist. Happy exploring!. Q)Google Earth Timelapse Earth changing.

Landsat imagery courtesy of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and U.S. Geological Survey. Images also contain modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2015- 2016. earthtopomaps

N)By 15 zeroes from more than 5,000,000 satellite images. BY 15 ZEROES FROM MORE THAN 5,000,000 SATELLITE IMAGES. M)WE THEN ENCODED THESE NEW 3.95 TERAPIXEL GLOBAL IMAGES INTO JUST OVER 25,000,000 OVERLAPPING MULTI-. L)By 15 zeroes—from more than 5,000,000 satellite images. Images also contain modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2015- 2016. BY 15 ZEROES FROM MORE THAN 5,000,000 SATELLITE IMAGES. IMAGES ALSO CONTAIN MODIFIED COPERNICUS SENTINEL DATA 2015- 2016. F)BY 15 ZEROES FROM MORE THAN 5,000,000 SATELLITE IMAGES. G)IMAGES ALSO CONTAIN MODIFIED COPERNICUS SENTINEL DATA 2015- 2016. H)You can also view the new annual mosaics in Google Earth’s historical imagery feature on desktop. I)You can also view the new annual mosaics in Google Earth’s historical imagery feature on desktop. J)You can also view the new annual mosaics in Google Earth’s historical imagery feature on desktop. K)You can also view the new annual mosaics in Google Earth’s historical imagery feature on desktop. L)You can also view the new annual mosaics in Google Earth’s historical imagery feature on desktop. M)You can also view the new annual mosaics in Google Earth’s historical imagery feature on desktop. L)You can also view the new annual mosaics in Google Earth’s historical imagery feature on desktop. O)You can also view the new annual mosaics in Google Earth’s historical imagery feature on desktop. P)You can also view the new annual mosaics in Google Earth’s historical imagery feature on desktop. Q)You can also view the new annual mosaics in Google Earth’s historical imagery feature on desktop. U)You can also view the new annual mosaics in Google Earth’s historical imagery feature on desktop. R)You can also view the new annual mosaics in Google Earth’s historical imagery feature on desktop. S)You can also view the new annual mosaics in Google Earth’s historical imagery feature on desktop. T)You can also view the new annual mosaics in Google Earth’s historical imagery feature on desktop. V)You can also view the new annual mosaics in Google Earth’s historical imagery feature on desktop. W)You can also view the new annual mosaics in Google Earth’s historical imagery feature on desktop. X)You can also view the new annual mosaics in Google Earth’s historical imagery feature on desktop. Y)You can also view the new annual mosaics in Google Earth’s historical imagery feature on desktop. Z)L)You can also view the new annual mosaics in Google Earth’s historical imagery feature on desktop. M)You can also view the new annual mosaics in Google Earth’s historical imagery feature on desktop. L)You can also view the new annual mosaics in Google Earth’s historical imagery feature on desktop. O)You can also view the new annual mosaics in Google Earth’s historical imagery feature on desktop. P)You can also view the new annual mosaics in Google Earth’s historical imagery feature on desktop. Q)You can also view the new annual mosaics in Google Earth’s historical imagery feature on desktop. U)You can also view the new annual mosaics in Google Earth’s historical imagery feature on desktop. R)You can also view the new annual mosaics in Google Earth’s historical imagery feature on desktop. BY 15 ZEROES FROM MORE THAN 5,000,000 SATELLITE IMAGES. Y)BY 15 ZEROES FROM MORE THAN 5,000,000 SATELLITE IMAGES. Z)WE SIFTED THROUGH ABOUT THREE QUADRILLION PIXELS THAT’S 3 FOLLOWED BY 15 ZEROES FROM MORE THAN 5,000,000 SATELLITE IMAGES. A)WE SIFTED THROUGH ABOUT THREE QUADRILLION PIXELS THAT’S 3 FOLLOWED BY 15 ZEROES FROM MORE THAN 5,000,000 SATELLITE IMAGES. B)BY 15 ZEROES FROM MORE THAN 5,000,000 SATELLITE IMAGES. C)BY 15 ZEROES FROM MORE THAN 5,000,000 SATELLITE IMAGES. D)BY 15 ZEROES FROM MORE THAN 5,000,000 SATELLITE IMAGES. E)Google Earth Timelapse Earth changing. WE THEN ENCODED THESE NEW 3.95 TERAPIXEL GLOBAL IMAGES. F)Google Earth Timelapse Earth changing. WE THEN ENCODED THESE NEW 3.95 TERAPIXEL GLOBAL IMAGES. G)Google Earth Timelapse Earth changing. WE THEN ENCODED THESE NEW 3.95 TERAPIXEL GLOBAL IMAGES. H)You can also view the new annual mosaics in Google Earth’s historical imagery feature on desktop. I)You can also view the new annual mosaics in Google Earth’s historical imagery feature on desktop. J)

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Google Maps Everest

A)Google Maps Everest

B)Google Maps Everest Growing up in the shadow of Everest

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Date Google Maps Everest March 12, 2015.                                                                        google maps everest

C)Fantastic Google Maps Everest Apa Sherpa is a Sherpa mountaineer who holds the world record for reaching the summit of Mount Everest 21 times—more than any other person. In 2009, Apa founded the Apa Sherpa Foundation, a nonprofit that works to provide better educational and economic opportunities to the young people of the Khumbu region. In March 2014, Apa Sherpa, Google Earth Outreach, and the Nepalese nonprofit Story Cycle, embarked on a 10-day trek through the Khumbu region, supporting local people to enhance the digital representations of their communities on Google Maps. We hope the project will empower the Apa Sherpa Foundation, Story Cycle, other nonprofits, and Sherpa community members to tell their stories through Google Maps. -Ed.                                    google maps everest

I was born in 1960 in Thame, a small town in the Khumbu region of Nepal, which is home to Mount Everest, the world’s tallest peak. Google Maps Everest Even though I grew up in the shadow of the mountain, I dreamt of being a doctor instead of a climber. That dream was never realized. When I was 12, my father passed away, and I had to find work to support my family. So I began carrying goods up the mountain as part of an expedition team. At 30, a dream that had never been mine came true: I summited Everest for the first time as a porter. Google Maps Everest.

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Apa Sherpa on the summit of Everest with a memorial to Sir Edmund Hillary who passed away in 2008. Photo credit: Apa Sherpa Foundation.


Our region is famous for being home to Everest, but it’s also the home of the Sherpa community and has been for centuries. The region has much more to offer than just the mountain. So last year, I guided the Google Maps team through my home region to collect Street View imagery that improves the map of our community. Now you can find Thame on the map and explore other communities nestled at the base of Everest, like Khumjung and Phortse. Google Maps Everest.

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Phortse Thakiri Chholing Gomba, Monastery, Nepal


Partnering with Google Maps Google Maps Everest allowed us to get important local landmarks on the map and share a richer view of Khumbu with the world, including local monasteries, lodges, schools and more, with some yaks along the way! My hope is that when people see this imagery online, they’ll have a deeper understanding of the region and the Sherpa people that live there.
Phortse, Khumbu Region, Nepal


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Map of Thame, Apa Sherpa’s hometown, before the Google Mapping project [above] and added locations [below]


When people ask what it feels like to reach the top of Mount Everest, I say “heaven.” But I haven’t summited the mountain 21 times because I love climbing. I earned this world record in pursuit of a greater goal: to provide a good education and a better, safer life for my kids. My hope is that my children and future generations have many choices for employment outside of mountaineering.
Your online trip to my home awaits you on Google Maps. And if you ever get the chance to visit the Khumbu region in person, come stay at the Everest Summiteer Lodge that I built with my own hands. We’ll be ready to welcome you.


Namaste,

Apa Sherpa

March 12, 2015

Apa Sherpa is a Sherpa mountaineer who holds the world record for reaching the summit of Mount Everest 21 times—more than any other person. In 2009. Apa founded the Apa Sherpa Foundation, a nonprofit that works to provide better educational. And economic opportunities to the young people of the Khumbu region. In March 2014, Apa Sherpa, Google Earth Outreach, and the Nepalese nonprofit Story Cycle. Embarked on a 10-day trek through the Khumbu region, supporting local people to enhance the digital representations of their communities on Google Maps Everest. We hope the project will empower the Apa Sherpa Foundation, Story Cycle, other nonprofits, and Sherpa community members to tell their stories through Google Maps Everest. -Ed.
I was born in 1960 in Thame. A small town in the Khumbu region of Nepal, which is home to Mount Everest. The world’s tallest peak. Even though I grew up in the shadow of the mountain, I dreamt of being a doctor instead of a climber. That dream was never realized. When I was 12, my father passed away, and I had to find work to support my family. So I began carrying goods up the mountain as part of an expedition team. At 30. A dream that had never been mine came true: I summited Everest for the first time as a porter.
Apa Sherpa on the summit of Everest with a memorial to Sir Edmund Hillary who passed away in 2008. Photo credit: Apa Sherpa Foundation


Our region is famous for being home to Everest. But it’s also the home of the Sherpa community and has been for centuries. The region has much more to offer than just the mountain. So last year. I guided the Google Maps team through my home region to collect Street View imagery that improves the map of our community. Now you can find Thame on the map and explore other communities nestled at the base of Everest, like Khumjung and Phortse.

Phortse Thakiri Chholing Gomba, Monastery, Nepal In my hometown to give children other options for their future. So they can pursue their dreams to be doctors—. Or anything else they want to be, like mine, so many years ago. But it’s also the home of the Sherpa community and has been for centuries. The region has much more to offer than just the mountain.

Partnering with Google Maps allowed us to get important local landmarks on . The map and share a richer view of Khumbu with the world. Including local monasteries, lodges. schools and more. With some yaks along the way! My hope is that when people see this imagery online. They’ll have a deeper understanding of the region and the Sherpa people that live there.

Phortse, Khumbu Region, Nepal

When people ask what it feels like to reach the top of Mount Everest. I say “heaven.” But I haven’t summited the mountain 21 times because I love climbing.

Map of Thame, Apa Sherpa’s hometown, before the Google Mapping project [above] and added locations [below]


When people ask what it feels like to reach the top of Mount Everest. I say “heaven.” But I haven’t summited the mountain 21 times because I love climbing. I earned this world record in pursuit of a greater goal: to provide a good education and a better. Safer life for my kids. My hope is that my children and future generations have many choices for employment outside of mountaineering. Through the Apa Sherpa Foundation, I now work to improve educational access by funding the Lower Secondary School. In my hometown to give children other options for their future, so they can pursue their dreams to be doctors—. Or anything else they want to be, like mine, so many years ago. Your online trip to my home awaits you on Google Maps Everest. And if you ever get the chance to visit the Khumbu region in person. Come stay at the Everest Summiteer Lodge that I built with my own hands. We’ll be ready to welcome you.  But it’s also the home of the Sherpa community and has been for centuries. The region has much more to offer than just the mountain.


Namaste,

Apa Sherpa               earthtopomaps

Google Earth

Google Earth

B)Google Earth turns 10 today

June 29, 2015

C)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

D)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 biological research reserve. Vint Cerf saw my work, which eventually led to a job on the Google Earth Outreach team, turning my passion for telling stories with maps into a career. google earth

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 the Moon and into deep space, find long-lost parents, clear landmines and much more.

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G)Google Earth images of Gulfport, Mississippi’s shoreline before and after Hurricane Katrina. 

The ability to empower groups as diverse as school children and NASA scientists to 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 world.

Voyager
The world is a big place, and it can be hard to know where to begin your virtual journey. Now you can jump straight to the newest and most interesting imagery around the globe with a new layer, Voyager, available in desktop versions of Google Earth.

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H)Different imagery types in Voyager are shown by color

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.
The Kemgon Gompa—available in the Street View layer—is a Buddhist monastery in Lukla, Nepal

Earth View
Looking at our planet from above is not only a reminder of how interdependent our human and natural ecosystems are—it also lays bare the Earth’s staggering and often surreal beauty.

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I)The Hammar Marshes of Iran are an uncharacteristic yet beautiful wetland feature in the otherwise arid climate

Earth View is library of some of the most striking and enigmatic landscapes available in Google Earth. It started as a 20 percent project last year by a few. Googlers who enjoyed scouring satellite imagery for these gems. These images soon made their way onto Android phones, Chromecast and Chromebooks as a distinctive kind of wallpaper.

J)Islands surrounding Cuba seen in the Earth View Chrome Extension

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 of our Chrome extension and a new web gallery. Download high-resolution wallpapers for your mobile and desktop devices, or better yet, print them up for your walls!.

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Thank you for the last 10 years exploring your world with Google Earth. We hope Voyager and Earth View will unlock a new perspective on our planet. We look forward to seeing what the next decade brings!.             K)Google Earth images of Gulfport, Mississippi’s shoreline before and after Hurricane Katrina. L)Google Earth images of Gulfport, Mississippi’s shoreline before and after Hurricane Katrina. M)Google Earth images of Gulfport, Mississippi’s shoreline before and after Hurricane Katrina. O)Google Earth images of Gulfport, Mississippi’s shoreline before and after Hurricane Katrina. P)Google Earth images of Gulfport, Mississippi’s shoreline before and after Hurricane Katrina. Q)Google Earth images of Gulfport, Mississippi’s shoreline before and after Hurricane Katrina. U)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 world. L)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 world. M)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 world. O)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 world. P)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 world. Q)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 world. U)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 world. V)These images soon made their way onto Android phones, Chromecast and Chromebooks as a distinctive kind of wallpaper. W)These images soon made their way onto Android phones, Chromecast and Chromebooks as a distinctive kind of wallpaper. X)These images soon made their way onto Android phones, Chromecast and Chromebooks as a distinctive kind of wallpaper. Y)These images soon made their way onto Android phones, Chromecast and Chromebooks as a distinctive kind of wallpaper. Z)These images soon made their way onto Android phones, Chromecast and Chromebooks as a distinctive kind of wallpaper. Z)These images soon made their way onto Android phones, Chromecast and Chromebooks as a distinctive kind of wallpaper.

Keeping Earth up to date and looking great

Keeping Earth up to date and looking great

June 27, 2016

Keeping Earth. Three years ago we introduced a cloud-free mosaic of the world in Google Earth. Today we’re rolling out an even more beautiful and seamless version, with fresh imagery from Landsat 8 satellite and new processing techniques for sharper images than ever before. But not always over the same place, so we looked at millions of images and took the clearest pixels to stitch together this cloud-free and seamless image.Keeping Earth Screen Shot at

Columbia Glacier, Alaska To put that in perspective. 700 trillion pixels is 7,000 times more pixels than the estimated number of stars in the Milky Way Galaxy. Or 70 times more pixels than the estimated number of galaxies in the Universe. Keeping Earth.Keeping Earth Screen Shot at

Detroit, Michigan  To put that in perspective. 700 trillion pixels is 7,000 times more pixels than the estimated number of stars in the Milky Way Galaxy. Or 70 times more pixels than the estimated number of galaxies in the Universe. Keeping Earth. But not always over the same place, so we looked at millions of images and took the clearest pixels to stitch together this cloud-free and seamless image. Keeping Earth Screen Shot at

Swiss Alps, Switzerland   Today we’re rolling out an even more beautiful and seamless version, with fresh imagery from Landsat 8 satellite and new processing techniques for sharper images than ever before. But not always over the same place, so we looked at millions of images and took the clearest pixels to stitch together this cloud-free and seamless image.  More than 700 trillion. individual pixels—to choose the best cloud-free pixels. Keeping Earth thumb

Higher Quality Imagery We mined data from nearly a petabyte of Landsat imagery—that’s more than 700 trillion individual pixels—to choose the best cloud-free pixels.  Today we’re rolling out an even more beautiful and seamless version, with fresh imagery from Landsat 8 satellite and new processing techniques for sharper images than ever before.Keeping Earth thumb

Landsat 8, which launched into orbit in 2013, is the newest sensor in the USGS/NASA Landsat Program—superior to its predecessors in many ways. Landsat 8 captures images with greater detail, truer colors, and at an unprecedented frequency—capturing twice as many images as Landsat 7 does every day. This new rendition of Earth uses the most recent data available — mostly from Landsat 8 — making it our freshest global mosaic to date. Keeping Earth Screen Shot atIn the new view of New York City, details like skyscrapers, building shadows, and baseball and softball fields in Central Park shine through.   Today we’re rolling out an even more beautiful and seamless version, with fresh imagery from Landsat 8 satellite and new processing techniques for sharper images than ever before.Keeping Earth Screen Shot atToday we’re rolling out an even more beautiful and seamless version, with fresh imagery from Landsat 8 satellite and new processing techniques for sharper images than ever before. More than 700 trillion. individual pixels—to choose the best cloud-free pixels.

Keeping Earth Screen Shot atJuly 9, 2000  Today we’re rolling out an even more beautiful and seamless version, with fresh imagery from.  Landsat 8 satellite and new processing techniques for sharper images than ever before.

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Processing imagery with Earth Engine. But not always over the same place, so we looked at millions of images. And took the clearest pixels to stitch together this cloud-free and seamless image. 

 

 To produce this new imagery. We used the same publicly available. Earth Engine APIs that scientists use to do things like track global tree cover, loss, and gain; predict Malaria outbreaks; and map global surface water over a 30 year period.

Like our previous mosaic. We mined data from nearly a petabyte of Landsat imagery—that’s. More than 700 trillion. individual pixels—to choose the best cloud-free pixels. To put that in perspective. 700 trillion pixels is 7,000 times more pixels than the estimated number of stars in the Milky Way Galaxy. Or 70 times more pixels than the estimated number of galaxies in the Universe. Keeping Earth.

Lake Balkhash, Kazakhstan

Brasilia, Brazil More than 700 trillion. individual pixels—to choose the best cloud-free pixels.

Open data is good for everyone To put that in perspective. 700 trillion pixels is 7,000 times more pixels than the estimated number of stars in the Milky Way Galaxy. Or 70 times more pixels than the estimated number of galaxies in the Universe.

Landsat program and its commitment to free and accessible open data. Landsat, a joint program of the USGS and NASA. Has observed the Earth continuously from 1972 to the present day. And offers a wealth of information on the changes to the Earth’s surface over time. And it’s all available in Earth Engine!

 

The new imagery is now available across all our mapping products. To check it out, open up Google Earth, or turn on the satellite layer in Google Maps. Keeping Earth.

Post authored by: Chris Herwig, Program Manager, Google Earth Engine. Keeping Earth earthtopomaps.com                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

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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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Google Maps Everest Apa Sherpa

Google Maps Everest Growing up in the shadow of Everest

 Date Google Maps Everest March 12, 2015 google maps everest Screen Shot at

Fantastic Google Maps Everest Apa Sherpa is a Sherpa mountaineer who holds the world record for reaching the summit of Mount Everest 21 times—more than any other person. In 2009, Apa founded the Apa Sherpa Foundation, a nonprofit that works to provide better educational and economic opportunities to the young people of the Khumbu region. In March 2014, Apa Sherpa, Google Earth Outreach, and the Nepalese nonprofit Story Cycle, embarked on a 10-day trek through the Khumbu region, supporting local people to enhance the digital representations of their communities on Google Maps. We hope the project will empower the Apa Sherpa Foundation, Story Cycle, other nonprofits, and Sherpa community members to tell their stories through Google Maps. -Ed.
I was born in 1960 in Thame, a small town in the Khumbu region of Nepal, which is home to Mount Everest, the world’s tallest peak. Google Maps Everest Even though I grew up in the shadow of the mountain, I dreamt of being a doctor instead of a climber. That dream was never realized. When I was 12, my father passed away, and I had to find work to support my family. So I began carrying goods up the mountain as part of an expedition team. At 30, a dream that had never been mine came true: I summited Everest for the first time as a porter. Google Maps Everest
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Apa Sherpa on the summit of Everest with a memorial to Sir Edmund Hillary who passed away in 2008. Photo credit: Apa Sherpa Foundation earthtopomaps.com


Our region is famous for being home to Everest, but it’s also the home of the Sherpa community and has been for centuries. The region has much more to offer than just the mountain. So last year, I guided the Google Maps team through my home region to collect Street View imagery that improves the map of our community. Now you can find Thame on the map and explore other communities nestled at the base of Everest, like Khumjung and Phortse. Google Maps Everest
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Partnering with Google Maps Google Maps Everest allowed us to get important local landmarks on the map and share a richer view of Khumbu with the world, including local monasteries, lodges, schools and more, with some yaks along the way! My hope is that when people see this imagery online, they’ll have a deeper understanding of the region and the Sherpa people that live there.
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Map of Thame, Apa Sherpa’s hometown, before the Google Mapping project [above] and added locations [below]

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When people ask what it feels like to reach the top of Mount Everest, I say “heaven.” But I haven’t summited the mountain 21 times because I love climbing. I earned this world record in pursuit of a greater goal: to provide a good education and a better, safer life for my kids. My hope is that my children and future generations have many choices for employment outside of mountaineering.
Your online trip to my home awaits you on Google Maps. And if you ever get the chance to visit the Khumbu region in person, come stay at the Everest Summiteer Lodge that I built with my own hands. We’ll be ready to welcome you.


Namaste,

Apa Sherpa

March 12, 2015

Apa Sherpa is a Sherpa mountaineer who holds the world record for reaching the summit of Mount Everest 21 times—more than any other person. In 2009. Apa founded the Apa Sherpa Foundation, a nonprofit that works to provide better educational. And economic opportunities to the young people of the Khumbu region. In March 2014, Apa Sherpa, Google Earth Outreach, and the Nepalese nonprofit Story Cycle. Embarked on a 10-day trek through the Khumbu region, supporting local people to enhance the digital representations of their communities on Google Maps Everest. We hope the project will empower the Apa Sherpa Foundation, Story Cycle, other nonprofits, and Sherpa community members to tell their stories through Google Maps Everest. -Ed. earthtopomaps.com
I was born in 1960 in Thame. A small town in the Khumbu region of Nepal, which is home to Mount Everest. The world’s tallest peak. Even though I grew up in the shadow of the mountain, I dreamt of being a doctor instead of a climber. That dream was never realized. When I was 12, my father passed away, and I had to find work to support my family. So I began carrying goods up the mountain as part of an expedition team. At 30. A dream that had never been mine came true: I summited Everest for the first time as a porter.
Apa Sherpa on the summit of Everest with a memorial to Sir Edmund Hillary who passed away in 2008. Photo credit: Apa Sherpa Foundation


Our region is famous for being home to Everest. But it’s also the home of the Sherpa community and has been for centuries. The region has much more to offer than just the mountain. So last year. I guided the Google Maps team through my home region to collect Street View imagery that improves the map of our community. Now you can find Thame on the map and explore other communities nestled at the base of Everest, like Khumjung and Phortse.
Phortse Thakiri Chholing Gomba, Monastery, Nepal In my hometown to give children other options for their future. So they can pursue their dreams to be doctors—. Or anything else they want to be, like mine, so many years ago. But it’s also the home of the Sherpa community and has been for centuries. The region has much more to offer than just the mountain. earthtopomaps.com


Partnering with Google Maps allowed us to get important local landmarks on . The map and share a richer view of Khumbu with the world. Including local monasteries, lodgesschools and more. With some yaks along the way! My hope is that when people see this imagery online. They’ll have a deeper understanding of the region and the Sherpa people that live there. The region has much more to offer than just the mountain.
Phortse, Khumbu Region, Nepal The region has much more to offer than just the mountain.


 When people ask what it feels like to reach the top of Mount Everest. I say “heaven.” But I haven’t summited the mountain 21 times because I love climbing. earthtopomaps.com
Map of Thame, Apa Sherpa’s hometown, before the Google Mapping project [above] and added locations [below]


When people ask what it feels like to reach the top of Mount Everest. I say “heaven.” But I haven’t summited the mountain 21 times because I love climbing. I earned this world record in pursuit of a greater goal: to provide a good education and a better. Safer life for my kids. My hope is that my children and future generations have many choices for employment outside of mountaineering. Through the Apa Sherpa Foundation, I now work to improve educational access by funding the Lower Secondary School. In my hometown to give children other options for their future, so they can pursue their dreams to be doctors—. Or anything else they want to be, like mine, so many years ago. The region has much more to offer than just the mountain.
The region has much more to offer than just the mountain. Your online trip to my home awaits you on Google Maps Everest. And if you ever get the chance to visit the Khumbu region in person. Come stay at the Everest Summiteer Lodge that I built with my own hands. We’ll be ready to welcome you.  But it’s also the home of the Sherpa community and has been for centuries. The region has much more to offer than just the mountain.


Namaste,

Apa Sherpa earthtopomaps.com                                                                                                                                                       

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Google Earth mobile with new 3D imagery

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Fly through Seattle and Denver with new 3D imagery on Google Earth mobile

Google Earth mobile August 9, 2012

Less than two months ago. Google Earth mobile we announced a new way to fly through full metropolitan areas in 3D with Google Earth as a step in our quest to build the most comprehensive. And accurate maps. We’ve recently expanded this new imagery to the latest iPads and iPhones. And today we’ve released new 3D imagery of Denver,Google Earth mobile Safeco Field

Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington 3D experience is possible because of advanced image processing and the use of 45-degree aerial imagery. If you don’t have the latest version of the Google Earth app for iOS or Android, be sure to update so you can check out this spectacular new 3D imagery! 

Another great way to spend a day when visiting Seattle is walking along the shoreline. Home of many iconic Seattle landmarks. Three of my favorite spots to visit are the Pike Place. The Seattle Public Library and of course. The Space Needle. Google Earth for mobile earthtopomaps.com

Be sure to update so you can check out this spectacular new 3D imagery!

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 Downtown Seattle, Washington Washington to help you better explore and tour both cities via your iOS and Android devices. Having grown up in Colorado and visited Seattle several times. This is particularly exciting for me.

For example. The amazing Denver Art Museum, with its seemingly impossible angles. earthtopomaps.com

 3D experience is possible because of advanced image processing and the use of 45-degree aerial imagery. If you don’t have the latest version of the Google Earth app for iOS or Android. Be sure to update so you can check out this spectacular new 3D imagery!

Denver Art Museum in Denver, Colorado. Be sure to update so you can check out this spectacular new 3D imagery!
You can also head north to visit the Wells Fargo Center, which has inspireddebate about what shape it presents. Is it a mailbox or a cash register? My vote is for mailbox. earthtopomaps.com Google Earth mobile Seattle coastline

Wells Fargo Center (left) in downtown Denver, Colorado

3D experience is possible because of advanced image processing and the use of 45-degree aerial imagery. If you don’t have the latest version of the Google Earth app for iOS or Android. Be sure to update so you can check out this spectacular new 3D imagery! earthtopomaps.com                                                                          Colorado and Seattle. Washington to help you better explore and tour both cities via your iOS and Android devices.Having grown up in Colorado and visited Seattle several times. This is particularly exciting for me. Now I can head on over to Safeco Field. Home of the Seattle Mariners. To revisit the diamond where I’ve watched games in the past. Google Earth for mobile Be sure to update so you can check out this spectacular new 3D imagery!

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