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.

September 20, 2003

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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Mapping deforestation over time

Mapping deforestation over time

Mapping deforestation over time. And quantifying forest landscape changes such as fires, tornadoes, disease and logging.The most significant findings were that the overall rate of tropical deforestation is increasing, and global forests have experienced a net loss of 1.5M sq km during 2000-2012 due to both natural (disturbance) and human causes. And quantifying forest landscape changes such as fires, tornadoes, disease and logging.The most significant findings were that the overall rate of tropical deforestation is increasing, and global forests have experienced a net loss of 1.5M sq km during 2000-2012 due to both natural (disturbance) and human causes. That’s a loss of forested land comparable in size to the entire state of Alaska.

Mapping deforestation over time

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Who then used Google Earth Engine technology to run these models on more than 650,000 Landsat images. While the analysis would have taken a single computer more than 15 years to perform. While the analysis would have taken a single computer more than 15 years to perform.

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And loss color-coded by year. Click to enlargewordpress.org was originally published on Earth Topo Maps and earthtopomaps.com
Who then used Google Earth Engine technology to run these models on more than 650,000 Landsat images. While the analysis would have taken a single computer more than 15 years to perform. Updated 3:30pm PDT: Corrected total sq km of net loss during 2000-2012.
Sumatra has lost over 50% of its natural forest within the past 30 years. Click to enlarge. Key to the study’s success was the collaboration between scientists at the University of Maryland, who developed the models to analyze Landsat satellite data. And computer scientists at Google
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And quantifying forest landscape changes such as fires, tornadoes, disease and logging.The most significant findings were that the overall rate of tropical deforestation is increasing, and global forests have experienced a net loss of 1.5M sq km during 2000-2012 due to both natural (disturbance) and human causes. Updated 3:30pm PDT: Corrected total sq km of net loss during 2000-2012.

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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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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!


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!

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3D models with more detailed facades for 5 cities

3D models with more detailed facades for 5 cities

3D models with more detailed facades for 5 California cities December 22, 2009

A few weeks ago we released new 3D models with more detailed facades for 5 California cities.As you browse through these cities you’ll also see a number of great buildings creating by users using tools like Sketch-up and Building Maker. earthtopomaps.com.  Even though we’re based in California. We know there are a lot of beautiful cities with amazing architecture elsewhere around the country, so we’re adding 4 new cities scattered from coast to coast. Now you can fly through Portland. Austin. Chicago. And Philadelphia and see vivid, detailed 3D models throughout the cities.3D models with more detailed facades for 5 California cities. As you browse through these cities you’ll also see a number of great buildings creating by users using tools like Sketch-up and Building Maker. earthtopomaps.com

So we’re adding 4 new cities scattered from coast to coast.  While the list is quickly growing, some of our favorite spots are Portland’s Pearl District, South Street in Philadelphia, Austin’s 6th Street, and the restaurants along Rush Street in Chicago: As you browse through these cities you’ll also see a number of great buildings creating by users using tools like Sketch-up and Building MakerOR As you browse through these cities you’ll also see a number of great buildings creating by users using tools like.
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As you browse through these cities you’ll also see a number of great buildings creating by users using tools like. Sketch-up and Building Maker. earthtopomaps.com
 
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Even though we’re based in California. Austin, TX browse through these cities you’ll also see a number of great buildings creating by users using tools like. earthtopomaps.com
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Chicago, IL you browse through these cities you’ll also see a number of great buildings creating by users using tools like. So we’re adding 4 new cities scattered from coast to coast. Even though we’re based in California 
 
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So we’re adding 4 new cities scattered from coast to coast.
For the full effect, you should explore these cities for yourself in Google Earth. As you browse through these cities you’ll also see a number of great buildings creating by users using tools like. Sketch-up and Building Maker. Here’s a video preview of the interactive experience: earthtopomaps.com

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Street View Google Map Our biggest update yet

Street View Google Map Our biggest update yet

Street View Google Map June 29, 2011

Since we launched Street View Google Map in the U.S.. in 2007 we’ve added 26 more countries and enabled you to explore images across all seven continents. Today we’re excited to share with you the latest expansion of Street View because it’s our biggest update yet. So we encourage you to look around and virtually experience them for yourself right in Google Map. earthtopomaps.com

I like wine so I’m particularly interested in seeing the new imagery around Italy’s famous Chianti region. So we encourage you to look around and virtually experience them for yourself right in Google Maps. The Street View Google Maps And other beautiful areas of Tuscany. Across the mediterranean in Spain The home of another renowned wine is available with the addition of the Rioja province. The Street View on Google Maps

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Along with the popular tourist towns of Rättvik. Leksand and Mora. So we encourage you to look around and virtually experience them for yourself right in the Google Maps. The Street View Google Maps  Along with the popular tourist towns of Rättvik. Leksand and Mora. So we encourage you to look around and virtually experience them for yourself right in Google Maps.

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Leksand, Sweden

So we encourage you to look around and virtually experience them for yourself right in Google Maps. Street View Google Maps. The southernmost tip of Africa is also now available with the addition of South Africa’s Cape Agulhas. In addition. this latest batch of street-level imagery includes higher resolution panoramic views of places throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. This is great for both locals and potential visitors of these popular California destinations. Who can now see even more realistic views of landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge. earthtopomaps.com Street View on Google Map Screen shot at

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Golden Gate Bridge, California

Of course So we encourage you to look around and virtually experience them for yourself right in Google Maps. Be it for armchair travel from the comfort of your computer. Or to figure out where you might want to visit on your next vacation. So we encourage you to look around and virtually experience them for yourself right in Google Maps.

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