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

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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 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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