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.
Google mapping mongolia

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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3D trees in the western United States

3D trees in the western United States

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It’s late summer and many U.S. cities have reported record (or almost record) heat. Are you withering in warmth and longing for some shade under a tree?. Maybe you can’t easily leave for your favorite park but trees are actually closer than you think! We’re happy to announce that we’ve added 3D trees to Google Earth in three new cities: Los Angeles, Denver and Boulder.Typically, when you imagine trees in Los Angeles, you picture the commanding palm trees that line the famous Hollywood avenues or dot the gracious mansions of Beverly Hills. While Palm Trees may dominate the landscape, there are actually many other trees both native and foreign that inhabit the city, such as the California Oak, Black Walnut trees, and California Sycamore (to name a few).

You can now get a glimpse of these trees with the new 3D tree models covering the West Side, including cities like Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, and Hollywood, as well as parts of downtown where the financial district sits. Check out the famous Sunset Boulevard which stretches from the sea at Santa Monica to downtown. Here is where you will find Palm Trees lining glitzy movie posters and billboards that are a marquee signature of the city.

3D trees b treesThere are two species you absolutely can’t forget when talking about trees in Colorado:.  Colorado Blue Spruce and Quaking Aspen

Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles

Or jump to the see more native species like the native Oak tree species in Elylsian Park adjacent to Dodgers Stadium.

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Elysian Park, Los Angeles It is also the Colorado state tree and a very common tree species seen in the Colorado Foothills.
There are two species you absolutely can’t forget when talking about trees in Colorado:.  Colorado Blue Spruce and Quaking Aspen. Both native to Colorado. Colorado Blue Spruce has a very distinct look for the pale blue of its needles. It is also the Colorado state tree and a very common tree species seen in the Colorado Foothills. Quaking Aspen got its name from fluttering leaves in the breeze. And makes up the famous golden fall foliage of Colorado. Take a walk on Cheeseman Park in Denver or a fly over Boulder and you can tell these trees by their unique colors and shapes.
D trees b treesYou can now get a glimpse of these trees with the new 3D tree models covering the West Side, including cities like Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, and Hollywood, as well as parts of downtown where the financial district sits. Making it feel like it’s still snowing in June (although that could happen in Colorado).3D trees b trees
Cheeseman Park, Denver

There is one other tree species in Colorado deserving a special mention – Cottonwood trees in Boulder. Every late spring, these trees cover Boulder in white cottons. Making it feel like it’s still snowing in June (although that could happen in Colorado). There are several Cottonwoods right by the Google Boulder office that create white blankets of cotton in our garage. And on sidewalks every June and July. Looking at these 3D trees on Google Earth makes me feel like sneezing all of a sudden…

D trees b treesMaybe you can’t easily leave for your favorite park but trees are actually closer than you think! We’re happy to announce that we’ve added 3D trees to Google Earth in three new cities: Los Angeles. Denver and Boulder.Typically. When you imagine trees in Los Angeles, you picture the commanding palm trees that line the famous Hollywood avenues or dot the gracious mansions of Beverly Hills. 3D trees b treesGoogle Office in Boulder, CO earthtopomaps.com

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Street View Goodall Explore Gombe National Park

Street View Goodall Explore Gombe National Park through the eyes

Street View Goodall October 21, 2014
In July 1960. Dr. Jane Goodall stepped off the boat in what is now Gombe National Park. Tanzania with a pair of second-hand binoculars and a notepad. Street View Goodall She was 26 years old. And was there to observe and record the behavior of chimpanzees in the wild. This summer, after four planes and a boat ride. I took my first (wobbly) steps onto the shores of Lake Tanganyika. I was about to walk the same paths that Dr. Goodall took to do her groundbreaking research into the lives of chimpanzees. And now—thanks to a Google Maps partnership with theJane Goodall Institute and Tanzania National Parks—so can you.
Street View Dr.Goodall And redefined the very notion of “human.” More than 50 years later, protecting chimpanzees and their habitat is central to the mission of the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI).

Young people will also be inspired to explore the wild through the 360 degree imagery as part of JGI’s educational program. We were invited to Gombe National Park to capture a record of this historic place. Where today the Jane Goodall Institute manages the longest-running chimpanzee research study in the world. It was here that Dr. Goodall. first witnessed chimpanzees fishing for termites using a blade of grass as a tool to dig them out of their mounds. Using tools was an act previously believed to be unique to humans. Her observations revolutionized our understanding of chimpanzees—animals that share 98 percent of our DNA—. And redefined the very notion of “human.” More than 50 years later, protecting chimpanzees and their habitat is central to the mission of the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI). Street View Goodall

Pushing through the brush, carrying the Street View Trekker. We collected thousands of 360 degree images along the narrow paths of the park to share with the world. We first stopped at a location Jane calls “The Peak”.—her favorite vantage point. I could imagine her looking out over the canopies. Peering tirelessly through her binoculars, writing in her notebook, and observing these beautiful animals as they swung through the trees.
Street View Goodall Young people will also be inspired to explore the wild through the 360 degree imagery as part of JGI’s educational program. And redefined the very notion of “human.” More than 50 years later, protecting chimpanzees and their habitat is central to the mission of the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI). Street View Goodall.

Dr. Anthony Collins and many more members of the Jane Goodall Institute in the United States And Tanzania. as well as TANAPA. Young people will also be inspired to explore the wild through the 360 degree imagery as part of JGI’s educational program. And redefined the very notion of “human.” More than 50 years later, protecting chimpanzees and their habitat is central to the mission of the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI). Street View Goodall . Young people will also be inspired to explore the wild through the 360 degree imagery as part of JGI’s educational program.street view Goodall monkey
A chimpanzee named Gizmo in Gombe National Park Young people will also be inspired to explore the wild through the 360 degree imagery as part of JGI’s educational program.
In the spirit of preservation. The Institute plans to use Gombe Street View as a unique archive of this special place. Available to future generations of researchers. This imagery complements JGI’s current monitoring efforts usingsatellite imagery and mapping to protect 85 percent of the remaining chimpanzees in Africa. Young people will also be inspired to explore the wild through the 360 degree imagery as part of JGI’s educational program. Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots. It was here that Dr. Goodall. first witnessed chimpanzees fishing for termites using a blade of grass as a tool to dig them out of their mounds. Using tools was an act previously believed to be unique to humans . And redefined the very notion of “human.”. Street View Goodall

This Street View collection is our small contribution to the already rich legacy of science and discovery at Gombe. Wherever you are. take a moment to experience what it’s like to be Jane for a day:. peek into her house. Take a dip inLake Tanganyika. Spot the chimp named Google. And try to keep up with Glitter and Gossamer.

We hope you enjoy exploring this living laboratory for yourself! Street View Goodall

It was here that Dr. Goodall. first witnessed chimpanzees fishing for termites using a blade of grass as a tool to dig them out of their mounds. Using tools was an act previously believed to be unique to humans. Street View Goodall
Special thank you to Dr. Jane Goodall, Dr. Lilian Pintea. Bill Wallauer. Dr. Anthony Collins.  For all of the knowledge and time they contributed to this project. earthtopomaps.com                                                                                                                           

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Google Maps Gallery: Unlocking the World’s Maps

Introducing Google Maps Gallery: Unlocking the World’s Maps

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Google Maps Gallery February 27, 2014

In addition to finding these maps through Maps Gallery. But historically that information has been hard to find or inaccessible to the public.

If you’ve ever wondered which trails Lewis & Clark traveled for their famous expedition. Or looked for maps of the best schools in your region. You may have found yourself scouring the web without much luck.  The best results for your search may come from governments, nonprofits and businesses, but historically that information has been hard to find or inaccessible to the public. Well, now, with the new Google Maps Gallery. It’s easier for you to find maps like those all in one place.But historically that information has been hard to find or inaccessible to the public. earthtopomaps.com . In addition to finding these maps through Maps Gallery. they can be viewed in Google Earth and are discoverable through major search engines. In addition to finding these maps through Maps Gallery. But historically that information has been hard to find or inaccessible to the public.

Google Maps Gallery Internet Usage

Maps Gallery works like an interactive, digital atlas. You can explore historic city plans, climate trends, housing affordability, shipwrecks and up-to-date evacuation routes. In addition to finding these maps through Maps Gallery. they can be viewed in Google Earth and are discoverable through major search engines. In addition to finding these maps through Maps Gallery. But historically that information has been hard to find or inaccessible to the public.

This World Bank map shows per capita internet usage by country over time

Google Maps Gallery VeniceTravel back to Venice 1838 with the David Rumsey Map Collection

Today, you can browse the Gallery for maps from National Geographic Society, World Bank Group, United States Geological Survey, Florida Emergency Management and the City of Edmonton. And more organizations will be adding their maps over time. As the Gallery grows, it’ll be easier to find out where we’ve been, where we are, and where we’re going, giving us a new way to look at the world around us.

In addition to finding these maps through Maps Gallery. But historically that information has been hard to find or inaccessible to the public.

Google Maps Gallery Earth at Night
In addition to finding these maps through Maps Gallery. But historically that information has been hard to find or inaccessible to the public. earthtopomaps.com                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

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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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Mapping Brazilian islands under the sea

Mapping Brazilian islands Trinta ReisMapping Brazilian islands, above ground and under the sea

Mapping Brazilian Islands March 17, 2015

But also deep into the ocean for Brazil’s first underwater Street View collection Mapping Brazilian Islands. While you won’t be able to come here as a tourist. Also known as “The Devil’s Hole.” this huge rock formation is a popular diving spot in Fernando de Noronha. Tourists, only permitted on the island in limited groups due to conservation efforts. These dolphins, known as “spinner dolphins.” due to their acrobatic modes of swimming. Also known as “The Devil’s Hole.” this huge rock formation is a popular diving spot in Fernando de Noronha. But also deep into the ocean for Brazil’s first underwater Street View collection. A trip to Fernando de Noronha may begin with a stop at Cacimba do Padre. These dolphins, known as “spinner dolphins.” due to their acrobatic modes of swimming.Mapping Brazilian islands Praia da Cacimba do Padre

But also deep into the ocean for Brazil’s first underwater Street View collection. These dolphins, known as “spinner dolphins.” due to their acrobatic modes of swimming. Mapping Brazilian Islands But now you can visit them from the comfort of your couch. Fernando de Noronha and Atol das Rocas are also sanctuaries for animals and marine wildlife precious to the regions.. These dolphins, known as “spinner dolphins.” due to their acrobatic modes of swimming.Mapping Brazilian islands Baia dos Porcos

A trip to Fernando de Noronha may begin with a stop at Cacimba do Padre. But also deep into the ocean for Brazil’s first underwater Street View collection. A trip to Fernando de Noronha may begin with a stop at Cacimba do Padre.
Mapping Brazilian islands Atol das Rocas
Also known as “The Devil’s Hole.” this huge rock formation is a popular diving spot in Fernando de Noronha. But also deep into the ocean for Brazil’s first underwater Street View collection.
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Fernando de Noronha and Atol das Rocas are also sanctuaries for animals and marine wildlife precious to the regions. But also deep into the ocean for Brazil’s first underwater Street View collection. g) these dolphins, known as “spinner dolphins.” due to their acrobatic modes of swimming.Mapping Brazilian islands Trinta Reis

f)These dolphins, known as “spinner dolphins.” due to their acrobatic modes of swimming. These dolphins, known as “spinner dolphins.” due to their acrobatic modes of swimming.
Mapping Brazilian islands Canal da Sela Ginete
Dolphins Swimming through Canal da Sela Gineta

Alongside divers snapping pictures. You can swim with a large sea turtle moving with the ocean’s current. These. Dolphins. Known as “spinner dolphins.” due to their acrobatic modes of swimming.

Mapping Brazilian islands Buraco das Cabras

Posted by Deanna Yick. Street View Program Manager. This Street View journey not only takes you across golden beaches and around towering cliffs.

Google Maps’ latest Street View imagery takes you through both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. These. Dolphins, known as “spinner dolphins.” due to their acrobatic modes of swimming.

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Street View Madagascar Set foot on the world’s

Street View Madagascar Set foot on the world’s oldest island with Street View street view Madagascar Screen Shot atStreet View Madagascar May 7, 2015.

For almost 88 million years. The island of Madagascar has stood off the coast of Southeast Africa. From the tropical humid and dry forests of the interior. Home to ring-tailed lemurs.  Street View Madagascar To the mangrove ecosystems along the coast. Now for the first time, through our Trekker Loan partnership with conservation organization Blue Ventures and the Department of Water and Forests. Trekker Loan. Tropical humid and dry forests.street view Madagascar Screen Shot at

Walking along the avenues of Western Madagascar, you’ll notice a stand of Baobab trees. Against the clear skies. These unusual trees look almost unfinished, with thick trunks and sparse canopies. Street View Madagascar. Avenue of Baobabs in Madagascar. Baobab trees.

Avenue, of Baobabs in Madagascar.
For a bird’s-eye view of the island, stand along the edge of the Karambony cliffs. Looking out at the vast, wild landscape, you can see how many different worlds exist on this one island.—from the vast mountain peaks to the streaming rivers flowing out into the Indian Ocean. The cliffs of Karambony.
The cliffs of Karambony. street view Madagascar Screen Shot at
 Mangrove ecosystems along the North Coast And if this Street View tour has inspired you to set foot on the the world’s oldest island in person. Take a peek at Camp Catta adventure resort. Where it seems paradise awaits you beneath the rainbow.Street View Madagascar Set foot on the world’s oldest island with Street View. Posted by Alex Starns. Street View Technical Program Manager. earthtopomaps.com                                                                      The cliffs of Karambony. And animal life has remained abundant over the centuries. Madagascar through a Blue Ventures expedition. You While much of the plant. You While much of the plant. And the country is also facing real challenges due to the increased demand placed on natural resources. You While much of the plant and animal life has remained abundant over the centuries. And the country is also facing real challenges due to the increased demand placed on natural resources. Madagascar through a Blue Ventures expedition. You While much of the plant. And animal life has remained abundant over the centuries. And the country is also facing real challenges due to the increased demand placed on natural resources. Madagascar through a Blue Ventures expedition. Mangrove ecosystems along the North Coast. Barren Isles. Blue Ventures. You While much of the plant. and animal life has remained abundant over the centuries. And the country is also facing real challenges due to the increased demand placed on natural resources Madagascar through a Blue Ventures expedition. The cliffs of Karambony. And the country is also facing real challenges due to the increased demand placed on natural resources. You While much of the plant. You While much of the plant and animal life has remained abundant over the centuries. And the country is also facing real challenges due to the increased demand placed on natural resources Madagascar through a Blue Ventures expedition. You While much of the plant.Madagascar through a Blue Ventures expedition. You While much of the plant.And the country is also facing real challenges due to the increased demand placed on natural resources Madagascar through a Blue Ventures expedition. The cliffs of Karambony. And animal life has remained abundant over the centuries. Madagascar through a Blue Ventures expedition. You While much of the plant. You While much of the plant. And the country is also facing real challenges due to the increased demand placed on natural resources. You While much of the plant and animal life has remained abundant over the centuries. And the country is also facing real challenges due to the increased demand placed on natural resources. Madagascar through a Blue Ventures expedition. You While much of the plant. And animal life has remained abundant over the centuries. And the country is also facing real challenges due to the increased demand placed on natural resources. Madagascar through a Blue Ventures expedition. Mangrove ecosystems along the North Coast. Barren Isles. Blue Ventures. You While much of the plant. and animal life has remained abundant over the centuries. And the country is also facing real challenges due to the increased demand placed on natural resources Madagascar through a Blue Ventures expedition. The cliffs of Karambony. And the country is also facing real challenges due to the increased demand placed on natural resources. You While much of the plant. You While much of the plant and animal life has remained abundant over the centuries. And the country is also facing real challenges due to the increased demand placed on natural resources Madagascar through a Blue Ventures expedition. You While much of the plant.Madagascar through a Blue Ventures expedition. You While much of the plant. And the country is also facing real challenges due to the increased demand placed on natural resources Madagascar through a Blue Ventures expedition. The cliffs of Karambony. earthtopomaps.com                                                                                   

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