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.
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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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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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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Google Street View engineer takes pictures

Google Street View engineer The official blog for Google Maps

Google Street View engineer Take in the Sites of Rio de Janeiro Before the Games Begin.

May 27, 2016

If you’ll be in Rio for the Games. check out the vibe before you make restaurant reservations or the local bar to ensure there’s ample room on the dancefloor to bust out your Samba moves.

Google Street View engineer takes pictures from the inside of Rio’s Olympic Park.
Google Street View engineer Rio’s Olympic Park. Preparations are underway in the “Marvelous City” in anticipation of the 2016. Olympics Games which is expected to draw an extra half a million people to Brazil this summer. Rio’s Olympic Park. Google Street View The Google Street View team has also been busy preparing for the festivities. Over the past few months. we’ve capturing fresh imagery. so everyone can enjoy the magic of Rio de Janeiro – whether planning to attend in person or watch the excitement from afar. http://earthtopomaps.com

If you’ll be in Rio for the Games. check out the vibe before you make restaurant reservations or the local bar to ensure there’s ample room on the dancefloor to bust out your Samba moves.

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Tutorial Google Earth Visualise Field Data in and Fusion Tables

Visualise Tutorial Google Earth and Fusion Tables.

Tutorial Google Earth Open Data Kit (ODK) is a suite of tools that allows data collection using mobile devices and data submission to an online server. even without an Internet connection or mobile carrier service at the time of data collection. You can collect data remotely without an Internet connection or mobile carrier access. Gather text, numeric data. media and more with a mobile device. Then. host your data online using Google’s powerful hosting platform. Google AppEngine. and visualise your data as a map using Google Fusion Tables and Earth created by developers at the University of Washington’s Computer Science and Engineering department and members of Change. Open Data Kit is an open-source project available to all. Please visit their ODK project page for more information. recent updates, more tutorials. and to contribute to the project.

Visualise Tutorial Google Earth and Fusion Tables.

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Visualise Tutorial Google Earth and Fusion Tables. Earth for this tutorial, we will use the data that’s been previously collected and uploaded to http://odk-tutorial.appspot.com.

This data was collected in the field using Open Data Kit. The data is stored in a Fusion Table and displayed in Google Earth.

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Prerequisites

  • No programming skills needed!
  • We strongly recommend that you have taken the prior tutorials, Mobile Data Collection using ODK Collect and Manage Your Data with ODK Aggregate. We also recommend taking Getting Started with Mobile Data Collection.
  • You will need a Google Account to log in to ODK Aggregate and view your data in Fusion Tables (get one here).
    1. Earth On the « List of Forms » page of http://odk-tutorial.appspot.com or your own ODK Aggregate instance. click « Create KML file ».
    2. Earth Several options will appear. For « Field to Map », select the field that corresponds to your form’s GPS location question. For « Title Field ». Select the field that you would like to appear at the top of your Google Earth pop-up balloons. For « Picture Field to Display ». Select the field that corresponds to your photo. Then click « Submit » and your Google Earth KML file will begin downloading. You can do so by using the « Configure Info Window » link at the top of the « Map » view.
      tutorials_odk_visualize5_google_earthEarth for this tutorial, we will use the data that’s been previously collected and uploaded to http://odk-tutorial.appspot.com.tutorials odk visualize
    3. Once the file has finished downloading, double click the file to open it in Earth. You should see placemarks for each data submission. If you click on a placemark to open the pop-up balloon. You should see a table with the data values for that submission.If you are using the Sample.xml form, here’s how your pop-up balloons will appear:tutorials_odk_visualize7_google_earthtutorials odk visualize google earthIn this exercise, we will use a sample form to demonstrate the most common kinds of data you can collect with Open Data Kit and and display with Google Fusion Tables and Google Earth. You can get the sample form on your mobile device by following the instructions in the previous tutorial, Manage Your Data with ODK Aggregate.

      Let’s Get Started!

      In the previous tutorials. you learned how to send your form submissions to our instance, or your own instance. of ODK Aggregate. To see the data you added to the form, go to http://odk-tutorial.appspot.com and log in using your Google Account.                                                                                                                          You can choose either Google Spreadsheets or Google Fusion Tables.

      Earth for this tutorial, we will use the data that’s been previously collected and uploaded to http://odk-tutorial.appspot.com. The dataset will continuously be added to as more people take this tutorial and add more data. If you upload data to this server. please note that the server has been made public so please don’t upload material you don’t want others to view. If you collected data using your own AppEngine instance in the last tutorial, feel free to follow along accordingly.

      View Your Data with Google Fusion Tables

      Earth ODK Aggregate provides an automatic link to a table that you’ve created with Google Fusion Tables. Fusion Tables allows you to upload different datasets. merge your datasets. visualise your dataset quickly and easily on a map and query your data. You can also collaborate with others on your data and set different permission levels for different users. The mapping functionality of Fusion Tables is covered in more depth in three other tutorials: Map sample data with Fusion Mapper,Map your own data with Fusion Mapper and Sharing a map from Fusion Mapper.

      1. Earth

        First, you’ll need to publish your data from ODK Aggregate to Google Fusion Tables. In the « Submissions » tab. under « Filter Submissions », select the form you wish to export. Then, hit the « Publish » button.

      2. Earth

        Select the service to which you want to create the connection. You can choose from Google Spreadsheets  an online. Collaborative spreadsheet tool; or Google Fusion Tables, a lightweight online database with built-in visualisation options. You can do so by using the « Configure Info Window » link at the top of the « Map » view.
        tutorials_odk_visualize2_google_earthYou can do so by using the « Configure Info Window » link at the top of the « Map » view.tutorials odk visualize

      3. Earth You can also view your data in Earth.

        You can choose either Spreadsheets or Fusion Tables. For this tutorial, select Fusion Tables.
      4. Earth

        Select one option from the drop-down menu to define what you want to upload:a. « Upload Existing Submission Data Only ». will only upload the existing data you already have submitted to http://odk-tutorial.appspot.com or your own ODK Aggregate instance.
        b. « Stream New Submission Data Only » if you want new only submissions to your form to be automatically entered into Fusion Tables.
        c. « BOTH Upload Existing and Stream New Submission Data » will put your existing submissions into Fusion Tables and continue automatically adding new submissions to your table.tutorials odk visualize
      5. Earth You can also view your data in Earth.

        Choose « BOTH Upload Existing & Steam New Submission Data. »

      6. Earth

        Click « Publish ».

      7. Earth

        You must authorise ODK Aggregate to create a Fusion Table within your Google Account that you can access in the future. Click « Authorise Fusion Table Creation from Google Account ».

      8. Earth

        You will see the standard message « If you grant access, you can revoke access at any time under ‘My Account’. odk-training.appspot.com will not have access to your password or any other personal information from your Google Account. » If you wish to proceed, click « Grant Access ». The connection is created and you’ll be returned to the main List of Forms page in ODK Aggregate.
      9. Fusion Tables at http://www.google.com/fusiontables and log in to view your new table. Note: only you will be able to view your data submissions in your Fusion Tables Google account. From Fusion Tables, you can grant others various levels of access to your data (learn how).

      10. Select « Map » from the « Visualize » menu. You should see your data points displayed on a Google Map. There are errors in the data, learn how to Modify your Columns. Points aren’t displaying where you expect them to display, change the « Location » setting in the « Map » view (or visit Help).tutorials_odk_visualize4_google_earthYou can choose either Google Spreadsheets or Google Fusion Tables. You can also view your data in Earth.

        Such as points, lines and polygons to better tell the story about your data. If you are using the Sample.xml form, here is how your pop-up balloons will appear by default:tutorials_odk_visualize5_google_earthYou can choose either Google Spreadsheets or Google Fusion Tables. You can also view your data in Earth.tutorials odk visualize

      TIP: If you would like to have photos appear alongside your data submissions on the map. You can do so by using the « Configure Info Window » link at the top of the « Map » view. You can also view your data in Earth.

      View Your Data in Earth

      You can also view your data in Earth. This is a good alternative to viewing your data in Fusion Tables. If you want to add more information to enhance your map. Such as points, lines and polygons to better tell the story about your data. You can also use GE to create a narrated tour to tell the story about the region for which you are collecting data. Earth for this tutorial, we will use the data.
    Earth for this tutorial, we will use the data that’s been previously collected and uploaded to http://odk-tutorial.appspot.com. Then. learn how to create a dynamic link from your Google Fusion Tables dataset to Earth.

    You can choose either Google Spreadsheets or Google Fusion Tables.
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    Tip: Once you have imported your data into Earth, you can add additional points. lines and polygons to tell a story about your field data collection results.

    You can also use GE to create a narrated tour to tell the story about the region for which you are collecting data.

     

    You can also view your data in Earth.

     

    Discussion & Feedback

    You can do so by using the « Configure Info Window » link at the top of the « Map » view. You can also view your data in Earth.

    What’s Next?

    • Go to related tutorials: Fusion Tables Tutorials
    • See the video tutorial page.
    • See all tutorials.

Visualise Field Data in Earth and Fusion Tables was originally published on Earth Topo Maps. earthtopomaps.com    You can do so by using the « Configure Info Window » link at the top of the « Map » view. You can also view your data in Earth.                  

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