Nature water unveiling detailed view water earth

Nature water unveiling detailed view water earth

B)Nature water unveiling detailed view water earth In 1926. The Mississippi river flooded to its highest level in history, destroying towns and leaving hundreds of thousands homeless. Since then. Dams and thousands of kilometers of levees have been built to control the mighty Mississippi. 60 years on, another effect of the historic flood is becoming apparent. As the river has become calmer. It now also carries a lot less of the sediment that created and replenished the delta. Without that. More than 13 thousand square kilometers of the delta — an area 10 times the size of London — is slowly slipping into the Gulf of Mexico. Once again the river is threatening to displace thousands and drown the fragile delta wetlands. Nature water unveiling detailed view water earth

nature water unveiling detailed view water earth
C)Mississippi delta sinking into the Gulf of Mexico. (Source: EC JRC / Google)

The change of the Mississippi over decades is just one of the hundreds of stories of similarly dramatic change around the globe; from the draining of the Aral Sea in the Middle East for crops, to the effects of dam construction in China, or the impacts of the multi-year drought on the Western U.S.  Water has been shaping our planet since it was formed, and still plays a direct and crucial role in all of oThanks to a partnership between the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre and Google. We can now get a view into the past three decades of water on the surface of Earth and see how stories like these have shaped the world over time, in unprecedented detail. Nature water unveiling detailed view water earthnature water unveiling detailed view water earth

D)This project has been a monumental undertaking and was made possible by new data processing methods, running the analysis on thousands of high performance computers at the same time. It took three years to download 1.8 petabytes of data from the USGS/NASA. Landsat satellite program and prepare that for analysis. Each pixel in 3 million satellite images. Going all the way back to 1984, was examined by a computer algorithm developed by the Joint Research Center running on the Google Earth Engine platform. More than 10 million hours of computing time was needed for this, roughly equivalent to a modern 2-core computer running day and night for 600 years. Nature water unveiling detailed view water earth

nature water unveiling detailed view water earth
E)Karkheh River in Iran backing up behind a dam from 1984 to 2015 (Source: EC JRC / Google)

The results for the first time allow us to map and measure changes in the water surface over time with a 30-meter accuracy, month-by-month, over 32 years. Here are some of our findings:

  • 90 thousand square kilometers of water – the equivalent of half of the lakes in Europe – have vanished altogether. Over 200 thousand square kilometers of new, mostly man-made water bodies came into existence.
  • The continuing drying up of the Aral Sea in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan accounts for the biggest loss in the world.
  • Iran and Afghanistan lost over a half, Iraq over a third of its water area.
  • Although the area covered by water in the U.S. has overall increased a little, a combination of drought and sustained demand for water have seen six western states, Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, account for a third of the loss in U.S. water surface.

nature water unveiling detailed view water earth
Lakes throughout the Tibetan Plateau have expanded in size over the past 30 years. (Source: EC JRC / Google)

F)The research findings and the maps. Published today in the journal Nature, are available for you to explore on this new website.  The data are also freely available in. Google Earth Engine for further research, use. And download.  These new maps. Statistics and the stories of change they reveal provide essential information which can aid global water security, agricultural planning. Disaster preparedness. Public health, climate understanding and more. Offering the most detailed view to date of one of our planet’s most vital resources. Nature water unveiling detailed view water earth

With contributions from Alan Belward. Andrew Cottam and Jean-François Pekel. Joint Research Centre. European Commission

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Nature water unveiling most detailed view water earth

Nature water unveiling most detailed view water earth

In 1926, the Mississippi river flooded to its highest level in history, destroying towns and leaving hundreds of thousands homeless. Since then, dams and thousands of kilometers of levees have been built to control the mighty Mississippi. 60 years on, another effect of the historic flood is becoming apparent. As the river has become calmer, it now also carries a lot less of the sediment that created and replenished the delta. Without that, more than 13 thousand square kilometers of the delta — an area 10 times the size of London — is slowly slipping into the Gulf of Mexico. Once again the river is threatening to displace thousands and drown the fragile delta wetlands.

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Mississippi delta sinking into the Gulf of Mexico. Blue is water, white is land, red shows areas of transition. (Source: EC JRC / Google)

The change of the Mississippi over decades is just one of the hundreds of stories of similarly dramatic change around the globe; from the draining of the Aral Sea in the Middle East for crops, to the effects of dam construction in China, or the impacts of the multi-year drought on the Western U.S.  Water has been shaping our planet since it was formed, and still plays a direct and crucial role in all of oThanks to a partnership between the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre and Google, we can now get a view into the past three decades of water on the surface of Earth and see how stories like these have shaped the world over time, in unprecedented detail.   Poyang Lake, Jiangxi China

This project has been a monumental undertaking and was made possible by new data processing methods, running the analysis on thousands of high performance computers at the same time. It took three years to download 1.8 petabytes of data from the USGS/NASA Landsat satellite program and prepare that for analysis. Each pixel in 3 million satellite images, going all the way back to 1984, was examined by a computer algorithm developed by the Joint Research Center running on the Google Earth Engine platform. More than 10 million hours of computing time was needed for this, roughly equivalent to a modern 2-core computer running day and night for 600 years.

Karkheh River
Karkheh River in Iran backing up behind a dam from 1984 to 2015 (Source: EC JRC / Google)

The results for the first time allow us to map and measure changes in the water surface over time with a 30-meter accuracy, month-by-month, over 32 years. Here are some of our findings:

  • 90 thousand square kilometers of water – the equivalent of half of the lakes in Europe – have vanished altogether. Over 200 thousand square kilometers of new, mostly man-made water bodies came into existence.
  • The continuing drying up of the Aral Sea in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan accounts for the biggest loss in the world.
  • Iran and Afghanistan lost over a half, Iraq over a third of its water area.
  • Although the area covered by water in the U.S. has overall increased a little, a combination of drought and sustained demand for water have seen six western states, Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, account for a third of the loss in U.S. water surface.

Tibetan plateau
Lakes throughout the Tibetan Plateau have expanded in size over the past 30 years. (Source: EC JRC / Google)

The research findings and the maps, published today in the journal Nature, are available for you to explore on this new website.  The data are also freely available in Google Earth Engine for further research, use, and download.  These new maps, statistics and the stories of change they reveal provide essential information which can aid global water security, agricultural planning, disaster preparedness, public health, climate understanding and more, offering the most detailed view to date of one of our planet’s most vital resources.

With contributions from Alan Belward, Andrew Cottam and Jean-François Pekel, Joint Research Centre, European Commission

Google Earth Timelapse earth changing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Google Earth

Google Earth

B)Google Earth turns 10 today

June 29, 2015

C)When Google Earth was first introduced 10 years ago, it immediately stole my heart. Beyond the freedom to fly anywhere in the world, I was captivated by the ability to paint and visualize geographic data on this incredible global canvas. google earth

D)Drawn to datasets backed by real human stories, I started making my own maps with KML a few weeks after Earth’s release in 2005. For my master’s degree, I used Google Earth to build a virtual representation of a high-tech biological research reserve. Vint Cerf saw my work, which eventually led to a job on the Google Earth Outreach team, turning my passion for telling stories with maps into a career. google earth

F)2005 was the beginning of Google Earth’s evolution, as well. In August of that year, Hurricane Katrina showed us how useful mapping tools like Earth could be for crisis response efforts. Rescue workers compared before and after Satellite imagery in Google Earth to better locate where people were stranded. And in the years after, with more than 2 billion downloads by people in nearly every country in the world, Earth has enabled people to discover new coral reefs, journey to the Moon and into deep space, find long-lost parents, clear landmines and much more.

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

The ability to empower groups as diverse as school children and NASA scientists to learn more about the world is what I love about Google Earth. It has the potential to make the planet a far more connected place, if you take the time to explore, discover and share what you learn. So to celebrate how far Google Earth has come and our leap into the next 10 years, we’ve created a few new ways to help you better see places from around (and above) the world.

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

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H)Different imagery types in Voyager are shown by color

In this first edition of Voyager, you’ll find five sections to explore:

  • Street View: highlights from Street View, including the Taj Mahal and the Grand Canyon
  • Earth View: striking landscapes around the globe as seen from space (more below)
  • 3D cities: a showcase of cities and towns available in photorealistic 3D (don’t forget to tilt!)
  • Satellite imagery updates: a map of our most recently published satellite imagery
  • Highlight tour: with thousands of Voyager locations to choose from, take a quick tour of a few to whet your appetite.
The Kemgon Gompa—available in the Street View layer—is a Buddhist monastery in Lukla, Nepal

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

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

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

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

For Earth’s 10th birthday. We’re expanding the Earth View collection to 1,500 landscapes from every continent. And ocean and making it accessible to even more people. The new imagery is available with an updated version of our Chrome extension and a new web gallery. Download high-resolution wallpapers for your mobile and desktop devices, or better yet, print them up for your walls!.

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Thank you for the last 10 years exploring your world with Google Earth. We hope Voyager and Earth View will unlock a new perspective on our planet. We look forward to seeing what the next decade brings!.             K)Google Earth images of Gulfport, Mississippi’s shoreline before and after Hurricane Katrina. L)Google Earth images of Gulfport, Mississippi’s shoreline before and after Hurricane Katrina. M)Google Earth images of Gulfport, Mississippi’s shoreline before and after Hurricane Katrina. O)Google Earth images of Gulfport, Mississippi’s shoreline before and after Hurricane Katrina. P)Google Earth images of Gulfport, Mississippi’s shoreline before and after Hurricane Katrina. Q)Google Earth images of Gulfport, Mississippi’s shoreline before and after Hurricane Katrina. U)So to celebrate how far Google Earth has come and our leap into the next 10 years, we’ve created a few new ways to help you better see places from around. (and above) the world. L)So to celebrate how far Google Earth has come and our leap into the next 10 years, we’ve created a few new ways to help you better see places from around (and above) the world. M)So to celebrate how far Google Earth has come and our leap into the next 10 years, we’ve created a few new ways to help you better see places from around. (and above) the world. O)So to celebrate how far Google Earth has come and our leap into the next 10 years. we’ve created a few new ways to help you better see places from around. (and above) the world. P)So to celebrate how far Google Earth has come and our leap into the next 10 years. we’ve created a few new ways to help you better see places from around. (and above) the world. Q)So to celebrate how far Google Earth has come and our leap into the next 10 years. we’ve created a few new ways to help you better see places from around (and above) the world. U)So to celebrate how far Google Earth has come and our leap into the next 10 years. We’ve created a few new ways to help you better see places from around (and above) the world. V)These images soon made their way onto Android phones, Chromecast and Chromebooks as a distinctive kind of wallpaper. W)These images soon made their way onto Android phones, Chromecast and Chromebooks as a distinctive kind of wallpaper. X)These images soon made their way onto Android phones, Chromecast and Chromebooks as a distinctive kind of wallpaper. Y)These images soon made their way onto Android phones, Chromecast and Chromebooks as a distinctive kind of wallpaper. Z)These images soon made their way onto Android phones, Chromecast and Chromebooks as a distinctive kind of wallpaper. Z)These images soon made their way onto Android phones, Chromecast and Chromebooks as a distinctive kind of wallpaper.

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