Mapping deforestation over time

Mapping deforestation over time

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

Mapping deforestation over time

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

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

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Google Street View Colorado River

Explore America’s most endangered river on Street View

Google Street View Colorado River March 13, 2014
Google Street View Colorado River This guest post is by Chris Williams. Senior Vice President of Conservation at American Rivers. We’ve partnered with American Rivers to share the adventure of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon in Google Maps. -Ed.While you admire its grandeur. Remember that the river is also at risk. One of the United States .                                                               It wasn’t until 1869. when John Wesley Powell led a small exploration party on a rafting trip. That the natural wonders of the Colorado River and the Grand Canyon came fully into view.google street view colorado river ColoradoRiver

For 6 million years, the Colorado River Google Street View Colorado River has flowed through the heart of the desert southwest, its waters slowly carving out a canyon so vast it can be seen from space—yet so remote it didn’t appear on early maps of the region. It wasn’t until 1869. When John Wesley Powell led a small exploration party on a rafting trip. That the natural wonders of the Colorado River.

Now with Google Street View. You can ride the whitewater rapids, cruise the sleepy river bends. And discover the side canyons that make the Colorado River a treasured resource.
By the time it reaches the Gulf of California in Mexico. Google Street View Colorado River. The river is barely a trickle—.a ghost of its once magnificent self. We’ve partnered with American Rivers to share the adventure of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon in Google Maps. -Ed.While you admire its grandeur.

But it’s also one of the most endangered, dammed, diverted and plumbed rivers in the world, thanks to a century of management policies and practices that have promoted the use of Colorado River water at an unsustainable rate.
Start at an iconic spot like Deer Creek Falls or North Canyon, or climb up to the Nankoweap Granaries. Geology fans will enjoy formations like Hermit Shale andTapeats Sandstone. On your journey, look out for wildlife like big horn sheep and signs of a volcanic dam that naturally occurred centuries ago.

While you admire its grandeur. Remember that the river is also at risk. One of the United States’. most important resources. The Colorado River provides drinking water for 36 million people from Denver to Los Angeles. Supports a $26 billion recreation industry. And irrigates nearly 4 million acres of land that grow 15 percent of our nation’s crops. But it’s also one of the most endangered. Dammed. 2

We’re proud to partner with Google. And Street View to raise awareness of the need to protect and restore the river. It’s time to speak up and protect the wonder of the Grand Canyon. And the riches of a healthy Colorado River. Join American Rivers and help us protect and restore this iconic river of the west—for today and for future generations. google street view colorado river ColoradoRiver By the time it reaches the Gulf of California in Mexico, the river is barely a trickle—a ghost of its once magnificent self.                     You can see evidence of the river’s decline In Street View, like the high water mark (showing 1950s driftwood on top of the rock), or sedimentation along the river’s edgedown by Lake Mead.
But it’s also one of the most endangered, dammed, diverted and plumbed rivers in the world, thanks to a century of management policies and practices that have promoted the use of Colorado River water at an unsustainable rate.

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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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Street View Dubai Drive by Dubai

Street View Dubai Drive by Dubai with Street View

 Street View Dubai December 8, 2014
Dubai is home to the world’s tallest tower. Street View Dubai Largest mall and the planet’s only seven-star hotel. With all these modern wonders, it’s no surprise that Dubai hosted 10 million global visitors last year—and aims to hit a record-breaking 20 million visitors in 2020. Starting today. It can add virtual visitors to that list, as Dubai becomes the first city in an Arab country to be added to Street View in Google Maps. Street View Dubai

Start your tour with a drive on Sheikh Zayed Road. Street View Dubai the longest road in the Emirates that runs in parallel to the coastline. Peer up at the city’s iconic skyscrapers and high-rise towers that. In some cases, reach more than 1,000 feet into the clouds. On one side, you can see the city’s elevated and driverless metro system. earthtopomaps.com

Along Financial Road. Pass Dubai Mall, home to thousands of shops. But with an average of 75 million visitors every year. The mall is more than just a retail space. Inside is a 10 million-liter aquarium — one of the largest suspended tanks in the world. — and a facing it there is a flock of famous dancing fountains.
Street View Dubai earthtopomaps.com
It’s hard to believe that a city not much larger than 4,000. square kilometers has become such a hub of modern culture with more than 200. nationalities mingling daily. As well as a center for trade and tourism in just four short decades. We hope that you’ll be inspired to explore its wonders in person, but until then. They’re just a click away. Street View Dubaistreet view Dubai Screen Shot at
Most of Dubai’s buildings were constructed in the last decade. But if you’re curious to go back to where it all began. vVsit Deira. Here, the great-grandfathers of present-day merchants set up shop. Creating one of the region’s biggest markets and establishing a major link in the time’s global trade routes.
Street View Dubai earthtopomaps.com
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Finally, no visit of Dubai is complete without touring the Dubai Creek. Known for its fusion of past and present cultures, and its trading connections with countries around and beyond the Arabian Gulf. Along its banks you can see merchant dhows docked and bazaars bustling with silks and spices.
Street View Dubai earthtopomaps.com
It’s hard to believe that a city not much larger than 4,000. square kilometers has become such a hub of modern culture with more than 200 nationalities mingling daily. As well as a center for trade and tourism in just four short decades. But with an average of 75 million visitors every year. The mall is more than just a retail space. But with an average of 75 million visitors every year. The mall is more than just a retail space.street view Dubai Screen Shot at
It’s hard to believe that a city not much larger than 4,000. square kilometers has become such a hub of modern culture with more than 200 nationalities mingling daily. As well as a center for trade and tourism in just four short decades.  

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Street View Spain Viva La Espana: 50 new

Street View Spain Viva La Espana: 50 new Street View sights in Spain Street View Spain.

Street View Spain December 5, 2014
The Iberian Peninsula has a rich and varied artistic. Street View Spain architectural. And cultural legacy. Roman remains. Al-Andalus. Gothic splendor and 19th century Catalan modernism are just a few examples of what you might see travelling around Spain’s cities and countryside. And starting today, people all over the world will be able to explore 50 new iconic locations in Spain with Street View on Google Maps.

Peruse architectural details of the Alhambra and Generalife. Street View Spain walk around theTower of Hercules (a Roman Empire-era lighthouse), and gaze up at the vast arched ceiling of the crypt at the Church of Sagrada Familia. This 360-degree imagery was collected by our Trekker. A backpack equipped with Street View technology that allows the wearer to capture imagery while walking. earthtopomaps.com

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 In fact, according to the survey on the Impact of Online Content on European Tourism. More than half of EU travelers consult Internet sites and social media in order to get information about trips. But even if you’re not planning un vacación anytime soon. The wonders of Spain are now just a click away. earthtopomaps.com A backpack equipped with Street View technology that allows the wearer to capture imagery while walking. In addition to these famed sights. You can also discover lesser-known treasures.
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In addition to these famed sights. You can also discover lesser-known treasures. Visit the desertlike world of the Bardenas Reales natural park in southeast Navarre. Neoclassic architecture at the Congress of Deputies and colorful stained-glass windows in the Cathedral of León. Or make a trip to the small medieval town of Albarracín. A walled lordship that has stood for centuries. In addition to these famed sights. You can also discover lesser-known treasures.
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Casteldetierra, Bardenas Reales natural park  And for more sprawling locations, the trusty Trike captured imagery while its rider pedaled. earthtopomaps.com
 A backpack equipped with Street View technology that allows the wearer to capture imagery while walking.In addition to these famed sights. You can also discover lesser-known treasures. street view spain Screen Shot at
This 360-degree imagery was collected by our Trekker. A backpack equipped with Street View technology that allows the wearer to capture imagery while walking. To capture details of the fine art and architecture inside these magnificent sites. We enlisted the help of the Trolley. And for more sprawling locations. The trusty Trike captured imagery while its rider pedaled. 2

If this collection piques your interest to see these locations in person, you’re in good company. In fact, according to the survey on the Impact of Online Content on European Tourism. More than half of EU travelers consult Internet sites and social media in order to get information about trips. But even if you’re not planning un vacación anytime soon, the wonders of Spain are now just a click away. earthtopomaps.com

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Google Maps Everest Apa Sherpa

Google Maps Everest Growing up in the shadow of Everest

 Date Google Maps Everest March 12, 2015 google maps everest Screen Shot at

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 Earth mobile with new 3D imagery

Google Earth mobileGoogle Earth mobile Downtown Denver

Fly through Seattle and Denver with new 3D imagery on Google Earth mobile

Google Earth mobile August 9, 2012

Less than two months ago. Google Earth mobile we announced a new way to fly through full metropolitan areas in 3D with Google Earth as a step in our quest to build the most comprehensive. And accurate maps. We’ve recently expanded this new imagery to the latest iPads and iPhones. And today we’ve released new 3D imagery of Denver,Google Earth mobile Safeco Field

Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington 3D experience is possible because of advanced image processing and the use of 45-degree aerial imagery. If you don’t have the latest version of the Google Earth app for iOS or Android, be sure to update so you can check out this spectacular new 3D imagery! 

Another great way to spend a day when visiting Seattle is walking along the shoreline. Home of many iconic Seattle landmarks. Three of my favorite spots to visit are the Pike Place. The Seattle Public Library and of course. The Space Needle. Google Earth for mobile earthtopomaps.com

Be sure to update so you can check out this spectacular new 3D imagery!

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 Downtown Seattle, Washington Washington to help you better explore and tour both cities via your iOS and Android devices. Having grown up in Colorado and visited Seattle several times. This is particularly exciting for me.

For example. The amazing Denver Art Museum, with its seemingly impossible angles. earthtopomaps.com

 3D experience is possible because of advanced image processing and the use of 45-degree aerial imagery. If you don’t have the latest version of the Google Earth app for iOS or Android. Be sure to update so you can check out this spectacular new 3D imagery!

Denver Art Museum in Denver, Colorado. Be sure to update so you can check out this spectacular new 3D imagery!
You can also head north to visit the Wells Fargo Center, which has inspireddebate about what shape it presents. Is it a mailbox or a cash register? My vote is for mailbox. earthtopomaps.com Google Earth mobile Seattle coastline

Wells Fargo Center (left) in downtown Denver, Colorado

3D experience is possible because of advanced image processing and the use of 45-degree aerial imagery. If you don’t have the latest version of the Google Earth app for iOS or Android. Be sure to update so you can check out this spectacular new 3D imagery! earthtopomaps.com                                                                          Colorado and Seattle. Washington to help you better explore and tour both cities via your iOS and Android devices.Having grown up in Colorado and visited Seattle several times. This is particularly exciting for me. Now I can head on over to Safeco Field. Home of the Seattle Mariners. To revisit the diamond where I’ve watched games in the past. Google Earth for mobile Be sure to update so you can check out this spectacular new 3D imagery!

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