Lake Tanganyika Google Earth Using tech

A)Lake Tanganyika Google Earth Using tech

B)Lake Tanganyika Google Earth Using tech From Lake Tanganyika to Google Earth: Using tech to help our communities

April 3, 2014

Today we’re joined by Dr. Jane Goodall, primatologist and founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and Roots & Shoots program. In this post, Dr. Goodall shares her thoughts on how today’s technology can enable more people around the world to make a difference in their communities. Join Dr. Goodall for a celebratory Birthday Hangout on Air today at 11 a.m. PDT/2 p.m. EDT. -Ed.When I first set foot on the shores of Lake Tanganyika in 1960 to study chimpanzee behavior, I carried with me notebooks, pencils and a pair of second-hand binoculars. I was, at the time, a young woman with no scientific training, but had a strong passion for learning about animals in Africa. In later years I founded the Jane Goodall Institute, dedicated to preserving the habitat of chimpanzees and other animals. Lake Tanganyika Google Earth Using techworldwide.lake tanganyika google earth using tech

The author connects with a member of the Kasakela chimpanzee community in Gombe. Lake Tanganyika Google Earth Using tech
Photo courtesy of JGI.

Today, the mapping technology available to all of us is completely changing the potential for animal and environmental research. My trip in 1960 would have looked quite different today. You have much more power at your fingertips, and you don’t even have to leave your home. Tools like Google Earth let you visit the shores of Lake Tanganyika with just a few keystrokes. And in Gombe, local villagers are using Android smartphones and tablets, in conjunction with Google Maps Engine and Earth Engine, to monitor changes in the forest habitat that affect chimpanzee populations. Technology makes it so easy for people to find and share information and to understand the world around them. And once we understand, we can start to foster positive change. Lake Tanganyika Google Earth Using tech

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The Jane Goodall Institute engages local communities from Tanzania, Uganda and across Africa to collect data on forests, wildlife and human activities using Google Android handheld devices. 

Photo courtesy of JGI/Lilian Pintea.

That’s one of the reasons we started the Roots & Shoots program to connect young people with the knowledge and tools they need to solve problems in their communities. The projects undertaken by these young people help them learn important science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills while developing real leadership capabilities. Today, Roots & Shoots is launching a new community mapping tutorial for young people to help them use digital mapping technology to identify and address needs in their community. If you’re an educator, we offer online professional development to help you fit our youth leadership model into your classroom and curriculum. You can sign up for the Roots & Shoots MOOC to learn more. Lake Tanganyika Google Earth Using tech

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Roots & Shoots groups from Uganda, Tanzania, and Republic of Congo share their projects.
There are more than 8,000 Roots & Shoots groups in 136 countries. Photos courtesy of JGI.

Today, on my 80th birthday, my wish is for young people around the world to think about the ways you can use technology to learn more about the wonderful world we share. Then, to take action, and inspire others to do the same. You have the power to do so much more than I did in 1960, to spark change I could only imagine back then. And you can do it no matter where in the world you are. Lake Tanganyika Google Earth Using tech

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Hit Road New Google Maps preview

A)Hit road new google maps preview

B)Hit road new google maps preview C)Hit the road with the New Google Maps preview

October 9, 2013
Though summer has come to an end – at least in the Northern Hemisphere – your feedback on the new Google Maps preview these past three months has been a great help in our continuing quest to build a better map, more tailored to you. Based on your input, we’re pleased to announce one of your most requested features – directions for multiple destinations – will begin rolling out today. And with two new tools to help manage your reservations and discover upcoming events, it’s never too early to plan your next road trip or adventure.Directions for multiple destinations
Whether you’re running weekend errands or planning a cross-country tour, you can plot multiple destinations for your trip with ease – now available for driving, walking and biking directions. Once you’ve chosen a starting point, click ‘+’ and add stops to your route by typing in the search box or clicking on the map. Hit road new google maps previewhit road new google maps preview

Plan your next road trip with directions for multiple destinations

When you’re exploring a new city, find the best way to museums, historic squares, and other attractions by dragging and dropping your destinations in the order that works for you. And if you’re curious before you go, the Views carousel, located in the bottom right corner, is a great way to preview Street View, Photo Tours, and other imagery. Hit road new google maps preview

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Re-order your route by dragging and dropping one destination above or below another

See your flight, hotel, and restaurant reservations
Similar to Google Search, find your flight, hotel, and restaurant reservations faster right in Maps. Just search for your departing airport or dining destination, and we’ll instantly show your upcoming plans. Having all your stuff in one place makes it easier to manage your appointment details and plan your commute. This info is available when you’re signed into Google, and only you can see it.

Then, when you’re ready to go, you can quickly access your recent search history on the Google Maps app for your iPhone or Android device and hit the road

This feature is currently rolling out to Maps users in the U.S. and is available in English only.

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When signed into Google, locate your destination on desktop 

and access search history on mobile to quickly navigate there

Upcoming Events
Search for Radio City Music Hall, the O2 Arena, or your favorite local performance venues, and click
on the Upcoming Events card to see a schedule of concerts, sports matches, and other events happening near you. Or if you’re new to an area, start with “music venues.”

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See a schedule of performances and sports matches with the Upcoming Events card

It’s been a busy summer for the Maps team, and we wanted to share a few things we’ve been working on, but there’s a lot more coming soon. Keep sending us your feedback using the “Help & Feedback” menu in the upper right corner of the screen.

Posted by Florian Goerisch, Product Manager, Google Maps

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Street View explore images across all seven continents

A)Street View explore images across

B)Street View explore images across Street View: Our biggest update yet

C)Street View explore images across June 29, 2011

Since we launched Street View on Google Maps in the U.S. in 2007 we’ve added 26 more countries and enabled you to explore images across all seven continents. Today we’re excited to share with you the latest expansion of Street View because it’s our biggest update yet.

New imagery is now available for 13 of our established Street View countries: Denmark, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Romania, South Africa, Taiwan, Japan, the United States, and the United Kingdom.

I like wine so I’m particularly interested in seeing the new imagery around Italy’s famous Chianti region and other beautiful areas of Tuscany. Across the mediterranean in Spain, the home of another renowned wine is available with the addition of the Rioja province.

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Pechina, Rioja Region, Spain

And as a food lover I’m keen on discovering Denmark’s beautiful chain of Smålands Islands – famous for its fruits that have inspired many Danish chefs and the new Nordic cuisine movement. In neighbouring Sweden there has been a significant increase in coverage across the country with Lake Siljan now included, along with the popular tourist towns of Rättvik, Leksand and Mora.

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Leksand, Sweden
The southernmost tip of Africa is also now available with the addition of South Africa’s Cape Agulhas. The cape is where the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet and is notoriously hazardous for sailors.

And across the other side of the world, you can view the Pacific Ocean from Japan’s Hahajima, one of the remote Ogasawara islands.

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In addition, this latest batch of street-level imagery includes higher resolution panoramic views of places throughout the San Francisco Bay Area Los Angeles and San Diego. This is great for both locals and potential visitors of these popular California destinations. Who can now see even more realistic views of landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge. Staples Center. And USS Midway.

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Golden Gate Bridge, California

Of course, these are just a few of the many fascinating places in today’s release of new Street View imagery. So we encourage you to look around and virtually experience them for yourself right in. Google Maps. Be it for armchair travel from the comfort of your computer. Or to figure out where you might want to visit on your next vacation.

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Expanded 3D Buildings coverage

A)Expanded 3D Buildings coverage

B)Expanded 3D Buildings coverage

C)Expanded 3D Buildings coverage July 7, 2011

(Cross-posted on the Official SketchUp Blog)Looking for new 3D cities to explore in far off places? Well, you’re in luck! We’ve been hard at work expanding our 3D coverage by adding ten of thousands of 3D buildings to these cities:

  • Berkeley, California USA
  • Cologne, Germany
  • The Hague, Netherlands

See the new buildings for yourself with the “3D Buildings” layer in Google Earth or by using Google Maps with Earth view.

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Happy touring!

Looking for new 3D cities to explore in far off places? Well, you’re in luck! We’ve been hard at work expanding our 3D coverage by adding ten of thousands of 3D buildings to these cities:

  • Berkeley, California USA
  • Cologne, Germany
  • The Hague, Netherlands

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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.

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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

Street View imagery journey of 5,000km

A)Street view imagery journey

B)Street view imagery journey Street View imagery A journey of 5,000km begins with a single steppe

C)Street View imagery July 22, 2015

D)With more than 250 sunny days a year (that’s about 100 more than you’d get in bright Portland). Mongolia is known by many as the “land of the eternal blue sky.”. Now you can take in some of these beautiful Mongolian blues with new Street View imagery. Which takes you across 5,000km of the country’s steppes. deserts. Icy lakes and rushing rivers. street view imagery journey

E)Last fall we strapped a Street View camera onto a four-wheel drive pickup truck to begin capturing 360-imagery from rugged Mongolian roads. Since then we’ve also gone off-road to capture images of the country’s most beautiful places with Ariuntuul. Our Mongolian Trekker operator. Who carried the 18-kg Street View Trekker into the wild expanses of Mongolia’s diverse countryside.street view imagery journey

Say hi or “Сайн байна уу” to our Mongolian Trekker operator, Ari

F)Take a tour of the placid frozen blues of Khuvsgul Lake. Onto the Eastern Highway for a look at Mongolia’s winter sunshine, over rainbows painted across the Selenga River. Across the vast and clouded horizon over the Gobi desert, and even towards the gers on the outskirts of the rapidly growing capital city, Ulaanbaatar. street view imagery journeystreet view imagery journey

G)Sled across the Khuvsgul Lake, the second largest freshwater lake in Asia. with Street View.street view imagery journey

Experience the winter sunset from Mongolia’s Eastern Highway street view imagery journey

Spot the rainbow over the shadow of our Street View truck near Selenga River street view imagery journey

Sand, sky and clouds as far as you can see near Tsogt-Ovoo street view imagery journey

A glimpse at the round rooftops of Ulaanbaatar 

H)Although adventurers will spend weeks exploring the hidden treasures of Mongolia, you can now join us on a whirlwind tour in just a few clicks. Until then…have a nice journey, on Street View and beyond!

Posted by Cynthia Wei, Street View Program Manager, Google Maps, earthtopomaps

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