Google CEO Sundar Pichai has announced a new ”Timelapse” feature for Google Earth that lets users observe how our planet has changed in the past 37 years.
“Our planet has seen rapid environmental change in the past half-century — more than any other point in human history. The new Timelapse feature in Google Earth compiles 24 million satellite photos from the past 37 years into an interactive 4D experience,” Pichai said on Thursday.
It will cover changes from 1984 till 2020 and Google has noted that it will update it every year for the next decade.
To explore Timelapse in Google Earth, go to g.co/Timelapse and type in the location they want to see in motion by typing it in the search bar, the blogpost said.
Alternatively, users can also open Google Earth and click on the ship’s wheel to find Timelapse on Voyager, to see the interactive guided tours.
Users can select any video they want as a ready-to-use MP4 video or sit back and watch the videos on YouTube.”
Google has worked with experts from Carnegie Mellon University’s CREATE Lab to create the technology behind Timelapse.
Google noted five themes, including forest change, urban growth, warming temperatures, sources of energy, and the world’s fragile beauty.
“For the past 15 years, billions of people have turned to Google Earth to explore our planet from endless vantage points. We like to say if Google maps is about finding your way, Google Earth has been about getting lost and we’ve focused on creating the most realistic digital representation of the planet that’s ever been put into the hands of the public with features that entertain people and enlighten people,” Rebecca Moore said.
This partnership with Google also enhances NASA’s open science initiative to create a collaborative, diverse culture that advances our science by freely sharing data with the scientific community and the public, Director of Google Earth Rebecca Moore said in the blog post.
“As far as we know timelapse and Google Earth is the biggest video on the planet of our planet ever created,” she said.