December 2, 2016
Google has recently released a new update to its popular Earth Timelapse allowing users to visually track geographical changes of the planet from the year 1984 to 2016. Using video footage, users are able to see how the Earth has changed over the past three decades. Drawing on Earth Engine’s cloud-computing capabilities, this project makes use of over 5 million high definition satellite images acquired by five different satellites.
Earth Timelapse allows you to search, pan and zoom around various regions of the world. You can track how major cities around the globe have evolved. As Google explained, ‘Timelapse is an example that illustrates the power of Earth Engine’s cloud-computing model, which enables users such as scientists, researchers, and journalists to detect changes, map trends, and quantify differences on the Earth's surface using Google’s computational infrastructure and the multi-petabyte Earth Engine data catalog.’
Users can also access a highlighted selection of Google Timelapse tour featuring a number of popular cities from Florida to Dubai in United Arab Emirates and see how they have transformed over time. Alternatively, you can use Time-lapse Tour Editor to create a timelapse tour that moves from one destination to another over time.