Google Earth has launched a brand-new innovative feature that allows you to witness the disturbing effects of climate change on Earth over the last four decades.
Basically, 24-million satellite images have been compiled into a time-lapse video feature, which allows users to zoom into anywhere across the globe and watch 37-years’ worth of climate change.
This is the biggest update to Google Earth since 2017 when it was redesigned, and Google Earth teamed up with NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA), the European Commission (EC), and the US Geological Survey to make it happen.
In the new feature, the time-lapse shows how our cities, forests, and oceans have changed over the last 37 years. The collaboration meant that data was taken from five different satellites owned by different space agencies or governing bodies.
The ESA wrote, ‘Users can now take a journey across the world, exploring the ever-changing shapes of coastlines, follow the growth of megacities, track deforestation and much more,’.
Rebecca Moore, Director, Google Earth, Earth Engine & Outreach, added, ‘As we looked at what was happening, five themes emerged: forest change, urban growth, warming temperatures, sources of energy, and our world’s fragile beauty,’.
‘With Timelapse in Google Earth, we have a clearer picture of our changing planet right at our fingertips – one that shows not just problems but also solutions, as well as mesmerisingly beautiful natural phenomena that unfold over decades.’
Although Google Earth was first launched in 2001, users can see the world as far back as 40 years.