Google updates Earth's Timelapse feature with two years of recent data

Data up to 2022 is now available
Abdul-Rahman Oladimeji Bello
Earth seen from high orbit
Earth seen from high orbit

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center 

According to a recent announcement by the tech giant, Google's Timelapse feature has been updated with two years of new data. Earth Timelapse is a fascinating feature that allows us to see how our planet has changed over time. It's a tool created by Google Earth that uses satellite imagery to show how various locations have evolved over the years. Recently, Google announced a major update to the Earth Timelapse feature, adding two years of recent data.

The new update to Google Earth Timelapse features petabytes of new data, covering the years 1984 to 2020. And recently, data from 2020 to 2022 was added. This means that users can now see how the world has changed over the last few years, including the effects of climate change, urbanization, and natural disasters.

In addition to gathering valuable information, Google's data collection efforts have resulted in breathtaking visuals through features like Immersive View and Street View. This way, we can see and analyze more data than ever. You can see how cities have grown and developed, how glaciers have melted, and how forests have been destroyed. Scientists use it to study climate change and the impact of human activity on the planet.

The Timelapse feature is available on Google Earth, which can be accessed through a web browser or downloaded as an app for Android and iOS devices. The feature allows users to zoom in and out of specific locations, view the changes in the landscape from different angles, and even share their favorite views with others.

According to Google, the Timelapse feature was created to "increase public awareness of the impact of climate change, urbanization, and deforestation." The company has partnered with several organizations, including NASA, US Geological Survey's Landsat program, and the ESA's Sentinel satellites. 

The updated Timelapse feature has already generated much interest and excitement among users. Many people have taken to social media to share their favorite views and express their awe at the changes they can see. Some have used the data to create their projects, such as time-lapse videos of specific locations or comparisons of different areas over time.

The Timelapse feature is just one of the many tools available to researchers, scientists, and activists working to address climate change and promote sustainability. Google has also invested in several renewable energy projects and is working to reduce its carbon footprint.

If you want to explore the changes in your area over the past four decades, Timelapse is a great tool to use. However, if you're more interested in viewing beautiful locations worldwide, Google has assembled over 800 time-lapses from 300 different locations. These time-lapses can be viewed on YouTube in 2D and 3D, and Google even allows users to download individual clips.

Why this update is important

As the world continues to grapple with the impact of climate change, it is important to have access to accurate and reliable data that can help us understand the changes happening around us. The updated Timelapse feature is a powerful tool that can help us do just that. Whether you're a scientist, a student, or simply curious about the world around us, the Timelapse feature will provide a fascinating and informative view of our planet's past, present, and future.

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