Together with NASA and the European Union, Google has collected 24 million satellite images taken in the past 37 years. All these indicate that dynamic and drastic changes are taking place on our planet. Melting glaciers, shrinking Amazon forests, changing coastlines or artificially created islands-all of which can now be seen with your own eyes without having to leave your computer.
-This is the largest Google Earth update we have prepared since 2017. It made Timelaps, which is the largest movie on our planet-said Rebbeca Moore of Google Earth. You can view the work of researchers, scientists, and programmers at g.co/TimelapseVideos. There are 800 free 2D and 3D time-lapse movies for public use.
You can also view it from the level of Google Earth itself by clicking on the steering wheel. The Voyager storytelling platform should also be there. Moore added: “We are sharing our interactive guided tour of recommended locations with new photos, and we hope you can shed light on the important issues facing our planet.
The “time interval” was created based on 24 million satellite images from 1984 to 2020. In total, the pixels are 40 million. These are processed in Earth Engine, Google’s geospatial analysis platform. The whole process requires hard and arduous work. More precisely: The processing time on thousands of computers in Google Cloud exceeds 2 million hours. A total of 20 PB of graphics was used to create a huge video mosaic of 4.4 TB pixels. For clarity: this is 4 followed by 12 zeros, which is equivalent to 530,000 4K videos!
Google proudly says that everything is carbon neutral and is done in a data center powered by 100% renewable energy.
There are many signs that this is the greatest movie in the history of the world. Its “producers” (other than Google) are the United States and the European Union that provide the data. -Without NASA and the Landsat program implemented by the US Geological Survey, the world’s first civil earth observation program and the European Union’s Copernicus program with sentinel satellites, Moore stated that Google Earth’s time would not be possible.