Google Earth Engine: Driving understanding and action using satellite imagery
Enginemakes more than 40 years of the world's satellite imagery available to
scientists and researchers online. While everyday users can view satellite images
in Google Earth and Google Maps, scientists around the world
can use Google Earth Engine to analyze those images, add data, and create their own
applications to monitor real-time changes in the Earth’s surface.
For example, a collaboration led by researchers at the University of Maryland has
produced the first 30 meter resolution map of global forest change, from 2000-2012. It captures myriad forest
dynamics, including fires, tornadoes, disease and logging. This map is being used
by governments and other organizations to track global deforestation.
Timelapse, a collaboration between Google, NASA, Time magazine, the
United States Geological Survey, and the Carnegie Mellon University CREATE lab,
used Earth Engine to create a zoomable pannable movie of change everywhere on earth
between 1984 and 2012.
Other current applications of Earth Engine involve measuring water usage, analyzing
species habitat ranges, and measuring global urban expansion.