Google released a significant update in Google Earth where users can observe environmental changes across the world.
This ‘Timelapse’ feature compiles 24 million satellite photos from the past 37 years, allowing curious users to witness and interact with how the Earth has changed in a fast-forward motion. Users can also track the following changes, especially the impact of climate change. It’s basically going back in time at this point.
Most of the satellite photos came from Landsat, a joint USGS/NASA Earth observation program that’s been watching the planet since 1970, which helped the feature come into reality.
“Timelapse in Google Earth is about zooming out to assess the health and well-being of our only home, and is a tool that can educate and inspire action,” said Rebecca Moore director of Google Earth, Earth Engine.
“We hope that this perspective of the planet will ground debates, encourage discovery and shift perspectives about some of our most pressing global issues.”
Moore added the feature will also be updated annually.
Here’s an example by Earth Shaker PH that showcases the environmental changes in the Southern NCR-Cavite area in the past 35 years:
TIMELAPSE: SOUTHERN NCR-CAVITE AREA (1985-2020) 🕒
Here's a video showing the newest feature of @googleearth – timelapse! Here, you can observe the environmental changes in Southern NCR-Cavite area in the past 35 years. You can also see the reclamation projects! pic.twitter.com/1tB0kfyoPD
— Earth Shaker PH (@earthshakerph) April 16, 2021
Start exploring the feature for yourself by visiting the software here.