Its users Google Earth they can now see the spectacular but mostly worrying effect of climate change over the last four decades or so. The latest addition to Google Earth is a feature named Timelapse, which shows how the Earth has changed in recent years due to climate change and human activity.
The tool takes static images of the platform and converts them into one awesome 4D experience, allowing users to click on timelapses that show the melting of ice, the receding glaciers, the huge urban development, the impact of fires on agriculture, etc.
Timelapse utilizes 24 million photos from satellites, which were taken from 1984 to 2020. The process of collecting the photos and using them for this tool took two million hours of processing on thousands of machines. For this project, Google partnered with NASA, With the United States Geological SurveyThe European Union Copernicus program and Sentinel satellites, and CREATE Lab of Carnegie Mellon University.
To explore Timelapse in Google Earth, users can enter any location in the search bar. Google said it removed elements such as clouds and shadows from the images and calculated a pixel for each location on Earth for each year since 1984. The pixels were then linked to create a timelapse video.
By typing the location they want, users can see all the changes that have taken place in this place from 1984 to 2020.
The company believes that visual material can bring the issue of climate change to the forefront of discussions, as it is important to have a picture of the situation.
Google also offers various tours via Voyager, a storytelling platform, which will explain some of the biggest changes seen in the pictures.
The company hopes that governments, researchers, journalists, teachers and other people will analyze the images and share their findings.
"We invite anyone to take Timelapse into their own hands and share it with others", Said a company representative. "Timelapse in Google Earth aims to assess the health and well-being of our unique home and is a tool that can educate and promote action".
Source: CNN International