From the freezing of the Greenland ice cap, the extinction of the Amazon rainforest, Dubai’s urbanisation… Google has created a method to visualise more than thirty years of environmental transition in 3D in collaboration with NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA). The Google Earth’s Timelapse feature, which went live on Thursday, 15 April, shows the effects of climate change since 1984.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai revealed that putting a Timelapse’ tab to Google Earth is the most significant upgrade since 2017. It enables everyone to see time unfold and observe nearly four decades of planetary transition.
Google Earth users may access the feature, which contains twenty million satellite photos. The American firm has classified the planet’s transformation over the last 37 years into five significant themes.
How to access Timelapse in Google Earth
Go to g.co/Timelapse to try Timelapse in Google Earth – According to the blog post, you can use the convenient search bar to pick every location on the globe where you want to see time in motion.
“We’ve even made available for public use over 800 Timelapse videos in both 2D and 3D at g.co/TimelapseVideos. You can download every video as a ready-to-use MP4 file or just sit back and enjoy the videos on YouTube.” More than at any other time in history. In a post, Pichai said, “The new Timelapse feature in Google Earth compiles 24 million satellite photos from the past 37 years into an interactive 4D experience.”
“For the first time, we’ll put a vivid depiction of our rapidly changing planet into the hands of everyone, everywhere,” said Rebecca Moore, director of Google Earth, Earth Engine, and outreach, at a press conference.
People would be able to view our world in an entirely different dimension, she added, in the most significant upgrade to Google Earth since 2017.
“Timelapse in Google Earth is a huge step forward. Since our single static view of the world has now been complex, presenting continuous visual proof of Earth’s shifts caused by nature and human behaviour happening through space and time across four decades,” Moore said.
“For the past 15 years, billions of people have used Google Earth to explore our planet from a variety of perspectives. “We like to say that if Google Maps is about finding your way, Google Earth is about getting lost,” she said. “We’ve focused on creating the most realistic digital representation of the planet that’s ever been put into the hands of the public, with features that entertain and enlighten people.”
“As far as we know, timelapse and Google Earth are the largest videos of our planet ever created,” she said.