San Ramon, California – The Google Earth application is adding a new video feature that will use satellite imagery over the past four decades to vividly illustrate how climate change affects glaciers, beaches, forests and other parts of the world.
This Tools unveiled Coming soon on Thursday, this is known as the biggest update to Google Earth in five years. Google stated that it has cooperated with several government agencies including the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and European counterparts on this complex project, hoping to help the general public in a more practical way through its free Google Earth application. The audience grasps the sometimes abstract concept of climate change.
Natalie Mahowald, a climate scientist at Cornell University, believes that this task may be achieved.
After watching the preview of the new feature, she told the Associated Press: “This is amazing. Due to the scale of time and space, trying to make people understand the scope of climate change and land use issues is very difficult. If this software can change many people I would not be surprised at the scale of human impact on the environment.”
This is not the first time that time-lapse satellite images have been used to demonstrate how climate change has caused changes around the world. Most scientists believe that climate change is mainly driven by human pollution.
But the early images were mainly focused on melting glaciers and have not been widely used in already popular applications like Google Earth. The images can be downloaded on most of the more than 3 billion smartphones currently in use worldwide.
Google promises that people will be able to see delayed demos wherever they want to search.This feature also includes a storytelling mode Highlight 800 different places Play on the earth in 2D and 3D formats. These videos will also be available on Google’s YouTube video site, which is more widely used than the Earth app.
According to Google, the feature was created from 24 million satellite images taken annually from 1984 to 2020 and provided by NASA, the U.S. Geological Survey and the European Union. Time-lapse technology was created with the help of Carnegie Mellon University.
Google plans to update the time-lapse images at least once a year.
Associated Press science writer Seth Borenstein contributed to this story from Washington.
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