Do you want to visualise how much we humans have expanded on the planet over the last few years; how much we have changed the planet for our needs; or how many changes have occurred on the planet? If your answer is yes, you can head over to Google Timelapse.
Google Timelapse is a new feature in Google’s Earth Engine that offers us a rather hypnotic look at the way the Earth is changing under humanity’s influence. The online tool provides us a look at one of the most detailed view of our planet across space and time – 32 years to be precise.
Google Timelapse shows us the last 32 years of our influence in a matter of just few seconds thanks to the whopping 5 million photographs from five satellites it processed for the feature. Further, Google employed its Earth Engine to process about three quadrillion pixels to finally come up with 33 images of the entire planet, one for each year and the result is a window to our dynamic Earth like we have never seen before. Google says that the whole timeline has been made interactively explorable thanks to the work by Carnegie Mellon University CREATE Lab’s Time Machine library.
The tool provides us a view of how the Earth was in 1984 and how it evolved and transformed though time and what it looks like today. Google Timelapse shows views of expanding cities, vanishing lakes, growing infrastructure, melting glaciers among other things.