Google recently launched Google Earth Engine, a global mapping tool which is designed to track the changes to our environment, at the International Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico.
The Earth Engine will be made available to researchers and scientists around the world to help with projects such as mapping forests and water resources. Comprised of a database of satellite images of the Earth’s surface, which date back more than 25 years, with the aid of a number of software tools, it will help researchers spot and map environmental changes in those images.
According to Google’s blog it will enable
global-scale monitoring and measurement of changes in the earth’s environment. The platform will enable scientists to use our extensive computing infrastructure–the Google “cloud”–to analyze this imagery.
In fact Google will be donating 10 million CPU hours on its servers each year over the next two years to the Earth Engine platform for the analysis of these satellite images.