Google Earth: Time-lapse mode shows changes over the past 37 years

The search engine company Google has released an extensive update for the map service Earth. The update builds the timelapse function into the web view. With the time-lapse mode, users have the option of seeing developments over the past 37 years.

The timelapse project was originally presented in 2013. Now, Google has the time-lapse feature expands, the users so that the changes from 1984 to 2020 View can. In addition, the feature also comes to the fore via the Voyager storytelling platform integrated into Google Earth's desktop mode. With Google Earth Timelapse, the growth of large cities or changes in nature such as the melting of glaciers or the deforestation of rainforests are visualized.

With Google Earth, users can now travel back in time for up to 37 years

To enable the timelapse view, Google used more than 24 million satellite images from 1984 to 2020 and merged around 20 petabytes of data with the help of its own software. A huge amount of computation was required for this.

Google provides pre-rendered videos

If you want to try out the time-lapse function yourself, you should take a look around this page. In addition to the feature itself, Google has provided more than 800 precalculated videos. The clips can be viewed in 2D or 3D and accessed via this link or via YouTube.

The videos and the timelapse function can be used freely and incorporated into your own projects, for example, to document the consequences of climate change. In the future, the search engine company would like to expand the collection of precalculated clips.

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