Today, we launched a new Google Labs product called Google Earth Engine at the International Climate Change Conference in sunny Cancun, Mexico. Google Earth Engine is a new technology platform that puts an unprecedented amount of satellite imagery and data—current and historical—online for the first time. It enables 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. Last year, we demonstrated an early prototype. Since then, we have developed the platform, and are excited now to offer scientists around the world access to Earth Engine to implement their applications.
Msg#: 4238033 posted 2:05 am on Dec 6, 2010 (gmt 0)
I'm stunned by this, in a happy way. This is a major step forward in environmental research....
Google Earth Engine can be used for a wide range of applications—from mapping water resources to ecosystem services to deforestation. It’s part of our broader effort at Google to build a more sustainable future. We’re particularly excited about an initial use of Google Earth Engine to support development of systems to monitor, report and verify (MRV) efforts to stop global deforestation....
...Today, we announced that we are donating 10 million CPU-hours a year over the next two years on the Google Earth Engine platform, to strengthen the capacity of developing world nations to track the state of their forests, in preparation for REDD. For the least developed nations, Google Earth Engine will provide critical access to terabytes of data, a growing set of analytical tools and our high-performance processing capabilities. We believe Google Earth Engine will bring transparency and more certainty to global efforts to stop deforestation.
I hope this system also gets used for analyzing oceanic data... everything from water temperatures and ocean acidification to biological impacts. Desperately important. My deep thanks Google for developing this platform and making it available.
Msg#: 4238033 posted 2:02 pm on Dec 29, 2010 (gmt 0)
Google hits us again with a bug which allows us to see green impacts through time. One big source of data which we have left untapped is the ocean floor and the sea life near crazy environments like the deep sea vents down at the hottest parts of the ocean