In Google Earth’s largest upgrade in years

Google Earth has been used by billions of people over the last 15 years to view our world from a variety of perspectives. Perhaps you’ve seen Mount Everest or flown over your hometown. After the launch of Google Earth, we’ve been working to build a 3D replica of the globe that represents our planet in magnificent detail and has features that both inspire and encourage people to make a difference.

Timelapse in Google Earth is, as far as we know, the biggest video on the globe, of our world. And putting it together necessitated an out-of-this-world partnership. The promises of the US government and the European Union to free and transparent data made this work possible. Not to mention their titanic attempts to send rockets, rovers, spacecraft, and astronauts into orbit in the name of discovery and exploration. Without NASA and the US Geological Survey’s Landsat program, the world’s first (and longest-running) civilian Earth observation program, and the European Union’s Copernicus program and its Sentinel satellites, timelapse in Google Earth would not have been feasible.

What are the plans for Timelapse?

If you’re marveling at shifting coastlines, watching the rise of megacities, or monitoring deforestation, we welcome someone to take Timelapse into their own hands and share it with others. Timelapse in Google Earth is a platform that will teach and take action by zooming out to measure the health and well-being of our only home.

Visual evidence can get to the heart of a discussion in a way that words can’t, and it can help people understand complicated problems. Consider Liza Goldberg’s project, which aims to teach climate change through Timelapse photography. For example, the award-winning documentary “Nature Now,” which uses satellite imaging to display humanity’s growing footprint on the earth, was released in 2020.