Google Earth adds a lapse video to show climate change – Newspapers

SAN RAMON: The Google Earth app adds a new video feature that relies on nearly four decades of satellite imagery to vividly illustrate how climate change has affected glaciers, beaches, forests and other places around the world.

The tool unveiled on Thursday is being introduced into what is being charged as the biggest Google Earth update in five years. Google says it has undertaken a complex project in partnership with several government agencies, including NASA in the U.S. and a European counterpart, in hopes of helping a massive audience understand the sometimes abstract concept of climate change in more tangible terms through its free Earth app.

Climate scientist at Cornell University Natalie Mahowald believes the mission could be accomplished.

“This is amazing,” she said after looking at a review of the new feature. Trying to make people understand the extent of climate change and the problem of land use is so difficult because of the long time and spatial scale. I wouldn’t be surprised if this little software changes the opinion of many people about the extent of people’s impact on the environment. “

This is not the first time that time-lapse satellite imagery has been used to show how parts of the world are changing before our eyes due to climate change. Most scientists agree that climate change leads to pollution that is primarily produced by humans.

But earlier images focused mainly on melting glaciers and were not widely available in an already popular app like Google Earth, which can be downloaded on most of the more than 3 billion smartphones in use worldwide today. Google promises to be able to see a lapse presentation almost anywhere they want to search.

The feature also includes a storytelling mode that highlights 800 different places on the planet in 2D and 3D formats.

These videos will also be available on Google’s YouTube video site, a service more used than the Earth app.

Published at dawn, April 16, 2021