ST. LOUIS – Google Earth can now show you how climate change has affected your place of residence over the past four decades.
The Google Earth app has added the new video feature, which uses nearly 40 years of satellite imagery to illustrate how climate change has affected glaciers, beaches, forests and other places around the world.
The tool came out on Thursday. The company took on the project in collaboration with several government agencies, including NASA in the US and its European counterpart, in the hope that it will help a mass audience to more tangibly understand the sometimes abstract concept of climate change.
Click here to see how climate change has affected the St. Louis area.
Previous images of climate change focused mostly on melting glaciers and weren’t widely distributed in an already popular app like Google Earth, which can be downloaded on most of the 3 billion+ smartphones in the world.
The feature was created from 24 million satellite imagery taken each year from 1984 to 2020 and provided by NASA, the US Geological Survey, and the European Union, according to Google. Time-lapse technology was developed with the help of Carnegie Mellon University.
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