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The tool shows how the Earth has evolved since 1984, after a series of natural disasters, and phenomena such as urbanization, deforestation, and climate change.
Google Earth Timelapse is a tool that allows you to see almost four decades of changes on planet Earth on video, highlighting the impact of various factors, such as climate change. The interactive 4D map is made from millions of satellite photographs and has now been updated with images from 2021 and 2022.
The journey through time shows us how the earth’s surface has visually evolved with urban sprawl, mining impacts, river meanders, the growth of megacities, deforestation, and agricultural expansion.
Regarding the effects and ways to combat global warming, it is possible to visualize the consequences of emerging irrigation systems in the deserts of Egypt, wind farms on the high seas, or large-scale solar installations such as in Granada, Spain.
The Google Earth Timelapse Update
In 2021, Timelapse was updated with 24 million photographs captured by satellites from 1984 to 2020. A library now has more than 800 Timelapse videos, portraying more than 300 locations, including Serra da Estrela. Some footage was used in the documentary The Territory (2022), which exposes the devastation of deforestation in the Amazon and its effect on local communities.
Google Earth Timelapse can thus be used to better understand the changing planet at a time when research into climate change and the environment continues to grow. “What is climate change?”, “How to mitigate climate change and create a more sustainable society?”, “What are the consequences of climate change?”, “How to prevent climate change?” and “What causes climate change?” are the most searched questions by residents in Portugal. Environmental concern is reflected in a 150% increase in research on the topic of climate change over the same period last year.
The information is available thanks to a commitment to open data from NASA and the United States Geological Survey’s Landsat program (the world’s first and oldest civilian Earth observation program) and the European Union’s Copernicus program with its Sentinel satellites.
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Sustainable Development Goals
This article addresses an action that promotes the adoption of urgent measures to fight climate change and its impacts. SDG 13 also aims to improve education on climate change mitigation and impact reduction.