Google released Earth Timelapse in 2013, allowing users to explore changes to our planet “like never before”.
The company has now released the largest update to Timelapse yet, with “four additional years of imagery, petabytes of new data, and a sharper view of the Earth from 1984 to 2016”.
The Timelapse map, embedded below, allows users to zoom in on an area – down to a suburb level – and see how the landscape has changed between 1984 and 2016.
How it works
The service uses the Google Earth Engine.
“It is made from 33 cloud-free annual mosaics, one for each year from 1984 to 2016, which are made interactively explorable by Carnegie Mellon University CREATE Lab’s Time Machine library,” said Google.
“Using Earth Engine, we combined over 5 million satellite images acquired over the past three decades by five different satellites.”
To use the engine below, hover your cursor over it. You can zoom to an area of your choosing and play a timelapse of its satellite images. The speed of the progression can also be toggled.