Google Earth Engine customizes satellite imagery for monitoring deforestation


google earth engine Google Earth Engine customizes satellite imagery for monitoring deforestation

Today at the COP15 International Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Google demonstrated Earth Engine, its new computational analysis platform that will enable organizations to track deforestation in near real-time.

While normal Google Earth satellite imagery may provide a qualitative look over time at the effects of deforestation on a given area, it can’t provide any quantitative information typically used to make decisions. Earth Engine adds this capability.

The prototype applications, which isn’t currently available to the general public, was created as a joint effort between Google, Carnegie Institution for Science, IMAZON, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. The application, which runs on Google’s cloud-based infrastructure, will be provided free-of-charge to tropical countries.


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