Google Releases Earth Engine To Aid Scientists With Satellite Imaging

Google has unveiled its Earth Engine, which provides a vast amount of satellite images of the planet to help aid scientists and researchers in their work.

The image database, which is available online and is open to everyone, will allow researchers to access images of the earth to aid their study on the changes that our planet is going through.

The company will also provide a set of analytical tools to help with deriving data important to their results.

On the Google Earth Engine Product Page, Google posted some examples of the images that will be available. These included a map of the vegetation covering in Mexico, a water mask of Central Africa and images of the Amazon.

“Using this new tool, we've already begun helping scientists develop applications for detecting deforestation and mapping land use trends, and have started working with individual countries to develop their own applications,” Google explained.