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Google Earth Engine maps eco-meltdown

Google has unveiled an Earth Engine - a vast repository of satellite images which scientists and researchers and the rest of us can use to track changes to the planet.

The image database is available online and is open to everyone. Google says it will allow researchers to plough through trillions of scientific measurements dating back more than 25 years.

The company will also provide a set of analytical tools to help with delving through the data.

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.