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October 2011

Southern Forests for the Future

Communicating complex information through a visually compelling medium is one of the primary benefits to non profit organizations that have adopted the use of Google Earth.

Recently, Southern Forest For The Future used Google Earth to raise awareness of the threats facing the forests of the southern United States. The project update includes detailed data on forest cover gain and loss in the South between 2001 and 2006 and organizes this geographically to give people a better understanding of the threats facing these landscapes.

To explore this Google Earth KML file, you can either open it directly in Google Earth here, or visit the Google Earth Gallery where you'll find lots more other exciting and innovative examples which use Google Earth

Google Earth Outreach Manager Rebecca Moore at Bioneers

Recently, Google Earth Outreach's manager, Rebecca Moore spoke at the Bioneers conference in California. The topic of her presentation was "Google Earth-Eye View: Mapping a Future Environment of Hope".

In this talk, Rebecca spoke about her experiences at Google and how she has seen mapping technologies help all different types of organizations around the world tell their story. 

Bioneers have put this talk up on their website, so if you're wanting to change the world but need a little inspiration, then click here to watch the video!

Congratulations to the 2011 Google Earth Outreach Developer Grant awardees

The nonprofit mapping community is alive with amazing game-changing ideas. In May, Google Earth Outreach asked nonprofit organizations to think big: what kind of map would they want to create if they had the funding or developer resources to do so? We were thrilled by the number of applications we received, full of concrete ideas for tremendously impactful maps.

We were just blown away by the drive and creativity demonstrated by so many non profits and we had a very difficult time deciding which ones would be awarded a grant. After much deliberation, we have now selected the winners!

In total, we’ve awarded over $300,000 to the Google Earth Outreach Developer Grantees. We wish to congratulate all awardees for developing proposals that we hope will help them make the world a better place.

Please view this blog post on the Google LatLong Blog to find out who these awardees are and what they've been doing!

A Googol of Heat Beneath Our Feet - Update

On October 25th, 2011, and the SMU Geothermal Lab released new maps of the potential for renewable energy production using Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS). SMU's study used tens of thousands of new data points to show extensive geothermal resources in the continental US, enough that current technologies could produce more clean electricity than all existing coal plants.  To explore these maps in Google Earth, download the layer from's EGS page, and for more information, see this blog post.

We'll see you next month! In the mean time, you can stay in touch with the latest news from @earthoutreach on Twitter!