NICAR 2014: Intro to Google Earth Engine |

Google Earth Engine brings together the world's satellite imagery — trillions of scientific measurements dating back almost 40 years — and makes it available online with tools for scientists, independent researchers, and nations to mine this massive warehouse of data to detect changes, map trends and quantify differences on the Earth's surface. Learn more about Google Earth Engine and visit this getting started tutorial.

Apply for Earth Engine Trusted Tester and API access:
Access to Earth Engine is currently available as a limited release to a small group of partners. If you are interested in becoming part of that group and developing on the Earth Engine platform, please go to this link: And do note in the form that you attended the NICAR 2014 workshop!  

Global Forest Change map:
In a collaboration led by researchers at the University of Maryland, Google launched a new map product in November 2013 that quantifies global forest extent and change from 2000 to 2012. 

Global Forest Watch:
In February 2014, the World Resources Institute, Google and a group of more than 40 partners launched Global Forest Watch, an online forest monitoring system. Global Forest Watch uses technologies including Google Earth Engine and Google Maps Engine to map the world’s forests with satellite imagery, detect changes in forest cover in near-real-time, and make this information freely available to anyone with Internet access.

Working with the USGS, NASA, and TIME magazine, Google released more than a quarter-century of images of Earth taken from space, compiled for the first time into an interactive time-lapse experience. View stunning phenomena such as the sprouting of Dubai’s artificial Palm Islands, the retreat of Alaska’s Columbia Glacier, the deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon and urban growth in Las Vegas from 1984 to 2012.

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Google's tools for media: 
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Geo-related mailing list:
Stay up to date on the latest Google Maps and Google Earth tools relevant to journalists, including new crisis maps, fresh satellite imagery, product news and more. Link to Google Group. Sign in to your Google account and select "Apply to join group".