We all know that the world is constantly changing. However, it is difficult to visualize it with the human eye. We do not see how mountains, oceans and forests change over the years because our perspective is limited.
This is where Google Earth comes in; it helps us see how the planet transforms using images captured from space. Thus, we can find out the dimension of these changes and the huge impact they have on our life.
Google Earth has recently provided useful information about California wildfires, with data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s GOES satellites being processed by Earth Engine and displayed on both Google Maps and Search in near real time. This is an example of how Google Earth ”helps to keep people safe and makes it truly accessible to people through applications like Google Maps, that a billion people use”, says Rebecca Moore, director of Google Earth and Google Earth Engine.
Authorized people aren't the only ones who can make changes to Google Earth. As Rebecca Moore says, ”Anyone can go in and use it as canvas...you can capture and document something you think is important for people to understand”. One example she gives is indigenous communities, which have used Google Earth to map places they care about which have come under threat. One of Google's success stories is its partnership with Amazon's Surui tribe - Chief Almir Narayamoga Surui personally met with Rebecca Moore to propose the alliance. The Surui would use Google Earth‘s mapping tools to provide more insights into the region, while Google would provide the Surui with insights on illegal logging in the region.
Google Earth benefits the average user by providing information to decision makers, beside helping them to have a concrete picture of the world.
Isn't technology wonderful?