Damage by the Erskine Fire, California as seen in Google Earth

The Erskine Fire was a wildfire near Lake Isabella, California. It was only one of many wild-fires that occur in the California region every year (there are an average of around 8,000 fires per year). … [Read more...]

AI facial recognition is too good, in two different ways!

Artificial intelligence based facial recognition is improving over time. However, it is a bit too good at recognising faces as two recent stories illustrate. The first problem is Google's automatic … [Read more...]

The Jiangsu tornado

Although Google has neglected to update 'historical imagery' in Google Earth since early June, they have been adding fresh imagery, and when it is reasonably good quality, it goes into the default … [Read more...]

Malaysia and Tunisia get 3D

Malaysia and Tunisia have recently received their first 3D imagery. Tunis and Sfax in Tunisia and Sungai Petani in Malaysia.The interesting upside down triangle architecture of the Hôtel du Lac, … [Read more...]

Global Fishing Watch

Although it is not directly related to Google Earth, Global Fishing Watch does use geographic 'big data', so we thought it would be worth covering. Global Fishing Watch is a partnership between … [Read more...]

Ships in Google Earth’s 3D imagery

We have long had a fascination with cruise ships in Google Earth. Cruise ships represent a significant amount of area and deserve to be mapped, but because they move from place to place this poses an … [Read more...]

WorldView-4 and SkySat launches

The next couple of days will see two significant launches for satellite imaging. If all goes well, the first launch will be four SkySat satellites owned by Google's Terra Bella. They are expected to … [Read more...]

Cloudy places are hard to photograph from space

In yesterday's post we talked about Landsat imagery and how in some locations there are only a few cloud-free images per year. That was not entirely accurate, as there are some places where it is … [Read more...]

Land lost vs. land gained

We recently came across this interesting article by National Geographic about a recent study of land/water changes over the last 30 years. The study is by researchers at the Deltares Research … [Read more...]

Remembering 9/11 with Google Earth

We have done a number of posts in past years covering various aspects of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the subsequent rebuilding of the World Trade Center, so today we will only be looking at some of … [Read more...]