A new capability within Google Earth Engine makes it possible to witness deforestation unfold in the Amazon, see the Aral Sea’s water levels rise and fall, and watch Las Vegas expand.
Carnegie Mellon University system scientist Randy Sargent predicts that the enhanced access to satellite imagery will help ground public discussions about land use, climate change, and environmental policy.
“You can continue to argue about why deforestation has happened,” he explains, “but you no longer will be able to argue whether it happened.”
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