Google Predicts the End of the World. Time to Prepare Ourselves for the D-Day?
Google is preparing for the d-day! Inventing tools to predict how the earth will reach its end
We can recall the times when Google Earth was only a tool for my friends and me to use to zoom in on our old streets and houses. We remember staring at the screen, trying to figure out if the satellites could see my stubby little head sticking from the cul-de-sac where we lived. We can now see over-development creep over the ground we once called home, thanks to a news release from the tech giant that shows changes in the property over time. If there are chances that our town might get swamped owing to rising seas and coastal erosion in a few years, we will be able to utilize Google systems to figure out how and when things will start to go wrong.
Google unveiled its new Dynamic World app which uses the Google Earth engine to show how the earth’s surface is changing as a result of climate change and land development. Water, trees, shrubland, and buildings are only a few of the land cover types that can be displayed on the maps. Users can see changes in tree growth, flooded areas, and human development in near real-time using the map. Each pixel in the dataset represents approximately 1,100 square feet. Artificial intelligence can be used to determine the likelihood of a different type of ground covering is available in that location.
The app was created in collaboration with the World Resources Institute, a non-profit research organization, to provide “unprecedented levels of detail about what’s on the ground and how it’s being used whether it’s Amazonian forests, Asian agriculture, European urban development, or seasonal water resources in North America.
The global land squeeze forces us to discover better, more efficient, and more sustainable ways to use land. Although the data only extends back to June 2015, the site allows users to compare places from different periods side by side. The technology claims to produce 5,000 photographs every day, with the most current shots taken just two days ago.
Along with the company’s forest fire tracking capability, Google is touting a new Google Maps setting that allows users to measure air quality. The data for the Google air quality layer comes from the US Environmental Protection Agency’s AirNow.gov website, as well as from PurpleAir, a private air quality monitoring firm. The company’s in-browser tool that lets users follow air quality data with a Google search is being detected to be flaky and unpredictable depending on what place you looked for. It has also been discovered that, due to a lack of either government or commercial inquiry, information about air quality in pockets with known breathability and pollution issues was not available in Google’s in-browser search.
The new map layer, which can be accessed in-app by tapping the layer icon, is far more user-friendly than the web version. The new app provides data from many locations within a given area, with the majority of the data coming from PurpleAir’s home systems. There is still a problem with a lack of data for localized air quality statistics outside of big cities. According to a Google representative, the firm will be adding smoke data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to its air quality map across the United States. In the next months, they stated, data should be added to the air quality map layer.