Google Earth Engine: GIS of the Future!

This is so nuts to me: one of my supervisors introduced me to Google Earth Engine, and we’ve been playing with it for our spatial analyses. It’s imagery/spatial analysis in the cloud, with the tagline “letting scientists focus on science instead of downloading and managing data.” Well, Google, you have my attention. The intro video right on the home page has some bullet points I’d like to pull out here…

  • planetary scale analysis of massive data
  • petabytes of remote sensing data including… (I won’t list them all here, just what made my mouth water)
    • > 40 yrs Landsat
    • MODIS
      • twice-daily global coverage
      • 36 bands
    • non-satellite imagery
      • land cover
      • climate data
  • full featured development environment: Python
  • machine learning
  • use cases…

I also don’t know what this means:

Does Earth Engine work with my existing tools?

Imagery and data from other tools may be imported into Earth Engine for analysis. Any analysis performed in Earth Engine can be downloaded for use by other tools.

It’s cool that they have a data set request form, but in the meantime you can use your own data.

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