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Google now monitoring Earth's environment with Google Earth Engine

Google is now using its Google Earth technology, including satellite imagery and historical data, to help scientists monitor changes in the Earth's environment. Google Earth Engine, now in Google Labs, combines Google Earth's data and Google's cloud computing infrastructure into a powerful environmental analysis package.

Google Earth Engine can be used to measure all kinds of data about the Earth, including the extent of its forests and water. Google's cloud computing resources (thousands of computers at once!) help speed up processing time for scientists, and the software makes things easier with pre-processing features like automatically removing haze and clouds from the satellite images. Google is donating a whopping 10 million CPU hours to researchers who want to use Google Earth Engine, which should do plenty to help track deforestation and measure the world's water resources.

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