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Google Powers Up Its 'Earth Engine' with Eye on Saving the Amazon

Technology Allows Scientists to Analyze Satellite Imagery in Time to Act

By Amy Westervelt

Apr 29, 2010

High speed cable is making its way down both coasts of Africa, she said, and the Brazilian government’s “digital inclusion” policy is working to bring satellite Internet to some Amazon tribes and the slums of Rio.

Much more still needs to be done to ensure that as many people have access to the system as possible. Nonetheless, Moore suspects that the engine will bring to light new information about the planet.

“Never has all of the information about the Earth been in one place, in one system, and made available for analysis and interpretation,” she says. “I think we’re going to learn things about the Earth that are fundamental new discoveries.”

 

See also:

Millions of Acres of Southern Forest Lost to Mining and Asphalt

Putting a Value on Preserving Forests, Not Clearing Them

Seeing the Forest for the Trees: Shaping Financing to Prevent Deforestation

 

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