For years now Google Earth timelapse imagery has been available to view in both the desktop and web browser versions of Google Earth. If you’re not familiar with how to access it, watch this short video.
Another Way to Access Google Earth Timelapse Imagery
The Google Earth Engine page for developers has more than 800 individual timelapse files. Anyone can view these files in 2D or 3D in a web browser. All of the files are also available to download and view on your desktop.
The 800+ videos on the Google Earth Engine timelapse page cover more 300 locations around the world. You can browse the collection according to theme and or region of the world.
The themes covered in the Google Earth Engine timelapse collection are:
- Urban Expansion
- Forest Change
- Fragile Beauty
The regions covered in the Google Earth Engine timelapse collection are:
- North America
- Latin America
In the video above I showed some of the timelapse imagery of urban sprawl around some cities in the United States. That imagery could be used as the prompt for a research assignment for students to investigate the causes of the growth of those cities.