The satellite imagery provider Astrium has announced on its website that they have entered into an agreement with Google to provide high-resolution imagery from its satellites for Google Maps, Google Earth and other Google products and services.
On the anniversary of the japanese earthquake and tsunami Google Maps published new satellite imagery of the affected areas. The GeoEye high-resolution imagery covers the Northeastern coast from Hachinohe in Aomori Prefecture down to Hitachi City in Ibaraki Prefecture. The imagery was taken in February and March 2012.
For years now, Google has produced a special network link file that shows the latest imagery that has been added to Google Earth. Each time they push out fresh imagery, the network link is updated (usually 2-3 days later) to show you exactly where the new imagery can be found. To see it for yourself, just grab their KML file [Google Earth File - You must have GE installed] and look for the areas outlined in red. Another thing to keep in mind is that the newest imagery is sometimes hidden in the "historical imagery" feature.
An interactive web tool has been developed to improve the accuracy and extent of global land use and forest cover information. The new 'Geo-Wiki' uses Google Earth and information provided by a global network of volunteers to fill in 'data gaps' and to verify existing land cover information.
Google Earth is continuing to be used as a great resource for aiding in humanitarian efforts. From the 2007 Crisis in Darfur map to the Sudan mapping earlier this year, more and more people are finding ways to use geospatial technologies to aid others around the world.
Use Google Earth to learn about adaptation strategies that mitigate the effects of climate change. The Google Earth Outreach team and partners have created this series of tours and videos. Fly over tree canopies in 3D, learn about how climate change affects our planet and examine strategies for reducing emissions through preserving forest ecosystems.