google earth engine summit 2018
Earth Engine is a cloud technology platform that puts an unprecedented amount of satellite data online. The Summit started with an inspiring plenary talk by Rebecca Moore, director of Google Earth Engine (video above). Rebecca explained how Google Earth Engine started, its mission and goals, and how started to gather years and millions of Tb of data – for examples, they have been able to make available in the cloud more than 6M Landsat images corresponding to over 46 years of data.
The Summit counted with ca. 200 delegates from all over the world and ca. 20 Google Developers. Delegates attend to the Summit for free (except travelling and accommodation costs) after being selected from an application process (therefore, if you wish to attend if forthcoming years, applications usually open in early March – follow Google Earth to be up to date with announcements).
During three full days, we were in Google Dublin’s campus for 12 hours, starting by a generous breakfast at 8 am and ending with a very well served dinner (accompanied by an extensive variety of drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) from 6-8 pm. Food was also available in different places throughout the day.
EE offers an unprecedented opportunity to process massive amounts of imagery in a fast a reliable manner. It further provides algorithms tailored for the scientific community, and a fascinating collaborative environment. Google guaranteed to keep it open source and available to the scientific community. Certainly we have now a new ground-breaking tool that it is already revolutionizing the remote sensing analyses sphere and will hopefully be widely available to the scientific community. This could be an excellent opportunity for answering pressing questions in research areas spanning from medicine to environmental change, and for fostering a powerful online collaboration tool for remote sensing-based analyses.
I would really encourage everyone, but specially graduate students to learn EE and engage with this community.