Google Earth Becoming More Global
Google Earth Product Manager, Chikai Ohazama writes on the Google Lat Long Blog about how much progress Google Earth has made since 2004.
He mentions the partnerships the imagery team at Google has made with townships, national governments and commercial imagery providers to develop a comprehensive picture of the globe.
Ohazama writes about how global Google Earth has become. "Google Earth is available in 13 languages and has been downloaded over 350 million times by people from around the world. People tell us that the reason they use Google Earth is because it covers the areas they care about with high resolution detail."
According to his blog post Google Earth covers more than a third of the world’s land surface and half of the world’s population with high definition imagery. He
writes," Google has been able to provide this unique global imagery by partnering with hundreds of aerial and satellite imagery providers around the world."
"From the small town of Castillia, Colombia to National Geographic photographers like Michael Fay, we are constantly working with new content owners to include their imagery in Google Earth."
He points out that Google Earth has been used for serious situations. "It turns out that our global imagery database is helpful for reasons even beyond our expectations: it’s been used in critical humanitarian efforts from the mountains of Pakistan to the deserts of Sudan."