OPEN DATA AND GLOBAL-SCALE ANALYSIS WITH GOOGLE EARTH ENGINE
Environmental analysis on large raster datasets is computationally expensive. Earth Engine, a project of Google.org, is a platform that takes the problem of large scale data aggregation and analysis to the cloud.
Aggregating data that covers countries or continents is beyond the capacity of many software packages that are commonly used for image analysis. Analysis is time consuming, with interim datasets such as a cloud-free LANDSAT-7 composite taking weeks to compute over a large area when working with just a few machines. This talk will cover a few of the ways that Earth Engine aims to solve these problems. Features include robust and open access to petabytes of data, integration with domain specific image processing algorithms, a nascent API, and the ability for spatial and temporal processing in near real-time.