Conservation

Nature Needs Half

The team at Resolve, led by Eric Dinerstein, along with many conservation scientists, have published a paper advocating protecting half of the terrestrial realm, ecoregion-by-ecoregion. Using Dr. Matt Hansen’s forest loss data and UNEP’s World Database on Protected Areas, University of Minnesota’s Anup Joshi used Google Earth Engine to compute how much of the planet could be set aside for nature. The Google Earth Outreach team collaborated on visualizing the new Ecoregions2017©Resolve dataset, biomes and protected area status. Explore the map and download the data.

Map of Life

The Map of Life team has developed an interactive map for conservators to view and analyze habitat ranges and to assess the security of individual species. Using Earth Engine to combine data from a variety of sources, Map of Life has refined their predictions for pinpointing the locations of at-risk species. Users can adjust the parameters (indicating, for instance, a species' preferred habitat), and Earth Engine updates the map on-the-fly, immediately showing the impact on the species range and the amount of protected habitat. Learn more.

Tiger Habitat Monitoring

A team led by University of Minnesota's Anup Joshi developed a satellite-based monitoring system to track changes and prevent loss to critical endangered wild tiger habitats. Using Google Earth Engine, forest loss data generated by Dr. Matt Hansen and Google, and other data available at Global Forest Watch, the team assessed the changes to all critical tiger habitats over a 14 year period. The assessment is the first to track all 76 areas prioritized for wild tiger conservation across 13 different countries. Their analysis found that the international goal to double the wild tiger population by 2022 is achievable with effective forest protection and management.Learn more.

Street View Storytelling for Conservation

Go on safari with Save the Elephants and meet the wild elephants of Kenya in their natural habitat. Explore the Galapagos by foot and walk right by blue-footed boobies with the Charles Darwin Foundation. Visit Jane Goodall’s research cabin and meet the chimpanzees of Gombe National Park, as well as one young chimp she named Google, and learn how their work with communities and citizen science has resulted in more habitat for chimps. Experience these stories and more from partners like Wildscreen Arkive, WWF, and BBC Earth, in the Voyager feature of the new Google Earth.