Google and Australia’s national science agency partnered to create new tools in Google’s Earth Engine so that land management groups and non-profits will have easily accessible information about the Australian landscape, according to a Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation press release.
One new tool will enable monitoring of vegetation. Land managers will be able to see the health of vegetation and impacts that animals and adverse events have on it.
Australian forestry officials already have this type of information, but the new platform will give other agencies and groups easy access.
The first of these tools should be available early next year.
Image: Crop cover images from vegetation monitoring tool (Image: Peter Scarth, TERN)