Google Earth Engine combines a multi-petabyte catalogue of satellite imagery and geospatial datasets with planetary-scale analysis capabilities.

Scientists, researchers, and developers use Earth Engine to detect changes, map trends, and quantify differences on the Earth’s surface. Earth Engine is now available for commercial use and remains free for academic and research use.

“Google Earth Engine has made it possible for the first time in history to rapidly and accurately process vast amounts of satellite imagery, identifying where and when tree cover change has occurred at high resolution. Global forest watch would not exist without it. For those who care about the planet’s future, Google Earth Engine is a great blessing!”



Applications include – detecting deforestation, classifying land cover, estimating forest biomass and carbon, and mapping the world’s roadless areas. The advantage lies in its remarkable computation speed, as processing is outsourced to Google servers.

The platform provides a variety of constantly updated data sets, so no download of raw imagery is required.


What can Google Earth be used for?

Google Earth enables you to travel, explore, and learn about the world by interacting with a virtual globe. You can view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings, and much more. Earth Engine, on the other hand, is a tool for analyzing geospatial information.


About the resource person:

Dhritiraj Sengupta is a physical geographer with more than 7+ years of experience in Earth Science research and the application of geoinformatics in urban planning and accounting for land-use changes. His current research interest is in understanding the impact of coastal land reclamation, and its implication on the broader concept of climate change adaptation and urban resilience on the SE Asian coasts. Broadly, Dhriti works on combining serval elements of coastal zone management into Marine Spatial Planning (MSP), especially using Earth Observation (EO) and integrated GIS tools.

Besides, academic research Dhritiraj Sengupta is an SC member of the International Geographical Union's Commission on Coastal Systems (, a Fellow of Future Earth Coasts (, and a Board Member of the Asian Geographical Association ( His role in these organizations is to promote coastal geoscience education and make scientific knowledge available to common people via means of social media.


Advantages of Google Earth Engine:

  • Open free access

  • Available on a wide array of devices

  • Up-to-date maps and data

  • Extremely detailed

  • 3D capabilities

  • Additional layers available

  • Historical view


How is Google Earth used in education?

Using Google Earth and Maps in classrooms can help visualize abstract concepts across a global canvas, allowing students to connect what they learn inside to what they experience in their daily lives, community, and to the larger world.


How Google Earth Engine helps us:

It enables users to create and display their own data. It can be launched easily to explore an issue that arises during an informal discussion. It is also available for free download.

Viewing the historical storm data in the Google Earth Pro app revealed the number of hurricanes/tornados that have passed through specific locations, which helped us decide if relief funding might be needed and if the placement of an emergency relief centre might be useful for citizens in the country.


How the audience will be benefited?

  • It is a cloud-based geospatial analysis platform that enables users to visualize and analyze satellite images of our planet.

  • Cost-free

  • Time-efficient

  • Students can access this information to join the discussion and become data scientists themselves.

  • It can be used in Real-life applications, which geospatial researchers can apply to their work.


Workshop details:

  • Date: 26th, 27th & 28th August 2022

  • Timings: 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM (IST)

  • Speaker: Dhritiraj Sengupta

  • Registration Price: 699/- (Early bird discount of Rs 100/- for participants till 20th July)

  • E-certificates will be provided to all the participants