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This Timelapse Of Auckland’s Development Over 32 Years Is Absolutely Incredible


We talk a lot about expansion, in particular how fast and large Auckland has grown over the last twenty or thirty years. We’ve experienced a lot of immigration here – now Auckland is the most diverse city in the country – and the gradual, steady growth of the birthrate has necessitated more housing and more land to be made habitable.

However, you don’t really understand how fast Auckland’s grown until you see a 12 second timelapse. It might sound like a cop-out but it’s really incredible to watch. Thanks to Google, we have just such a video.

You can see how the Western suburbs have flourished, as well as the Southern and Eastern places. Unfortunately the North Shore and a good chunk of the CBD is out of view, but I’d imagine the CBD wouldn’t change too much. Maybe give it a few years for the unbearably annoying renovations to be done…

What’s cool is that this is powered by Google Earth, but obviously back in the ’80s, Google Earth didn’t exist. So how did they do it?

Well, according to their website: “It is made from 33 cloud-free annual mosaics, one for each year from 1984 to 2016, which are made interactively explorable by Carnegie Mellon University CREATE Lab’s Time Machine library, a technology for creating and viewing zoomable and pannable timelapses over space and time.

Using Earth Engine, we combined over 5 million satellite images acquired over the past three decades by 5 different satellites. The majority of the images come from Landsat, a joint USGS/NASA Earth observation program that has observed the Earth since the 1970s. For 2015 and 2016, we combined Landsat 8 imagery with imagery from Sentinel-2A, part of the European Commission and European Space Agency’s Copernicus Earth observation program.”

Check it out for yourself here!


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