I just noticed a Google Earth imagery update for the Smith College campus area. Great new imagery and quite different from the springtime orthophotography I usually work with. These images are full of plump tree canopies and appear to be taken during the summer. Closer inspections indicates the imagery is of a 09/18/2011 vintage. As I was enjoying the new view, I was curious as to what extent the new imagery covered (e.g. the image footprint) and why I was not notified by Google (thought I signed up for a notification service).
So, a few minutes later, and I have some answers and resources:
Google Earth Gallery (see images). Note that a good portion of Western Massachusetts, the Berkshires, and a sliver of New York are included in the 09/18/2011 update.
Some curiosities emerged from my exploration:
- As you zoom in beyond ~ 165 feet, GE transitions to an oblique or perspective view. When did this start happening? But, even more interestingly,:
- I was able to reforest (with some fields) the entire Smith Campus and much of Northampton by tinkering with the “historic imagery” time slider (see images below)
- Going for broke, I reforested all of Northampton and surrounding areas by traveling back to 2008.