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Tweet Emoji @Google for Local Search Results Reply, Google Unveils 90k Sq Km of Water on Earth

Google very well understands over 200 emoji (including a few Easter eggs) and responds with relevant responses with included GIF and link to local search results, when tweeted an emoji to its twitter account handle. Even, if Google don’t understand an emoji, “you will recive response suggesting you to try another search.”

That’s true, now when you tweet an emoji to @Google, it will return a link to a set of relevant local search results. Furthermore, each Google tweet is appended with a hashtag #KnowNearby to promote the campaign.

Here’s an example from when I tweeted a pizza emoji to Google:

Google also launched a new desktop user interface this week, and replaced the “In the News” box with the new “Top Stories” box.

Google further today unveiled the most detailed view of water on Earth via its Google Earth Engine, offering the most detailed view to date of one of the planet’s most vital resources.

Thanks to a partnership with the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, Google said, “they can now get a view into the past three decades of water on the surface of Earth,” and it help revealing “essential information which can aid global water security, agricultural planning, disaster preparedness, public health, climate understanding and more.” And, they’re now able “to map and measure changes in the water surface over time with a 30-meter accuracy, month-by-month, over 32 years.”

The research findings and the maps, published today in the journal Nature, are available to explore on a new website launched today, and is available for further research and download Earth Engine.

Here are some the findings:

  • “90 thousand square kilometers of water, equivalent of half of the lakes in Europe – have vanished altogether. Over 200 thousand square kilometers of new, mostly man-made water bodies came into existence.
  • The continuing drying up of the Aral Sea in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan accounts for the biggest loss in the world.
  • Iran and Afghanistan lost over a half, Iraq over a third of its water area.
  • Although the area covered by water in the U.S. has overall increased a little, a combination of drought and sustained demand for water have seen six western states, Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, account for a third of the loss in U.S. water surface,” revealed Google.

About the project, Google said, they used new data processing methods for analysis which involved thousands of high performance computers running at the same time.

And, they downloaded 1.8 petabytes of data from the USGS/NASA Landsat satellite program for over three years to prepare for analysis.

“Each pixel in 3 million satellite images, going all the way back to 1984, was examined by a computer algorithm developed by the Joint Research Center running on the Google Earth Engine platform,” writes Google. Adding, “More than 10 million hours of computing time was needed for this, roughly equivalent to a modern 2-core computer running day and night for 600 years,” it said.

Karkheh River in Iran backing up behind a dam from 1984 to 2015 (Source: EC JRC / Google)

Karkheh River in Iran backing up behind a dam from 1984 to 2015. Source: EC JRC / Google

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