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Google Earth Engine: Google Earth Engine

600+ Earth observation datasets and the processing power to make sense of them.

Google Earth Engine



Google Earth Engine (GEE) combines a multi-petabyte catalog of satellite imagery and geospatial datasets with planetary-scale analysis capabilities and makes it available for scientists, researchers, and developers to detect changes, map trends, and quantify differences on the Earth's surface.



Access Google Earth Engine Platform

The Stanford Geospatial Center and the Google Earth Outreach team have partnered to make Google Earth Engine available to anyone with a valid SUNetID.

Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability affiliates

All students, staff and faculty associated with the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability should already have instant access to Google Earth Engine. To test your current access, simply go to and use your Stanford email to login. You should be redirected to Single-Sign on, and everything will look familiar, at that point.

All other Stanford University users

All other Stanford affiliates can request access to the Stanford Geospatial Center Workgroup, which will automatically provide access to Google Earth Engine. To be added to the Stanford Geospatial Center Workgroup, please email If you are requesting access for your course, workshop, lab or any other group, please provide a spreadsheet with the emails of all who should be added to the access workgroup.

Using Google Earth Engine with Google Cloud Platform (GCP)

By default, the Google Cloud Platform (GCP) backed version of Google Earth Engine is enabled for all users. However, to make use of GCP in concert with Google Earth Engine, you must have access to a GCP Project, using your Stanford credentials. For most students and staff, this is problematic because access to GCP resources at Stanford are highly controlled. The Stanford Geospatial Center is unable to support the use of GCP-backed Google Earth Engine for users who do not have access to a Stanford-sponsored GCP Project.

If you have access to a Stanford-sponsored GCP Project, you can attach that project to your Google Earth Engine account through the user options, found at the top right of the Code Editor:

The User Settings Menu


An Introduction for Complete Beginners

The Stanford Geospatial Center teaches "Google Earth Engine: An Introduction for complete beginners" on a regular basis. You can find out when we will be teaching this, and other workshops, on our Stanford Geospatial Center Events page.

We have also created a self-paced version of the Google Earth Engine 101 workshop, which can be accessed at your convenience.

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