New Release: Earth Engine & Geemap by Qiusheng Wu

Earth Engine & Geemap - geospatial data science with Python

A year ago we launched a preview chapter of Qiusheng Wu’s new book and the time has come to launch the full release!

We are thrilled to unveil our newest book, Earth Engine and Geemap: Geospatial Data Science with Python. Get ready to embark on a geospatial journey along with author, Qiusheng Wu, Associate Professor in the Department of Geography & Sustainability at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and the developer of the remarkable geemap project.

Geemap is a powerful Python package designed for interactive mapping with Google Earth Engine (GEE), a cloud computing platform boasting a multi-petabyte catalog of satellite imagery and geospatial datasets. Over the years, GEE has empowered countless environmental applications on local, regional, and global scales. With both JavaScript and Python APIs at its disposal, GEE opens doors to computational requests for the Earth Engine servers.

However, the Python API has faced some challenges, lacking extensive documentation and interactive functionality compared to its JavaScript counterpart. This is where geemap steps in. Built upon ipyleaflet and ipywidgets, geemap enables users to analyze and visualize Earth Engine datasets interactively within a Jupyter-based environment, making geospatial exploration much more accessible!

Geemap caters to students and researchers eager to harness the Python ecosystem of diverse libraries and tools to explore Google Earth Engine. Even existing GEE users will find it invaluable, especially those looking to transition from the GEE JavaScript API to the Python API. Thanks to the automated JavaScript-to-Python conversion module of geemap, the time needed to convert existing GEE JavaScripts to Python scripts and Jupyter notebooks is significantly reduced, making the transition smooth and seamless.

We hope you’ll enjoy diving into the world of Earth Engine and unlock the true potential of interactive geospatial mapping with the help of geemap and Qiusheng.

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