What is Collect Earth?

Collect Earth is a tool that enables data collection through Google Earth. In conjunction with Google Earth, Bing Maps and Google Earth Engine, users can analyze high and very high resolution satellite imagery for a wide variety of purposes, including :


  • Support multi-phase National Forest Inventories

  • Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) assessments

  • Monitoring agricultural land and urban areas

  • Validation of existing maps

  • Collection of spatially explicit socio-economic data

  • Quantifying deforestation, reforestation and desertification


Its user friendliness and smooth learning curve make it a perfect tool for performing fast, accurate and cost-effective assessments. It is highly customizable for the specific data collection needs and methodologies.


The data gathered through Collect Earth is exportable to commonly used formats and can also be exported to Saiku, a tool that facilitates data analysis.

Download Collect Earth

Download project examples

List of Collect Earth project examples to showcase its use.

Generate Collect Earth grids through Google Earth Engine

Generating the grid files used in the Collect Earth project can be challenging.
With this Google Earth Engine tool you can generate the grids directly, whether using a shapefile or country /province/district boundaries.

Collect Earth is open source. It's hosted, developed, and maintained on GitHub.

View the GitHub project

Collect Earth System Overview