WATCH: Toowoomba from 1984 to 2016 in 15 seconds

A NEW tool has shown the history of development in Toowoomba like never before - from space.

The Time Machine library has made an interactive and explorable map of Toowoomba, putting together 33 cloud-free annual mosaics, one for each year from 1984 to 2016.

The timelapse shows the changing landscape around Toowoomba, and the huge growth the city has experienced in the last 32 years, including the construction of Wellcamp airport.

The images come from NASA satellites and the European Union's Copernicus Sentinel Program, with the majority of the photos from Landsat, a joint USGS/NASA Earth observation program.

Mayor Paul Antonio said Toowoomba had undergone significant changes in the last 30 years.

He said the growth of suburbia had been amazing.

Toowoomba in 1984 (above) and in 2016.
Toowoomba in 1984 (above) and in 2016.

"The benefit of planting trees - and those who went before us and did an amazing job - is clear to see.

"We have to continue to do that, this is the Garden City."

He said there had been huge growth in industrial and manufacturing areas, which meant more opportunities for residents.

"In the next five years you'll see that growth really ramp up and continue.

"We've got 16,000ha of industrial land planned and ready to go.

"The next few years we should see the advent of inland rail.

"We know that the Wagners will develop an industrial estate around the airport - which will change it dramatically."

The images were generated using the power of Google Earth's cloud-computing model, which enables users such as scientists, researchers, and journalists to detect changes, map trends, and quantify differences on the Earth's surface.

The library used Google's computational infrastructure and the multi-petabyte (one thousand million million bytes) Earth Engine data catalogue.



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