ISRO’s “BHUVAN” India’s own Google Earth-: Now India having ” Bhuvan” which is India’s own Google Earth. BHUVAN is developed by National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC).Bhuvan having one advantage over Google Earth, Bhuvan helps the user to identify the type of soil which not available in Google Earth. Bhuvan also provides the Potential of ground water with high resolution and data from the satellite.
Bhuvan’s edge over Google Earth
- Google Earth’s Zoom levels up to 200 mt – ISRO’s Bhuvan : Zoom levels up to 10 mt
- Google Earth: Single layer information – ISRO’s Bhuvan: Multi-layer information
- Google Earth: Images upgraded every 4 years – ISRO’s Bhuvan: Images upgraded every year
- Google Earth: No alternate viewing options – ISRO’s Bhuvan: Options of viewing on different dates
- Google Earth: Uses international satellites – ISRO’s Bhuvan: Uses Indian satellites.
If you are a Indian then you should stop using Google Earth because as per India point of view ISRO’s Bhuvan is far better than Google Earth.Apart from visualization Bhuvan provides timely disaster support services (domestic and international), free satellite data and a products download facility, and rich thematic datasets. Bhuvan is using a crowdsourcing approach to enrich its maps and collect point of interestdata. It also acts as a platform for hosting government data (example – Karnataka Forest Department datasets).
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The National Remote Sensing Agency played an important role in the development of this product. ISRO has used data provided by satellites including Resourcesat-1, Cartosat-1 and Cartosat-2 to get the best possible imagery of India.
Conclusion-: As far as 2D and 3D visulization of India is concerned ISRO’s Bhuvan is fat ahead than Google Earth.Apart from visualization Bhuvan provides timely disaster support services of India.