Sunday, July 21, 2013

Philippines High-resolution Satellite Imagery on Google Earth - July 2013

Here's an update to the high-resolution satellite coverage of Google Earth/Maps in the Philippines. I've been making and updating a map like this for the past two years (see June 2012 and April 2011), so might as well keep it going.

Compared to the rather disappointing update last time, in the past year apparently Google's been doing a good job adding high-res coverage to a lot of new areas, including Boracay and Panglao. As you can see on the map, there's now significantly more red than non-red. Amount of coverage is now at 85.8%.
  • 54.7% in April 2011
  • 60.1% in June 2012
  • 85.8% in July 2013
Only big glaring omissions on the map is the large swath of eastern Bohol, and the mountainous areas in inland Mindoro. The largest uncovered city is Kidapawan (population 125,447).


  1. If I'm not mistaken, I think your map shows the available imagery in Google Earth, including historical imagery.

    For the default imagery (as seen in Google Maps), there's less.

    Anyway, for comparison, here's the available imagery in Bing Maps:

    Bing obviously has less coverage, but there are areas where Bing has imagery and Google doesn't. Like Kidapawan City.

  2. Aha, that's actually exactly correct. This is based on the high-resolution coverage when you click the history button in Google Earth.