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Paul H. Wrote:
> Liang, J., Gong, J. and Li, W., 2018. Applications
> and impacts of Google
> Earth: A decadal review (2006–2016). ISPRS
> Journal of Photogrammetry
> and Remote Sensing, 146, pp.91-107.
> [www.researchgate.net]
> [www.researchgate.net]


Since Google Earth was first released in 2005, it has attracted hundreds of millions of users worldwide and made a profound impact on both academia and industry. It can be said that Google Earth epitomized the first-generation of Digital Earth prototypes. The functionalities and merits that have sustained Google Earth's lasting influence are worth a retrospective review. In this paper, we take the liberty to conduct a bibliometric study of the applications of Google Earth during 2006-2016. We aim first to quantify the multifaceted impacts, and then to develop a structured understanding of the influence and contribution associated with Google Earth. To accomplish these objectives, we analyzed a total of 2115 Scopus publication records using scientometric methods and then proceed to discussion with a selected set of applications. The findings and conclusions can be summarized as follows: (1) the impact of Google Earth has been profound and persistent over the past decade. Google Earth was mentioned in an average of 229 publications per year since 2009. (2) Broadly, the impact of Google Earth has touched upon most scientific disciplines. Specifically, during 2006-2016, Google Earth has been mentioned in 2115 publications covering all of Scopus's 26 subject areas; (3) the influence of Google Earth has largely concentrated in GIScience, remote sensing and geosciences. The extended influence of Google Earth has reached a wider range of audiences with a concentration in fields such as human geography, geoscience education and archaeology.

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