In this activity we will make an animated GIF from a Landsat time series using LandTrendr.

Atchafalaya Bay GIF

Finished GIF of Atchafalaya Bay

Step 1. Go to Earth Engine Apps

Earth Engine App

Step 2. Set the range of years and dates to animate over

year and date Earth Engine app

Step 3. Select an RGB/band display combination

Band combinations

Step 4. Set the desired animation frame rate

Step 5. Click 5 points to close a rectangle (go slow)

(may take a minute or two)

Step 6. Once rendered right click on the animation and and “save image as..” to download

Optional annotations:

Step 7. Record the width and centroid information

Step 8. Go to Snazzy EE-TS-GIF

Step 9. Follow the instructions to input the centroid, lat, long and upload the gif

Read More about LandTrendr:

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Want to share your creation with the world? Use the hashtags #Landsat and #EarthDayatHome on Twitter and post your completed Landsat GIF. Accompany your tweet with you favorite thing about our home planet!