Google has launched a new tool that allows anyone with an internet connection to virtually monitor climate change at five of the world's most precious cultural sites.
The project, called "Heritage on the Edge," uses 3D mapping and other photo tools to capture images of World Heritage Sites that can be used for conservation support and raising awareness with tourists and the general public. Among the five heritage sites that were mapped are Rapa Nui (Easter Island); Kilwa Kisiwani on Tanzania's Swahili Coast; the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh, Scotland; Mosque City of Bagerhat in Bangladesh; and the ancient city of Chan Chan in Peru. All five have been classified as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The goal of the effort, Google says, is to "shine a light on the diverse impacts of climate change on cultural monuments and sites."