Remote Sensing - Imagery Sources

Sources for Imagery and Other Geographical Data for Humanitarian Demining:


Aerial Images, Inc.

Raleigh, North Carolina

Aerial Images, Inc. provides high resolution, panchromatic imagery from the Russian satellite Spin-2.


ESA, European Space Agency

Paris, France

The ESA provides satellite imagery, information on the satellites used, and applications for their products.


ESRI, Environmental Systems Research Institute

Redlands, California

ESRI is a world leader in the development of GIS software and in applications for GIS.



Rome, Italy

Eurimage offers satellite imagery from several different satellites, support for their imagery, and some of the applications their products are used for.


I.E.S., Imagery Exploitation Services, Inc.

Ontario, Canada

I.E.S.ís primary mission is to provide clients with detailed, accurate imagery interpretation and intelligence analysis of remotely sensed satellite and air photo derived imagery data products.† Their secondary mission is to provide training to government and industry personnel in the techniques, procedures and methods of visual imagery interpretation and data analysis.


ISRO, Indian Space Research Organisation

Indiaís IRS-1A and IRS-1B remote sensing satellites acquire data comparable to Landsatís. The Linear Imaging Self Scanning sensor (LISS) works with four spectral bands. These bands, all of which are nearly identical to TM bands 1 through 4, are excellent for vegetation discrimination and land cover mapping. IRS-1C has an additional band comparable to TM band 5.

(Available in Hindi)


NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Landsat 7

Greenbelt, Maryland

Landsat 7 is a U.S. satellite used to acquire remotely sensed images of the Earth's land surface and surrounding coastal regions. This site features Landsat 7 data characteristics, science and education applications, technical documentation, program policy, and history.


NASDA, National Space Development Agency of Japan

NASDA provides imagery from several different satellites as well as general information regarding Remote Sensing and similar topics.

(Available in Japanese)


Orbimage, Orbital Imaging Corporation

Dulles, Virgina

ORBIMAGE, an affiliate of Orbital Sciences Corporation, is developing a fully-integrated global system of advanced imaging satellites, U.S. and international ground stations and Internet-based sales channels to collect, process and distribute Earth imagery products at cost levels lower than existing or planned suppliers.


R.S.I., RADARSAT International

RADARSAT International (RSI) is a worldwide distributor of Earth observation satellite data. Since 1989, RSI has been working with its partners to create cost-effective, custom products and services to meet the unique requirements of operational applications such as: crop monitoring, ice reconnaissance, geological mapping, disaster management, forest management, ship detection and land use management. They also develop training programs to educate users on the applications of satellite imagery, implementation of operational solutions and to identify new applications for satellite imagery.


Space Imaging EOSAT

Denver, Colorado

Space Imaging is the world's leading provider of high-resolution Earth information products and services. Space Imaging Inc. has developed the IKONOS satellite to provide high-resolution (HR) image products to the market on a commercial basis.† They have regional affiliates in Asia, Europe, Japan, and the Middle East.


Spot Image Corporation

Toulouse, France

Spot Image distributes satellite imagery received from optical and radar remote sensing satellites. This earth observation raster imagery is compatible with a GIS and used, for example, in land mapping or vegetation monitoring.† Spot Image also provides products for: agriculture, cartography, cadastre, environment, urban planning, telecommunications, surveillance, forestry, natural hazards (flood, risk management), water management, natural resources, oil and gas exploration, geology, civil engineering, etc.

(Available in French)



The TerraServer started as a joint research project between Aerial Images, Inc., Microsoft, the USGS, and Compaq. The TerraServer concept grew out of the convergence of two needs. Aerial Images, Inc. wanted to sell imagery online and Microsoft Research needed a large database to demonstrate the capabilities of its new database software. Under the agreement, Microsoft built the TerraServer application and agreed to host the Russian SPIN-2 data and run the site for eighteen months following the formal site initiation (June 24, 1998). is taking the TerraServer concept and growing it into a true vertical portal for overhead imagery. Beginning in November of 1999, began operating from their Research Triangle Park, NC facility, hosting, displaying, and selling SPIN-2 imagery and adding more imagery from new providers (including ORBIMAGE and UK Perspectives).


U.S.G.S. EROS Data Center, Earth Resources Observation Systems

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

The USGS EROS Data Center houses millions of aerial photographs of the United States, as well as images from several series of satellites covering the entire Earth.† The EDC also serves as the Land Processes Distributed Active Archive Center, or DAAC , for NASA's Mission to Planet Earth program, serving satellite data for various scientific and resource-planning applications.


U.S.G.S, U.S. Geological Survey, Landsat 7

Reston, Virginia (Headquarters)

The U.S.G.S. provides Landsat 7 data through the Earth Data Gateway (EDG) and the Earth Observing System (EOS) program.


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