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
The ESA provides satellite imagery, information
on the satellites used, and applications for their products.
ESRI, Environmental Systems Research
ESRI is a world leader in the development
of GIS software and in applications for GIS.
Eurimage offers satellite imagery from several
different satellites, support for their imagery, and some of the
applications their products are used for.
Exploitation Services, Inc.
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
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
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
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
Space Imaging EOSAT
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
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).
TerraServer.com is taking the TerraServer
concept and growing it into a true vertical portal for overhead
imagery. Beginning in November of 1999, TerraServer.com 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
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
Reston, Virginia (Headquarters)
The U.S.G.S. provides Landsat 7 data through
the Earth Data Gateway (EDG) and the Earth Observing System (EOS)