Agencies and organisations
NASA Earth Observation Data
- NASA promotes the full and open sharing of all its data to research and applications communities, private industry, academia, and the general public.
- In order to meet the needs of these different communities, NASA’s Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) has provided various ways to discover, access, and use the data.
- You can also discover data for various instrument measurements by scientific discipline or get information on the application of certain datasets to a given topic through our data pathfinders.
NASA - Find Data
- There are several different web-based options for searching and downloading datasets from all of NASA’s data collections.
- Search by keyword or instrument, geographical or temporal extents, and more through Earthdata Search;
- Discover near real-time data through the Land, Atmosphere Near real-time Capability for EOS (LANCE) and the Fire Information for Resource Management System (FIRMS);
- Use the Common Metadata Repository (CMR), a metadata system that catalogs Earth Science data and associated service metadata records; or
- Browse data and services through the Global Change Master Directory (GCMD).
NASA - Use Data
- Discover tools and techniques for accessing, subsetting, filtering, visualizing, mapping, and analyzing data.
- Data recipes, pathfinders, and webinars provide guidance on how to use NASA data and tools.
NASA - Visualize Data
- Someone will find several ways to find or create visual representations of the data.
- Much of the instrument data is returned as quantitative values; to help users understand the data, EOSDIS has developed several ways to visualize the information.
- Worldview — an interactive web-based tool providing access to full-resolution, global satellite imagery.
- Worldview Snapshots — a lightweight tool for creating image snapshots from a selection of popular NASA satellite imagery layers.
- Global Imagery Browse Services (GIBS) — allows you to obtain imagery through your own client application by way of standards-based web services and formats.
Planet Imagery and Archive
- Planet provides geospatial insights at the speed of change, equipping organizations with the data necessary to make informed, timely decisions.
- Someone can monitor areas of interest, validate information on the ground, and discover trends relevant to his organization.
- Planet operates more than 150 satellites that together provide an unprecedented dataset of Earth observation imagery.
Data Integration and Analysis System (DIAS, Japan)
- DIAS is an infrastructure for collecting and analyzing Earths Observations and socio-economic data to solve global environmental issue.
- The goals of DIAS are:
- to collect and store earth observation data;
- to analyze such data in combination with socio-economic data, and
- convert data into information useful for crisis management with respect to global-scale environmental disasters, and other threats;
- and to make this information available within Japan and overseas.
(Some) Primary Image Sources
- OCO-2 - Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 - JPL
- AIRS - Atmospheric Infrared Sounder
- AURA - Atmospheric Chemistry
- GOSAT - Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite "IBUKI"
- SCIAMACHY - SCanning Imaging Absorption spectroMeter for Atmospheric CHartographY
- CALIPSO - Profile observations of cloud and aerosols and IR imagery
Remote Sensing Earth Observation Directory
- A list of interesting websites, browsers, books, data sources, etc in Remote Sensing / Earth Observation (RS/EO)
- RS/EO directory is just another website (based on GitHub pages) where you can find some useful resources in Remote Sensing (RS) & Earth Observation (EO).
RS/EO-based data sets, data sources and ‘high-level’ products (1)
- Digital Elevation/Surface Models
- ASTER GDEM Elevation data link 1 link 2
- JAXA ALOS Global Digital Surface Model “ALOS World 3D - 30m” (AW3D30) link
- Land cover / land use
- GLOBELAND30 (Global Land Cover data at 30m) link
- USGS 30 Meter Global Land Cover link
- Fused data sets
- Harmonized Landsat / Sentinel data link
- Global Fire Emissions Database, Version 4.1 (GFEDv4) link
RS/EO-based data sets, data sources and ‘high-level’ products (3)
- Multiple themes (land cover, vegetation, water, energy, climate, …)
- Copernicus Land Monitoring Service and high-level products link
- ESA Climate Change Initiative (CCI) / Open Data Portal link
- EarthEnv (global environmental layers for assessing status and trends in biodiversity, ecosystems, and climate) link
- NOAA/EOG/NCEI (nighttime observations of lights and combustion sources worldwide) link
- SEDAAC (Socioeconomic Data and Applications Data Center) datasets (mangroves, fires, urban extent, demography, etc) link
- WCMC-UNEP datasets (biodiversity, SST, ecoregions, protected areas, mangrove ecosystems, marine species, coral reefs, …) link
Top 20 Free Satellite Imagery Data Sources (5)
- Terra Populus
- Terra Populus ability to integrate population and environmental data from over 160 countries around the world makes it very unique.
- It combines spatiotemporal data covering population counts and surveys, satellite imagery of land cover, weather station data, Land use data.
Top 20 Free Satellite Imagery Data Sources (8)
- National Institute for Space Research (INPE)
- INPE Image Catalogue is combined satellite image source from Brazil and China which lets you download free satellite imagery data from their remote image catalog. In addition to their own Earth Resources (CBERS-2, CBERS-2b), they also tap into satellites of United States, United Kingdom as well as the Indian (Landsat, CBERS, Aqua, S-NPP) satellites.
Top 20 Free Satellite Imagery Data Sources (9)
- JAXA’s Global ALOS 3D World
- the JAXA Global ALOS link - a 30-meter spatial resolution digital surface model (DSM) released for public access invented by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s (JAXA).
- Its great precision in global-scale elevation data using the Advanced Land Observing Satellite “DAICHI” (ALOS) – PALSAR’s L-band makes it very unique.
Top 20 Free Satellite Imagery Data Sources (14)
- Some satellites such as RapidEye, SPOT, and TerraSAR data are specific to some fields like oil & gas, security, agriculture, environment, disaster mapping, mining and energy.
- Blackbridge provides these specific satellites for Canadians only while Airbus Defense Systems provides for the rest of the world.
- Sample data can be downloaded in some of the locations: