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UNPROCESSED SATELLITE DATA LINKS

 

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Global coverage

  • Launch dates for NASA satellites here. Information on NASA's Ground Station Network can be seen here.
  • NASA products (including Landsat, MODIS, AVHRR) accessible via the USGS' Earth Explorer, USGS Global visualization viewer, NASA's Echo Reverb Client, or GLCF (15-120m resolution).
  • NASA also offers bulk download options. The easiest way to do this seem to be to upload a point file into Earth Explorer, create a scene list, and upload this scene list into the File List Ordering Page. Additional instructions for bulk download here or here.
  • NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory collects global measurements of CO2 in earth's atmosphere.
  • NASA's (Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite) VIRRS satellite collects data that can be used to measure cloud and aerosol properties, ocean color, sea and land surface temperature, and albedo, which can be used in climate research.
  • NASA's Suomi NPP VIRRS satellite data are great for population density data (the nightlight dataset) and fire prevalence. VIRRS data can be accessed through the Naval Research Lab, LAADS, NOAA, or via FTP. Data access tutorials here and here.
  • NASA Landsat Geocover images (1990 and 2000) via NASA (30m resolution), GLCF, or MDA. Geocover degree subsets can be obtained via GLCF
  • NASA's 16-day MODIS composites (eliminating effect of clouds) through the GLCF.
  • The MODIS Reproject Tool (MRT) enables users to read, extract, and project MODIS data.
  • Rainfall and other atmospheric data can be obtained though NASA's TRMM satellite
  • NASA's NEX portal is meant to be a Earth Exhange Network of remotely sensed data.
  • ASTER multi-spectral imagery via the Global Landcover Facility (15-90m resolution)
  • IKONOS high-resolution multi-spectralimagery through USGS' Earth Explorer
  • ENVISAT high-resolution multi-spectral imagery (mission ended May 2012)
  • CryoSat high-resolution multi-spectral imagery for sea ice cover.
  • SMOS for high-resolution Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity.
  • GOCE, for monitoring the earth's gravity
  • PROBA, for high-resolution multi-spectral imagery
  • The European Space Agency's ERS satellites are used for monitoring of ocean surface temperature, ozone, and wind fields.
  • Orthorectified PALSAR mosaics (from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, JAXA) at 50m resolution can be found here, while 10m mosiacs can be found here.
  • Earthsat offers 15m resolution data, much of which can be seen on Google Earth. Images can be obtained at the Earthsat viewer.
  • Commercial high-resolution multi-spectralimagery through GeoEye
  • The European Space Agency (ESA)'s website.
  • VTerrain summarized links to a number of free and commercial satellite imagery directories.

 

 

Local coverage

North America

  • Quickbird imagery (for portions of Louisiana) via the Global Landcover Facility (0.61-2.88m resolution)
  • Orbview imagery (for portions of Louisiana) via the Global Landcover Facility (1-4m resolution)
  • The USGS's Farm Service Agency also provides satellite imagery through their National Agricultural Imagery Program (NAIP). Much of the imagery is obtained during the agricultural growth season, with the aim of making these digital orthophotos available within one year of aquisition.
  • INEGI is a Mexican consortium for remote sensing. Data can be obtained here, while data availability is summarized here.
  • The Canada Centre for Remote Sensing of Natural Resources Canada (CCRS) is Canada's main earth observation center. Their data can be accessed here and here (their commercial arm), and function is summarized here.

 

Asia

  • IKONOS imagery (for portions of China) via the Global Land Cover Facility (1-4m resolution)
  • GISTA is Thailand's Space Technology Center. Their data can be accessed here, and data availability is summarized here.
  • ScanEx is a private Russian company specializing in satellite imagery. Their data can be accessed here or here, and function is summarized here.
  • LAPAN is Indonesia's National Institute of Aeronautics and Space. Their data can be accessed here, and function is summarized here.
  • Japan has two satellite centers: Research Center for Advanced Earth Environmental Information (data here; summary here) and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) (data here; function summary here).
  • The Center for Earth Observation and Digital Earth (CEODE) is China's main earth observation center. Their data can be accessed here, and function is summarized here.

 

Africa

  • Landsat images for Africa at South Africa's Landsat Data Continuity Mission (commercial)
  • The South African Earth Observation Network (SAEON) offers a range of earth observation products for South Africa and the neighboring countries, through their data portal.
  • The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) is another resource for satellite images of southern Africa. Their data can be accessed here, and function is summarized here.
  • Satellite data clearinghouse for Central Africa through CARPE
  • Central African Landsat and ASTER images through OSFAC

 

Europe

  • Europe's main space agency is the European Space Agency (ESA). While there is a strong focus on Europe, global data is also available, though mostly commercially.
  • The National Ground Segment Neustrelitz is a department of DLR’s German Remote Sensing Data Center. Their data portal is available here, and a summary of function available here.

 

South America

  • The Ecuadorian Center for Remote Sensing (CLIRSEN) Data can be obtained through their geoportal, while ummary of their data availability can be seen here.
  • Brazil's National Institute for Space Research offers data here, and a summary of their function can be found here.
  • The Comision Nacional de Actividades Espaciales (CONAE) is Argentina's main satellite authority. Data available here, and a summary of function available here.

 

Australia

 

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