Earth Imaging Journal: Remote Sensing, Satellite Images, Satellite Imagery
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June 12, 2014

Democratizing Geospatial Data for Disaster Response

By A.J. Clark, president, Thermopylae Sciences & Technology (, Arlington, Va. Picture a spectrum. On the left is the old world of geo-spatial intelligence in which a satellite collects an image and sends it to a ground station. From there it goes to a database, where analysts clean it up with tools designed for the

April 11, 2014

Geospatial Data Play Key Roles in Next-Generation Aviation Map Production

Aviation maps and navigation products have gone digital in both two and three dimensions. A current trend in the development of such mapping products is the integration of information that can enhance situational awareness for pilots in the air and on the ground. By Kevin P. Corbley, Corbley Communications (, Castle Rock, Colo. When US Airways

April 11, 2014

Unlocking Radar’s Full Potential

More individuals and organizations are harnessing the power of radar mapping data. By Rob Mott, vice president of Geospatial Solutions, Intergraph Government Solutions (, Madison, Ala. Radar has become one of the most versatile remote sensing technologies of the last 100 years.  Since the technology’s rapid advancement played a significant role in the Allied forces

April 11, 2014

How to Interpret a False-Color Satellite Image

How can a forest be red and a cloud blue? It depends on the processes used to transform satellite measurements into images. In our photo-saturated world, it’s natural to think of the images on NASA’s Earth Observatory website as snapshots from space. But most aren’t. Though they may look similar, photographs and satellite images are

April 11, 2014

Maximizing Orthoimagery QA/QC Procedures

Aerial imagery guidelines developed by Loudoun County, Va., help ensure accurate base maps and analyses. By Mita Mathur, Office of Mapping and Geographic Information, Loudoun County, Va. Effective data management is the foundation for any successful mapping project. A well-defined quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) plan sets expectations for data quality standards and describes methods and

April 11, 2014

Crowdsourcing Satellite Imagery

GEOINT of the people, by the people, for the people offers big benefits for the geospatial intelligence community. By Luke Barrington, senior manager, DigitalGlobe (, Longmont, Colo. How many vehicles, fighters and refugees are involved in the conflict in South Sudan? What is the extent of damage to buildings and agriculture production caused by the

February 14, 2014

How to Interpret a Satellite Image

Five basic strategies will help you discover a wealth of knowledge. By Holli Riebeek, NASA Earth Observatory (, Greenbelt, Md. Satellite images are like maps—they’re full of useful and interesting information as long as you have a key. Imagery can show how much a city has changed, how well crops are growing, where a fire

February 14, 2014

Approaching the Age of Personal Remote Sensing

With unmanned aircraft systems looming, personal remote sensing by large numbers of individuals and businesses will become routine. By Mike Tully, president and CEO, Aerial Services Inc. (, Cedar Falls, Iowa. For the geospatial and remote sensing professions, unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) represent the most significant onslaught of enabling technology since the first camera took

February 14, 2014

State of the Industry Report

Technology Heats Up  Tracking the Trends Shaping the Remote Sensing Industry Technology never stands still, as illustrated by the many advances that have burst onto the scene in the remote sensing industry during the last few years. From increasingly sophisticated Earth-observing systems to Web-enabled devices embedded with location technology, such advances have vaulted Earth imaging

February 14, 2014

Designing Effective QC for LiDAR Projects

Applying consistent quality control methods throughout a LiDAR project can save time, reduce costs and ensure a better project. By Sonja Ellefson, a LiDAR analyst at Quantum Spatial (, Sheboygan, Wis. As light detection and ranging (LiDAR) projects become more widespread (see “LiDAR Data Deliver a Wide Range of Applications,” below), the question of how

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