Earth Observation (EO) is the process of gathering information about the Earth’s physical, chemical and biological systems using remote sensing technologies, such as satellites, airplanes, and drones. The data collected includes images and measurements of various environmental parameters such as temperature, precipitation, vegetation, land use and land cover, among others.
One of the key benefits is that it can provide critical information for decision-making in a range of industries. For instance:
- EO can provide valuable insights for the energy sector, such as monitoring the condition of infrastructures, like power lines and transmission grids, as well as vegetation growth and risks. This can help utilities optimize distribution and vegetation management activities, reduce costs, and improve reliability.
- In agriculture, EO can help farmers monitor crop growth, identify areas of stress, and optimize irrigation and fertilizer use. This can lead to increased crop yields and reduced costs, protect the environment, and ultimately drive profitability.
- EO enables infrastructure companies to monitor and assess the condition and performance of their assets, such as railways and airports. This can be used to identify potential issues or failures and provide an opportunity to take preventive measures. Decision makers in these industries can optimize the location and design of their projects, minimizing environmental impact and maximizing efficiency.
- EO is also used in risk management to develop emergency response plans and protect public safety. Resources can therefore be managed more efficiently. For example, satellite imagery can be used to monitor water levels in rivers and floods, monitor wildfires and assess the damage, and optimize energy use in buildings.
- By leveraging satellite or aerial imagery and other types of data, companies can develop new products and services, such as precision agriculture tools, smart city solutions, and environmental monitoring systems. These insights can also be used to support scientific research and discovery in areas like climate change, oceanography, and biodiversity conservation.
Earth Observation provides valuable information for decision-making and drives business by improving efficiency, reducing costs, and creating new opportunities for innovation and growth.
- Utility vegetation and asset mapping and management
- Forest inventory and monitoring
- Urban planning
- Natural resource identification, mapping and assessment
- Environmental and sensitive ecosystem mapping and monitoring
- Crop identification and mapping and health monitoring
- Hydrologic mapping and network correction
- Flight simulation
- Satellite imagery and derived products
- Very high resolution nadir and oblique aerial imagery
- Digital Terrain Models and Topographic Maps
- Orthoimagery and seamless mosaics
- Customs maps
- And more
- Utility vegetation management
- Monitoring and change detection
- 3D modeling
- Emergency image acquisition (e.g., flood or fire)
- GIS data modeling
- Imagery order desk and expert advice
Satellite Images Samples
Below are several image satellites samples available for download. Most of the files are very large. Please check the file size before starting the download.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Resolution: 1 m
St-Benoît-du-Lac, Quebec, Canada
Sensor: SPOT 6
Resolution: 1.5 cm
Torngat Mountains National Park, Canada
Sensor: SPOT 5
Resolution: 5 m