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Issue Date: February 20th 2019
Last modified: July 18th 2019
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Earth Observation

Advances in small satellite and remote sensing technology are revolutionising the Earth Observation industry. They are providing critical new sources of consistent, continuous data for atmospheric, ocean and land use studies at a range of spatial and temporal extents.

The Earth Observation Service provides a solution to the increasing need to distil the underlying data from the visual and hyper-spectral imagery generated by these technologies into actionable information.

Link: https://eo.officialstatistics.org/

SDG: 01 - No Poverty02 - Zero Hunger03 - Good Health & Well-Being04 - Quality Education05 - Gender Equality06 - Clean Water & Sanitation07 - Affordable & Clean Energy08 - Decent Work & Economic Growth09 - Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure10 - Reduced Inequalities11 - Sustainable Cities & Communities12 - Responsible Consumption & Production13 - Climate Action14 - Life below Water15 - Life on Land16 - Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Advances in small satellite and remote sensing technology are revolutionising the Earth Observation industry. They are providing critical new sources of consistent, continuous data for atmospheric, ocean and land use studies at a range of spatial and temporal extents.

The Earth Observation Service provides a solution to the increasing need to distil the underlying data from the visual and hyper-spectral imagery generated by these technologies into actionable information.

Our Earth Observation Service makes it possible for anyone to experiment with building custom algorithms or apply existing algorithms to satellite imagery they want to analyse.

You can:

  • Search through and use a library of common algorithms like NDVI, NDWI,
    SAVI, and more.
  • Build your own custom algorithms using a visual interface
  • For advanced users, use the Python client or REST API directly to bring
    analyses into your own work-flows and dashboards
  • Search through massive imagery datasets, both public and commercial
  • Upload your own data and control access permissions across
    your organisation
  • Share imagery publicly as a map service and integrate it into your website
    or application.

The most basic task of searching through, visualising, and sharing data has become a challenge. Our service offers an imagery catalogue that makes it easy for organisations to make all of the geospatial imagery they use available in one place, and easily shareable across multiple teams.

The Global Platform delivers a direct feed to this data and other sources.

Datasets currently available on the platform include:

  • Landsat 4 + 5 Thematic Mapper,
  • Landsat 7 Enhanced Thematic Mapper,
  • Landsat Tri-Decadal,
  • Landsat 8,
  • Sentinel 2A and 2B.

The Task Team on Satellite Imagery and Geospatial Data have produced a guide for National Statistical Offices considering using satellite imagery.

The Task Team are now using the platform and Earth Observation Service to develop this work and produce re-usable resources for the global community.

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